Presenting and Arguing for the Multi-site Church

Theological Defense of Multi-Site

By Gregg R. Allison | 9Marks Journal: Multi-site Churches | 02.26.2010

How strong are the biblical, theological, historical, and missional arguments used by advocates of multi-site churches?

A Pastor Defends His Multi-Site Church

By J. D. Greear | 9Marks Journal: Multi-site Churches | 02.25.2010

Here is why we enthusiastically embrace the multi-site strategy as biblically sound, practically wise, and pastorally helpful.

Identifying and Locating the Multi-site Church

What Is this Thing, Anyway? A Multi-Site Taxonomy

By Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: Multi-site Churches | 02.26.2010

Congregational?  Presbyterian?  Episcopalian?  Presbygational? Conbypalian? Epigregyterian?  I've heard them all (even made up a few myself).

"Its just as congregational as any other church," some argue. "We have a meeting of the whole church every quarter."

"No, it's Presbyterian" others say.  "You have a group of pastors that makes decisions for multiple congregations."

Have We Ever Seen This Before? Multi-Site Precedents

By John Hammett | 9Marks Journal: Multi-site Churches | 02.26.2010

Much in the multi-site movement assumes and depends upon modern communication, ease of travel, and technology.

Clouds on the Horizon

By Matt Chandler | 9Marks Journal: Multi-site Churches | 02.25.2010

When we researched multi-site churches we had a hard time pinpointing concerns with it because in all the reading we did we rarely came across two churches that do it the same way.

Arguing Against the Multi-site Church

Exegetical Critique of Multi-Site: Disassembling the Church?

By Grant Gaines | 9Marks Journal: Multi-site Churches | 02.26.2010

Church structure may be secondary, but it remains important and a matter addressed in the Scriptures, which therefore requires Christian obedience.

Theological Critique of Multi-Site: What Exactly Is a “Church”?

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Multi-site Churches | 09.30.2010

What’s the difference between a church and three Christian friends throwing Frisbee at the local park?

Historical Critique of Multi-Site: Not Over My Dead Body

By Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Multi-site Churches | 02.26.2010

What could centuries-old arguments have to do with cutting-edge conversations like the one we’re trying to have about multi-site churches?

Nine Reasons I Don’t Like Multi-site Churches

By Thomas White | 9Marks Journal: Multi-site Churches | 02.26.2010

My fears of the multi-site church movement are not technological; they are principled.

The Alternative: Why Don’t We Plant?

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Multi-site Churches | 02.26.2010

Christianity, by which I mean church membership, is a participatory sport, not a spectator sport.

Multi-site Book Reviews

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Book Review: Multi-Site Churches, by Scott McConnell

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Multi-site Churches | 03.03.2010

An appeal to pragmatic results in order to justify a practice undermines the authority and sufficiency of Scripture.

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Book Review: Franchising McChurch, by Thomas White and John Yeats

Review by Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Multi-site Churches | 03.02.2010

White and Yeats offer an alternative and excellent course for our generation. Yet I wonder if we still have the ability to recognize healthy food from junk food.

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Book Review: One Church, Many Congregations, by J. Timothy Ahlen and J. V. Thomas

Review by Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Multi-site Churches | 03.03.2010

Rather than criticize the book’s handling of Scripture and understanding of the church, let’s just get to the bottom line: should you read this book? No.

Miscellaneous Book Reviews

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Book Review: After the Baby Boomers, Robert Wuthnow

Review by Matt McCullough | 9Marks Journal: Multi-site Churches | 03.02.2010

You can either shape your ministry to address the needs and desires of young adults, or you can shape your prophetic challenge to the specific weaknesses of your context.

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Book Review: unChristian, by Dave Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons

Review by Owen Strachan | 9Marks Journal: Multi-site Churches | 03.03.2010

Does Christianity have am “image problem”?

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Book Review: Kindled Fire, by Zack Eswine

Review by Kevin McFadden | 9Marks Journal: Multi-site Churches | 03.02.2010

Eswine has done us a great service by drawing together so much material on Spurgeon into one place.

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