Space Solutions to Revitalization: The Multi-Site Movement

Space Solutions to Revitalization: The Multi-Site Movement

These resources are recommended by Center for Congregations workshop presenter, multi-site pioneer and church merger specialist Jim Tomberlin. Tomberlin facilitated the workshop Space Solutions to Revitalization: The Multi-Site Movement in January 2018. For additional resources, contact the Center at 866-307-2381 or check out the Congregational Resource Guide at

House, Brad and Greg Allison. MultiChurch: Exploring the Future of Multisite. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2017.
Brad House and Gregg Allison have served this movement well by describing its evolution, naming its distinct expressions, addressing its criticisms and charting a course forward for a movement that is not slowing down and is continually morphing.

McConnell, Scott. Multi-Site Churches: Guidance for the Movement’s Next Generation. Nashville, TN: B & H Publishing Group, 2009.
Scott McConnell shares common practices and mistakes to avoid and first-person advice and anecdotes from leading multi-site church pastors.

More Than Multisite - Inside Today's Methods and Models for Launching New Congregations.” Ventura, CA: Barna Group, 2016.
This is the latest research on the multisite and planting movements from the Barna Group.

Surrat, G., G. Ligon and W. Bird. A Multi-Site Church Roadtrip: Exploring the New Normal. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009.
This book is the sequel to The Multi-Site Church Revolution that takes you on a tour of 14 multisite churches across America to see how they’re handling the opportunities and challenges of multisiting.

Tomberlin, Jim, and Warren Bird. Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2012.
One out of three multi-site campuses are the result of a merger and the majority of churches in America are stuck, struggling or sinking. This is the only book written on how to have a successful, mission-driven church merger.

Tomberlin, Jim and Tim Cool. Church Locality: New Rules for Church Buildings in a Multisite, Church-Planting, Giga-Church World. Springhill, TN: Rainer Publishing, 2014.
This book is a tool and guide to the where of church facilities. Where should we meet? What kinds of facilities are usable for churches? What are the implications of the various options?

Wilson, Todd. Spark: Igniting a Culture of Multiplication. ebook. Accessed 12/14/2017.
Exponential Director Todd Wilson challenges church leaders to move beyond the status quo of growth by addition to become a movement-making multiplying church. Caution. Read carefully and slowly, Spark is church nitroglycerine.