I feel a deep sense of gratitude as we celebrate Thanksgiving. This year has been full of new growth on so many fronts.
Russ Williams, facility manager at the Barrington campus of The Orchard, a growing multisite church in Chicago’s suburbs, was concerned about the high cost of utilities. Electric bills, in particular, were draining the church of dollars that could have been better spent on ministries.
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"And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday." — Isaiah 58:10 As the prophet Isaiah declared, we are called to give of our ourselves to serve the world in tangible ways. See how Holy Family Episcopal Church in Fishers, Indiana, worked with Aspen Group to better equip their ministry space for meeting the needs in the community.
Part of what a futurist does is try to find the invisible stories going on that we don't see immediately, but which can affect us. We're all operating with multiple stories simultaneously. I want to offer some vocabulary around these invisible stories, because the stories we’re part of have far-reaching implications for churches.
Today’s multisite church includes hybrid variations of the traditional one-church-in-multiple-locations model. Often, church planting is incorporated as part of a comprehensive growth strategy. These new approaches call for new skill sets and structures to support rapid growth and change.
Aspen Group's upcoming Alignment Conference has put the word alignment on my mind a lot lately. As ministries grow—and especially as churches pursue a multisite strategy—the opportunities for misalignment are many and pose threats to ministry success. Misalignment in mission, vision, leadership, and facilities can affect your ability to advance your church's purpose and grow God’s kingdom.
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.
For anything to grow, it must change. With back-to-school season upon us, all we have to do is scroll through the sentimental posts on Facebook to see the tension of growth and change. With each new year, parents equally mourn and celebrate the change and growth of their “babies.”