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14 Multisite Church Facts I Wish I Knew

August 20, 2018

Rich Birch is the creator of the unSeminary church resource.  Rich and I have been pioneering the multisite journey together for nearly 20 years. We have launched or coached dozens of campus launches. We will be co-teaching the Multisite Lab @ ExpoSoCal this October 4-5 in Los Angeles. Here is a summary of some of Rich’s multisite learnings… The size and health of your launch core is the critical success factor. Yes, you can launch too quickly. Campus Pastors are hard to find … but are most likely found within. It’s not about video-driven campuses. Student ministry is hard in multisite. It’s way more financially efficient. Think Regional not National. Nail it before you scale it. Teaching is the… More

The Campus Pastor Role: What Makes It Work?

August 6, 2018

Ask any multisite church leader today what’s the most important success factor in multisiting and the overwhelming answer is the campus pastor. The campus pastor appointment is the most important decision to make in a multisite campus strategy. Why? Everything rises or falls on leadership. The campus pastor role, which did not exist at the end of the twentieth century, has now become one of the most strategic and sought-after roles in growing churches. In this recent webinar my good friend and strategic partner Tony Morgan, founder of The Unstuck Group, interviews three seasoned campus pastors and discusses the unique challenges and blessings of leading a multisite campus. The Campus Pastor Role: What Makes It… More

The Tale of Two Churches Becoming Better Together

July 23, 2018

The tale of two churches becoming better together in Raleigh, NC Southbridge Fellowship has been a growing church in search of a permanent facility for eleven years. Covenant Church has been a declining church for ten years and was considering selling the current location to relocate to a smaller and less expensive facility. When Southbridge inquired about the possibility of purchasing the Covenant Church campus on 10.7 acres, the Covenant Board responded with a bold idea—joining together! Two months later 93% of the joining church membership affirmed the merger to became better together as one. ​Here’s their story. . . “When another local church in town ask if they could join with our church, our leadership was very excited…. More

Should We Reconsider the Multi-Site Approach?

July 2, 2018

Courtesy of ChurchLeaders.com By J.D. Greear, Pastor of Summit Church in Raleigh, NC One of the benefits of being connected to other churches around the country is that we get to learn from each other. Sometimes that “learning” is a little more one-sided, where (for instance) I glean all of Tim Keller’s wisdom and he occasionally peeks over at what I’m up to. Most of the time, though, the Summit ends up being enriched by our friendships with other churches. When our church adopted a multi-site strategy a few years ago, even then the strategy was old enough for us to see how different people were doing it. Asking our friends and looking into the ways that others have… More

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Lives Changed By Christ Church, Lancaster, PA
David Ashcraft – Senior 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

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

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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

"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."

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