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The Multi-Site Mindset

October 2, 2018

By Jim Tomberlin, repost from Ministry Trends The decline in mega-campuses doesn’t mean a decline in ministry. Quite the contrary! Churches today are learning they can grow faster by inviting people to smaller facilities in multiple neighborhoods. In some multi-site churches, each location has its own worship team and preacher; in others, the worship service at one location is streamed live over the internet to other gatherings. While going multi-site is not cheap, it is much less expensive than building and maintaining one massive facility. The multi-site approach allows a church to extend its geographic reach beyond the distance people are willing to drive to attend a mega-campus. The same church can have congregations in… More

Have We Seen the Last Mega-Campus?

September 13, 2018

By Jim Tomberlin, repost from Ministry Trends Through the internet and social media, the ministry of a local church is no longer confined to its facility. Megachurches are not going anywhere. Their number is increasing, and so is their attendance. But it’s becoming less common for megachurches to bring all their worshipers together at a single campus. At the end of the 20th century, megachurches developed huge tracts of land and large mall-like facilities with thousands of sanctuary seats. These days that strategy is fading, and new mega-campuses are rarely built. Why? These massive facilities struggle to serve their primary purpose over the long haul. Some pastor-centric churches will manage to keep their existing mega-campuses… More

14 Multisite Church Facts I Wish I Knew

August 20, 2018

Rich Birch is the creator of the unSeminary church resource.  Rich and I have been pioneering the multisite journey together for nearly 20 years. We have launched or coached dozens of campus launches. We will be co-teaching the Multisite Lab @ ExpoSoCal this October 4-5 in Los Angeles. Here is a summary of some of Rich’s multisite learnings… The size and health of your launch core is the critical success factor. Yes, you can launch too quickly. Campus Pastors are hard to find … but are most likely found within. It’s not about video-driven campuses. Student ministry is hard in multisite. It’s way more financially efficient. Think Regional not National. Nail it before you scale it. Teaching is the… More

The Campus Pastor Role: What Makes It Work?

August 6, 2018

Ask any multisite church leader today what’s the most important success factor in multisiting and the overwhelming answer is the campus pastor. The campus pastor appointment is the most important decision to make in a multisite campus strategy. Why? Everything rises or falls on leadership. The campus pastor role, which did not exist at the end of the twentieth century, has now become one of the most strategic and sought-after roles in growing churches. In this recent webinar my good friend and strategic partner Tony Morgan, founder of The Unstuck Group, interviews three seasoned campus pastors and discusses the unique challenges and blessings of leading a multisite campus. The Campus Pastor Role: What Makes It… 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."

TERRY BRISBANE
Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Church

"Jim came along side Celebration Church from the very beginning of our multi-site journey. His insight, strategy, and understanding of what it takes to be a healthy church was huge to us as we began this new journey. Since partnering with Jim, we’ve gone from one church meeting in a single location, to five campuses meeting throughout Wisconsin."

MARK GUNGOR
SENIOR PASTOR - CELEBRATION CHURCH, GREEN BAY, WI

"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

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

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Craig Groeschel – Lead Pastor

"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."

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Dave Ferguson – Community Christian Church, Naperville, IL

"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 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
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