Multi-site Churches

Tony Morgan provides a summary of the findings of a new survey on multi-site churches.

  • The number of multi-site churches now outnumber the megachurches. That, of course, means smaller churches are beginning to use the multi-site strategy. (By the way, the number of megachurches continues to grow as well.)
  • Multi-sites have a 90% success rate.
  • Most multi-site churches launch an on-campus venue first before starting at a new location.
  • The new satellite campuses tend to show faster growth than the original campus. In fact, 2 out of 5 surveyed churches have experienced growth of 50% or more the first year of their new campus.
  • One-third of new campuses happen as the result of a merger.
  • The median size of a multi-site church is 1,300 people including the attendance of all campuses.
  • 4 out of 5 churches said multi-site has increased leadership development and volunteer mobilization.
  • In-person teaching is more widespread than using video teaching except in large churches. Among churches that use video, it’s usually delivered by DVD.
  • Churches who use a multi-site strategy are actually more likely to plant churches as well.
  • For the 10% of multi-sites that didn’t work, poor location or weak campus pastor were the two most cited reasons for closing the campus.