What We Believe About Multisite
We believe in His Timing
Our city's population is growing. The Houston area has grown 26% in the past 10 years and is expected to grow another 34% in the next 10 years.
Our weekly attendance is growing. Attendance at an all time high in worship services and Life Bible Studies. Parking at 7401 Katy Freeway (the Loop Campus) is at capacity.
New technology makes remote campuses possible. With video streaming web technology, we can “transport” the message easier and at a lower cost, and the capabilities of the renovated Worship Center allow a more broadcast-friendly experience.
We gained experience with multiple worship venues, such as Road Trips (2005), use of the Gym and Fellowship Center during the Worship Center renovation (2008), a Chapel video service, and our Downtown Campus (launched in 2011)
We believe in His Mission
Consistent with Our Historical Mission
Multisite is Great Commission and Acts 1:8 work. It’s about His glory through His people. The church (assembled community of believers: ekklesia) is the vehicle God uses to reach the lost.
Consistent with Our Local Strategy
Houston's First has a rich history of encouraging and revitalizing neighborhood congregations as a key part of our local missions effort. Since the 1980s, our church has worked with more than 75 local congregations all over the city.
We believe it extends His Ministry
This Is a Missions-Centered Endeavor
This strategy is missions-focused. It extends the ministry of our church rather than expanding our brand. Across the nation, the multisite strategy has experienced an 80% success rate as compared to a 30% success rate for traditional church plants.
Community and Quality
The multisite model brings together the best aspects of large churches and small churches. You experience a small-community feel, but with the same quality level you find at larger churches during the worship times, Life Bible Studies and other exported ministries.
- To neighborhoods — A multisite strategy extends the ministry of Houston's First to the neighborhoods of our city where current members live. It assists in reaching friends and family unwilling to travel a great distance to church.
- To affinity groups — This model increases the options for meeting locations, meeting times, and worship format. Worship styles can be customized based on the neighborhood. This enables a church to extend itself into niches like an office complex or a YMCA. The church can also focus more intently on neighborhood ministry needs and affinity groups such as a cancer center or assisted living facility.
This model expands leadership opportunities for the congregation. Each time a new site is opened, leaders emerge not only at the new site but at the sending campus as well. Multisite expands opportunities for volunteers through new ministries (i.e. neighborhood affinity groups and clubs, set up crews, parking crews, technical teams, etc.).
We believe it is an Effective Model
It Preserves Our Core DNA
The multisite model preserves our church’s congregational structure and governance, while also retaining our signature statements in mission (Great Commission and Acts 1:8), vision (Relevant, Biblical, Community), strategy (Gather, Grow, Give), and beliefs (Baptist Faith and Message).
It Empowers The Campus Pastor
A healthy model uses video teaching as a resource for the on-campus pastor, freeing him to be involved in the lives and needs of the neighborhood. It also establishes him as the clear local leader of his staff and congregation.
It Is Good Stewardship
The multisite model can provide a lower cost of operation since support services can be shared across campuses. Worship, Creative, Communications, Production, HR, Security, Facilities and Operations can all be tooled to support multiple campuses.