Multi-Site Horizons

Sunday morning at church, we announced the plans for Highland Oaks to open a second site in Plano this fall. For those of you who are not familiar with multi-site churches, the concept is "one church, multiple locations." To oversimplify, it’s like having two services, but one in another location.

You may ask how this all came about. The Lord blessed us with the opportunity to partner with a neighboring church. As I mentioned last week…partnership is almost always better than working separately.

I also believe that this will be a growing movement in Churches of Christ, as smaller churches grapple with their future while larger churches struggle with issues common  to them (parking, space, ministry to those who live a good distance away). While churches of Christ face a quickly drying minister pool from which to hire, one of their primary strengths is in the pulpit.  All of this lends itself to the multisite paradigm.

There are other churches of Christ exploring this idea, and a couple that also have plans to open a second site in this calendar year. At the end of the day, I believe the Lord is in this, and that we are doing this for the right reasons: mission, unity, and increased opportunities for spiritual formation.

Keep us in your prayers. We are experiencing a wonderful mixture of excitement and terror–as we will be somewhat pioneering this concept in churches of Christ. We aren’t afraid of brotherhood criticism, but of being inadequate for the task. The truth is that we are inadequate…and that’s why it’ll probably work. God will have to be in it. And if he is…everything’s gonna be just fine.

PS… Later in the week, I’ll post on the demon-possessed man at church this morning. 

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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5 thoughts on “Multi-Site Horizons

  1. Tim,
    I had no idea that this was in the works. This news is not only exciting for Highland Oaks, but also for all of the churches who will be able to learn from your pioneering experience in the future. Autonomy has served us well for so long, but I’m glad to see that our tradition of autonomy does not limit us from expanding the kingdom in new ways. May God bless you and the future of your multi-site dreams.

  2. Brad… some of the details are still being worked out…but both worship and preaching will be live at both sites. The who is still being worked out. There are many things that caused us to go this direction instead of an independent plant, but a lot of it has to do with the facility situation, and what type of ministry it takes to be effective in reaching the community around the building. I’ll be including some more stuff on the blog in days to come.

  3. I am anxious to hear more details about your second campus and how that would all work. Is it one worship service being simulcast at the other location? Is it separate worship services (leaders and things) with the sermon being simulcast? Is it you driving to the other campus for the other service? What is the advantage of this over a church plant at another location? I would love to hear your thoughts. It sounds exciting.

  4. We are so excited about the 2nd campus for HOCC, and so thankful to be a part of a church that isn’t afraid to get out of the way and let God work. You are right, it will only work because we are so inadequate and because God is God. I praise God for the vision He instills in this place and I can’t wait to see where He leads us next!