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Multisite Vision Video – Christ Church Esplanade

April 3, 2018

On Super Bowl Sunday Christ Church Oak Brook in the western suburbs of Chicago, launched their first multisite “branch” in Downers Grove, IL, about twenty minutes from their Oak Brook location. Founded in 1965, Christ Church is a highly respected church known for its strong teaching ministry under senior pastor Dan Meyer, its quality ministries and a strikingly beautiful sanctuary. Christ Church Esplanade launched with core team of 200 people. Nearly 600 people gathered for their first multisite service in Downers Grove and have settled in with weekly attendance under 300. They utilized social media, direct mail, and yard signage as part of the roll out.  Here is a video Christ Church ran for three months in local theaters leading up to the… More

Small Town Multisiting

March 13, 2018

Guest Article by Andy Addis – Courtesy of Christianity Today Bringing big church opportunities to small communities. “Honestly, I think you’re crazy.” That was the conversation stopper offered by a friend and colleague. We had gone to seminary together in the Dallas – Fort Worth metro area, served on staff at the same church, and now lived halfway across the country from each other in two different worlds. Matt chose a more urban ministry setting in northern California, and I had returned home to the wheat fields of Kansas. Even before this conversation, he had been giving me a hard time about moving back to rural with several statements beginning with, “Why would you…?” Driving… More

5 Trends in Microchurches

March 1, 2018

Guest Article by Warren Bird courtesy of  Outreach Magazine.   If you were a parent at Northland Church just outside Orlando, and your high school child asked to be part of a microchurch, what would you say? That’s their youth division’s term for groups that “gather as a family through eating, reading the Word, and being on mission to impact our school for God’s glory.” If the term is new to you, whether applied to youth or adults, you wouldn’t be alone. And if you’ve encountered the word, but with a different meaning, you wouldn’t be alone either. A number of churches are pioneering different models of microchurch. The idea is still fluid but most… More

Riverside Church Legal Battle

February 13, 2018

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. . .  

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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."

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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

"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 your church is thinking about going multisite make sure you have Jim on your team."

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Todd Cook – Sagebush Community Church – Alberquerque, New Mexico

"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

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

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Craig Groeschel – Lead Pastor
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