Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Are You Multi-Site?

One of the values that our church will have is to be a multi-site church. The essence of being an Acts 1:8 church is that Christ's mission moved in ever expanding concentric circles. It moved from Jerusalem, to Judea, to Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Almost like throwing a stone into a pond.

In the Multi-site Practicum the following facts were shared:
  • 9/10 of the largest churches in America are Multi-Site Churches.
  • 7/10 of the fastest growing churches in America are Multi-Site Churches.
  • The average annual growth of churches since going multi-site = 33%
  • The average annual growth since going multi-site = UP 13%
I'll be honest with you, multi-site was a challenge to me in the past. I had this idea, "Why couldn't there be only one church in town and everyone go to it?" After all, if that were to happen couldn't we get more things done than having all these churches of 20, 40, 60, etc... sized churches.

God has really been working in me that having many sites of the same church unique in themselves could be a way to be more effective.

What about you out there? Are you in a church that is multi-site? What are your impressions? How do your sites work?

In a future post I'm going to lay out for you my thoughts on how we will attack being a multi-site church.

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Will Henderson said...

Going to two sites has been a huge thing for our church. We grew faster, leaders emerged from nowhere and most importantly people were being reached at an accelerated pace!! Though our faith has been stretched and we ahve recieved flack for doing so from other Christians and churches... I'd have to say I'm convinced, God does love to work through multi-site - one church in multiple locations is a correct reflection of the Church - God's bride is not limited to one spot, but aggressively spreading throughout the world. Seperate but linked in the missio!! Awesome.

Jason Curlee said...

Thanks Will...a great live example of multi-site in action.