Survey finds growth, vitality in multisite church model
by Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service, 3/11/14
“Although megachurches (congregations with 2,000 or more weekly attendees) were pioneers of the multisite concept, churches with as few as 50 people and as many as 15,000 have tried this approach, said Warren Bird, director of research at Leadership Network, a Dallas-based church think tank…
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- By the end of 2013, the average church has grown 14 percent since it went multisite.
- The vast majority (88 percent) report increased lay participation after having multiple locations.
- It’s still a relatively new phenomenon: 60 percent had opted for the multisite model in the last five years.
- Almost half (47 percent) have a location in a rural area or a small town.
- One in three (37 percent) started being multisite through a merger of different congregations.”