Presenting and Arguing for the Multi-site Church
How strong are the biblical, theological, historical, and missional arguments used by advocates of multi-site churches?
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
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."
Much in the multi-site movement assumes and depends upon modern communication, ease of travel, and technology.
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
Church structure may be secondary, but it remains important and a matter addressed in the Scriptures, which therefore requires Christian obedience.
What's the difference between a church and three Christian friends throwing Frisbee at the local park?
What could centuries-old arguments have to do with cutting-edge conversations like the one we're trying to have about multi-site churches?
My fears of the multi-site church movement are not technological; they are principled.
Christianity, by which I mean church membership, is a participatory sport, not a spectator sport.
Multi-site Book Reviews
An appeal to pragmatic results in order to justify a practice undermines the authority and sufficiency of Scripture.
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.
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
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.
Does Christianity have am "image problem"?