Monday, March 8, 2010

Multi-Site Church Road Trip ~ A Review

This video corresponds with this book:


I was provided a copy of this book from Zondervan in exchange for this review. Thanks to them for A Multi-Site Church Road Trip.

I again state that I’m no literary critic, so bear with me.

I suppose that I’m a bit behind the times, but I didn’t realize that Multi-Site is as popular as it is. I suppose I’ve been somewhat sheltered for the last few years. Spending the last decade in some form of rural Virginia will do that.

This was an all around education about Multi-Site, from concept to implementation and launching new campuses. I did a mad read over the weekend in order to finish the book before the blog tour this week. While I enjoyed it, I do feel like it was written for a more specific audience than the random curious mom of three willing to read/review books. (It does say Leadership Network Innovation Series on the cover.) It seemed to be a very helpful book for church leaders facing space issues and looking at options for expansion.

The purpose of the Multi-Site Church is to “instead of bricks and mortar, [Multi-Site Church] invests in technology to create more space for worshippers.”

It is not a fad, and it is becoming, quite possibly, the new normal. But, what exactly is a Multi-Site Church and how does it differ from what we are used to? They go into detail about the replication of the church DNA in the sites. Some churches use video to broadcast one message to each site, while others rely on Campus Pastors for the teaching, sharing common vision and mission for the church.

The desire to reach the lost and disciple newcomers to the faith is prevalent throughout the book. I love the idea that people are willing to look outside the box in order to “bring the church to the people.”

While reading this book, I kept thinking about the church I grew up in. This church is bursting at the seams and still growing. They have tried purchasing land to build a larger church, and when that didn’t work out, decided to expand on the property that they have now. I just kept wondering if this type of model would translate to this church. The problems they are facing are the kind you want, whatever the outcome. Those issues mean that lots of lives are being impacted, people are growing in Christ and introducing Him to others.

That’s a good problem, folks. And if you have to do church via internet (which, at this point in my life is verrry appealing) to get that done, so be it.

1 comment:

Greg Ligon said...

Jen -

Thanks for the post ... yes multi-site is even making its way to rural areas. Love that you are incorporating your passion for learning and "mom-ing" and sharing your insights with the world through your blog. You ever read the blog - matron down under - great blog of a friend who shares the humor and lessons learned as a mom of three as well.

Again - thanks for the post.