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Franchise Faith

Slate magazine has an interesting article on the growing multi-site/video venue trend that is dramatically changing the face and impact of the church in our American culture. Here are some excerpts:

Can a digitally projected pastor lead a congregation, shepherd believers, create and expand a community? Or is this just business-minded religion run amok? In a blog post, one of Stanley's lieutenants compared the job of running a video venue to operating a franchise of another Christian-led business: Chick-fil-A. "Just like that Chick-fil-A owner/operator, I'm here in Nashville to open up our franchise and run it right," wrote Eddie Johnson. "I believe in my company and what they are trying to 'sell.' "
With video venues, ambitious pastors can think beyond their current geographic boundaries, whether it's across town, across the country, or even across international borders. Oklahoma City's, which also holds services online, has churches in six states. Fellowship Church in Dallas bought out a struggling Baptist church in Miami for its first off-site location. Andy Stanley's North Point has 16 video venues, including a church whose members voted to defect from the Presbyterian Church of Canada last fall. He's gunning for a total of 60 by 2010.
Read the whole article HERE

Are you a part of a church that has video venues? The Slate article sounded a bit snarky, what are your thoughts about this article? What have been the benefits of having multi-sites for your church? What have been the challenges?

(Franchise Faith was cross-posted from Provocative Church)


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