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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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Barna Group to Reveal New Research at Aspen’s 2016 Alignment Conference

Barna Group to Reveal New Research at Aspen’s 2016 Alignment Conference

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More than a year ago, Aspen Group, as a founding member of the Cornerstone Knowledge Network (CKN), met with Barna Group to discuss a potential new research project. The conversation centered on where growth is occurring in the church and the role that church plants and multisites are playing in reaching new people for Christ and helping them grow in their faith.

Intrinsic in the rise of church plants and multisites is a need for more gathering places—church facilities—where faith communities can take root and make space for people to explore and grow in their faith. While there’s a lot of great information being published about multisites these days, as a church design/build/furnish company, we were curious about the implications of multiplication on facilities.

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Is Your Church Ready to Expand?

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“The idea of multisite churches began as a bandaid solution for megachurches that found themselves out of room,” says Jim Tomberlin, founder of MultiSite Solutions.

Now nearly three decades old, the multisite church model has proven it’s not a passing fad. But it’s changed a lot in that time, and its next phase will look nothing like its first.

Today’s multisite church includes hybrid variations of the traditional one-church-in-multiple-locations model, often incorporating planting as part of a church’s multiplication strategy.

These new approaches call for new skill sets and structures to support rapid growth and change. But where do you go for answers to the hard questions that surface in the midst of church expansion? And how do you think strategically about multisite and multiplying churches when so many new models are emerging?

Aspen Group will tackle these and many other strategic and tactical questions about church multiplication at the 2016 Alignment Conference.
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Lack of ‘Visual Clarity’ May Be Driving People From Your Church

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One of the key ways a church conveys authenticity is by ensuring that what a person sees and experiences when he or she walks into your worship service is consistent with the messages heard or communicated in the service. The new Barna/CKN study Making Space for Millennials refers to this consistency between experience and messaging as visual clarity.

“Visual clarity is huge,” says Alignment Conference speaker Taylor Snodgrass, who embarked on a church road trip to discover churches that were doing a good job of reaching 20-somethings. “We walked into a few churches that didn’t have good signage, and we just wandered around. We weren’t sure where to go—and Millennials don’t want to ask. We just want to go in and experience the space without having to ask someone, especially if it’s our first time at church.”
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4 Things Millennials Wish the Church Would Be

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The mass exodus of Millennials (today’s 18- to 30-year-olds) from the Christian faith has caused many leaders to wring their hands about the future of the church. Some have answered Millennials’ criticisms that the church is irrelevant and boring by trying to be trendy and hip. But a new study—Making Space for Millennials, a joint project of Barna Group and the Cornerstone Knowledge Network—reveals that Millennials may be looking for just the opposite.

Millennials, it seems, wish the church would just be, well, the church. Here are four key findings from the Barna/CKN research that point to this conclusion:

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