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New Book Release: Church Locality

April 30, 2014

I am delighted to announce the release of my latest book, Church Locality – New Rules for Church Buildings in a Multisite, Church-Planting, and Giga-Church World. Church Locality, co-authored with church facility specialist Tim Cool is designed to help church leaders leverage location and facility for maximum Kingdom impact. This new book released by Rainer Publishing is the only resource for multisite churches and church planters specifically dealing with their location and facility issues.  It is a must read for any church leader or organization considering multisite ministry, church planting or re-designing existing church facilities. The emergence of multisite strategies, resurgence of church planting and the exponential growth of giga-churches are changing the church facility… More

Everything You Need to Know About Satellite Transmission

February 13, 2014

About half of multisite churches videocast their sermons. Most of those record the message on a hard drive or dvd and drive it over to their multisite campuses. That works fine if you only have a couple of multisite campuses close by (most multisite churches have two or less additional campuses within 30 minutes driving time). If you are a videocast multisite church with a vision for more than two multisites and/or extending beyond 30 minutes driving time then you are a good candidate for utilizing satellite to deliver the awesome teaching of your gifted teaching pastor or team. Satellite transmission is the most cost effective and reliable vehicle for delivering video content across multiple… More

New Rules for Sacred Spaces

October 24, 2013

I have been in church buildings every week of my entire adult life.   I have served four churches in my three decades of being a pastor. I have rented, constructed and renovated church facilities in every one of the churches I served. For the past ten years I have consulted hundreds of churches that have rented, constructed and renovated church facilities. I have partnered with church architects and church construction companies to help build, renovate and recycle church facilities. I love church buildings and have thousands of church photos in my photo library to prove it. Here are my conclusions about church buildings. . .   Buildings don’t reach people, people reach people. Build it… More

Church Merger Fast Facts

February 7, 2013

Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work Church Merger Fast Facts What do we know today about church mergers? In preparation for writing “Better Together:Making Church Mergers Work” Leadership Network commissioned a nation-wide survey of churches that had experienced a merger. All 15 conclusions from that survey are discussed in our book, but here are the top five facts that jumped out at us: 1. The majority of church mergers are between a “lead” church (usually larger and healthier) and a “joining” church (usually smaller) rather than between two equal churches. 2. The majority of mergers are initiated by the joining church. 3. All mergers are not alike. Most are rebirths (restart), few are marriages (healthy… 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."

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

"Jim Tomberlin was a huge asset to us during our recent move to multisite. His experience and expertise helped us navigate our staff and church through a church merger and greatly assisted us in the union of two churches. I highly recommend Jim to anyone prayerfully considering either mergers or multisite churches."

TERRY BRISBANE
Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Church

"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

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

LIFECHURCH.TV
Craig Groeschel – Lead Pastor

"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."

MARK GUNGOR
SENIOR PASTOR - CELEBRATION CHURCH, GREEN BAY, WI

"If you’re planning to go multisite and want someone to walk you through implementing your strategy successfully you’ll want to connect with Jim…you won’t be disappointed."

Community Christian Church
Dave Ferguson – Community Christian Church, Naperville, IL

"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."

STEVE POE
LEAD PASTOR - NORTHVIEW CHURCH CARMEL, IN
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