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Going Multisite? Avoid These 16 Common Mistakes

May 16, 2017

By: Jim Tomberlin Copyright © 2016 by Outreach Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission. The multisite strategy has become a proven model for church reproduction for more than 8,000 churches across North America—and it’s not slowing down. Though 9 out of 10 multisite campuses are self-sustaining and 57 percent of all multisite churches are planning to launch another campus in the next 12 months, many multisite campuses struggle, and a small number do fail. Why do people return to the sending campus after launching a multisite campus? What hinders sent people from becoming staying people at a church they helped birth in their own community? What is the key to retaining the launch team and sustaining a… More

The “Unintended Consequence” Overtaking the Multisite Church Movement

May 2, 2017

Guest article courtesy of The Gospel Coalition Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra / February 24, 2017 The first time that church multi-campus consultant Jim Tomberlin merged two churches together, it was an accident. Looking for a place to plant a regional campus for a Chicago suburban church, Tomberlin came across a school in a great location. But another church was already meeting there. “I left my card, and told them that if that church ever leaves, call me,” he said. He got a call, but it wasn’t from the school. “The church called and said, ‘Hey, we don’t have a pastor. Can we join you?’” Tomberlin’s response: “I’m not sure that’s a good idea.” He tried to… More

Are Microsites in Your Future?

April 8, 2017

A frequent question emerging from successful multisite churches is “how can we leverage our multisite model to go further, faster and cheaper?” The answer is go smaller–go microsite. Just like there are many expressions of multisite churches, there are several expressions of microsites, but the video-driven microsite model is getting the most traction today across the country. Though the jury is still out on microsites, here’s what we know today. . . Microsites are an innovative new approach to church multiplication that are best described as a microcosm church that can be done by anyone, anywhere, anytime. Microsites meet in homes, retirement centers, homeless shelters, bars, gyms, clubs, businesses – any place a small group can gather to extend the reach of a multiplying church. Microsites are a way… More

Jim Tomberlin: Upgrade Your Old & Tired Operating System

April 4, 2017

Jim Tomberlin, founder and CEO of MultiSite Solutions, answers the question, “How can churches remain agile in the midst of an ever-changing culture?” Most churches we work with have mission-vision clarity and have aligned their ministries, programs, staff and budget to that end. Their questions and tensions usually relate to growth and the management of people, systems and strategy across multiple locations. The struggling churches we work with typically lack mission-vision clarity and are culturally irrelevant in their local church philosophy and practice. They are struggling to survive and be relevant in a culture that is rapidly becoming post-Christian and church-hostile. Unfortunately, these church leaders are asking how to survive without changing as the cultural value… More

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"Not only did he bring a depth of knowledge, insight and wisdom but he also helped to bring clarity to our strategy which will keep us healthy and growing well into the future. Jim brought to our team a pastor’s heart with a strategist’s mind for how to understand church growth through multisites."


"With our Branch Creek Campus, LCBC Church is better positioned to reach more people with the good news of Jesus throughout central and eastern Pennsylvania. Having Jim Tomberlin at our side was a definite benefit..."

Lives Changed By Christ Church, Lancaster, PA
David Ashcraft – Senior Pastor

"If your church is thinking about going multisite make sure you have Jim on your team."

Sagebrush Church
Todd Cook – Sagebush Community Church – Alberquerque, New Mexico

"Not only did he bring a depth of knowledge, insight and wisdom but he also helped to bring clarity to our strategy which will keep us healthy and growing well into the future."

Northview Church
Steve Poe – Lead Pastor – Northview Church – Carmel, IN

"Jim came along side Celebration Church from the very beginning of our multi-site journey. His insight, strategy, and understanding of what it takes to be a healthy church was huge to us as we began this new journey. Since partnering with Jim, we’ve gone from one church meeting in a single location, to five campuses meeting throughout Wisconsin."


"He is a veteran leader, who is able to combine a wealth of knowledge with an intuitive grasp of the needs of the local pastor."

The Chapel
Scott Chapman – The Chapel, Lake Country, IL

"Jim is one of the country’s leading thinkers on the multi-site movement."

Craig Groeschel – Lead Pastor
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