The Multi-Site Church Revolution: Being One Church in Many Locations is a very valuable book for churches that want to expand beyond their own location, are growing out of their building, or want to reach a new population of people. “A multi-site church is one church meeting in multiple locations… [it] shares a common vision, budget, leadership, and board.”
One the main reasons to consider opening a multi-site church is from research that shows that the people willing to drive thirty plus minutes to a worship service rarely invite their friends and neighbors to church, participate in midweek activities and small group ministry, volunteer to serve, nor involve their children in church. A multi-site church brings the resources of a larger church closer to where people live and serve, often with an attractive smaller church atmosphere.
For churches considering opening a new campus, the authors of Multi-site give a history of the development of the multi-site movement and an explanation of how this approach has already been used by God to expand the ministry of hundreds of churches. After getting a vision for what multi-site churches can do, the authors give a step-by-step explanation of how to pick new sites, campus pastors, ministry teams, and budget for the new location. Then after the first campus starts, the book offers advice to help churches with staff organizational structure, leadership development, and financing that is necessary to continue and expand the multiplication of sites.
Multi-site is worth reading even if you are not considering starting a new campus because it will help you to understand the philosophy behind the multi-site church that probably will soon be opening near you; a high percentage of the nation’s largest and fastest growing churches are multi-site. Take it a look, it is worth reading.
See radio interview: On Mission with Tim Lubinus, Episode #15 Multi-Site Churches