More than two years ago, I outlined a vision for Asbury Church. Contained within the Reveal vision document was the goal to have 3 new satellite campuses for Asbury by the year 2020. This Sunday, we are privileged to see this vision becoming a reality.
On June 11, we will hold our inaugural service at the Asbury Church Harvest campus, formerly known as Crosswinds United Methodist Church. Peter Dahlin will be the campus pastor. We are all very excited about this opportunity God has given us, but perhaps there is no one more passionate about this opportunity than our Executive Pastor Tommy Gray. Tommy shared these thoughts with me about Asbury’s new reality:
Henry Blackaby in Experiencing God encourages us to "Watch and see where God is moving and join him." One place I see God moving today is through multisite churches. Here are just a few statistical examples from a recent Leadership Network study:
- Of the 100 largest churches in the US, only 12 are single campus churches.
- Over 8,000 churches are multisite. If multisite were its own denomination it would be the 4th largest in the US.
- Lay participation has increased 88% in multisite churches.
- Multisite churches reach more people for Christ than single campus churches.
As a sign of the unity of the Body of Christ at Asbury, Holy Communion will be served in our three different venues (Traditional, Contemporary, and Harvest) this Sunday. We believe that going multisite will enable us to reach more people for Jesus Christ, especially young families in the Tennessee Valley, as we walk forward in anticipation of all the Lord will do.