Multi Site Church Thinking Essay

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A BIBLICAL EVALUATION OF THE MULTI-SITE CHURCH

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A Paper Presented to Dr. Michael H. Windsor Central Baptist Theological Seminary of VA Beach

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In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Course 354 Systematic Theology 4

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Submitted by: Matthew E.Vanderwarker February 27, 201

TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION ...............................................................................................................3 THE DEFINITION OF MULTI-SITE CHURCH ..............................................................4 THE MEANING OF ΕΚΚΛΕΣΙΑ ......................................................................................6 Lexical ...view middle of the document...

..........................20 The Metaphor of the Body ......................................................................................20 The Metaphor of the Building................................................................................. 21 Decision Making in the Local Church .............................................................................. 22 The Process of Church Discipline........................................................................... 23 The Process of Choosing Leaders ........................................................................... 24 MULTI-SITE PRAGMATICS ......................................................................................... 27 CONCLUSION ................................................................................................................. 28 BIBLIOGRAPHY ............................................................................................................. 30

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Introduction There is nothing more important than the glory of God, and the greatest way to glorify God is through magnifying the cross. In a culture much different than that of the first century Christians, well-intentioned pastors are looking for alternative media to expose people to the cross. In December of 2009, a USA Today article proclaimed, “Multi-site churches mean pastors reach thousands.”1 It is reported there are now over 5,000 expressions of multi-site churches across North America, and in 2013, that number will grow.2 If these prophetic words of multi-site are true, it is possible that every ministry will contemplate going multi-site. Mark Driscoll, a popular author and pastor, declares, "In conclusion, the multi-campus and video churches are here to stay."3 Consequently, congregations all over the world need to know what the Bible states about the multi-site structure. When examining the biblical data, certain questions need to be answered, like: What is a multi-site church? What is a church? Is this arrangement biblical? How does it affect a church? How does one respond to others who may come to different biblical

Cathy Grossman, "Multi-site Churches Mean Pastors Reach Thousands," USA Today, 17 December 2009. Accessed 7 January 2013. Justin Tomberlin, "What is Trending in Multi-Site? 2013," Outreach Magazine, Online Edition, December 18, 2012. . Accessed 7 January 2013. Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods (Wheaton: Crossway, 2008), 263. Kindle Edition.
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conclusions? While the issue of multi-site structure is an issue of secondary nature, it still requires the honest attention of congregations. This paper is intended to engage the minds of believers seeking to understand the biblical data concerning the multi-site model. First, with a wide variety of multi-site expressions, a shared definition of multi-site is established. With this definition, the use of ἐκκλησία is investigated. Next, the Scriptural...

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