Pastors: are you throwing your hands in the air, ready to quit? Not sure where to go next in your ministry or what God is calling you to? Experiencing burnout or exhaustion? Whether you're a seasoned pastor or you're diving into your very first church plant, chances are slim that everything in your ministry has gone off without a hitch. Maybe you're at a point in your life where you simply feel... stuck.
If your church wants to expand to more locations, you must first know the questions to ask: What does "going multisite" mean? And a "church plant" . . . is that the same thing? How do other churches make a decision to expand? How might it affect the leadership and operations within my church? In Episode 1 of the Alignment Conference Podcast, Brooke Hempell, senior VP of research at Barna Group, shares what she learned when asking church leaders around the country these same questions—all compiled in the More Than Multisite research study. And if you're not a numbers person, don't worry. In this conversation, Brooke helps make sense of the data in applying it to your vision of church expansion.
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As an observer of the multisite movement over the past 20 years, I get excited to see that the movement is growing in rural areas. Whether you label the areas as exurban, fringe, or rural, it is pleasing to note that these places are becoming fertile ground for the multisite model.
“The idea of multisite churches began as a bandaid solution for megachurches that found themselves out of room,” says Jim Tomberlin, founder of MultiSite Solutions.
Barna Group and the Cornerstone Knowledge Network (CKN), on behalf of Aspen Group and Fishhook, undertook a study of multisite and church plants across the country to discover and define today’s models for expansion.
Churches that are dedicated to reproducing will experience several ongoing tensions. You can't experience movement without feeling tension. Here are five of the most common pain points for churches that are focused on multiplying: