Multisite trends in churches continues to be a very hot topic. As churches look to grow, adding and expanding locations is one of the many options to consider.
Earlier this year, my friend Jim Tomberlin released 14 multisite trends for 2013. After having several conversations with multisite pastors and church leaders, I found the four that will be the most significant and likely to impact the way we do multisite ministry this year. Here are the four church multisite trends from Jim’s list, along with some additional thoughts and tips of my own:
1. Adult Sunday School Is Leaving the Building
No matter what you call it, more and more churches are moving from meeting in classrooms on Sunday morning to instead meeting in living rooms during the week. This is even true for more traditional and established churches. For multisite churches, embracing the change and creating new systems and processes for effective discipleship also creates opportunities to utilize their resources for adding additional campuses.
Tip: Moving from a traditional Sunday morning schedule to meeting during the week can be challenging. By utilizing private online groups, your members won’t miss a beat when it comes to managing their calendars, sharing files, or discussing outreach opportunities.
2. Student Ministry Shift
Much like the change in Sunday school, many multisite churches are moving their student ministry services to a weeknight—and some are combining their campuses for the service. This is a great way to create synergy within your student ministry and enable students to have a greater influence in their schools and community.
Tip: Planning and maintaining a sense of structure can be difficult, especially in student ministry. Using your system for event management or online check-in can ensure that your services run smoothly and you garner real-time attendance data to stay on top of who shows up…..and who’s gone missing.
3. Big Box Is Dead
Churches today, especially multisite churches, have a greater sense of awareness when it comes to how and when their buildings are being used. Instead of opening their doors only one day a week, churches are looking for ways to engage with the community and make their building accessible throughout the week. Deciding that your church building is going to be for community use and not just for your church is an approach many multisite churches are adopting.
Tip: The last thing you want to do when opening up your building for the community is double-book a space. By using resources management features, you can effectively manage a variety of requests to use your available facilities and equipment from one online system.
4. Church Planting Is Cool
Numerous mega-churches across the country have started planting campuses and churches in multiple states. Funding these church plants might be the easier task as compared to finding the manpower to help the new campuses run efficiently.
Tip: Whether you are launching a new church or a new campus, It’s important to get your web based church management software in place even before the church begins. Establishing good systems out of the gate will serve you well as you grow. Church Community Builder offers attractive pricing to new church plants.
What are you doing to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to leading your multisite church or campus effectively?