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2015 Multisite Trends

January 6, 2015

What’s Trending in Multisite? By Jim Tomberlin • December 21, 2014 • Outreach Magazine How is the “new normal” of multisite changing how we do church in America? In an increasingly secularized nation with overall church attendance in decline, multisite churches are growing in number and church attendance. The multisite strategy has become the “new normal” for healthy and growing churches in urban, suburban and rural communities. Leadership Network reports that an estimated 5 million people attend one of the more than 8,000 multisite churches across North America. Going multisite changes how church leaders think and do church. So how is the “new normal” of multisite changing how we do church in America? Multisite Multiplication…. More

Video Sermon Options

September 16, 2014

Source: Church Executive Magazine   (July/August 2014) When I came to my church in Colorado in 1991, the cutting-edge technology was an overhead projector. Today, we’re delivering messages — and messengers — on video screens. The technological developments of the last two decades laid the foundation for the multisite church movement. The ability to capture gifted teachers and preachers on high-quality video, and deliver it to other locations, makes church accessible in a way never imagined before. Today, every week, more than 5 million people attend one of the 8,000-plus multisite churches across North America. Truly multisite has become the “new normal” for healthy, growing, outreach-oriented churches. The key to success in a multisite church is… More

The 15 Minute Rule: All Ministry is Local (Mostly)

June 19, 2014

(This post excerpted from Church Locality: New Rules for Church Buildings in a MultisitePlanting, and Giga-Church World) “All politics is local.” In Chicago where I lived for five years a politician’s career can be determined by how quickly snow and garbage is removed from the streets. Politicians live and die by a simple mantra,  “All politics is local.” At the end of the day what concerns most people isn’t what’s happening across the nation or around the world, but what is going on in their own backyard, neighborhood or town. In a similar way, all church ministry like all politics, is local. One of the most amazing and consistent facts about church attendance is that the majority of… More

How Do You Initiate a Church Merger Conversation? An Interview with Kristy Rutter

May 7, 2014

Kristy Rutter loves multiplying churches through church planting, launching multisite campuses and initiating church mergers. Kristy works with New Campus Development for The Chapel, a multisite church in the greater Chicago area. Since joining The Chapel in 2009 she has helped them grow from four to eight campuses mostly through mergers. As an Associate of MultiSite Solutions Kristy has a unique skill in helping churches find merger candidates and initiate the merger conversation. She has perfected the art of establishing Kingdom-minded relationships with area churches and developing those relationships for merger potential. Her expertise has assisted churches around the country—those wanting to explore the possibility of merging with another area church, but not knowing how to… More

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"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."

Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Church

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

Craig Groeschel – Lead Pastor

"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."

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

"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 the Holy Spirit is in it, Jim and his team can help you develop a plan to that honors God and everyone involved."

The Bridge Church Cleveland, GA
Patrick Ballington – Lead Pastor
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