Road-trip was a fun ride across the country, exploring ways that churches are expanding their ministries by adding more centers of ministry. By sharing the same vision, budget, staff, and governing board; multi-site churches have found they can leverage their resources to reach more people in new neighborhoods with less. This is not an isolated model for a church, nearly 10 percent of Protestant worships attend a multi-site church in the US or Canada.
Some mult-site churches use the strategy as a method of starting new churches that eventually become independent of the other campuses. Other churches use the model as way to combine in one organization the resources of a larger church to have more impact in new cities and neighborhoods.
Some may criticize the multi-site approach because of fears of too much centralization of power back at “headquarters”, but actually the size and complexity of multi-site churches create new opportunities of involvement and service for their members. People who are part of multi-site churches get a chance to use their gifting (teaching, worship arts, leading, mercy, serving, administration, etc.) in smaller venues if they are just starting out or leading thousands for those who have honed their skills.
The book introduced a helpful cross-section of the topics related to a multi-site approach as well as examples of ways that healthy churches are tackling these issues. Anyone who is considering starting or improving a multi-site church will benefit from reading this book.
See radio interview: On Mission with Tim Lubinus, Episode #15 Multi-Site Churches