It light of the video posted over the weekend with Ed Stetzer and Alan Hirsch giving brief critiques of the multi-site phenomenon, here are some evaluation friendly questions for multi-site churches.
- Look around your multi-site church next week: Are the talents of the congregation being maximized for the kingdom?
- Look around your multi-site church next week: Are the young leaders getting an opportunity to lead and develop?
- Are there young preachers being developed?
- Are there young musicians, readers, prophets, worship leaders, prayer warriors, teachers, etc. being identified and developed?
- Are the talents of the congregation being maximized or professionalized?
- Does the campus-pastor have real, observable, spiritual responsibility beyond making announcements? How does the campus congregation experience that each week?
- Does the model of the service communicate the supreme importance of Christ or the supreme importance of the communicator?
- How many people are actually using their gifts in serving the body in the worship service of your fellowship? What is the percentage?
- How is the “people resource” of the body of Christ being developed, expanded and deployed for kingdom expansion?
- How are you thinking through the implications for discipleship in your multi-site venues? What does the model say to the new convert about church, making disciples, etc.?
- How are you mobilizing people to mission (locally and globally) in your congregation?
My objective here is not “to rain on the parade” of multi-site, but to do what Alan Hirsch says about not undercutting the huge people resource of the body of Christ in our churches.
What would you add? What is your friendly, perspective on the multi-site churches?