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A Multi-Site Church Roadtrip: Exploring the New Normal (Leadership Network Innovation Series) Paperback – September 24, 2009

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Product Details

  • Series: Leadership Network Innovation Series
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 1 edition (September 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310293944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310293941
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Hop On for a Guided Tour of the Multi-Site Church Movement From multiple locations to internet campuses, the multi-site church movement is changing the shape of the church. What is this rapidly expanding phenomenon all about? Experience the revolution for yourself and see why it has become the 'new normal' for growing churches. A Multi-Site Church Roadtrip takes you on a tour of multi-site churches across America to see how they're handling the opportunities and challenges raised by this dynamic organizational model. Travel with tour guides Geoff Surratt, Greg Ligon, and Warren Bird, authors of The Multi-Site Church Revolution, on their engaging and humorous journey that shows creative ways churches of all kinds are expanding their impact through multiple locations. Hear the inside stories and learn about the latest developments. Find out firsthand how the churches in this book are broadening their options for evangelism, service, and outreach---while making better use of their ministry funds. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Geoff Surratt is on staff of Seacoast Church, a successful and high-visibility multi-site church. Geoff has twenty-four years of ministry experience in churches. Along with his wife and two children, he lives in Charleston, South Carolina. He is coauthor of The Multi-Site Church Revolution and author of Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing.



Greg Ligon serves as Vice President and Director of Multi-Site Church Leadership Communities for Leadership Network, which involves location visits to over fifty multi-site churches. A capable writer, he also coauthored The Multi-site Church Revolution and is Leadership Network’s Publisher. He and his wife have two children and live in Dallas, Texas.

Warren Bird (PhD, Fordham University) serves as a primary researcher and writer for Leadership Network and has more than ten years of church staff and of seminary teaching experience. He has collaboratively written twenty books, all on subjects of church health or church innovation. Warren and his wife live just outside of New York City.

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I found the book to be a very helpful introduction into my thinking on this topic.
C. Kidd
This book will mostly interest leaders who are looking at how grow their churches, maximizing their talent and resources while expanding into new communities.
Chad Estes
The book circulates between various churches encompasses the "road trip" part of the title.
Chris Mackinnon

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Edwards on March 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have been very curious about the proliferation of multi-site/multi-campus churches, so when I saw a chance to get this book* and review it, I jumped at it. I just finished the book and I am anxious to share some of my observations.

* Multi-Site Church Roadtrip is definitely an "Ah!" book.

The purpose of the Multi-Site Road Trip is to provide snapshots of several leading churches that have gone to (or started as) a multi-site model. By visiting these different churches and interviewing their people, Geoff, Warren, and Greg are able to give a "nuts and bolts" look at each of the churches.

I would guess that many people in ministry are like me, they are students of ministries. I always want to know what other churches are doing, how their doing it, and what the impact looks like. This is due to a desire to find strategies that would have an impact in my local community and a dose of nosiness. This books definitely satisfied my curiosity. Though the book speaks to the "why?" of multi-site ministry, it focuses mainly on the "how?"As you read, you often find yourself saying, "Ah! That is how they make it work..."

I found answers to questions like:

How do they provide live video of the main campus?

What is the organizational and financial structure of these churches?

How and when do they decide to expand to another campus?

* Multi-Site Church Roadtrip is a well organized book.

The authors do not simply roam from church to church, but they focus on the strength or unique feature of the different churches. They are also sure to include examples and contrasts from the other churches that fit the theme of the current chapter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Meyer on March 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
Sometimes it's affirming to hear that other missional leaders are asking the same questions...and coming to the same conclusions. It's encouraging to see that God is moving ministries of all backgrounds, shapes and sizes to embrace Jesus' mission to reach the world.

I was certainly encouraged as I worked my way through "The Multi-Site Church Road Trip". As the authors shared their insights gleaned from the personal experiences in 14 multi-site churches, I found myself resonating with much of what they said. The broad look at all of these unique ministries reasserted to me the depth and breadth of the Christian Church. I look forward to the day when my church denomination will be able to contribute to a work like this!

The book was very practical, and yet never prescribed one model over the other. I appreciated the general introductions to these dynamic ministries, and yet, never felt pressured to adopt any one particular practice. In a day when individual uniqueness and clarity in the church are gaining momentum, I am grateful for authors/ speakers/ practitioners who share examples without prescription. As I read through the observations from the authors, there was one theme that consistently rose to the top: missional churches who are embracing the multi-site vision are forever in a grand experiment. This is our story too.

Here are my top 10 thoughts that I gained from reading this book:

1) Multi-site is motivated by Christ's Mission! Multi-site is a 2,000 year approach to address the challenge of reaching people and making disciples. pg. 18

2) Most multi-site churches are trading the Starbucks model (franchising) for a tour through "Legoland".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Gibbs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 14, 2010
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Multi-site churches are becoming the new "normal", according to Geoff Surratt, Greg Ligon and Warren Bird in this book, and they estimate that there are now more than 3,000 multi-site churches in the United States, whereas there were only about 300 ten years ago. To illustrate the benefits and variety of multi-site churches, the authors took a "road trip" and came up with a number of really interesting insights.

Seacoast Church has 13 different campuses, and some of these are quite big (5,000 attenders) whereas others are quite small (80 attenders). Teaching is mostly done by video. The smaller campuses get the benefits of being part of a larger church (access to high quality resources, specialist ministries, etc), while the larger campuses get the benefits of smaller churches (more opportunities for people to serve in meaningful ways, etc).

Christ the King Community Church International has 17 US and more than 100 international sites. Teaching is done in person at each site. Christ the King is a church of small groups, and it uses deliberately simple, low-tech, low-cost approaches to multiplying its ministry. Lifechurch.tv, on the other hand, is a leader in the use of technology in its 14 campuses, and it includes a fully online campus which can be attended by anyone in any country of the world.

The book includes examples from many other churches. Multi-site models have been used to kick-start the planting of new churches, and they have been effective in revitalising dying churches. Almost any church will find something of interest in the book; it certainly gave me a number of ideas about reaching unchurched people more rapidly and more cost-effectively. I recommend this book to all church leaders, including those who have never heard of or considered multi-site church strategies.
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