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Top Posts from MultiSite Solutions 2017

December 26, 2017

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 are some of the top MultiSite Solutions posts from 2017 highlighting some of the ways the multisite movement is transforming how we think about and do church. How has multisite changed your church in 2017? How will it change your church in 2018?

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Going Multisite? Avoid These 16 Common Mistakes 

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.   What is the key to retaining the launch team and sustaining a growing multisite campus? Avoid these 16 common mistakes and launch strong!


Is Your Church Ready for Multisite?

How do you know if your church is ready to multisite? Here are three questions to help discern if your church is multisite ready, along with several lessons learned from churches who made mistakes along the way to launching their campuses.



Is Your Next Multisite Campus Online? 

Often called an internet campus, iCampus, cyber church, digital church, virtual church, or even church in the cloud—expanding online is a great way to expand your reach–without expanding your physical space. The next logical step for multisite churches with technical savvy is to extend their reach into this community with an online campus.


10 Helpful Online Campus Tips

Online campuses are more than just watching a live-streaming video of a church service.  Here are ten helpful online campus tips as you prepare to expand your campus virtually.




Church Mergers Update

Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work was the first book on church mergers and continues to be the most used guide book for church leaders in navigating the unfamiliar waters of a church merger. Recently co-author Warren Bird and I made a few short videos updating some of our learnings and observations on church mergers since the publication of Better Together in 2012.


Finding Facilities for Multisite Campuses

The biggest obstacle going multisite is finding a facility. This slows down or delays churches more than anything else in launching new campuses. Very few churches buy land or build buildings for a multisite campus. The majority of multisite campuses meet in a rented facility. Here’s some good guidance about securing a facility or a multisite campus.


Are Microsites in Your Future?

Building on the learnings and integration of small group principles and multisite best practices, microsites have the potential of multiplying a church further, faster and cheaper than our current models.



Upgrade Your Old & Tired Operating System

Agile churches learn to adapt their methods to the ever-changing cultural shifts without compromising their message. Unfortunately, most churches today are functioning on old and tired operating systems. Most are program, facility or personality-driven instead of mission-driven. Here’s some practical advice on church revitalization.



The Multisite Movement Goes Global

A surprising number of American churches have started campuses in other countries.  An international multisite campus is typically “one church in more than one location united around core beliefs, values and strategy with some degree of central governance and central resourcing.” Here is a glimpse into the “why” behind these overseas endeavors from church observer Warren Bird.


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