Church Multiplication with Geoff Surratt | Session 3

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Paul and I are spending the day learning about church multiplication and multi-site with Geoff Surratt. Really excited about today as we are looking towards church planting in the future of Revolution Church.

Here are some notes from the third session:

What should a multi-site church reproduce:

  • What do you value?
  • What are you uniquely good at?
  • What is reproducible?
  • What is non-essential?
    • The more you reproduce, the harder it is and the more it costs.

Funding questions:

  • What model are we going to use?
    • The model you are going to use will determine what you will need to spend.
  • How many will we launch?
  • What are our financial expectations?

Two views of operating budgets of multi-site churches

  • Shared Purse: From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.
  • Capitalism: Each church lives on its own income.

Defining DNA

  • What are the irreducible minimums?
  • What is up to individual leaders?
  • Are you a high accountability church or a control church?

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Church Multiplication with Geoff Suratt | Session 2

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Paul and I are spending the day learning about church multiplication and multi-site with Geoff Surratt. Really excited about today as we are looking towards church planting in the future of Revolution Church.

Here are some notes from the second session:

Could multi-site work for you? (The following stats are from Leadership Network)

  • Campuses grow faster than autonomous church plants.
  • Campuses have a greater evangelistic impact than church plants.

Questions a church must ask before going multi-site:

  • How healthy is your church?
  • Is your church growing?
  • Are people finding Jesus through your church?
  • Are disciples being made?
  • Are people excited about inviting their friends and family?
  • What is the driving impetus behind going multi-site?
  • Are key leaders onboard?

Keys to successful multi-site

  • Start with a compelling vision
  • Choose the right campus pastor (visionary leader from the second chair, owner’s work ethic, a great communicator, a self starter)
    • A campus pastor is a great communicator, a preaching pastor is a gifted communicator.
  • What will sink a campus pastor?
    • He is not approachable, he is unmotivated, he is a responder instead of an initiator.
  • Create a compelling experience
    • Whatever your DNA is, you must keep it across the board.
  • Embrace a one church philosophy
    • Every church needs to be treated the same and gets the same finances and staff as everyone else.
  • Go all in.
    • At some point, there is no turning back as a church.

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Links I Like

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Should atheists get Christmas presents?

Atheists don’t believe in GOD, that’s pretty simple to figure out. Take it a step further and you’ll see many have done everything possible through the courts and legislative action to “free” themselves of any mention of GOD in public places.That comes at the expense of those who do believe at the loss of their right to freedom of religion.

5 trends you won’t be able to dismiss in 2014.

As in every era, some of today’s trends will become tomorrow’s reality. Innovative leaders aren’t afraid to embrace change and to be some of the first in on the shifts they see around them.  In that spirit, here are 5 trends you’ll no longer be able to dismiss in 2014.

Geoff Surratt on The truth about video preaching.

People don’t know what will or won’t be effective until they experience it.

The 8 archetypes of leaders.

Jared Wilson on A heartfelt plea to Mark Driscoll.

I do not want Pastor Mark to fail and fall.I just want him to walk in step with the truth of the gospel.

Thom Rainer on 7 traits of joyful pastors.

Why do I think each of these pastors is joyful? More specifically, what traits do I see in them that illustrate the joy that they have? I noted seven such traits.

Matt Walsh on Politician: Let’s treat all homeschool parents like felony child abusers.

If you do not have the right to teach and raise your own children on your own terms, then you don’t have the right to free speech, religion, association, or privacy, and you are not protected from unreasonable government intrusion into your personal life.

Tweeting himself to death: The rise and fall of @prodigalsam.

Links I Like

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  1. How to end your sermon. Great points.
  2. Jenni Catron on Questions a healthy leader should ask.
  3. Fox News Highly Reluctant Follower of Jesus.
  4. Geoff Surratt on 5 “zipper down” mistakes inexperienced speakers make.
  5. 3 reasons big churches keep getting bigger.
  6. Tim Challies on What is the meaning of sex?
  7. How preaching will reach our world.

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  1. 7 habits of highly successful leaders under 30.
  2. Eddie Becker on 8 things I wish Jesus never said.
  3. An update on the new album from The Civil Wars. Can’t wait for this album to come out.
  4. L.A. Weekly on The top 20 punk albums of all time. Not surprised by #1.
  5. Selfie deception.
  6. Geoff Surratt on 5 ways to fight distractions. And squirrels. Some really helpful things in this list.
  7. 3 things that will kill your church plant in the first year. These will also kill or stall an established church.
  8. Larry Osborne on 3 mission essentials for churches.
  9. Things indie rock fans hate. This is a funny list and I’ve thought many of these things.
  10. 2 things you must do with your sermon.

Links I Like

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  1. 5 surprisingly easy ways to lead at home.
  2. Jeff Haden on 8 things to eliminate from your life to be more effective.
  3. Tim Challies on 6 things to get rid of to be more effective. Really helpful reminders.
  4. Geoff Surratt on Why church plants fail part 1, part 2, and part 3. If you are a church planter, thinking about planting, you need to read these.

Links I Like

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  1. Geoff Surratt on 5 ways to make your church stickier. Love the “guerrilla greeter” idea.
  2. John Piper on Same-sex attraction and the inevitability of change.
  3. James MacDonald on Common mistakes for young preachers.
  4. Really excited to read Dave Kraft’s new book on leadership. If you haven’t read Leaders who Lastyou need to (it’s also $3.82 right now).
  5. Mark Driscoll on Should we abandon the idea of hell?

Links to End the Week On

  1. Charles Stone on Preaching sticky sermons. Great post. 
  2. Brad Lomenick on How to get things done. Super helpful. 
  3. 4 reasons to preach through books of the Bible. This sums up why we preach like we do at Revolution. 
  4. Leadership training that works
  5. Scott Williams 5 reasons you should tweet in church
  6. 5 books you should read if you preach or if you want to preach
  7. If you are a parent at Revolution Church, here is why you need to pick up the family bible study each week. 
  8. Using Pinterest for the glory of God

Responding to the Same-Sex Marriage Debate as a Christian

The debate surrounding same-sex marriage has been all over the news and internet this past week. I’ve gotten questions about how to respond as a follower of Jesus and since so many others have already responded, I thought I’d just share some of the articles that have been the most helpful to me.

Here’s a helpful video of Tim Keller answering the question.


A couple of years ago Matt Chandler did an hour and a half of teaching, followed by 40 minutes or so of answering questions from the audience, on this subject. This is tough to handle well. Some pastors harp on this issue in a disproportionate, condemnatory way. Others, swinging the pendulum in the other direction, don’t want to appear insensitive or right-wing and thus avoid it altogether. So it takes courage to tackle it head-on without being a jerk.

In the first video below Chandler begins by tracing the biblical storyline. In the second video, he gives some basic responses to several street-level objections, like:

1. If you’re not hurting anyone else, what’s wrong with it?
2. Since you’re a sinner, too, who are you to call out others?
3. Jesus didn’t say anything about homosexuality.
4. Some animals have same-sex relations, so if it’s in nature it must natural.
5. The homosexuality condemned by Paul is a different type of homosexuality than we see today.
6. Revisionist arguments from modern scholarship.

He also talks about the way in which he seeks to engage in dialogue with homosexuals in a gospel-centered way.

In the third video he fields questions via text message—e.g., on how parents should handle their adult kids who are gay with partners coming to visit (via Justin Taylor).


Links I Like

  1. Advice for aspiring church planters
  2. Thom Rainer on 10 warning signs you are an inward focused church
  3. 5 things a leader should do every week
  4. Geoff Suratt on What to do on Monday’s as a pastor
  5. 5 mistakes leaders make
  6. What you need to know about our new electronic check in at Revolution Church