Churches ready to reach more people must learn lessons from those who have gone before them.
If you speak to anyone who has walked the road of going multisite or planting a church, they will tell you that learning from those who have gone before you is a top priority. This is advice that you may have already heard but it’s worth repeating because of how true it is.
If your church is ready to reach more people and go multisite or plant a church, it is time for you to look for input from experts and those who have learned valuable lessons on their own journeys.
Stephen Trammell, pastor and senior leader at Champion Forest Baptist Church, Texas, is someone who has learned numerous lessons from being part of the team that led their church into going multisite.
His team reached out to Portable Church Industries to ensure that they didn’t forget a thing. However, Stephen’s advice goes far beyond reaching out for expert help. He has processed what he has learned and is able to share actionable advice to churches ready to reach more people. What’s more, is that he offers statistics that help put going multisite into perspective.
Though our interview with him was extensive, in this article we have selected Stephen’s input on:
- Actionable advice for going multisite
- Statistics that draw us back to the church in Acts
Make sure to earmark this information to consult when your church is ready to reach more people.
Actionable Advice One Multisite Leader Gives to Churches Ready to Reach More People
Q: What would you say to another church that is on the brink of going multisite to reach more people?
Stephen’s answer: I would say go for it. It’s one of the most efficient and effective strategies to fulfill the great commission. And the beauty is, if your church is healthy then you want to duplicate that. What if you could take the experience of your original church campus and take it to where people are; if you could just infuse your DNA into another segment of your community?
Step 1: Do a geo-map of your membership
See where your already-existing members are situated in relation to your original campus. You will want to find pockets of where your current membership lives, around a 10–15 minute drive away from your original campus. You don’t want to go too far beyond that circle because then it becomes difficult to duplicate DNA. You want to be able to ask people who live in a particular region if they would be willing to help you launch a new campus near them.If your church is healthy then you want to duplicate that. Take the experience of your original church campus and infuse your DNA into another segment of your community. Need to know how? We can help. Click To Tweet
Step 2: Explore
Explore the land and find what is available in the region you’re looking at launching in. Perhaps there is a school building or a theater.
Step 3: Read
I would also read every book available on multisite churches and listen to a lot of podcasts on multisite. There are so many resources available to us related to multisite – many that live on the Portable Church Industries’ blog.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
Stephen’s answer: Let me give you some stats on multisite that may be beneficial to you:
In 1990, there were ten multisite churches in the United States. In 2005, there were more than 1,500 multisite churches. And now there are more than 8,000 multisite churches. The reality is that multisite is not a new concept. When you read the book of Acts, it’s a multisite church.Multisite is not a new concept. The church written about in the book of Acts is a multisite church. There are over 8,000 multisite churches in the USA today. Learn from others’ mistakes and victories when you read what they’ve… Click To Tweet
So, what I want to say is: Continue to walk closely with the Lord and God will show you what’s next, He will show you how to extend your reach, He will show you how to expand the vision of your current reality, and God will raise up people within the church members who will have the same calling to go multisite. Not everyone will go with you but you don’t want everyone to go with you. The goal is to have a core group of people to go with you and then focus on reaching new people for Christ.
But here is the key: your senior pastor has to be fully on board and fully committed to going multisite to reach more people.
CHURCHES READY TO REACH MORE PEOPLE MUST LEARN BEFORE THEY ACT
Acting before learning often leads to a far more arduous journey to going multisite. As Stephen Trammell points out in his actionable points, there is a wealth of knowledge out there and it should be accessed before you embark on your multisite journey. But where to start? There are a lot of podcasts, ebooks, and articles for you to access, right at your fingertips. There are also courses, specifically designed to educate you on the ins and outs of going multisite.