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 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