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Multiple-site Church Phenomenon and Video

Mark Driscoll cites a very, very interesting development (evolution?) in contemporary church planting: “One thing I am certain of following my recent travels is that the multiple-site church phenomenon and video services are here to stay. Dead churches will be revitalized more and more by larger churches establishing services in them through the use of video. An entirely new form of church planting seems to be emerging that, along with traditional church planting, will help to add healthy new churches.”

Mark also talks candidly in the article about the serious health problems that accompany ten years of non-stop ministry. His open words regarding this issue are laden with wisdom, warning, and heart.

2 Comments

  1. Scott
    Posted April 9, 2007 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    One of our elders recently went to a multi-site church planting conference in San Diego. The church that hosts it has multiple sites of no more than 150 members. They share administrative staff and leadership, but there is physical preaching from the pulpit each Sunday morning (no video). Where that pulpit may be varies depending on the location…school, movie theater, SDA church, etc. They don’t own any land or buildings, in part because of the cost associated with it (esp. on the west coast) and partly by design. It has a tendency to push the church into the homes (a good thing), but I wonder if it also results in a lack of cohesiveness for the body. That is, does their 150 member church, similar in size to ours, feel as much like a family? Also, one of the criticisms I heard was that their elders are spread across all sites, which effectively makes them more like adminstrators and less like shepards of the flock.

    Anyway, we’ve been looking into the multi-site concept as a way to plant churches in rural (read: oft neglected) north Georgia, since starting a church outside of a major urban/suburban area and without much money goes against most church planting models. We’re of the mindset that all you need to plant a church is a faithful God and an obedient heart.

  2. Shawn
    Posted April 9, 2007 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    I’m intrigued by the idea of multiple site church facilitated by one administrative and pastoral team. I think there is huge potential in the model. Too, I think an already existing church could grown by leaps and bound by taking this approach. It’s like small groups … on a macro level, so to speak.

    You are spot on in that last paragraph. Faithfulness to God and obedient heart are key.

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