EP101: Jim Tomberlin & The Goal of Physical Church
The Church Digital Podcast
Jim’s words kinda shocked me. Having worked with Jim Tomberlin at Christ Fellowship Miami, and studied his multisite movement materials over the years, I kinda felt like I had a solid grounding on the mindset of Jim Tomberlin. So, when he casually dropped the line, I didn’t quite know how to respond. It’s not, “Get as big as you can.” It should be, “Get as big as you need to be in order to multiply healthily.” For a guy who dedicated decades to multiplying through multisite churches, mergers… and is now championing the cause of phygital churches… the idea shouldn’t be a surprise. The endgame of our buildings, our gatherings… are we multiplying? Is it helping to multiply? The mystery of church multiplication isn’t necessarily hard. The American Church needs to think differently. Let this podcast be the start of a new conversation in your church. Complete Show Notes and Online Video Available at THECHURCH.DIGITAL--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thechurchdigital/message
CNLP 367: Jim Tomberlin and Warren Bird on Future Church Attendance, the Rise of Church Mergers and What to Do If Your Church Won’t Make It
The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast: Lead Like Never Before
MultiSite expert Jim Tomberlin, and author and researcher Warren Bird, talk about their latest research on the future church including why attendance will be lower post-COVID, why and how church...Read the whole entry... »
Church Mergers have often been thought of as a generally negative thing. We conjure up ideas of large churches eating up congregations, and the number of churches declining. However, if done properly, a church merger can be an exceptionally healthy thing. Jim Tomberlin is the master at helping churches merge in a healthy way and shows us the ways to think through merging churches successfully. About our GuestBoth a multisite and church merger expert, Jim began his multisite journey in the mid 1990s when he was the senior pastor of Woodmen Valley Chapel. In 2000, he went on to pioneer the multisite model at Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago. He founded Multisite Solutions in 2005 to help churches develop and implement the emerging model of location expansion. Jim gained over 20+ years of multisite and church merger experience before joining The Unstuck Group in February of 2019. Key Points1. Hi Jim, thank you so much for joining us. You’ve got quite a long history working with church mergers. Could you tell us about how you got started on your journey with helping churches merge? 2. With COVID-19 starting to ease, I’m sure that many churches in the U.K. may be surprised at how much re-building they need to do. Why do you think merging is a credible option for churches? 3. What are the biggest mistakes you’ve seen when helping churches with Mergers? 4. When you talk about merging, you say it’s a bit like a slow dance, how do you mean? (Lead Church, Following church) 5. In your book you talk about four types of mergers, the first one is a Rebirth merger. What is that? 6. Your second type of merger is Adoption, how is that different? 7. The third type of merger is Marriage, what does that look like and how do you journey to getting there? 8. The fourth type of merger is one you advise against, which is the Intensive Care, or ICU Merger. Could you describe that for us and why you think it’s not a great idea. 9. I was writing about church mergers the other day, and I likened how we’ve traditionally thought about mergers to the TV show Married At First Sight. The temptation is that churches that want to merge do it too quickly with generally bad results. What’s a healthy timescale to think about? 10. In the Post-COVID world, there may be many churches that won’t be financially viable with reducing congregations, or churches that can’t afford to stay open due to lack of giving over the last few months. What steps would you recommend that churches take if they’re starting to think about potentially merging?ResourcesBetter Together: Making Church Mergers Work by Jim Tomberlin & Warren Bird
LILR 013 | Jim Tomberlin on Multiplication through Mergers, Multi-site and Leadership Succession
Leaders in Living Rooms
Jim Tomberlin joins Sean to consider how the new realities of 2020 are changing church multiplication and how mergers can help solve succession issues and pastoral compensation. They also discuss Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work, Jim's book with Warren Bird that has been expanded and updated in a new edition.
EP034: Jim Tomberlin, Trends of Multisite & Church Online
The Church Digital Podcast
The idea of the multisite church was born in the 1990s as church attendance was growing faster than the church buildings could sustain. Even in those early days, there were questions about the validity of the Multisite Church Model, Time has worked in multisite’s favor, though, as a “radical” idea 20 years ago has turned into a “cool” idea 10 years ago, transitioning into a widely accepted “mainstream” idea today. Church Online is on a similar path. Early pioneers started making Church Online a reality about 10 years ago. What was a radical concept in 2009 is trending towards the “cool” church thing of 2019. Will it make it to “mainstream” in 2029? This is the question we asked Jim Tomberlin, Chief of Staff at Christ Fellowship Miami and founder of Multisite Solutions. Jim has had a rich history as one of the early pioneers of multisite in the 90s, eventually joining staff at Willow Creek in the mid-2000s, helping them transition to the multisite model. Through his company, Multisite Solutions, Jim has influenced hundreds of churches going multisite. His depth of understanding on multisite strategy is phenomenal. Multisite church has driven a lot of innovation for the church in recent years. What does Church Online need to do to turn the corner and follow in the path of big brother multisite? All this and more on Episode 34 of The Church Digital Podcast. COMPLETE SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT THECHURCH.DIGITAL--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thechurchdigital/message
Multisite Q&A with Jim Tomberlin (Part 2) - Episode 88
The Unstuck Church Podcast with Tony Morgan
90%. That's the success rate surveys are showing churches are having with launching multisite campuses. Five years after launch, they’re still up and running. What's more—57% of multisite churches are planning to launch another campus in the next 12 months. Tony Morgan and Jim Tomberlin recently announced that our two ministries—MultiSite Solutions and The Unstuck Group—are coming together. In Part 2 of this episode, Jim says that among the churches that have already launched, he’s still seeing a high confidence in the model. He joins Tony on the show to talk advice for vision-casting multisite, choosing your model, and the five keys to success that Jim has named over his many years helping churches launch thriving campuses. For the full episode transcript, links mentioned during the show, and to download the Leader Conversation Guide, visit this episode's Show Notes at theunstuckgroup.com/episode88. Join the Live Conversation on Social Media If you're listening on Wednesday, when the episode first releases, join the live conversation The Unstuck Group's team will be having on social media about this week's topic. We use hashtag #unstuckchurch on Twitter. Or you can join in on Facebook. Ask your questions and add your comments about the topic. If you're catching this episode later, you can still join in! Just tag us @unstuckgroup or use #unstuckchurch, and include [episode 88] in your post for reference. ----- Check out our newest online course—Multisite Unstuck, or learn how we help churches get unstuck at theunstuckgroup.com.
Multisite Q&A with Jim Tomberlin (Part 1) - Episode 83
The Unstuck Church Podcast with Tony Morgan
Tony Morgan and Jim Tomberlin recently announced that our two ministries—MultiSite Solutions and The Unstuck Group—are coming together! Jim was one of the pioneers of the multisite movement back in the early 1990s and has been helping churches effectively transition from being one church to being one church in multiple locations ever since. In this episode, Jim joins Tony on the show to discuss the history of the multisite movement, where it is today, bad reasons churches go multisite, the strategy differences between church planting and launching campuses, and more. For the full episode transcript, links mentioned during the show, and to download the Leader Conversation Guide, visit this episode's Show Notes at theunstuckgroup.com/episode83. Join the Live Conversation on Social Media If you're listening on Wednesday morning, when the episode first releases, join the live conversation The Unstuck Group's team will be having on social media about this week's topic. We use hashtag #unstuckchurch on Twitter. Or you can join in on Facebook. Ask your questions, add your comments about this topic, or check out the Show Notes for the questions we plan to discuss! If you're catching this episode later, you can still join in! Just tag us @unstuckgroup or use #unstuckchurch, and include [episode83] in your post for reference. ____ Check out our newest online course—Multisite Unstuck, or learn how we help churches get unstuck at theunstuckgroup.com.
S4E2: The FLOURISH Model in Multisite Organizations // Jim Tomberlin, Multisite Solutions
The Flourishing Culture Podcast
Today we have the pleasure of visiting with a revered Christian leader who’s going to give you some of the best lessons and winning plans for how a Flourishing staff culture can work for you and your teams AND improve your overall ministry impact. With me today is Jim Tomberlin, Founder and CEO of MultiSite Solutions. Based in Colorado Springs, MultiSite Solutions helps churches develop and implement customized multisite, merger and movement strategies. Jim began his multisite church journey in the mid-1990s when he was the senior pastor of Woodmen Valley Chapel. Since 2005 he has been consulting and coaching churches in developing and implementing multi-campus strategies. He is the author of multiple books, including 125 Tips for MultiSite Churches, Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work, and Church Locality: New Rules for Church Buildings in a Multisite, Church Planting and Giga-Church World. Find full show notes here http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s4-e2-jim-tomberlin/