3. IT MULTIPLIES OUR CHURCH'S IMPACT.
We are not merely a Church with campuses—we are a Church of campuses. A church with campuses would be one where multi-site is just another program that feeds back into a “main campus.” That’s not us. Instead, we are a Church of campuses—meaning that multi-site is not just another “thing” we do, it is an integral part of who we are. This is why it would be wrong to say that we have a “main campus.” On the contrary, we have five main campuses. All of which are accomplishing mainline ministry to the surrounding communities via schools, neighborhoods, local partners and outreach.
The result? A multiplied impact throughout WNC.
4. IT REQUIRES BOTH UNITY AND TEAMWORK.
An indispensable ingredient for multi-site ministry is a unified team. One of the highlights of my week is getting to sit across the table from fellow Campus Pastors and ministry leaders who are committed to a unified vision. During this weekly time, we go to great lengths to ensure that we are all on the same page and moving in the same direction.
5. IT ELEVATES THE MANIFEST PRESENCE OF GOD OVER THE PHYSICAL PRESENCE OF HIS MESSENGER.
At Biltmore, we are blessed to have one of the best Bible teachers in the country as our Pastor. Each and every week, Pastor Bruce devotes himself to the “ministry of the word” and each and every week it shows. His messages are easy to relate to, practical and Biblical.
Even still, one of the common pressure points concerning multi-site has to do with watching the message on a screen. And I’ll yield some slack on this one, it can take some getting used to. But If this is something you wrestle with, let me invite you to consider this question… Which is more important for the health of the local Church: the manifest presence of God (God @ work right here, right now), or the physical presence of His messenger? To this day, I have yet to hear someone respond with “the physical presence of His messenger.” That’s because our ultimate aim is to encounter God. Moreover, those who have experienced multi-site for themselves would quickly tell you that the Spirit of God shows up in powerful ways regardless of how the message is delivered.
Fortunately, whether you worship at Arden, Swannanoa, Franklin, Hendersonville or West Ashville, all campuses receive the same gospel-centered message each week. And when given the opportunity to fill in for Pastor Bruce, each Campus Pastor is preaching the same passage.
Furthermore, this teaching model frees up the Campus Pastors and teams to devote more time to being with people and in our communities.
These are 5 reasons why I love multi-site.
Great days ahead, Church!