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Culture | Leadership | Multisite | church facilities | church planting | Ministry

Responding to Your Vision of Church Expansion: An Aspen Podcast

By: Marian V. Liautaud
July 27, 2017

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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Multisite | church planting

4 Reasons Why Multisite is Moving Rural

By: Dave Travis
June 21, 2017

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.

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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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Multisite | Communication | Church Culture

Addressing Top Communications Challenges for Multisite Churches

By: Jamie Shafer
June 01, 2017

When it comes to multisite church ministry, we find that there are so many approaches, ideas, challenges—and questions! Here are a few of the top questions we hear and tips on how to meet communication challenges.

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Leadership | Multisite | Church Culture

Pastors: How to Fill Your Ministry Pipeline with New Leaders

By: Patrick O'Connell
May 25, 2017

Where do you get leaders? It’s a question I’m asked all the time and one you’ve probably wondered about. Do they just walk in off the street? Does God deliver them to our doorstep? Am I looking for them? Do I need to be looking for them in a certain way?

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Events | Multisite | church planting

Announcing Aspen’s 2017 Alignment Conference: Launching Your Next Church

By: Marian V. Liautaud
May 18, 2017

“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.  

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Church Design | Multisite | church building

5 Models for Church Expansion

By: Marian V. Liautaud
April 19, 2017

Whatever the churches in your neighborhood look like, stop for a moment, and consider the church that isn’t there. At least, that isn’t there yet. What will it look like? Who will attend? What will its relationship be with the people who live, work, and play in your zip code? How will it be built to reflect the values of those pastoring and attending the community?

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Multisite | Church Culture

4 Keys for Building a Church to Grow

By: Derek DeGroot
March 29, 2017

If you want to ignite a culture of strategic expansion, you have to build for one–literally. But buildings require time and capital. For some churches, especially those that are focused on reaching more people for Christ as quickly as possible, the thought of building new campuses or investing in permanent space seems at odds with a nimble, frugal approach to launching multiple congregations.

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Leadership | Multisite

A Model for Creating a Pipeline of Leaders

By: Patrick O'Connell
March 15, 2017

New churches help new people find a way back to God. So starting new churches and new sites is a good thing. But if you want to plant more churches and sites, you need to be thinking about leadership development.

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Multisite | church facilities

Tips and Tools for Launching Multisites and More

By: Marian V. Liautaud
February 16, 2017

Pastors who are contemplating moving their church beyond a single campus face a variety of daunting questions: Should we plant or go multisite?

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Multisite

Beyond Multisite: What Pastors Need to Know About Church Expansion

By: Marian V. Liautaud
January 25, 2017

The multisite church may have been an innovative idea among large, cutting-edge congregations when they first started to appear in the 1980s. Now, though, multisite has become the mainstream model for expansion among healthy, growing churches of all sizes.

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