Whether your multisite youth ministry is two sites or twenty, you’ve likely come face-to-face with the joys and the complications inherent in being part of the “multiverse”—as authors Gina Abbas and Joe Graham affectionately refer to it. Your church is growing, and so are your youth groups. More teenagers are getting connected to the ways of Jesus. More relationships are forming. Your organization is energized and agile.
And yet…there is so much to figure out. Should every campus be using the same curriculum? What about social media? How much is each site free to do its own thing—or not? When will it be time to plant a new campus? How do you handle the tangled knot of multisite communication? And also—who’s your boss, again?
Multisite Youth Ministry contains the collective wisdom of multisite veterans Gina and Joe, plus tips and reflections from a crew of other multisite professionals in a variety of youth ministry contexts. In a conversational, down-to-earth style they discuss the issues critical to success, and offer practical advice on how your multisite youth ministry can continue to grow, adapt, and—of course—multiply as it connects more teenagers with Christ.
Gina Abbas is the cross-campus student ministry team leader for Harbor Churches, a multisite church in the greater Grand Rapids area, and cohost of the Multi-Multi podcast. She has a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies, and a master’s from Azusa Pacific School of Theology.
Joe Graham began his leadership career with Young Life and now serves as an executive pastor with Harbor Churches, a multisite church in the greater Grand Rapids area. He has taught as an adjunct professor at Western Theological Seminary and with Hope College’s Center for Leadership. Joe is a certified Enneagram Coach and an ordained minister with the Reformed Church in America.