Authors: Geoff Surrat, Greg Ligon & Warren Bird
Publishers: Zondervan, 1 edition (October 1, 2009)
I received the book, A Multi-Site Church Road Trip free from Zondervan and they asked for a review.
A Multi-Site Church Road Trip by Geoff Surrat, Greg Ligon and Warren Bird is a book which examines the journey towards the Multi-Site Church. It follows the route traveled by several Churches and focuses on what worked for them and what did not work.
The book explores several ways of evangelism or Church planting and takes the time to distinguish between a Church with multi sites and a Church of multi sites. This difference seems to be relevant in that it affects the whole structure of the Church. A good example was the New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu, which opened different campuses on different Islands. Their approach was varied; some of the campuses achieved full independent status while others remained tied to the mother Church. In contrast was the Little Rock Bible Church, Arkansas, which had three campuses located in the same Church premises.
The point here was the flexibility of the Multi-Site model.
Different location realities where examined with a focus on what was actually feasible and what was not. The internet as a virtual campus was also explored.
It seems the main purpose of the Multi-Site Church is dual: (1) To positively affect communities and (2) To give room for new emerging leaders to grow.
I grew up an MK (Missionary Kid) so I must say that I appreciate this book; It brings the work of evangelism and Church planting along practical and doable lines. It is a step-by-step handbook with the benefit of other Churches’ experiences to guide a Church wanting to go multi-site.
It is easy to read and the style of writing flows seamlessly. The use of stories of other Churches keeps the book interesting and the pages turning. I recommend this book for Pastors, Church leaders, Missionaries and anyone who is interested in ways of getting the gospel of Christ out.
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