The Multi-Site Church Revolution (Leadership Network Innovation Series)
Fueled by a desire to reach people for Christ, a revolution is underway. Churches are growing beyond the limitations of a single service in one building. Expanding the traditional model, they are embracing the concept of one church with more...
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Fueled by a desire to reach people for Christ, a revolution is underway. Churches are growing beyond the limitations of a single service in one building. Expanding the traditional model, they are embracing the concept of one church with more than one site: multiple congregations sharing a common vision, budget, leadership, and board. Drawing from the examples of churches nationwide, The Multi-Site Church Revolution shows what healthy multi-site churches look like and what motivates congregations to make the change. Discover how your church can:
- cast a vision for change
- ensure a successful DNA transfer (vision and core values) to its new site
- develop new leaders
- fund new sites
- adapt to structure and staffing change
- use technology to support your worship services
You'll identify the reasons churches succeed and how they overcome common snags. The Multi-Site Church Revolution offers guidance, insights, and specific action steps as well as appendixes with practical leadership resources and self-diagnostic tools.
"I wholeheartedly recommend this book for any pastor or church leader who needs to know the pertinent issues, tested solutions, and real examples of multi-site strategies that are currently being deployed around the world."
- Ed Young, senior pastor, Fellowship Church
"The authors have done their homework. They have firsthand knowledge of the successes and failures of this movement, having been networking with and facilitating dialogue among churches across the country for years."
- Max Lucado, senior minister, Oak Hills Church
"Look no further than this book to propel your ministry to Ephesians 3:20 proportions: exceeding abundantly above all that you could ever ask or think!"
- Randy and Paula White, senior pastors, Without Walls International Church
The Multi-Site Church Revolution Copyright 2006 by Geoff Surratt, Greg Ligon, and Warren Bird Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Surratt, Geoff, 1962 - The multi-site church revolution : being one church in many locations / Geoff Surratt, Greg Ligon, and Warren Bird. p. cm. - (The leadership network innovation series) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN-13: 978-0-310-27015-7 ISBN-10: 0-310-27015-4 1. Church facilities - Planning. 2. Church management. I. Ligon, Greg, 1962 - II. Bird, Warren. III. Title. IV. Series. BV604.S87 2006 254 - dc22 2005034544 CIP All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked CEV are taken from the Contemporary English Version. Copyright 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society. Used by permission. Scripture quotations marked ESV are taken from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version, copyright 2000, 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked KJV are taken from the King James Version of the Bible. Scripture quotations marked MESSAGE are taken from THE MESSAGE. Copyright by Eugene Peterson 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. Scripture quotations marked NKJV in this publication are from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible: New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, IL 60189. All rights reserved. The website addresses recommended throughout this book are offered as a resource to you. These websites are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement on the part of Zondervan, nor do we vouch for their content for the life of this book. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means - electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other - except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Individuals may make photocopies or transparencies of the workouts at the end of chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. These may be used for classroom or church use only. Interior design by Nancy Wilson Printed in the United States of America 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 - 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 You Say You Want a Revolution? Meet several highly successful multi-site churches These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also. - ACTS 17:6 ESV It is coming . . . a movement of God. Some even call it a revolution. On Sunday morning at Seacoast Church, where I (Geoff) serve on staff in Charleston, South Carolina, a band launches into a hard-driving worship chorus as lyrics and background images are projected on screens and television monitors throughout the auditorium. Everyone begins to sing along with the worship team. This describes the experience at many contemporary churches, except that this scene happens eighteen times each weekend in nine locations around the state, all of which are known as Seacoast Church. Using many different bands and worship leaders, Seacoast's eighteen nearly identical weekend ser vices represent the look of a church that chose not to fight city hall in order to construct a bigger building. We instead continued to reach new peop
How multi-site churches increase their evangelistic impact. Rather than pouring millions of dollars into constructing new buildings, churches of all sizes are learning new ways to take church to the streets, reaching people in new ways. They extend into gyms and multipurpose rooms, or across town into theaters, schools, and empty warehouses. From the suburbs to urban and rural settings, churches are discovering the advantage of becoming "one church, with many locations." This book from a new publishing partnership between Zondervan and Leadership Network called the Leadership Network Innovation Series tells the story of this revolution and explains the multi-site ministry approach as a way of serving a variety of target groups and target communities. Through in-the-trenches examples from more than fifty different multi-site churches, it highlights a wide variety of creative approaches and identifies the primary reasons multi-site churches succeed-as well as how they overcome common snags. Written in an extremely practical style, this book guides churches to answer the question, "How could God use our church if we were open to joining this 'revolution'?"
Erwin Raphael McManus is a husband, father, writer, futurist, activist, artist and spiritual and cultural leader. He also serves as the lead pastor and Cultural Architect of Mosaic in Los Angeles. Known around the world for its spiritual creativity and cosmopolitan diversity, Mosaic is a community of followers of Jesus Christ committed to live by faith, to be known by love, and to be a voice of hope. Since the early 90's, Erwin has led Mosaic in a pioneering enterprise whose primary focus is to serve the post-modern, post-Western, and post-Christian world.Erwin is the catalyst behind Awaken, a collaboration of dreamers committed to creating environments that expand imagination and unleash creativity. Convinced that the world is changed by dreamers and visionaries, Awaken serves the purpose of history by maximizing the divine potential in every human being. He is also the author of An Unstoppable Force, a Gold Medallion Award finalist; Chasing Daylight; Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul (also companion The Uprising Experience life storyboard); The Barbarian Way; Stand Against the Wind and Soul Cravings.
Geoff Surratt is on staff of Seacoast Church, a successful and high-visibility multi-site church, and is part-time staff with Leadership Network. Geoff has twenty-four years of ministry experience in churches. Along with his wife and two children, he lives in Charleston, SC. He is coauthor of The Multi-Site Church Revolution and Ten Stupid Things that Keep Churches from Growing.
Greg Ligon serves as Director of Multi-site Church Leadership Communities for Leadership Network. A capable writer, he was a part of the writing team for Broadman and Holman's Shepherd's Notes lay commentary series and is also Director of Publishing for Leadership Network. He and his wife have two children and live in Dallas, TX.
Warren Bird (Ph.D., Fordham University) has collaboratively authored nineteen books (including two 100,000 bestsellers, one Gold Medallion winner, and one runner up for the Gold Medallion), served as associate pastor for eleven years and senior pastor for four years, taught as regularly contributing faculty at Alliance Theological Seminary for twelve years, and served on the senior leadership team of three organizations that provide training to pastors - Charles E. Fuller Institute, Canadian Centre for Leadership Development, and the Beeson Institute for Advanced Church Leadership.
- Foreword By Erwin Raphael Mcmanus.....7
- Preface: A Prediction For The Future.....9
- Part One:
- The Birth Of The Multi-site Movement
- One: You Say You Want A Revolution?.....15
- Meet Several Highly Successful Multi-site Churches
- Two: A Wide Variety Of Models.....26
- Notice The Broad Range Of Models In This Overview
- Of The Multi-site Movement
- Part Two:
- How To Become One Church In Many Locations
- Three: Would It Work For You?.....45
- Consider Why Your Church Should Explore Multi-site
- As A Strategy
- Four: On A Mission From God.....60
- Discern God's Call For Your Church And Leadership
- Five: Opportunity Knocks.....71
- Don't Expect 'we've Always Done It This Way' To
- Become Your Church Motto
- Six: Selling The Dream.....84
- Learn How To Use Effective Vision Casting, Helpful
- Language, And Strategic Field Trips
- Seven: Who's Going To Pay For This?.....96
- Discover How To Do Multi-site In Ways Your Church
- Can Afford
- Eight: Launching The Mission.....111
- Evaluate These Common Factors In The Successful
- Launch Of A Second Location
- Part Three:
- What Makes Multi-site Work Best
- Nine: Hitting The Sweet Spot.....125
- Make Sure To Define And Replicate Your Unique Dna
- With Help From These Ideas
- Ten: Designing The Right Structure.....133
- Learn To Grow At Multiple Locations By Modifying
- The Way You Staff, Structure, And Communicate
- Eleven: Building Better Leaders.....142
- Experience Success By Emphasizing The Role Of Campus
- Pastors, Developing The Next Generation Of Leaders,
- And Promoting From Within
- Twelve: Leveraging Technology.....163
- Find The Right Balance Of Technology, Whether You
- Use In-person Teaching Or Video
- Thirteen: Avoiding Detours.....173
- Learn Important Lessons From Churches That Have
- Taken Wrong Turns Or Hit Roadblocks
- Part Four:
- Why Extend Further And Reach More People?
- Fourteen: Secrets Of Ongoing Replication.....185
- Don't Let Your Dream Stop Short Of Developing An
- Entire Movement Of Replicating Campuses
- Fifteen: Where Do We Go From Here?.....195
- Be Part Of Turning The Tide In A Battle Being Lost By
- Current Approaches To Doing Church
- Appendix A: Internet Link For Multi-site Toolbox.....201
- Appendix B: International Multi-site Overview.....202
- Appendix C: Directory Of Multi-site Churches Cited.....204
- About The Authors.....222
You Say You Want a Revolution? Meet several highly successful multi-site churches These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also. --- ACTS 17:6 ESV It is coming . . . a movement of God. Some even call it a revolution. On Sunday morning at Seacoast Church, where I (Geoff) serve on staff in Charleston, South Carolina, a band launches into a hard-driving worship chorus as lyrics and background images are projected on screens and television monitors throughout the auditorium. Everyone begins to sing along with the worship team. This describes the experience at many contemporary churches, except that this scene happens eighteen times each weekend in nine locations around the state, all of which are known as Seacoast Church. Using many different bands and worship leaders, Seacoast's eighteen nearly identical weekend ser vices represent the look of a church that chose not to fight city hall in order to construct a bigger building. We instead continued to reach new people by developing additional campuses. At another church across the country, a congregation just north of San Diego sings 'How Great Thou Art' in Traditions, one of six venues on the same church campus. North Coast Church in Vista, California, developed six different worship atmospheres, all within a few feet of each other. Traditions is more intimate and nostalgic, while other venues range from country gospel to a coffeehouse feel to vibrating, big subwoofer attitude. The elements unifying these six on-site venues are the message (one venue features in-person preaching, and the others use videocasts) and the weekly adult small groups, whose discussion questions center on the sermon that everyone heard, no matter which venue they attended. North Coast has now developed multiple venues on additional campuses, so that on a typical weekend in early 2006, worshipers chose between more than twenty different ser vices spread across five campuses. Over in Texas, Ed Young Jr., senior pastor of Fellowship Church in Grapevine, preaches every Sunday morning on four campuses --- Grapevine, Uptown Dallas, Plano, and Alliance --- all at the same time. Ed delivers his Saturday night message in person in the main sanctuary on the Grapevine campus. It is videotaped and viewed the following morning by congregations at the other venues via LCD projectors and giant projection screens, framed by live music and a campus pastor. 'We decided we could reach more people and save a huge amount of money by going to where the people are and doing smaller venues instead of building a larger worship center in Grapevine,' Ed says. In downtown Chicago at New Life Bridgeport, a small church meets in a century-old former United Church of Christ facility. The pastor, Luke Dudenhoffer, preaches a sermon that he's worked on with up to ten other pastors across the city. Each pastor leads a satellite congregation of New Life Community Church, which is known as one church in many locations. At Community Chris tian Church in Chicagoland, eight different drama teams perform the same sketch at eight different locations. Then up to three different teachers deliver a message they've developed collaboratively. Most ser vices have an in-person preacher, though some sermons are videocasts. These churches, and more than 1,500 churches like them across the country, are discovering a new model for doing church. Going beyond additional ser vice times and larger buildings, churches are expanding into multiple venues and locations, and many of them are seeing increased evangelism and even exponential growth as a result. The approach of taking one church to multiple sites seems to be the beginning of a revolution in how church is done in North America and around the world. When four university computers were linked together for the first time on something called ARPANET in the fall of 1969, there was very little press coverage of the event. Aside from the scientists working on the project, no one considered this event revolutionary; it was just an adaptation of concepts that had existed for many years. In spite of such simple beginnings, ARPANET, known today as the Internet, has revolutionized almost every aspect of our lives in the twenty-first century --- from how people get sports scores to how they buy airline tickets to how they size up a church before visiting it. Revolutions often begin with little fanfare. They are usually built on concepts that have existed for many years and are seldom recognized in the beginning as revolutionary. The measure of a revolution is its impact, not its origins. That is why we believe the multi-site church movement is revolutionary. The concept of having church in more than one location isn't new or revolutionary; the roots of multi-site go back to the church of Acts, which had to scatter due to persecution. Elmer Towns points out that the original Jerusalem church 'was one large group (celebration), and many smaller groups (cells). . . . The norm for the New Testament church included both small cell groups and larger celebration groups.'1 Likewise, Aubrey Malphurs observes that Corinth and other first-century churches were multi-site, as a number of multi-site house churches were considered to be part of one citywide church.2 The approach of taking one church to multiple sites seems to be the beginning of a revolution in how church is done in North America and around the world. The measure of a revolution is its impact, not its origins. What is a multi-site church? A multi-site church is one church meeting in multiple locations --- different rooms on the same campus, different locations in the same region, or in some instances, different cities, states, or nations. A multi-site church shares a common vision, budget, leadership, and board. What does a multi-site church look like? A multi-site church can resemble any of a wide variety of models. For some churches, having multiple sites involves only a worship ser vice at each location; for others, each location has a full range of support ministries. Some churches use videocast sermons (recorded or live); others have in-person teaching on-site. Some churches maintain a similar worship atmosphere and style at all their campuses, and others allow or invite variation. What kind of church uses the multi-site approach?