I’ve stayed away from speaking much into the world of multisite or the macro-elements of church trends. I’m one voice amongst many, many men—and all of them have rehashed the same things. However, as I’ve watched church life over the years (at least from my limited vantage point), one area of church life can be both wonderful and dangerous: when churches expand their ministry offerings (multiple services, multiple locations, multiple ministries, etc.).
Now, before I go any further, I pastor at a multisite church (a church with two or more campuses), with multiple services happening throughout a Sunday. The Oaks (where I pastor) has two Sunday AM services (with different children’s and youth programming), and the Campus location has three (the same two we have and a tinier service before that). We also have a college service Sunday evenings. People are scattered everywhere on a Sunday. Folks like those at 9Marks (a ministry I admire) would say, “Never do that.”
However, I was recently talking with a buddy who is about to go from one service to two. Pretty simple shift. You have one group of people meeting at one place, you outgrow it, and you go to two services of people meeting at the same place. One of the benefits of that would be that people could go to any service they wanted, whenever they wanted. Kids awake early? Go to the earlier service. A little slower on a Sunday? Go to the later service. Seems like a good solution, except that I encouraged him not to communicate it like that.
Rather, I encouraged him to take a different approach in how he communicated it and set up the move to more services . . .