A free event for all, laity and clergy. Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 Edmond OK-St. Luke’s UMC Speakers: Jim Tomberlin and Greg Ligon, multisite church strategists Topics: Vision casting, merger and non-merger roles, rural models, niche models like micro-sites, and more. Sponsor: Oklahoma United Methodist Conference-New Faith Communities Ministry Team. Details: 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., lunch provided. St. Luke UMC 900 N. Sooner Rd. Edmond, OK. Deadline: Register by Oct. 3, 2016 https://okumc-reg.brtapp.com/MULTISITEFORUM From left: Mark Foster and Andy Nelms, Edmond-Acts 2; Chris Tiger, Conference director of New Faith Communities; Andy Henson, Owasso/Catoosa; Jaimie Willis and Ray Crawford, Claremore-First.
By Wade Burnett Earlier this year Jim Tomberlin and I joined one of the members of our consulting team, Kevin Penry, at Life.Church, the largest church in America. Life.Church is a leader in the multisite church movement, and Kevin has played a key role in developing their strategy as a founding member of the five-person Directional Leadership Team. Kevin oversees all of the operations related to the campus launches and the ongoing ministry at each location. Jim and Kevin’s friendship began when they met at the first gathering of multisite pioneers in Chicago on September 11, 2001. I got to know Kevin through a series of strategic partnerships in the multisite world. Looking back, no one… More
The technological developments of the last three decades laid the foundation for the multisite church movement. The ability to capture gifted teachers, preachers and musicians on high-quality video, and deliver it to other locations, makes church accessible in a way never imagined before. Yet, not all multisite churches use video to deliver their content across multiple campuses. In the latest Multisite Church Survey from Leadership Network, half of the 5,000+ multisite churches utilize a live, in-person teacher at their campuses. Only about 25% are primarily video-delivered sermons and another 25% do a hybrid of in-person and video sermons. The survey also revealed that the larger the church and the more campuses, the more likely they were to use… More
2016 Alignment Conference-October 18, 2016 “The idea of multisite began as a band aid solution for megachurches that found themselves out of room,” Jim Tomberlin, founder of MultiSite Solutions. Now nearly three decades old, the multisite church model has proven it’s not a passing fad. But it’s changed a lot in that time, and its next phase will look nothing like its first. Today’s multisite church includes hybrid variations of the traditional one-church-in-multiple-locations model, often incorporating planting as part of a church’s multiplication strategy. These new approaches call for new skill sets and structures to support rapid growth and change. But where do you go for answers to the hard questions that surface in the midst of… More