Nearly 27,000 people attend LifeChurch.tv’s 13 locations, known as campuses, scattered from Arizona to New York. Headquartered in Edmond, Okla., LifeChurch.tv is the second-largest Protestant church in the United States, according to Outreach magazine. It’s also one of 2,000 multisite congregations that use satellite technology to unite worshippers meeting in different locations.
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Church leaders say multisite congregations are the wave of the future. But critics fear this approach turns churches into mega-chain worship centers void of the personal relationships that church members build with one another and their pastors.
Multisite campuses like the one in Hendersonville, TN function a bit like chain store retail locations. The central office provides all the content, from sermons to the Sunday school materials, which are shipped in every month.
Each site has a group of campus pastors who lead Bible studies, mentor and pray for church members, organize community service projects, conduct weddings, baptisms, and funerals — all the normal pastoral tasks but preaching.