By Warren Bird
A new report about the growing multisite movement is now available—the Leadership Network/Generis Multisite Church Scorecard, with subtitle Faster Growth, More New Believers and Greater Lay Participation.
Key discoveries in the report include:
1. An impressive 85% of surveyed multisite churches are growing—and at the strong rate of 14% per year.
2. Churches typically go multisite in the 1,000 size range, though almost half say they could have become multisite at a smaller size.
3. Campus viability starts at 75-350 people, depending on your model.
4. The typical multisite church is just 4 years into the process, and 57% plan to launch an additional campus in the next 12 months.
5. One in three (37%) multisite churches started a new campus as the result of a merger.
6. The vast majority (88%) of churches report that going multisite increased the role of lay participation.
7. The vast majority (87%) of campus pastors are found internally—trained and hired from within the church.
8. Multisite campuses grow far more than church plants, and likewise multisite campuses have a greater evangelistic impact than church plants.
9. Nearly half (48%) of multisite churches directly sponsor new churches.
10. The recommended distance between campuses is a travel time of 15-30 minutes.
11. In rating what campuses do well, spiritual growth and volunteering are near the top, and newer campuses do better at reaching the unchurched.
The full report elaborates on these 11 findings, plus many more, in this 36-page document based on the largest research project to date on multisite churches. It features both the results from a Leadership Network survey and also practical coaching from Generis on financial issues related to multisite.