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The “Unintended Consequence” Overtaking the Multisite Church Movement

May 2, 2017

Guest article courtesy of The Gospel Coalition Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra / February 24, 2017 The first time that church multi-campus consultant Jim Tomberlin merged two churches together, it was an accident. Looking for a place to plant a regional campus for a Chicago suburban church, Tomberlin came across a school in a great location. But another church was already meeting there. “I left my card, and told them that if that church ever leaves, call me,” he said. He got a call, but it wasn’t from the school. “The church called and said, ‘Hey, we don’t have a pastor. Can we join you?’” Tomberlin’s response: “I’m not sure that’s a good idea.” He tried to… More

Are Microsites in Your Future?

April 8, 2017

A frequent question emerging from successful multisite churches is “how can we leverage our multisite model to go further, faster and cheaper?” The answer is go smaller–go microsite. Just like there are many expressions of multisite churches, there are several expressions of microsites, but the video-driven microsite model is getting the most traction today across the country. Though the jury is still out on microsites, here’s what we know today. . . Microsites are an innovative new approach to church multiplication that are best described as a microcosm church that can be done by anyone, anywhere, anytime. Microsites meet in homes, retirement centers, homeless shelters, bars, gyms, clubs, businesses – any place a small group can gather to extend the reach of a multiplying church. Microsites are a way… More

Jim Tomberlin: Upgrade Your Old & Tired Operating System

April 4, 2017

Jim Tomberlin, founder and CEO of MultiSite Solutions, answers the question, “How can churches remain agile in the midst of an ever-changing culture?” Most churches we work with have mission-vision clarity and have aligned their ministries, programs, staff and budget to that end. Their questions and tensions usually relate to growth and the management of people, systems and strategy across multiple locations. The struggling churches we work with typically lack mission-vision clarity and are culturally irrelevant in their local church philosophy and practice. They are struggling to survive and be relevant in a culture that is rapidly becoming post-Christian and church-hostile. Unfortunately, these church leaders are asking how to survive without changing as the cultural value… More

The Multisite Movement Goes Global

March 21, 2017

Guest article by Warren Bird courtesy of Outreach Magazine I recently visited a museum in Australia that visualizes how travel time to and from Europe continues to shorten. Centuries ago, wind-powered ships required months to make the journey, and then steamboats did it in weeks. Propeller planes measured their journey in days, and today, jets schedule their half-globe transit in hours. Meanwhile, electronic communication has advanced and become so accessible to allow for real-time video meetings between Australia and other continents. With each advancement in technology, Australia has become less isolated and more able to influence the rest of the world. This opportunity has not been lost on churches—like Australia-based Hillsong, which has put today’s… More

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