Our church has started plans in motion for launching our first multisite location in the town of Neepawa, Manitoba. When faced with the how, we had two main options: "traditional" church plan (which, in itself has many different layers about what that actually looks like) or multisite (again, many different layers). You can read up on my own personal journey on how I became a fan of multisite here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
We decided to go in the multisite direction for a few reasons that I think might be a fantastic fit for rural communities:
Granted, these five-points will share some characteristics with church planting and sometimes, depending on the model, a church plant may really excel at some of these points. These points weren't meant to start a planting vs. multisite fight, rather highlight some of the reasons why multisite might work really well in a rural context.
The best part, I believe, is that multisite is very flexible in what it looks like - you can really customize what each location looks like while maximizing the established structure and healthy dynamics of an established church!
What do you think? Can multisite work in rural contexts? Can multisite be done that in a way that is different than what we've seen done already? Leave a comment!
I am a pastor in rural Manitoba that is passionate about the church, leadership, coffee and bicycles.