Thabiti Anyabwile has a great post on why he is anti multi-site churches. You can read that on his blog Pure Church.
While I do not completely agree with Thabiti’s views on technology, I do agree with his points on multi-site churches.
So then the question becomes…Am I anti multi-site churches? The answer to that question is simply…yes.
I will explain.
I have always thought that transmitting a pastor from one location to another via DVD, satellite, or whatever method robs the pastor of being a true shepherd. A pastor cannot truly have relationships with 4,000 people. But, then comes the argument that multi-site churches have “campus pastors.” Really? You pay a guy to load the DVD or set up a screen to pipe in another pastor?
I am all for multi church campuses. For every campus or church plant that a church has there should be a pastor that leads that church. Every church plant or campus becomes a local church. That local church needs a pastor.
A pastor will get better at preaching the longer he preaches and the more experience God allows him to have. If God has called a man to be a pastor, let him. I wholeheartedly believe that the man God places in any local church is the man God ordained to pastor the people that will be the members of that church.
Multi church campuses allows for the building, development and training of men that God has called to be pastors.
At FaithPoint Community Church our vision for church planting is the building, development, and training of men that have been called by God to be pastors and they will be sent out as we plant churches across the world. We intend to send these men through training and development so that they can live a holy life and not disqualify themselves from the pastoral position that God has called them to. This training and development also helps to prove that their doctrine is sound.
How does your church view church planting?