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Managing Facilities in a Multisite World

May 25, 2015

Last year I published “Church Locality: New Rules for Church Buildings in a Multisite, Church Planting, and Giga-Church World” with Tim Cool of Cool Solutions Group. I wanted to provide a tool that would help multisite churches know what to look for in multiple locations.  I knew I needed to partner with someone who is an expert in church facilities.  I needed someone who understood the process, landmines, rules of thumb and so many other aspects to assist the growing number of churches expanding into multiple locations.  Tim Cool was the perfect partner in developing that resource. Recently I had the opportunity to catch up with Tim to explore some of the other things he and his… More

11 Guidelines for Multisite Central Staff When Visiting Campuses

May 11, 2015

Guest Post by Rich Birch – Multisite & Merger Specialist  Recently I was talking with a church leader in a multisite church that broke my heart. This leader was reflecting on when their central services counterpart would come and visit their campus to “help”. “They just show up and vomit all over our people …”this leader said. Too much information just spewed all over his leaders and volunteers. I’ve spent 10+ years in multisite churches working in various “central services” roles. Visiting campuses to provide help and insight in doing church “our way”. Over that time I’ve made hundreds of these sorts of visits. My heart sank when this leader described their central counterpart that… More

MultiSite Must-Read List 2015

April 13, 2015

As a multisite church leader what books should I be reading? My friend, colleague and co-author Warren Bird and I are asked this question all the time.  We pooled our thoughts and came up with these top recommendations: Books every multisite church leader should read: 1. The Multi-Site Church Revolution: Being One Church in Many Location is the standard text on the multisite church from Greg Ligon, Geoff Surratt and Warren Bird. 2. A Multi-Site Church Roadtrip: Exploring the New Normal is the sequel to The Multi-Site Church Revolution that takes you on a tour of 14 multisite churches across America to see how they’re handling the opportunities and challenges of multisiting. 3. Multi-Site Churches:… More

Teams That Thrive: Five Disciplines of Collaborative Church Leadership

March 23, 2015

The most effective churches in America today have strong leaders who surround themselves with a smart team of leaders. Finally, a practical book on leadership that help churches develop the right kind of team to lead their church forward. This book is long overdue, greatly needed and high on my recommendation list. Below is an excerpt that I contributed to this book. WHAT’S THE SECRET TO GREAT TEAMS? Jim Tomberlin Collaboration produces the best decisions, creates more ownership for the outcomes and fosters deeper community. The day I started working at Willow Creek Community Church, Bill Hybels pulled me aside and said, “As a senior team member, I need you to show up with an… More

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"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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."

STEVE POE
LEAD PASTOR - NORTHVIEW CHURCH CARMEL, IN
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