10 Articles that will Accelerate the Multisite Movement at your Church


Currently there are more than 8,000 multisite churches across America and more than 1,600 mega churches (churches of more than 2,000 people in weekly attendance). While both are growing, the multisite church movement has outpaced the mega church movement in America. What was once seen as only a Band-Aid strategy for space issues at mega churches has become a vehicle for growth in local churches of all kinds and all sizes (the average size a church goes multisite is around 850-1200). “Multi” doesn’t mean “Mega” anymore.

If your church is considering going multisite or stuck somewhere along the way these articles will help you move in the right direction!

7 Multisite Myths

There are a lot of misconceptions floating around out there about the multisite movement. Here are the most popular 7 that I hear as I work with churches around the country.

8 Things to Consider Before you Multisite

Is your church considering multisite as a part of your future strategy? You need to dig into these 8 ideas with your Sr. Leadership Team first!

Multisite Fast Facts

15 quick hitting facts about the multisite movement based on national research!

5 Differences between Church Planting and Multisite

A church plant and a multisite campus are distinctly different animals. You better know the difference before you begin!

What is a Campus Pastor?

Many churches are trying to figure out this new role in church-world. This post will help you define it in your context.

3 Organizational Shifts that Multisite Churches Experience

Going multisite will change everything at your church. Here are 3 organizational shifts that multisite churches go through as they grow.

Building a Central Service Team in a Multisite Model

If you’re leading in a multisite church eventually you’re going to be faced with the tension of building a centralized team that supports decentralized and geographically separated campuses.

Launching Multisite Campuses is the Easy Part

“Launching multisite campuses is the easier part of multisiting. Managing the inter-campus relationships and the restructuring necessary to accommodate a growing multisite strategy is the more difficult part. Multisite is not for the faint-of-heart!”

The Difference between a Campus Pastor and a Church Planter

There’s a big difference between a Campus Pastor and a Church Planter. Put a Church Planter in place to lead your next multisite campus and you’re in for trouble!

What makes a great Campus Pastor a Great Campus Pastor?

Do you know what you’re looking for in your next Campus Pastor? Don’t miss these 7 qualities that every great Campus Pastor has!

I’d like to invite you to participate in the next Multisite Coaching Network offered by the Unstuck Group. The next network begins in October, lasts nine months, and include two-day gatherings in October, January and April, in Colorado Springs, CO plus 90-minute video conferences in the months when we don’t gather in person.

Learn from leaders who have served in some of the largest multisite churches in the country about developing a strategy and structure for growing the impact of one church in multiple locations.

For more information and to get your application in to reserve your spot in the next network follow this link!

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Four Reasons Not to Join a Coaching Network

  1. You work in a perfect church with a leadership development strategy that pushes you in all the right ways.
  2. You have more than enough close friends in ministry who can relate to your challenges and successes, pray for you in specific ways and provide objective outside input when needed.
  3. You’ve already arrived as a leader and have nothing else to learn.
  4. You find busyness as a satisfactory excuse for not pursuing personal growth.

Ok, so I’m being sarcastic. My point is this: Just about all of us need a coach and support network of people who understand our situation. A great coach can help you discover the shifts that need to happen in your leadership and your ministry strategies and systems while being personally invested in your growth as a follower of Jesus and as a leader of people.

This fall, my team at The Unstuck Group is launching five brand new Coaching Networks specifically designed to help leaders grow together. And, we’re changing up the format from what I’ve done before. Instead of six one-day gatherings in six months, all of these new networks last nine months and include two-day gatherings in October, January and April, plus 90-minute video conferences in the months when you don’t gather in person. We felt like this would extend our time together while lessening the travel burden.

Here are the details:

Reaching 1,000 (Irvine, CA)

Move from reaching hundreds to reaching 1,000 in attendance by clarifying what’s working and what’s wrong, defining an action plan for next steps, and establishing a staffing and ministry structure that supports growth and health. Facilitated by Josh Clark.

Reaching 2,000 & Beyond (Dallas, TX)

Develop strategies to tackle the unique challenges of larger churches, including leadership development, staffing, communications, discipleship and establishing healthy growth engines. Facilitated by Tony Morgan and Mark Morgan.

Multisite Leadership (Colorado Springs, CO)

Learn from leaders who have served in some of the largest multisite churches in the country about developing a strategy and structure for growing the impact of one church in multiple locations. Facilitated by Paul Alexander.

Small Groups That Work (Nashville, TN)

Move from theory to practical next steps to help your church establish a thriving small groups ministry that provides a path for both healthy community and spiritual formation. Facilitated by Chris Surratt.

Next Level Teams (Houston, TX)

Build your team through staffing strategies including hiring and firing, establishing a senior leadership team, structuring for growth, leadership development, managing performance and eliminating team dysfunction. Facilitated by Amy Anderson and Sarah Bouma.

We’re limiting space in each of these networks to ensure the best possible experience, so if you want in, apply soon.

For more information and to get your application in to reserve your spot in one of these networks follow this link!

Sponsors for our Fall 2015 Coaching Networks:

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This is a guest post by Tony Morgan who serves as the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group. For 14 years, Tony served on the senior leadership teams at West Ridge Church (Dallas, GA), NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC) and Granger Community Church (Granger, IN). He’s written several books and articles that have been featured with the Willow Creek Association, Catalyst and Pastors.com.

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10 Ways to Change the “We’ve Always done it That Way” Mindset


One of the most difficult things to navigate in a church is change. In fact if you lead long enough in a church you’ll eventually hear someone say, “But we’ve always done it that way.” That way was someone’s good idea and it may have been the best way at one point. But often times that way becomes a barrier to the best way.

In a church it’s particularly difficult to change methods because every change you make is a criticism of the past. So here are 10 approaches you can take when you’re trying to change the, “We’ve always done it that way,” mindset.

1. Challenge the Statement

Really? Have we really always done it that way? Always is a long time.

2. Listen & Learn

Take time to listen and understand why it is the way it is. Remember it was someone’s good idea at some point. You may learn something.

3. Define Reality

Help people see how that practice has led you where you are, and will keep you where you are unless you change the practice.

4. Cast Vision

Paint a picture of a preferred future and the ground that could be taken if you stop doing it the way you’ve always done it.

5. Celebrate the Past

Highlight and celebrate the good stuff from the past and the fruit that has come from the old practice.

6. Get new People

Everything is new to new people; they don’t know how it’s always been done. Introducing new volunteers to the team and training them on the new way to do things creates a new way of doing things.

7. Model the Desired Behavior

Instead of just telling people what to do, model what you want them to do. It’s always easier to say, “join me,” and lead with moral authority.

8. Build Trust

Change happens at the speed of trust and trust is built through relationship. Take time to build trust by building relationship.

9. Constant Evaluation

Instead of telling, start asking. Build a culture of constant evaluation and improvement. Build a, “we never arrive mentality.”

10. Prove the Practice

Get an early win. Prove that the shift to a new practice is actually better. Get a win and show it in the results.

Sometimes the best way to implement change it to intentionally bring an outside voice to the conversation. You may want to consider having the Unstuck Group help. Take a look at how we can help you move towards a preferred future at your church!

*A special thanks to the Ministry Development Team at Sun Valley Community Church & the conversation that led to this post!

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New & Unique Locations to Plant a Church


Zoning ordinances, school and hotel usage regulations, overpriced rents, local restrictions on religious organizations – new churches face numerous challenges in finding a place to meet. With God’s help and provision, Converge church planters take some creative approaches to resolve this problem. Here are a few…

#1 Church in a Movie Theater
Iron Ridge Church
Waukon, Iowa
Marlan Mincks, pastor

After Mincks inked the contract to purchase the Main Feature Theatre & Pizza Pub in October 2007, the church decided to keep the restaurant open and remodel the theater as its sanctuary. All restaurant profits go to Iowa church planting.

#2 Church in a Skating Rink
Ambassadors of Christ Fellowship
Columbus, Georgia
Luis Scott, pastor

In 2010 ACF bought the 25,000-square-foot Lambert Skating Rink, which had been unoccupied for six years. After remodeling the rink, the church opened its sanctuary in October 2011 and added eight classrooms and three nurseries in 2012. English and Spanish-speaking congregations share the facilities. A fellowship area, café and offices are under construction.

#3 Church in a Computer Store
Heartland Church
Indianapolis, Indiana
Darryn Scheske, pastor

Leading a new church of 30 people, pastor Scheske signed a lease in May 2001 on a former Elek-Tek Computer store. The church remodeled the building for classrooms, offices and a 1,000-seat sanctuary. Since then, additional sites were added in Indianapolis and at Purdue University in Lafayette.

#4 Church in a Movie Theater
Epikos Church
Milwaukee, West Allis
Danny Parmelee, pastor

Founded in 2004 in Milwaukee, Epikos purchased the Paradise Theater in suburban West Allis in June 2011 and completed remodeling a year later. Continuing to meet in Milwaukee, they opened their West Allis campus in June 2012.

#5 Coffeehouse & Church Combo
SoZo Coffeehouse & Missio Dei Community Church
Chandler, Arizona
Scott Morgan, pastor

When you walk into SoZo Coffeehouse in Chandler, Arizona you won’t see crosses and Bible verses on the walls. And you won’t know a church of more than 100 people worships here every Sunday. In fact, the only hint of a church you’ll find is an 8.5”x11” sheet of paper displayed on the countertop. It reads, “Missio Dei Community Church meets here every Sunday. All are welcome.” Pastor and owner Scott Morgan calls SoZo Coffeehouse and Missio Dei Community Church his “unique venture,” a combination of business and missions.

#6 Church in a Gas Station
Epiphany Station
Thief River Falls, Minnesota
Jeff Gauss, pastor

Available sites were hard to find in Thief River Falls for this 45-member church plant. After a long search, church planter Jeff Gauss settled on remodeling a gas station. Epiphany saw more than 500 attendees this Easter.

*This article first appeared in Converge’s Point Magazine. Used by permission.

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Why Your Policies are Killing Your Leadership


I’ve written before that policies are anti-leadership statements. Most people think that due to my role as an Executive Pastor at a large church I would be the guy who embraces and loves policies. Not so much. I’m actually policy adverse. And I’m policy adverse because policies naturally undermine leadership growth.

1. Policies Abdicate Responsibility

It’s never your fault if you’re implementing what a policy tells you to do. It’s safe. It’s safe because the policy is to blame, not you. Leaders take responsibility they don’t abdicate responsibility. By the way leaders don’t play it safe either.

2. Policies Drain Courage

It takes no courage to implement a policy (unless it’s an unpopular or stupid policy). Learning to win as a leader by leading through difficult circumstances builds healthy confidence and courage as a leader. Implementing policies not only robs you of the opportunity to build healthy courage as a leader but it actually drains you of courage at the same time; because you train yourself to rely on policy instead of developing your leadership instinct.

3. Policies Teach your Staff not to Think

Telling people what to do actually makes them stupid. When team members are taught to look in a manual for a policy to direct them how to act instead of learning how to think and act, they miss the opportunity to grow. Difficult moments in leadership are the proving grounds for young leaders to learn how to lead. You don’t become a great leader from executing policies. You become a great leader by leading.

Don’t hear what I’m not saying. There are moments when everyone in the organization needs to know what to do and a policy needs to be put in place. Policies can be useful when they reflect and build the culture you’re trying to build and get you closer to your vision. If your policies don’t help you get pass that test then why do you have them?

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