Church Locality: New Rules for Church Buildings in a Multisite, Church Planting, and Giga-Church World
by Jim Tomberlin and Tim Cool
Growing churches utilize multisite and church planting strategies to reproduce themselves for greater outreach and impact.
But where? Location matters for a church. These two leaders provide guidance on the wisdom of where:
Where should we meet?
What kind of facilities are
usable for churches?
What are the implications of the various options?
Tomberlin and Cool reveal
the keys to using location as a way to reproduce and increase impact. Locality is about the convergence of location and
facility. The where of a church matters. These two leaders explain the new rules for multisite churches and church plants. Ed
Stetzer is a contributor to this book, in addition to Brad Leeper and Rich Birch.
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Meet the Authors
began his multisite church journey in the mid-1990s when he was the senior pastor of
Woodmen Valley Chapel in Colorado Springs, CO. In 2000 he went on to pioneer the multisite model at Willow Creek
Community Church in Chicago. Since 2005 he has been coaching churches in developing and implementing multi-campus
strategies. As Founder and Senior Strategist of MultiSite Solutions, Jim leads a seasoned team of practitioner specialists in
assisting churches in maximizing their redemptive potential through intensive and insightful multisite and church merger
consultation. Jim is the author of “125 Tips for MultiSite Churches” and co-author with Warren Bird of
“Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work.” Jim is based in Scottsdale, AZ. You can email him directly at
, subscribe to his MultiSightings blog, or follow him on Twitter at @MultiSiteGuy or @MergerGuru.
has assisted more than 350 churches (over 4 million square feet) throughout the
United States with their facility needs. He has collaborated with churches in the areas of facility needs analysis, design
coordination, pre-construction coordination, construction management and lifecycle planning/facility management. Tim has
also been a conference speaker at numerous national conferences and seminars including the national conferences for the
NACBA, NACFM, Texas Ministry Conference, and Worship Facility Expo. He maintains his national membership with the
International Code Council for building codes. Tim is the author of the book, Successful Master Planning: More Than Pretty
Pictures and Why Church Buildings Matter. Tim is married to his best friend, Lisa, and resides in Charlotte, NC with their
teenage triplets. They are active members at Elevation Church.