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2007 Multi-Site Church Conference

The 2007 Multi-Site Church Conference just wrapped up.  The conference looked at why do multi-site, different models of multi-site and specifically the Redeemer NY (multi-site) and the Harbor Presbyterian (multi-congregational & multi-site) models.  (No video venues)  Here are some ideas from the conference:

Launching a second site only increases a church costs 35-45% (with a pastor preaching these two locations each Sunday).

If you are going to launch a second service you must provide an equal level of excellence in these four areas or people may return to the first site: worship, preaching, fellowship, children.  Fellowship will take a hit, in terms of splitting people but they must see this as being on mission. 

To go multi-site you must have a movement leader who provides (1) integrity to vision, (2) vitality to mission and (3) unity in the sites.  

[Generis a sponsor led this session but I thought it was interesting] If you conduct a campaign to raise money in your church, their are three types of people who will give Major, Leadership & Congregation gifts.  I wont' go into too many details but typically the congregational represent 56-85% of the total givers yet only 15-25% of the total raised.  Just preaching on tithing isn't enough, stewardship needs to be a ministry in your church.  Many Major donors feel it unwise to tithe what they could, because the church could become dependent on it.  They are willing to donate for one-time events or projects.

Six Key Questions to ask to determine if you should go multi-site or not

1. Does multi-site ministry fit with your vision & values?  (For example, if you are bridging  together different cultures into one multi-cultural service, to go multi-site can actually harm your vision.)

2. Would the multi-site model best fit your context & gifts?

3. Is your leadership enthusiastic to do this?  (Going multi-site can cause some people to feel overwhelmed or even feel threatened by their loss of influence and power.)

4. Is your key leadership in place to support this goal & vision?

5. Have you effectively communicated your vision?

6. Is the pastor and his wife ready/willing/able to do this?  (Multi-site will have a big impact on your ministry style and patterns.) 


  1. Thanks for the notes here, Drew. Do you know if they plan to make the audio available?

  2. They did not record it.

  3. Drew, what are your thoughts on multi-site churches? My gut reaction is that this is an okay interim step but not a desirable long-term answer. I’d rather multiply churches than extend campuses. I’d really be interested in your thoughts on this.

  4. Tim,

    There are numerous types of multi-site. What we are going to do is called multi-site, multi-congregational. We want to raise up preachers, who would take over these sites. Our goal is to have 15 locations (sites) that are all “Kaleo” but this would probably represent 7-8 congregations within our movement. A pastor would preach his message at two locations. So in some way they are diff’t churches, but they are part of the same movement of church planting.


  5. Thanks Drew. That sounds like a decent idea. You’re multiplying a healthy church but you’re not having to wait till you get a preacher before your multiply. At the same time, you’re not planning on leaving it at a multisite level.

    This makes me more comfortable. Instead of finding an elder (pastor) and then building a church around him, you get the church going and then find a pastor to plug in to it.

    Am I reading you correctly?

  6. Yes, we are going to plant (multi-site), David will preach at all locations but an elder will be rotated in until they take it over. When the new elder/preacher takes it over (multi-congregational) they will then grow it and plan to start a second site/service.

  7. You seem to be taking a busines standpoint in this issue. I think more consideration and thought into the people themselves may prove more challenging to your vision goals. People thrive on human contact. To take a pastor away from a church to build up another one or to visions a pastor preaching for 2 churches is very disheartening to me. A church loses something when the pastor leaves or does not share the vision of the church with it’s congregation.


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