Multisite Blog Posts
A complete resources of blog posts from the last several years highlighting multisite church resources, start-ups and challenges.
The new official statistic is that there are more than 5,000 multisite churches in North America. That’s more than 5,000 different churches, each of which has two or more different geographic campuses – one church in two or more locations. This finding was extrapolated from a national survey of churches of all sizes, and validated by Leadership Network’s constantly growing database of multisite churches.
One of the exciting parts of the multisite church movement story are the unique places that are selected as venues and campuses. There are a growing number of churches that are partnering with their local YMCA to launch a collaborative campus through shared facilities and sometimes even shared staff. A great example is partnership between Cedar Creek Church West, Aiken Regional Medical Center and the Family Y of Aiken County, South Carolina.
Around the globe church leaders are faced with the incredible calling of reaching people in different areas of their city, state and/or country. No longer confined to just one building or even a zip code, church leaders are seeking to build the body of Christ by breaking barriers in their facilities and technology.
'Why is it so stinkin' hard to find great Campus Pastors?' This was a question posed by one of the teams at the recent kickoff of the first of two Campus Pastor Development Innovation Labs for multisite churches at Leadership Network.
The number of U.S. and Canadian churches merging–two or more individual churches joining to become a single church–has been slowly rising over recent decades.
The idea behind 11 for 11 is to profile eleven specific ministry innovations during 2011.
What are the key factors to a successful multisite launch? The answers are many, but I've found some common threads running through the numerous conversations I've had over the last several weeks with multsite churches spread across the country. One pastor summed it up when he said they invest lots of prayer, time and sweat equity in identifying 3 things: the best location, the best core team and the best Campus Pastor. He went on to say the last was the most difficult to find.
I recently had conversations around the topic of Campus Pastor Development with two of my favorite experts, Scott Williams, multisite consultant and former Campus Pastor at Life Church.tv, and Geoff Surratt, Pastor of Multisite and Church Planting at Saddleback Church, previously Pastor of Ministries at Seacoast Church (and most fabulous husband). In preparation for our upcoming Innovation Lab for Campus Pastor Development, I've been researching this topic and found multisite churches everywhere asking the same questions: Where do we find our next Campus Pastor? How do we best set them up for success? What are the best practices for long term development?
Last week I spent some time in Baton Rouge, LA, at Healing Place Church, host for the 2011 All Access Conference. Between sessions I ran into Greg Wigfield, Senior Pastor of Destiny Church in Leesburg, VA. Greg and his team journeyed with other churches in Leadership Network’s InnovationLab for Multisite Churches this past year. I love their team and the vision they have for reaching the communities in their areas.
Is it possible for students to passionately and authentically pray for other students they've never met? Andy Tilly says yes and shares the evidence in Many Students, Multiple Sites, the newest concept paper released by Leadership Network.
Northland, A Church Distributed is at it again. Dr. Joel Hunter has been providing innovative leadership for the church for many years. Joel was one of the first pastors I met when I joined the Leadership Network team over 13 years ago. Through the years they have been pioneers in worship, equipping ministry, multi-site and the list continues.
Mercy Street … a safe harbor for the hurt, the lost, the seeking so that they might experience the radical grace of God! And now the street is extending to new locations.
That’s the first subtitle that caught my eye when the Multi Site Solutions eNewsletter hit my inbox this week. A long-time friend and associate of Leadership Network, Jim Tomberlin pens this newsletter and devotes his time to helping ministry leaders establish or get better at doing multi site ministry.
Now that’s a good question. What should it be? Warren Bird, Geoff Surratt and I have spent a lot of time exploring what God is doing in and through multi-site churches the last seven or eight years. That has all been captured in our books – The Multi-Site Church Revolution and A Multi-site Church Road Trip.
“Multisite Is Multiplying” is Leadership Network’s illustrated report about the idea of one church in two or more locations.