A feasibility study of multi-site structures for Episcopal Church growth in the twenty-first century
Clay A Lein
Many churches are using multi-site structures for kingdom growth. Could a multi-site approach enable Episcopal parishes to start new communities of faith? Multi-site structures, defines as one church in multiple locations, have strong biblical and ecclesiological support. Several examples can be found in Anglican history, and the canons fully support this approach. Five parishes were found to have implemented multi-sites in suburban contexts. Their experience was explored and documented as a qualitative multiple case study. Their multi-site approaches proved successful. Analysis of these cases, coupled with in-depth study of multi-site literature, yielded 20 specific recommendations for possible future implementation.