Jim Sweeney • November 05, 2015
If your church is thinking about opening up one or more additional sites, congratulations!
That means you’re reaching a growing number of engaged members and people are excited about joining your community. Things like this can only happen when a church is truly connecting with its members and delivering a message they want and need.
Still, the growing trend of multi-site churches remains controversial. Because the subject is so broad, we’ll cover different aspects of it in this blog. This post will lay out some of the common arguments for multi-site churches. Next week, we’ll present the opposite case.
Here are a few reasons why multi-site churches are beneficial to any church and community:
The growth of a single-site church is, in many cases, limited by its location and the size of its facilities. A church can only hold so many services and the building has a set capacity. Opening up one or more additional campuses allows your church to drastically increase the number of people it can reach with its message and, in many cases, allows a church to offer a greater variety of activities and programmed events.
Technology has improved to the point where churches that stream the main Sunday service to satellites can offer a seamless, multi-media experience at those campuses. Though live preaching will always be more powerful than video preaching, a multi-site church that invests in the right equipment and personnel training can provide an experience that shouldn’t leave any community-members dissatisfied. The improved technology helps ensure that the message each congregant receives is consistent, no matter where they receive it.
Not every church that uses the multi-site model does so with the intention of eventually planting churches, but for those that do, opening a satellite campus first is a great way to test possible locations and the interest of the those who would potentially join your community.
Though finances are in no way the priority of a church, they are always a necessity to keep the ministry of the body going. What is often overlooked in the conversation regarding multi-site churches is that opening several campuses allows churches to touch the lives of a larger community, offering more people the opportunity to tithe and further the work and kingdom of God.
Members of a church community are constantly moving into and out of local congregations for various reasons: new job, better schools, upsizing, downsizing. At some point their new home might be too far for them to make the drive to services. By having multiple locations in a metro area, a church increases the odds that a member who moves will be able to attend a satellite campus and stay connected to the ministry they seek.
Multi-site churches are becoming increasingly popular. And with the above list, it makes sense why! Still, the debate over them rages on and is something that requires substantial consideration.
Here's a post arguing for the other side, pointing out some of the reasons why people are skeptical of the multi-site church model.