It was nine years ago this coming week that Community Christian Church became a multi-site church. At the time we were only aware of a handful of churches across the country that were “one church with multiple locations”. Since that time we have been in a unique position to see the multi-site church move along the innovation curve from only a few innovators to being applied by many more early adopters. For anyone still doubting whether the multi-site church is here to stay, pick up a copy of The Multi-Site Revolution or just check out these stats:
- In 1990 there were only 10 multi-site churches in the U.S. Today 33% of all churches are currently considering the multi-site option.
- In 2000 only 5% of all mega churches in the U.S. had multiple locations. Today 25% of all mega churches have more than one site and experts are predicting that by 2010 that 50% of all mega churches will be multi-site.
- Currently 7 of the 10 fastest growing churches in the U.S. are multi-site churches.
- Currently 9 of the 10 largest churches in the U.S. are multi-site churches.
The multi-site approach is clearly moving along with J-curve adaptation. The good news is that the church in the U.S. is starting to “get” what it means to reproduce. The question that remains is what will we reproduce?