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Dec 14, 2006

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"If any of the people who have misperceptions about multi-site would ever actually visit one they would be able to speak intelligently."

Now that's a conversation stopper. Those of us who have concerns (labelled "misconceptions") about multi-site churches have never been to one? Good grief. I've been many times. My son attends one here in Toronto. And I have great concerns about the concept and the execution.

A couple of thoughts. First, I think the phrase quoted above, "If any of the people who have misperceptions about multi-site would ever actually visit one they would be able to speak intelligently." may have come from frustration of some who have attacked the concept of multi-site without having experienced it. I agree that responding with words like "misperceptions" and "speak intelligently" does nothing to further the conversation.

I would like to hear your concerns about the concept and execution; there is a chance we may share the same apprehensions. There are some pretty interesting things going on right now under the flag of "multi-site", not all of it is positive. Let's talk about it.

It is my blog that Shawn decided to label a multi-site hating blog. My friend and I were simply wrestling with the issue of sorting through different approaches to ministry as he prepares to begin his ministry.

Let me say that Shawn jumped to a conclusion that was unwarranted. He took one part of a conversation and drew many conclusions about it. He simply read part 3 of a 10 part conversation. He failed to see that the post he read was part of a developing conversation that had growth and discovery to it.

I believe Shawn's "passion" led to blindness to what was being said as a result of his participation in a multi-site church. He took the conversation out of context and recklessly mischaracterized it.

I offered to continue the conversation with him as part of it.

The quote you offer is only one part of a growing conversation. I guess it was too much to ask for my friend's statement to be taken in the context of someone wrestling to find his place in ministry.

I, for one, believe that multi-site can be a good thing. I also believe that most people have the best of intentions when using it.

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