Multi-Site Church

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What is a multi-site church? 
A multi-site church is one church meeting in multiple locations—different rooms on the same campus, different locations in the same region, or in some instances, different cities, states, or nations.  A multi-site church shares a common vision, budget, leadership, and board.

What does a multi-site church look like? 
A multi-site church can resemble any of a wide variety of models.  For some churches, having multiple sites involves only a worship service at each location; for others, each location has a full range of support ministries.  Some churches use video-cast sermons (recorded or live); others have in-person teaching on-site.  Some churches maintain a similar worship atmosphere and style at all their campuses, and others allow or invite variation.

What kind of church uses the multi-site approach? 
The multi-site approach works best for already growing churches but is used by all types of churches.  The majority of multi-site churches are suburban, but many can be found in urban contexts and some in rural contexts.  Multi-sites are found among old churches and new, mainline and nondenominational, and in all regions of the country.  Smaller churches (30-200 people) tend to do multi-site as a niche outreach or as a regional-campus approach.  Medium-size churches (200-800 people) that go multi-site tend to have only two or three campuses.  Larger churches (800-2,000 people) and megachurches (2,000 people and up) are the most likely to be multi-site and to do it in a way that develops a large network of campuses.
 
Why become multi-site? 
The purpose of becoming a multi-site church is to make more and better disciples by bring the church closer to where people are.  The motivation is to do a better job of loving people, including different types of people, with an outcome of making significant advances in obeying Jesus’ Great Commandment (Matt. 22:37-40) and Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20).

How long do multi-site churches last?
Several churches have been multi-site for up to twenty years, and a handful for even longer.  Some churches use a multi-site approach as a transitional strategy during a building program or a seasonal outreach.  Other churches intentionally choose to be multi-site only temporarily as a church-planting strategy to help new congregations start out strong.

 

Church of the Nazarene

USA/Canada Region

17001 Prairie Star Parkway

Lenexa, KS 66220

Phone: 913.577.2830

Toll-free: 800.306.9948

usacanadaregion@nazarene.org
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