Being a Multi-site Church
In September 2018, we launched a site into the north of Cardiff, beginning a new chapter as a multi-site church. We currently have three sites: Cardiff Central, Cardiff North and Cardiff West.
What is a multi-site church?
A multi-site church is one church that meets in multiple locations. This is not the same as a church plant. Instead, we are still one church with the same leadership and DNA across all our sites.
Our senior pastors, James and Jen, continue to lead the whole church as one church, setting the vision and values and preaching regularly at each site on a Sunday. Each site also has its own site pastors who provide oversight and leadership for their site.
James & Jen Rankine
Matt & Alice Meads
Cardiff Central (Morning)
Cardiff Central (Evening)
Soph & Ian Douglas
Anna & Mark Crosby
Why did we become a multi-site church?
The simple answer is that this is what God has called us to do and we have responded in obedience. We believe that there are lots of great things about being a multi-site church. Here are our top four:
For Those Yet To Come
People in the process of exploring faith are not as likely to travel across the city to a venue that is not local to them. Having sites across the city means we can reach into more communities across Cardiff and beyond. It means that building size is never an issue – we can continue to grow but always have room for those yet to come.
Greater Local Impact
Everyone Can Be Involved
Whilst each site has its own look and feel, our Sunday services follow the same format, with the same values on worship, prayer ministry and teaching the Bible. The whole church follows the same preaching programme. James and Jen speak regularly at each site, supported by the site pastors.
What does this look like for kids and youth?
Our kids and youth pastors organise our Sunday morning programme and teams across the sites. The same sessions run at each site every Sunday, with provision for each age group: creche, mini kids, big kids and youth. Our midweek youth gathering (ICN) has remained centralised for all our youth to come to. Whichever site our kids or young people are a part of, we are committed to making sure they can encounter Jesus and grow in their faith.
Which site should I go to?
It probably makes sense to go to your nearest site but the choice is up to you! You can choose which site to go to and can move between them if you want to. We think in the long-term, however, it makes sense to commit to one site and get stuck-in within that community.
Do we ever run events all together?
Yes! Throughout the year we run ‘All-In Church Gatherings’ where we come together to celebrate and share stories of what we have seen God doing across the church. We also run other smaller events throughout the year that are open to everyone.