Are multi-site churches biblical or not?


I am a staff writer for the website, and I received a question that I wanted to share as well as the answer that I provided. The question had to do with “multi-site churches (in general)”, something we see more and more of today.

Let me state up front that I am not a huge fan of multi-site churches (only because as a pastor I really feel the need to connect with people personally), I believe that we should NEVER (read that again, please) sit in judgment of OR DISCREDIT a bible-based, Gospel-centered church that is using multi-locations and technology to reach people. God can work in all things, and if it’s for His Glory — then by all means … PRESS FORWARD!

Question: Is multi-site church biblical? In regards to multi-site, can there be “one church at many locations”?

Answer: Thank you for writing to us. While churches being “multi-site” can present all kinds of new challenges for leadership, there is nothing un-biblical about it. Consider the view this way: The first church (see Acts 2) was birthed in Jerusalem at the Day of Pentecost. Are all bible-based churches simply not an off-spring of that original church? Churches today use hundreds of different ways to reach into communities and present the Gospel to unsaved persons, and while there may be a lack of fellowship (for example: a person who attends the 8am service at site “A” may never meet someone who attends the 10:30 service at site “B”) … the mission and vision of the church is the same:

Ephesians 4:11-16, “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”

God bless you and may you find a church where God speaks to you and where you are being fed by it’s staff to equip YOU for the work of the ministry. ~ Rev TJ

Remember When?

What I stand for!

I’m reminded of a time when the United States was a super-power to be reckoned with in the world (ex: Reagan taking office and Iran releasing our citizens (aka hostages) because they knew a real leader was not about to play games with their Ayatollah).  I remember when the United States did not tolerate terrorists nor would they allow such reprehensible acts of inhumanity to exist like we are witnessing LIVE on television in Egypt this week (ex: Christian homes and shops being marked and specifically attacked).   I remember when the nation’s highest office didn’t have to have the media spin for him so that respect would be shown; it was automatically given because the man in the chair had credibility.  I remember when United States servicemen were honored for their service and not beaten and left for dead in a parking lot.  I remember when I could go to a ballgame (like the one I’m going to tonight and yes, I’m being prophetic here) and American citizens would stand up, put their hand over their heart, and either sing along or SHUT UP during the playing of our National Anthem.

Just for the record … I served 20 years defending a Republic that I would (and still will) gladly give my life for because I was, and STILL am, a Patriot.    

So what’s different today?  Today our leaders finance the enemies of this nation and bow down before them in treasonous fashion.  (How?  By placating those with evil in their hearts by attempting to ensure that “everyone gets a piece of what they didn’t earn”).  Today we live in a country where everyone gets a trophy just for showing up, children are not disciplined by their parents, and settling for mediocrity and aspiring to never succeed is applauded as, “you tried”.  Today, Americans are more concerned with “number 1” then striving to be good citizens and make America a better place to live.

Personally, I’m very saddened and sick of the cesspool we have created all in the name of self-gratification and leading with the attitude, “Hey, it ain’t affecting me so who cares?”

Maybe – just maybe – it might be time to run for office or at the least get behind someone who shares my vision and support them with everything I can.  Let me just say for the record (and I know the internet is forever) that if I were to ever become President my first order would be:  To sign a Presidential Order revoking ALL Presidential privilege and releasing EVERY document to the media which was previously hidden from public view.  You want transparency?  There you go.

Joel 2:12 commands us to “return to me (God) …” and I think the word return needs to read: “run at break-neck speed … before it’s too late”.  I pray God would have mercy on our country and its total lack of integrity, conviction, and honor.