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What’s Your Operating System?

November 24, 2015

In October, my partner Wade Burnett and I had the privilege of facilitating a gathering of leading multisite churches focusing on what’s ahead in the multisite movement. We introduced Todd Wilson’s newest book Becoming Five. This is a game-changing book that will frame the church conversation in North America in the days ahead. Wade contributed to the book. – Jim Tomberlin, MultiSite Solutions. Does Your Church’s Operating System Add or Multiply?   by Wade Burnett It has been a tremendous privilege to partner with Todd Wilson and Exponential around the release of Becoming Five.  Last month, when we introduced the book to our learning community of multisite leaders who are gathering this year to ask “What’s… More


What Makes a Great Campus Pastor?

October 27, 2015

Guest Post by Jim Tomberlin for Leadership Network Ask any multisite church leader today what the most important component is in multisiting and the overwhelming answer is the campus pastor.  When I went to Willow Creek in the year 2000 to pioneer the multisite strategy I was the startup campus pastor for the first site, second site, third and fourth sites while leading the whole multisite effort. Why? No one wanted to leave the mothership for a role that had never been done for a strategy that had never been tried. Today Willow Creek gathers in seven locations across greater Chicago with much better campus pastors! We have come a long way from the early days… More


A New Season for MultiSite Solutions

October 9, 2015

Ten years ago I launched MultiSite Solutions to help local churches develop customized strategies around the innovative multisite concept. What began as a radical idea has now become mainstream in the church world. And today I am delighted to announce the beginning of a new season at MultiSite Solutions. This week at Exponential West I announced Wade Burnett’s new role with MultiSite Solutions as Partner and Senior Associate.  Wade will help provide leadership to MultiSite Solutions through assembling and leading an exciting team of expert practitioners, intentionally focusing our consulting approaches, and introducing helpful new deliverables to serve the evolving multisite church movement. In a prior life, Wade Burnett was a nationally recognized attorney whose work has been featured in the New… More

What to Know About Church Mergers

August 24, 2015

Church mergers are increasing dramatically across the USA and becoming a viable option for healthy as well as stuck or struggling churches. A growing number of churches have experienced senior pastor succession through a church merger. Church planters are acquiring permanent facilities and church growth through a merger. One out of three multisite campuses are the result of a merger. Coaching churches through these merger conversations has become a major component of our consulting at MultiSite Solutions. Recently I had the privilege to be interviewed by my good friend and strategic partner David Middlebrook with The Church Law Group. David wrote the legal chapter in Better Together:Making Church Mergers Work and serves many of our church merger clients. In this… More

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The Chapel
Scott Chapman – The Chapel, Lake Country, IL

"Not only did he bring a depth of knowledge, insight and wisdom but he also helped to bring clarity to our strategy which will keep us healthy and growing well into the future. Jim brought to our team a pastor’s heart with a strategist’s mind for how to understand church growth through multisites."


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Northview Church
Steve Poe – Lead Pastor – Northview Church – Carmel, IN

"With our Branch Creek Campus, LCBC Church is better positioned to reach more people with the good news of Jesus throughout central and eastern Pennsylvania. Having Jim Tomberlin at our side was a definite benefit..."

Lives Changed By Christ Church, Lancaster, PA
David Ashcraft – Senior Pastor

"Jim Tomberlin was a huge asset to us during our recent move to multisite. His experience and expertise helped us navigate our staff and church through a church merger and greatly assisted us in the union of two churches. I highly recommend Jim to anyone prayerfully considering either mergers or multisite churches."

Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Church
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