Multi-site Exposed 7

As a side note, I have just received word that all of the general sessions have been made available through the ReSurgence.  I encourage you to check them out.

The final session of Leadership Network’s Multi-site Exposed conference in Seattle was a general session with Mark Driscoll.  He’s an outstanding leader who has been focused on multiplication of the ministry for a long time now.  He’s also a strong male speaker, which is inspiriational to many young men – hence the number of young men who are finding Jesus through Mars Hill Church.  Here’s some key points he made mixed in with some of my thoughts along the way:

  • Prophet, Priest, King
  • Why, Who, how
  • theoloians, emerging/missional, megachurch
  • strongest church leadership teams have all three aspects of the leadership of Jesus on them
  • in the New Testament, leadership is not necessarily local
  • there are regional chruch networks
  • (1Cor 9:20-23), “by all means”
  • multi-site leader must be gifted as a church planter, it is a new way of planting
  • Historical Reasons for multi-stie: there have always been networks, denominations and movements.  This is really Methodism 2.0
  • Practical reasons for multisite: 80ft. is where you need to start using video magnification
  • 60-80% of churches in America are plateaued or declining, 3500 die and close every year
  • Commuting: work, play, live: don’t plant where they live, plant where they play because that is where they wish they were
  • name recognition
  • better care
  • Technological reasons: we are all on a cutting edge, just what edge are you on?
  • the edge of the 13th centurty if you’ve got pews
  • the edge of the 14th centurty if you’ve got an organ, which was only used in pubs up till the 14th century, when it was brought into churches to be used for the gospel
  • the edge of the 15th centurty if your primary communication means is printed, because this is when the printing press was invented
  • the edge of the 19th century if you use electircity to magnify your audio
  • interestingly Thomas Edison invented video, patented it and gave it to his church – and the church rejected it.  What are we rejecting today?  Then 7 of the first 10 movies ever made had the the word passion in the title because they were about Jesus.
  • There are more video screens in churches than in theaters.  if you want to get a message to the people…where are the screen?
  • the edge of 1995 if you’ve got a website
  • so, once you know what year you are on, don’t just jump to 2008 – instead firgure out where you are and then move forward.  This will create a culture of innovation in your church.  A culture of innovation is infinitely more valuable than inovation itself.
  • essential elements of a church must be defined if a church is going to consider multisite or planting.  Driscoll says: Word, Sacrament, Leaders, Discipline, Community, Christians, Gathered and Scattered Worship

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