Culture and the Church: The Evolution of Modern Methods- Part 4: Multi-Campus Churches

The mega-church model has lead to the beginnings of multi-campus churches.  This has become a necessity in that churches are becoming so large that the church does not have enough space or services to accommodate all of the people who desire to attend.  These multi-campus churches come in many forms from a smaller model that runs two services simultaneously in two different rooms on a single campus with the pastor on the screen in one room to the global model where a church runs services where the pastor speaks to a group of people across the world via video technology.  The growth in technology has also been essential in opening the door for the multi-campus church model.  These multiple campuses usually have their own staff which includes the usual roles that you would find on a church staff, but the preaching pastor is from another location.  These are springing up all over the country.  Some more famous multi-campus churches include North Point Community Church based in Alpharetta, Georgia and Life Church based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

Pros: Multi-campus churches have improved on the mega-church model by making church smaller so that it is easier for members to build community.  Multi-campus churches have individual campus staff teams which allows church members to more easily get to know the church leaders.  This form of church also has a very seeker welcoming program and in most cases good teaching from the main teaching pastor. 

Cons: Video screens are impersonal.  It can seem really awkward when a speaker on a screen asks you to interact through raising your hand or repeating something after him.  It is also a concern that the church members come to listen to a good speaker over seeking God.