It’s a new day for church mergers. They may be called by many names but the core idea is two or more churches becoming one through the combining, integrating and unifying of people, structures, systems, and resources to achieve a common purpose: doing life and ministry together as a vibrant, healthy expression of Christ’s body, the Church. The merging of churches is a delicate dance where one leads and the other follows. Most church mergers need a facilitator that both congregations can trust, who knows how to facilitate the delicate conversations that has to occur for a successful merger. There are many potential benefits of a church merger, but there are many landmines to step… More
Going multisite is not for every church. It will not turn around a sick or dying church, but it can be an instrument to extend a healthy one. Multisite is not a growth engine, but it can be a vehicle for a growing church. Multisite is not a fad to jump on, but it has become a proven strategy to reproduce healthy, fruitful, growing churches. Find out more HERE.
I have been convinced for a long time that the multisite church model was going to revitalize rural church America. At the beginning of 2010 I wrote in Outreach Magazine: “Multisite will energize rural congregations. Those seeking to plant reproducing churches— and multisite churches—are renewing long-established churches and stimulating new, vibrant congregations in the neglected back-road areas of America.” Shannon O’dell’s book, “Transforming Church in Rural America,” tells his story and shows the way to do it! In seven years Brand New Church has grown from 31 to 2000 members with 5 campuses, 3 satellite house churches, and an online campus under Shannon’s leadership. The Southern Baptist affiliated church has reported the second most… More
By Jim Tomberlin, The XL Church Leader Magazine, Spring 2008 When I launched the first video-based satellite campus of Willow Creek in 2001 the primary question was, “Can this work?” Seven years and hundreds of multisite churches later, the question has shifted to, “Should my church go multisite?” What started out as a “Band-Aid” for space and zoning problems of megachurches has developed into a viable option for every local church regardless of size. Multi-site is no longer a question of feasibility for a church, but more of a question of strategy, “Is it right for my church?” Good Reasons Not to Go Multi-site Before considering the factors in answering that question, let me share… More