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Is the Church You’re in Today Built to Reach People Tomorrow? Now, more than ever, churches need to invest in well-designed facilities to help create space for people to connect with God and others. But the way that people experience God and community is changing. In this video, Aspen architect Derek DeGroot looks at key shifts in…

The multisite church may have been an innovative idea among large, cutting-edge congregations when they first started to appear in the 1980s. Now, though, multisite has become the mainstream model for expansion among healthy, growing churches of all sizes. Today, more than 5 million people attend one of the 5,000-plus multisite churches across North America….

Barna Group and the Cornerstone Knowledge Network (CKN), on behalf of Aspen Group and Fishhook, undertook a study of multisite and church plants across the country to discover and define today’s models for expansion. We interviewed a variety of leaders across the country from all sorts of different communities—suburban, rural and urban. We conducted in-depth…

Before we fully wind down 2016, here’s one more look at our top five blogs posts from the year. We look forward to seeing you in 2017!   #5. Three Keys to Discovering What Makes Your Church Your Church What makes your church your church? The distinctive elements within your building that tell the story of who you…

Church facilities matter. The people and the physical spaces that make up the church are conduits for connecting people to God and others. But the story has shifted over the past few decades. With the advent and advancement of today’s mobile platforms and their constant access to endless digital clutter, spaces have become more like rest…

What are the essential needs of a multisite or planting church when it comes to facilities? Researchers at Barna Group asked pastors and senior leaders to choose what is most important to invest in for their facility if they were to face budget constraints. Top Priorities for Multisite or Planting Churches The findings, available in…

Is there any question that Jesus started a movement? “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20) “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit…

Today’s multisite church includes hybrid variations of the traditional one-church-in-multiple-locations model. Often, church planting is incorporated as part of a comprehensive growth strategy. These new approaches call for new skill sets and structures to support rapid growth and change. Faith leaders who contemplate moving their church beyond a single campus face a variety of daunting…

The multisite movement has progressed through some very identifiable seasons. When I started down the multisite path as a senior pastor in Colorado in the 1990s, multisite was a radical idea. In the first decade of the 21st century, multisite then became a cool idea among large, cutting-edge churches. Now, in the second decade of this…

For anything to grow, it must change. With back-to-school season upon us, all we have to do is scroll through the sentimental posts on Facebook to see the tension of growth and change. With each new year, parents equally mourn and celebrate the change and growth of their “babies.” Leading through change is one of the most important…

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