Riverside Church in Big Lake, Minnesota outside of Minneapolis is one of the most vibrant, compassionate and community-friendly churches I have worked with, yet they found themselves being flagrantly discriminated against by the local city government in their pursuit of purchasing a local theater for a multisite campus. Reluctantly, Riverside entered into a legal battle to protect the constitutional right of every local church to secure facilities for local worship and community service. Riverside paid a huge financial and emotional price, but won a legal case that has far reaching implications for churches nationwide. Here’s their story that had an amazing outcome. . .
Courtesy of Unseminary – Rich Birch Rich Birch is a long-time friend and colleague of mine since the early days of the multisite movement. He will be joining me in the Multisite Labs at Expo East Feb 26-27. Below is a recent, spot-on article from Rich. . . Jim Tomberlin Is your church considering going multisite? It would seem like every church leader I talk with is wrestling with this approach on reaching new communities. Studies have shown that basically every growing church is either already multisite or actively looking into it. I’ve been a practitioner of this approach to church since the early 2000s. I can still remember having conversations with Greg Ligon from… More
Courtesy of Aspen Group – Marian Liautaud In 2001, the first multisite campus launched at Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago, using video to share the teaching across campuses. Jim Tomberlin was there to be a part of this shift in how we think and do church in America today. And he’s remained a leading participant in the development of the church multisite movement, consulting and coaching churches in developing and implementing multi-campus strategies since 2005. In the following video resource, Jim shares from his vast experience, outlining several best practices of the church multisite model, including: When to Expand Where to Expand How to Teach Across Campuses Role of the Church Family Courtesy of Aspen Group
Now in its third decade, the multisite movement continues to be a dynamic force innovating fresh expressions of church mergers, facility usage, online campuses, succession planning, micrositing and global impact. As you go into a new year of ministry you can keep up with what’s happening in the multisite, merger and multiplication world by subscribing to our monthly Multi-Sightings newsletter and the MultiSite Solutions YouTube channel. Whether you are just beginning your journey into the multisite church world or you are an experienced multisite traveler we have Resources for you. My Partner Wade Burnett and I with our seasoned Consulting Team can help you fully develop the multiplication potential of your church. Follow @MultiSiteGuy and @WadeBurnett on Twitter to get daily insights on the multisite, merger and multiplication journey. Below… More