Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: ever since I studied one of the first megachurches that grew exponentially by moving in to multiple smaller venues, St. Thomas’ Church of Sheffield England, in the 1990s I’ve been a big advocate of multiple sites and smaller groups for almost any church.
(See the chapter I wrote on St. Thomas’ Church of Sheffield, England in Ryan Bolger’s The Gospel After Christendom: New Voices, New Cultures, New Expressions)
That’s because I’ve seen in the churches I’ve coached that multiple venues let you have multiple cultural expressions and smaller groups foster friendships and discipleship.
More research has continued to support this, including the latest exhaustive research from Hartford Seminary. ￼￼
Read the latest research here (there are valuable church health and growth insights for any size church): ￼hirr.hartsem.edu/megachurch/2020_Megachurch_Report.pdf