“Oh, we’ll never be a multi-site. We’re too small.” Not so. Church mergers are happening all the time, making for a strong union of two like churches. Or a church might plant a sister church in a nearby community, reaching out to a different racial mix. What are the strategies?

 

Launching Strong: Five Key Strategies

December 16th, 2016|Comments Off on Launching Strong: Five Key Strategies

A record number of new churches are launching across North America. Most will initially choose to meet in a rented facility---often a school, movie theater or community center. While church is never only about the [...]

What Makes a Great Campus Pastor?

November 1st, 2016|Comments Off on What Makes a Great Campus Pastor?

Ask any multisite church leader today what the most important component is in multisiting and the overwhelming answer is the campus pastor. When I went to Willow Creek in the year 2000 to pioneer the multisite strategy, [...]

Partnering With Your Community for Sustainable Impact

March 17th, 2016|Comments Off on Partnering With Your Community for Sustainable Impact

John Cissel of Visioneering Studios talks about new uses of church property. This involves churches doing joint ventures with developers for impacting a church’s local community. The issue is how to build church facilities in expensive urban [...]

What’s Trending in Multisite?

November 4th, 2015|Comments Off on What’s Trending in Multisite?

How is the “new normal” of multisite changing how we do church in America? In an increasingly secularized nation with overall church attendance in decline, multisite churches are growing in number and church attendance. The multisite strategy [...]

Questions to Ask When Researching a Portable Church

September 21st, 2015|Comments Off on Questions to Ask When Researching a Portable Church

One of the challenges of launching a church or multisite campus in a rented space is finding an excellent location where you can maximize the worship, children’s, and first impressions experiences. Schools seem to be [...]

Multisite or Church Planting?

August 3rd, 2015|Comments Off on Multisite or Church Planting?

Remember way back when there were no multisite churches? Back when church planting (and releasing) was the ultimate form of sacrificial expansion for the sake of the Kingdom? Back when dinosaurs were around and roaming [...]

Church Planting and Money

June 20th, 2015|Comments Off on Church Planting and Money

As a pastor of a small church (less than 200 people) that has now planted three churches (two in the last eighteen months), we always have more dreams than dollars. In our context, multiplying churches [...]

Need to Multisite in a Rented Space?

March 20th, 2015|Comments Off on Need to Multisite in a Rented Space?

What challenges do churches face when they launch a new site in a rented space? Why do some churches actually leave their permanent building to move into rented spaces in neighborhoods? What are the best [...]

The Church and a Factory Mindset

September 14th, 2014|Comments Off on The Church and a Factory Mindset

I love this definition of a factory: “The source of prolific production." Isn’t that what we all want in ministry? Don’t we all want to create an environment where disciples, small groups, ministry and even [...]

Multisite Trends

June 26th, 2014|Comments Off on Multisite Trends

The multisite model continues to be a proven and cost-effective vehicle. The multisite experiment began as a pre-recession band-aid strategy for megachurches that were out of room or restricted by zoning laws. It became the [...]

Multisite—From Start-up to Self-Sufficiency

June 26th, 2014|Comments Off on Multisite—From Start-up to Self-Sufficiency

Starting a new campus is tough. Sustaining an existing campus is even tougher. But nothing compares to trying to keep a campus afloat when it becomes a big drain on the operational budget. It can [...]

Six Shifts Changing the Landscape of the Church Space

December 30th, 2013|Comments Off on Six Shifts Changing the Landscape of the Church Space

The church building and religious-use facility industry is being dramatically and permanently altered by factors that began emerging at the dawn of the 21st century. In 1989, popular author Ken Follett wrote a riveting best-selling [...]

Talking Multisite

November 4th, 2013|Comments Off on Talking Multisite

The following question and answer dialogue is between Bob Wood, a Campus Pastor with Central Christian Church and Greg Rupley, one of our students in the XPastor Online Course. They will discuss Bob's experiences in helping [...]

Multisite vs. Multi-venue

September 16th, 2013|Comments Off on Multisite vs. Multi-venue

The excitement of seeing God bring more people to the doors of the church—as He works in the hearts and lives of our neighbors and friends—can also bring challenges. The reality of physical space—worship center [...]

Church Mergers: Legal and Financial Matters

April 10th, 2013|Comments Off on Church Mergers: Legal and Financial Matters

Each year, thousands of U.S. churches—plus tens of thousands of others elsewhere around the globe—are sensing that they could fulfill their God-given mission better together than separately. They're exploring new ways to join forces for [...]

Making Church Mergers Work

December 17th, 2012|Comments Off on Making Church Mergers Work

Two friends of XPastor have written an insightful book, Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work. Jim Tomberlin and Warren Bird have collaborated to bring us a great work on church mergers. I like what Amazon says [...]

A Pastor as a Church Planter in India

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on A Pastor as a Church Planter in India

Francis Foulkes, in his book entitled, The Epistle of Paul to the Ephesians, states, “Apostles and evangelists had a particular task in planting the church in every place; prophets, for bringing a particular word from [...]

Letters from the Front Lines of Church Planting

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Letters from the Front Lines of Church Planting

It’s 7:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning. Sonny pulls in front of a 200-year-old shirt factory turned nightclub ready to clean up after last night's show. I unlock the door; we walk in to assess [...]

On Being A Campus Pastor

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on On Being A Campus Pastor

For the first several years of our marriage, my wife and I were “renters.” We began in a wonderful, two-bedroom apartment.  Upon hearing that we were pregnant with our second child, we moved into a [...]

And Now We Are In the New Building …

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on And Now We Are In the New Building …

“Pitch 39 Boss Reverse Pass” was the play and as soon as Executive Pastor Bill Northrop saw the Pittsburgh Steelers run it in Super Bowl XL, he knew his life had just gotten much, much more complicated. [...]

The Facility Challenge in Church Planting

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The Facility Challenge in Church Planting

In May 2006, the rented building that our 2-year-old church plant was using was no longer available to us. We were given two weeks to vacate and secure a new location, suitable for 200 people [...]

“Virtual Pastor” via Video Venue

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on “Virtual Pastor” via Video Venue

I walked in the darkened auditorium and saw Toby Slough pacing a sixteen-foot path on the stage. On two side screens, I saw close-ups of Toby. There was a blink and Toby disappeared from center stage—then I [...]

Changing Our Church Name

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Changing Our Church Name

Richland Bible Church is located in the small West Michigan town of Richland, about nine miles northeast of Kalamazoo. The church was organized in March of 1983, when 75 people came together to form a [...]

Multisite Matters: Lessons Learned

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Multisite Matters: Lessons Learned

On September 13, NewPointe Community Church in Dover, Ohio, embarked on a journey into the realm of multisite or multiple campus church. We decided to launch two additional campuses on the same day, in two [...]