The multisite movement has taken the world by storm! In fact, the multisite model has already multiplied and revitalized thousands of churches in the United States. In 2014, Leadership Network concluded that there were 8,000 multisite churches across America. And, this number has only escalated since.
Here are seven good reasons that explain why multisite churches are no longer the exception but the norm:
Enables untapped talent to emerge:
Mobilizing a team of volunteers is essential for the running of any growing church. Launching a multisite campus encourages a greater involvement of people in various growth, outreach and service capacities. In fact, studies indicate that lay participation increased in 88% of multisite churches! You might just find the least likely church members taking on unexpected responsibilities and ownership at your new campus. Are you ready to tap into the hidden talent of your church community?
Improves the stewardship of resources:
Yes, indeed! Why spend millions on a bigger building, when launching a new campus allows you to reach a lot more people? It’s little wonder that 52% of multisite campuses launch in rented spaces.
In addition, a multisite church model fosters a culture of generosity and giving among the different campuses. Is your church channeling its resources to areas that matter?
Enjoys the benefits of both big and small churches:
According to Dave Ferguson, Community Christian Church, “Multisite is a proactive strategy for reaching more people, not just a reactive response to more crowding.” In essence, a multisite church grows bigger, by growing smaller! Multisite churches enjoy the benefits of larger churches, including a wider support system and network, while retaining the close community environment of a small church. Therefore, a multisite church offers the best of both worlds, doesn’t it?
Helps struggling churches thrive:
Did you know that merging with a multisite church is seen as one of the best strategies for the health and survival of struggling churches? That’s why many churches facing slow yet steady decline choose to be adopted by multisite churches, and re-emerge as new sites.
The multisite church model, therefore, is a practical solution for struggling churches. Do you agree that merging with a multisite campus is a good strategy for churches to transition from surviving to thriving?
Creates a platform for intentional leadership development:
Building up and releasing leaders is a key responsibility of any healthy and God-centered church. However, this is easier said than done! In fact, developing leaders sometimes takes a backseat in many churches. However, it is not so in the case of multisite churches! Churches with multiple campuses are compelled to raise and release leaders.
In fact, 68% of multisite churches have a formal leadership development process. No wonder that multisite campuses seem to do a better job at raising leaders from within their congregations. Does your church have a formal leadership development process in place?
Protects against a cult of personality:
Critics of the multisite church movement have argued against the dangers of putting the senior or lead pastor as the common denominator in the “one church, many campuses” equation. However, J.D. Greear, pastor of Summit Church, says that multisite churches actually protect against the cult of personality. Multisite campuses facilitate the exposure of their congregations to several Spirit-filled leaders whom they can look to for leadership and ministry. Such leaders are available to offer advice and minister to the community on a one-to-one basis. On the other hand, the presence of the lead pastor at a single-site church is often seen as necessary for any matter at hand.
Foster an effective evangelistic strategy:
Did you know that the biggest reason for churches to go multisite is evangelistic outreach? According to pastor and businessman Dr. Steve Greene, no other approach to evangelism has witnessed such a high percentage of growth as the multisite church has! The Leadership Network study also revealed that 85% of multisite churches have grown since starting a campus! Isn’t that impressive?
The multisite model tends to spread healthy churches to more diverse communities. As a result, such campuses reach more people than single-site churches can. Isn’t this one of the greatest advantages of the multisite church strategy?