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Exponential West 2017 / Los Angeles

July 25, 2017

Join us at the Exponential Conference, the largest gathering of church multipliers on the planet, as we explore what it means to embed reproduction and multiplication in everything we do as a church. When you register for Exponential West 2017 and choose the Multisite Lab pre-conference, you can use the code multisite17 to receive $59 off your registration. Multisite Potholes (Monday, Oct 2) Every week over 5 million people attend one of the 5,000+ multisite churches across North America. Multisite has truly become the “new normal” for healthy, growing, outreach-oriented churches. Although every multisite church eventually adopts their own unique approach, there are also some very identifiable best practices emerging across the multisite movement. In this pre-conference Lab, learn… More

Church Mergers Update

June 27, 2017

My first merger experience occurred when I was leading the multisite strategy at Willow Creek Community Church in the Chicago area. I was looking for a facility to launch our third multisite campus in the North Shore region of Chicago.  A church was meeting in a school that we had investigated as a potential site. The congregation was without a pastor and proposed merging as a solution to both our needs.  They needed a pastor and we needed a facility. I had never done a church merger. I did not know how to proceed. The few resources that talked about church mergers were not encouraging. Nevertheless, we pressed forward and had a successful merger that resulted in… More

Finding Facilities for Multisite Campuses

June 13, 2017

Guest article courtesy of Church Realty Blog – Today there are more than 5,000 multisite churches in America. Ten percent of Protestants attend a multisite church. Churches located in the largest cities to rural areas are looking at multisite as their strategy to reach more people. As a church ventures out on their multisite journey, they must be able to articulate WHY they are launching a multisite campus. I encourage church leaders to get guidance from the experts to evaluate the process and equip your team with the tools you need to launch effectively. Jim Tomberlin pioneered multisite in Colorado in the mid 90’s and has since used his experience and wisdom to serve churches… More

Going Multisite? Avoid These 16 Common Mistakes

May 16, 2017

By: Jim Tomberlin Copyright © 2016 by Outreach Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission. The multisite strategy has become a proven model for church reproduction for more than 8,000 churches across North America—and it’s not slowing down. Though 9 out of 10 multisite campuses are self-sustaining and 57 percent of all multisite churches are planning to launch another campus in the next 12 months, many multisite campuses struggle, and a small number do fail. Why do people return to the sending campus after launching a multisite campus? What hinders sent people from becoming staying people at a church they helped birth in their own community? What is the key to retaining the launch team and sustaining a… More

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"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 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

"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

"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

"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."


"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
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