Are we planting a separate church?
No. We are one church in two locations.
Will people be pressured to attend a specific campus?
No. People may attend whichever campus they like, whether it is closer to them or not.
Will people be interested in attending a campus in a multi-site church?
According to a large study by Leadership Network/Generis*:
- In the United States alone, 5 million people worshipped at one of 8,000 multisite churches last weekend.
- Nine percent of all Protestant churchgoers and 3% of all Protestant churches, respectively are multi-site.
- If multisite churches were a Protestant denomination, they would be the fourth largest.
- 85% of surveyed multisite churches are growing—and at the rate of 14% per year.
- Churches typically go multisite in the 1,000 size range, though almost half say they could have become multisite at a smaller size.
- Campus viability starts at 75-350 people, depending on your model.
- The typical multisite church is just 4 years into the process, and 57% plan to launch an additional campus in the next 12 months.
- The vast majority (88%) of churches report that going multisite increased the role of lay participation.
- The vast majority (87%) of campus pastors are found internally—trained and hired from within the church.
- Multisite campuses grow far more than church plants, and likewise multisite campuses have a greater evangelistic impact than church plants.
- Nearly half (48%) of multisite churches directly sponsor new churches.
- The recommended distance between campuses is a travel time of 15-30 minutes.
- In rating what campuses do well, spiritual growth and volunteering are near the top, and newer campuses do better at reaching the unchurched.
*Leadership Network/Generis Multisite Church Scorecard Faster Growth, More New Believers and Greater Lay Participation by Warren Bird
Will the preaching be live or via video?
Sermons will be provided mainly by video (with some live preaching). All other facets of ministry will be provided by leaders and team members on site.
What will the Church be called?
We are considering using the name: “The Family Church” as an overall name, and then identifying each site by its location: U-City, Shaw, etc.
Why don’t we just buy a bigger church in University City?
We have been looking carefully for suitable property in the University City area for several years. Currently we are not aware of any suitable locations for sale. Additionally, the multi-site model provides a number of additional benefits: smaller / more intimate worship service and community, additional locations for various functions, further reach, greater accessibility, greater member engagement, greater opportunity for evangelism, discipleship, leadership development, etc.
Who will staff the Shaw location?
We will be holding several planning and listening meetings in the coming weeks to finalize staffing plans for the new location.
How will we promote the Shaw location and reach out to the neighborhood?
We are planning an extensive online presence, mailer campaign, and word of mouth.
Won’t the two campuses drift apart?
We have always said that “we must grow larger and smaller at the same time.” Every time we grow larger, it becomes more difficult for everyone in our church to know one another. However, part of our mission is to reach as many people as possible with the gospel. We cannot allow our desire for intimacy to override Christ’s commission to reach the world. In order to maintain intimacy and close community, we urge every member to join a Life Group and to join the Dream Team. These are the two ministries where strong, tight-knit bonds of Christian fellowship are forged.