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October 2016


A Recap of Aspen’s 2016 Alignment Conference

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Today’s multisite church includes hybrid variations of the traditional one-church-in-multiple-locations model. Often, church planting is incorporated as part of a comprehensive growth strategy. These new approaches call for new skill sets and structures to support rapid growth and change.

Faith leaders who contemplate moving their church beyond a single campus face a variety of daunting questions: What kind of building or location will best serve the community we’d like to reach? How will resources be shared or distributed? Who should be on the launch team? Can the church maintain unity and stay on message across congregations? Which model makes the most sense for our context—and will it work?

At Aspen’s 2016 Alignment Conference, more than 200 senior pastors, executive pastors, business administrators, and ministry leaders gathered to explore answers to these hard questions about church expansion.

With five main stage presenters and 11 breakout sessions, attendees had an opportunity to think strategically about multisite and church planting so that real reproduction—and even multiplication—can occur.
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6 Key Tasks for Campus Pastors to Build, Nurture, and Lead Congregations

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Teams are at the heart of building churches. In The Equipping Church Guidebook, Sue Mallory defines a team as “a group of people with complimentary and diverse gifts, skills, and strengths that are committed to a common purpose, to each other, to achieving the team’s mission, and to holding each other accountable.” The New Testament is clear that the church is built on teamwork. In 1 Corinthians 12, we read that there is “one body but many parts.”

Here are six key tasks that campus pastors must do in order to build, nurture, and lead their teams.

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4 Keys to Leveraging Your Church Building to Help Fuel a Multisite Strategy

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If you want to ignite a culture of strategic expansion, you have to build for one – literally. But buildings require time and capital. For some churches, especially those that are focused on reaching more people for Christ as quickly as possible, the thought of building new campuses or investing in permanent space seems at odds with a nimble, frugal approach to launching multiple congregations.

Aspen Group, as founders of the Cornerstone Knowledge Network (CKN), commissioned Barna Group to research the impact of today’s various methods and models for church expansion. We wondered what role facilities play in reaching more people with the Gospel and fueling a church’s growth strategy. Does a building inhibit a church’s ability to expand, or does it actually help create steady, sustainable growth?

Four key themes emerged in our More Than Multisite research in regards to designing and planning for multiple church facilities:
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