Archives for category: Church Growth

How Can We Plant 1,000 Churches by 2050?

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If you’re familiar with the Summit at all, you’ve heard our vision of planting 1,000 churches by 2050. When I first floated the number, it was a mix between a hunch (based on a round number) and a Spirit-led ambition, something in the line of William Carey’s “Expect great things … Read More »

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But in Multi-Site, I Don’t Know the Pastor

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It has been nearly 10 years since The Summit Church moved to a multi-site strategy. We’ve learned a lot during that time, and continue to evaluate how this strategy is serving God, our people, and our community. One of the objections I hear a lot to our multi-site strategy is … Read More »

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Why Plant Campuses, When You Can Plant Churches Intsead?

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One of the most frequent objections I get to our multi-site approach is this: “Why do you plant more campuses when you can plant churches instead?” Since our church is committed to church planting, I take this objection very seriously. And at first glance, the objection seems rather intuitive—people and money you could be investing … Read More »

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Plumbline #13: Not Just Seating Capacity, But Sending Capacity

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Plumblines are a series of short, pithy statements that we, at the Summit, use as rallying points for our staff. They are a way to encapsulate our theology and philosophy in short, memorable phrases. Plumbline #13 is: “We measure our success by sending capacity as much as seating capacity.” Jesus’ vision of the church … Read More »

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CHURCH MULTIPLICATION THE RIGHT WAY

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How grateful I am for the church that gathered around me when I first became a believer.  I was young (13 years old), biblically illiterate (I did not own a Bible), and anxious (I did not know the “church lingo” or the Sunday school answers)—but I was certain that God … Read More »

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