My Review: A Multi-Site Church Roadtrip

I know generally most of my posts revolve around the various situations we deal with day to day in our Christian walk, but today I am writing from a slightly different angle. From time to time as new books are written there comes a need for someone to review them. Who would have thought? I’m just joking, but on the flip side, I must say that I am very thankful to have been given this recent opportunity. Zondervan sent me a copy of, “A Multi-Site Church Road Trip” (Zondervan, 1 edition 2009) and asked that I review it for them!

When I first received the book, I’m not exactly sure that I had any beginning expectations of the book. Other than the fact that it seemed like many of the churches I myself have been visiting as of lately, have either developed or are in the process of developing some form of “Multi-Site” church organization. I will say that the thickness of the book was a little intimidating at first, but as I flipped through the 15 chapters covered in only 200+ pages, I realized that this book wasn’t as intimidating as it first seemed.

A Multi-Site Church Road Trip developed as a result of Greg Ligon, Warren Bird, and Geoff Surratt visiting numerous multi-site churches across the country and sharing with the readers what the people there have learned. Some of the topics that are covered include:

  1. The Church Planting Versus Campus Launch Dilema; 
  2. Changing Your Community One Campus At A Time, multi-site churches that are transforming their communities by contextualizing their service;
  3. Internet Campuses – Virtual or Real Reality?
  4. Going Global;
  5. Merger Campuses – No Longer A Bad Idea;
  6. Multiplied, Multiple Leaders

The latter is discussed in Chapter 13, which I found to be one of the most important issues that I have personally noticed when visiting churches under these structures. Growing good biblical leaders in a multi-site program can be a challenge at times. “A Multi-Site Church Roadtrip” visited Lake Pointe Church whose original campus is in Rockwall, Tx , and divulged components of their leadership development program that I feel many churches could adapt.

Here is a brief video created by Zondervan, that furthur explains the book:

Overall “A Multi-Site Church Roadtrip” gives the reader a good beginning foundation of the various concerns, and issues that revolve around Multi-Site churches. It also gives insight to purpose and reasoning behind some of the decisions that various churches have made when opting to go this route. After reading this book I can definitely say that I would recommend this book to anyone who is involved in their church planning and development process. Of course I would definitely recommend this book to church Pastors regardless of their intent to develop a multi-site church.

Thanks for reading! Stay Blessed!

K.M. Johnson
Author of, “Knowing The Struggle Is Over!”