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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

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

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"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

"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

"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

"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

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

Sagebrush Church
Todd Cook – Sagebush Community Church – Alberquerque, New Mexico

"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
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