We launched our sixth location at Potomac Yard. Can't wait to make the drive from our Capitol Hill location, across the 14th Street bridge, down Jeff Davis Highway and make a left turn into Potomac Yard. We're dreamed of this for quite some time!
I love multi-site for so many reasons. Here are five of them:
1) I think it helps us reach new people and new communities--especially in an urban context like DC.
2) I think it's healthy for our church--six locations means six times as many ministry opportunities.
3) I think it helps us with economies of scale and best practices.
4) I think it reduces dependence on and significance of one leader--it's a team effort. And last but not least...
5) Lord willing, I want to pastor one church for life. But I have an entrepreneurial itch that needs to be scratched. Multi-site does that. You never stand still. It never gets boring. And I think it keeps you focused on what's next.
Adapted from Mark Batterson's weblog at markbatterson.com.
Mark Batterson serves as lead pastor of National Community Church (www.theaterchurch.com) in Washington, D.C. One church with nine services in five locations, NCC is focused on reaching emerging generations. Mark is the author of In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day and Wild Goose Chase . Mark and his wife Lora live on Capitol Hill with their three children.”