Multisite churches come in many shapes and sizes. They all have subtle distinctive organisational set ups, but the one central idea usually is that the different locations come under the same name. There are some other commonalities which may include some of the following:

  1. One vision and mission.
  2. Centralised teaching
  3. Site specific teaching
  4. Consistent branding and ministry approach across different locations.
  5. One overall brand name/design.

This blog isn’t about growing a multisite church (There are plenty of great blogs out there for that). There are some fundamental best practices to creating a great multisite church website. This is especially application when it comes to both site design and site structure.

Questions to ask include:

What church-wide/global topics do we have that apply across all our locations?

This can include topics like:

  • Overview to the churches vision and mission
  • Giving portal
  • About Us
  • Media
  • Ministries
  • Locations
  • New Here

Some churches can take ‘point of need’ to the structure of their site. Saddleback which is a great multisite church is a great example of this. Their site is structured like this:

  • Visit
  • Connect
  • Grow
  • Watch
  • Care
  • Give

Willow Creek Community Church takes a similar approach to its top level site structure:

  • Locations
  • Watch
  • Care
  • Connect
  • Serve
  • Give
  • About

Some websites reflect a bit more of their own organisational structure. Hillsong is a great example of this. Incredibly big on so many levels. Lots of churches, plus with a well known emphasis on it’s music. It’s top level site structure is:

  • Jesus
  • About
  • Locations
  • Channel (TV Channel)
  • Ministries
  • Media
  • Music (Well known brand and probably high traffic pages on the site)
  • Events (Again their conferences are so well known and attended)
  • Store
  • Collected

Brentwood Baptist for example this top level site structure:

  • New Here
  • About
  • Read
  • Ministries
  • Jesus

Read my in-depth interview with Darrel Girardier from Brentwood here.

Holy Trinity Brompton in London, England has another approach to its top level site structure:

  • Sundays
  • Get Involved
  • What’s On
  • Talks
  • About Us
  • Giving

The Key

For me the key is to have all of what is important to your church from a church-wide perspective at that top level. Then keep each location/campus specific content within the relevant areas.