MultisitesWHAT IS MULTI-SITE?
A multi-site church is one church meeting in multiple locations sharing the same vision, having a shared budget, a shared staff and a shared leadership team.
A multi-site is one way for CAC to bring its vision to "help seekers and believers become fully devoted followers of Christ" to multiple locations.
WHY BECOME MULTI-SITE?
- Multi-site is not the vision, evangelism is! If we are to "help seekers and believers become fully devoted followers of Christ", we need to think outside the box and do church in a creative and innovative way.
- Multi-sites help us reach our cities in creative and innovative ways. The multi-site model heightens creativity and innovation by giving CAC an opportunity to extend into a diversity of places such as an office complex, warehouse, coffee shop, vacant church building or local school.
- Multi-sites enable CAC to extend its healthy vision and healthy mission (its DNA) to multiple locations in order to reach people who otherwise wouldn't go to church.
- Multi-sites bring together the best aspects of large churches and smaller churches.
- Multi-sites increase the total number of available seats during peak service times. Our 11am service is over 80% full.
- Multi-sites increase the options available for locations and worship styles.
- Multi-sites help members to reach friends and family who may be unwilling to travel a great distance to get to church.
- Multi-sites accelerate the climate for diversity, creativity and innovation in ministry.
- Multi-sites enable untapped gifts and talents to emerge and be applied.
- Multi-sites are often mostly made up of people not previously connected with any church.
- Multi-sites are often better at reaching younger adults.
- Multi-sites are often better at reaching new residents.
- Multi-sites are a more effective and efficient use of resources than church planting.
- Multi-sites bring spiritual renewal to the site, as well as the original campus.
- Multi-sites remind us that we are part of a larger Kingdom mission.
How did this come about?
The leadership of CAC has discussed this idea for over two years. We now feel that the timing is right to move forward.
Why choose a multi-site model over other models?
We feel that the multi-site model has the greatest potential for long-term impact in "helping seekers and believers become fully devoted followers of Christ." It also fits with our desire to grow while maintaining personal connections.
How will adding multi-sites affect our church finances?
There are expenses associated with this initiative, but the financial risk and actual costs are lower than if we were to expand our current facility. Further, if members of these new sites are faithful in giving, there should not be any problems financially.
Why not expand our present facility?
This is still a real possibility, but we feel that the timing for this is not right.
How will the multi-site model affect our worship services?
Each campus will have its own worship teams. We will also be recruiting new musicians and singers to expand and add worship teams at each location.
Will the sermon and speaker be the same at each location?
We anticipate that the sermon will be the same at each location, but the speaker may be different. There will also be times when we need to have the same speaker delivering the same message at each location. To accomplish this, we may use video feeds.
How many campuses are we going to start?
Initially, we will begin with one in 2010. This will probably be located in either Port Coquitlam or Port Moody. In the years ahead, we hope to add more sites.
How will I know which campus to attend?
It is up to you. If there is a campus near where you live, you may want to take this opportunity to see if your friends and neighbours would like to attend this new campus. If you are willing to support the new campus, we would ask you to commit to this new campus for at least six months.
Why not simply plant a church?
Planting a church is not as simple as establishing multi-sites. Multi-sites are sure to have our church's vision and mission as well as our DNA. Campus pastors also have the benefit of being connected to an established leadership team and leadership model. Finally, cost-wise, multi-sites are more economical than church plants.
When will the first site open?
Our Lord willing, we hope to open our first campus in September, 2010.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
You can get involved in three ways:
Pray - Nothing happens unless God's people are willing to pray. Pray that we would find the right location so that those who are far from God would encounter His Truth and Saving Grace.
Invite - Think about your neighbours and friends who you would invite to this new campus.
Volunteer - This new campus will need lots of volunteers in a wide spectrum of serving areas (worship, Kidz Church, teaching, Life Group leaders, greeters, setting up and taking down, etc.)
WHERE CAN WE GO IF WE HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
You can contact the Elders' Board at any time by calling the church at 604-464-6744 or by emailing email@example.com.