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 two sites: Cardiff North & Cardiff Central.

In March 2020 we will launch our third site, 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

James & Jen Rankine

Senior Pastors

Matt & Alice Meads

Matt & Alice Meads

Cardiff Central (Morning)

Paul Cruchley

Paul Cruchley

Cardiff Central (Evening)

Soph & Ian Douglas

Soph & Ian Douglas

Cardiff North

Anna & Mark Crosby

Anna & Mark Crosby

Cardiff West

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:

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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.
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Greater Local Impact

Localised expressions of Vineyard Cardiff are better placed to meet the needs of the community in which they meet. Outreach projects can have a local impact and we can build wider-reaching connections within the communities in which we live.
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Deeper Community

Sites allow us to grow whilst keeping that family-feel. Keeping our Sunday services smaller makes it easier to welcome new people and help them feel part of our church. It also allows us to offer better pastoral care and deeper community.
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Everyone Can Be Involved

We think multi-site church creates more space for everyone to play their part and be the church Jesus has called us to be. More sites mean more opportunities for people to get involved and use their gifts. It releases more leadership, vision and creativity across our church community and city.

Questions?

What can I expect on a Sunday at each site? 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.