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August 15, 2017

Could Becoming a Multisite Church Work?

By Geoff Surratt

Multisite churches are a huge step to make for a church. Today we’re going to look at three crucial questions you need to ask when thinking about becoming a multisite church.

 1. Are you a healthy church?

When thinking about starting a multisite church, it is crucial to first look at your church and congregation. Is your church a healthy church? A multisite should be a response for growth, not a driver for growth.

If your church attendance is low, you shouldn’t be thinking about starting a new campus to spark interest in your church again. Starting a new campus should be a response to growth. A sign of a healthy church is if your church is continuing to grow. A healthy environment is a growing environment. If you’re church has an overflow of people, thinking about a new campus would be a good idea.

Are people finding their way back to God through your church? If you aren’t seeing evangelism within your church, it’s not a great time for multisite. The church was created to share the gospel with the nations. If your church isn’t sharing the gospel outside the walls of the building, it may not be a good idea to start a new campus.

Are disciples being made? Are your people becoming better disciples? Are they making disciples? If they aren’t doing it in one location, they won’t be doing it in other locations. It is important to know that your church is going to make disciples and commit to becoming better disciples before expanding to a new location.

Are people excited about bringing their friends and family? People should be excited to bring people to your church. This is a sign of a growing, healthy church. In order to think about starting a new campus, you need to think about whether or not people are excited to come to your current one.

2. What is the driving impetus behind going multisite?

The first driver of your new campus should be rapid growth. Your church should be consistently growing, to the point where it only makes sense to expand.

The second driving impetus should be serving an underserved community. You should be able to see the need of the people within your community and also see an opportunity to do something about it.

Thirdly, you need a visionary leader. A new campus pastor should be a driving impetus behind going multisite, because you can’t start a new campus without the commitment of a hard-working, visionary leader who believes in the mission of your new campus.

3. Are the key leaders onboard?

Are the elders and key leaders from your current church supportive of building a new campus? There will always be people that oppose this move, but you need to have key ministry leaders behind you that believe in the mission of the church.

*This content by Geoff was adapted from our course, Moving Toward MultisiteAre you moving toward multisite? Trying to figure out how to launch your first campus, or your next one? Check out our course, Moving Toward Multisite and unlock 18 modules packed with essential training so that you can move toward multisite.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Geoff Surratt

Geoff Surratt (@GeoffSurratt) has over 30 years of ministry experience and enjoys helping church planters just starting out, pastors growing a ministry, and megachurch leaders figuring what is next.

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