Multi-Site Churches: Guidance for the Movement's Next Generation

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Based on research of forty congregations that have grown by opening one or more additional worship locations, Multi-Site Churches provides the next generation of believers interested in this same type of growth with practical insights about how and when to proceed. Common practices and mistakes to avoid are clearly explained, and first-person advice and anecdotes from leading multi-site church pastors offer an invaluable advantage for when your church considers whether or not to...

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Overview

Based on research of forty congregations that have grown by opening one or more additional worship locations, Multi-Site Churches provides the next generation of believers interested in this same type of growth with practical insights about how and when to proceed. Common practices and mistakes to avoid are clearly explained, and first-person advice and anecdotes from leading multi-site church pastors offer an invaluable advantage for when your church considers whether or not to follow this path of ministry.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780805448771
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 665,371
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Scott McConnell is associate director of LifeWay Research and has researched the needs and preferences of churches for ten years. He received a bachelor of science degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and lives with his wife and children in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword ix

Introduction 1

1 Why Multi-Site? 5

Advice from James MacDonald, pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel 19

2 The Pieces That Need to Come Together 25

3 Knowing Who You Are and What Matters 49

4 Decisions That Define Your Multi-Site Church 67

Advice from Dave Ferguson, lead pastor, Community Christian Church 67

5 Priority One: Finding the Leader 89

Advice from Geoff Surratt, pastor of ministries, Seacoast Church 100

6 Developing a Team of Leaders 111

Advice from Rick Rusaw, senior minister, LifeBridge Christian Church 117

7 Where Do You Launch? 127

Advice from Jimmie Davidson, senior pastor, Highlands Fellowship 127

8 How Do You Communicate Multi-Site Effectively? 147

Advice from Scott Chapman, copastor, The Chapel 148

9 What Has to Change within Your Staff? 163

Advice from Dino Rizzo, lead pastor, Healing Place Church 174

10 Leadership Development 179

Advice from Jon Ferguson, community pastor, Community Christian Church 190

11 Keeping the Sites Connected 197

12 Specific Types of New Sites 213

Advice from Warren Bird, director of research, Leadership Network 219

Epilogue 235

Notes 237

List of churches who participated in research, with Web site addresses 238

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