Multiplication Center

Wisdom from Four Multisite “Veterans”

June 28, 2010


When people talk with me about multi-site, they often ask long-range questions. They want to know whether multi-site helps or hurts leadership development, evangelism, church planting, and more. In order to address those questions, I created a webinar with four pioneers of the movement. They each started multisite back in the 1990s.



Scan0002 -Robert Wright, chief operating officer of Eastern Star Baptist Church, Indianapolis, IN, which opened its first multisite campus in 1991.




DrJimChambers resized – Jim Chambers, point person at Mt. Paran Church of God, Atlanta, GA, during their successful expansion to five campuses 1985-1996.




2010-04 Publicity (Crop) – Larry Osborne, pastor of North Coast Church, Vista, CA, which launched its first on-campus video venue in 1998 and first off-site in 2001.




Jim jpg – Jim Tomberlin, started multisite in 1997 at Woodmen Valley Chapel in Colorado Springs, then guided Willow Creek Church from 2001 to 2005 in the launch of five campuses.



We’re now making that unique webinar public for free download: 



(Note: the file is very large and will take several minutes to download over a high-speed internet connection. Choose “save file” when prompted.)

If you’d like an overview, here’s a quick summary of the webinar from a Christian Post write-up with title named after a quote from Jim Tomberlin, Once You Go Multisite, You Won’t Go Back.

After you listen to the webinar, please post further questions below, or check out two books I helped co-author: Multisite Church Revolution (2006) and Multisite Church Roadtrip (2009).


  Bird-Warren-2007-LNWarren Bird, Ph.D., is Research Director at Leadership Network, and co-author of 21 books on various aspects of church health and innovation. 

Recent Articles