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Jim Tomberlin

Jim Tomberlin is founder and senior consultant of MultiSite Solutions, which has assisted over 1,000 churches in maximizing their redemptive potential through intensive and insightful multisite and church merger consultation. Over three decades, Jim has pastored a church in Germany, grown a megachurch in Colorado and pioneered the multisite strategy for Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago. Since 2005, he has been consulting and coaching churches in developing and implementing multi-campus strategies. As the @MultiSiteGuy, Jim continues to track multisite developments and has become the nationally-recognized expert on multisite church. In addition, he has become the @MergerGuru having assisted over 200 churches through the church merger process. Jim is the author of 125 Tips for MultiSite Churches, Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work, and Church Locality: New Rules for Church Buildings in a Multisite, Church Planting and Giga-Church World.

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Multisite | Church Mergers

4 Questions to Ask If You’re Considering a Church Merger

By: Jim Tomberlin
May 02, 2018

In our consulting work at Multisite Solutions, we get weekly calls from churches asking two questions: So, why should a church merge? Should we do this or not? When I meet with the two involved parties, usually two senior pastors or a senior pastor and a board member, we talk about the following questions they should also be exploring:

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Multisite | Church Mergers

Church Mergers: The Unintended Consequence of the Multisite Movement

By: Jim Tomberlin
April 24, 2018

Around 2009, my friend Warren Bird, at Leadership Network, called and asked if I was seeing a lot of mergers in my multisite church consulting. I was, and he was seeing the same. “God is doing something,” Warren said. “We ought to write a book about it.” A couple of years later, we published the book, Better Together, Making Church Mergers Work. Originally, like many pastors and church leaders, I had a vague, negative idea about church mergers. We didn't see it coming when we started thinking about multisite during my years at Willow Creek Community Church, but mergers have become an unintended consequence of the multisite movement.

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Making Space for Millennials Executive Summary

Making Space for Millennials Executive Summary

Discover the impact Millennials' values, allegiances, and assumptions will have on your church.

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Leadership | Multisite | Managing Facilities

The Multisite Movement at a Crossroads

By: Jim Tomberlin
September 14, 2016

The multisite movement has progressed through some very identifiable seasons. When I started down the multisite path as a senior pastor in Colorado in the 1990s, multisite was a radical idea. In the first decade of the 21st century, multisite then became a cool idea among large, cutting-edge churches. Now, in the second decade of this century, multisite has become the mainstream idea among healthy, growing churches of all sizes.

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Culture | Leadership | Church Construction

The Five "P's" of Launching a Multi-Site Campus

By: Jim Tomberlin
July 16, 2010

Below is a portion of CKN Knowledge Partner Jim Tomberlin's recent blog post about launching a multi-site campus. We encourage you to visit Multi-Site Solutions’ blog for the full article and other valuable resources on multi-site strategy.

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