Why Multi-site Church? 6 Benefits

Multi-site church development continues to be a great tool for multiplying and revitalizing churches. A few observations about current multi-site churches among Louisiana Baptists:

  • Those churches have experienced a combined 30% growth in attendance since becoming multi-site.
  • 80% have experienced growth in worship and small groups.
  • Half have included a church merger or gifting of a building from a declining church as part of the multi-site development.
  • Half have requested and received cooperative funding from the Louisiana Baptists Missions & Ministries Team for the new sites.
  • All of them were growing churches before multi-site development, not because of multi-site development.

One of the biggest takeaways: multi-site is not a tool for getting your church to grow, but to multiply your growing DNA to a new community. Dennis Watson, Pastor of Celebration Church in New Orleans, which has 6 campuses and is planning more, gives six benefits of a multi-site campus strategy. Multi-site enables your church to:

  1. Grow larger and smaller at the same time.
  2. Overcome geographic and cultural barriers to reach new people.
  3. Address more community needs and provide more community support.
  4. Involve more people in growth and outreach opportunities.
  5. Staff with generalists and specialists, so that both groups can be utilized.
  6. Provide a new church vibe with a big church punch.

How can our church know if multi-site is in our future:

  • Do you have a vision for church revitalization that may include merging with a declining congregation?
  • Are you running out of space, but do not feel led to build bigger?
  • Has your church been in decline and could possibly be a candidate for merging with a sister congregation?
  • Take this Multi-site Diagnosis Self-assessment (from Geoff Surratt, author of the Multi-Site Church Road Trip). 

Contact one of our Church Planting Strategists to talk about how to start your church multiplication journey.

Follow Up Reading

Interested in learning more about multi-site? Bookmark these great resources.