One Assembly: Rethinking the Multisite and Multiservice Church Models

By Jonathan Leeman

Many churches are switching to the multisite or multiservice models to manage crowded sanctuaries due to growing attendance. This solution seems sensible in the short term, but too often churches adopt this model without taking into consideration what the Bible says about it. Illuminating the importance of physical togetherness as a way to protect the gospel, this book argues that maintaining a single assembly best embodies the unity the church possesses in Jesus Christ. Jonathan Leeman considers a series of biblical, theological, and pastoral arguments that ask us to stop and examine intuitions or assumptions about what a church is. He reorients our minds to a biblical definition of church, offering examples of churches that have thrived with a single service at a single site and compelling alternatives for those looking to solve the complications that come with a growing church.


Jonathan Leeman (PhD, University of Wales) is the editorial director for 9Marks. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books and teaches at several seminaries. Jonathan lives with his wife and four daughters in a suburb of Washington, DC, and is an elder at Cheverly Baptist Church.

Table of Contents:


1. A Church Is the Geography of Christ’s Kingdom 

2. A Church Is an Assembly

3. A Church Should Be Catholic

Appendix 1: New Testament Uses of “Ekklesia/Assembly”

Appendix 2: Does Acts 9:31 Refer to a Regional “Church”? (Anne Rabe)


Category: Church Ministry
Format: Paperback
Case Quantity: 10
Page Count: 176
ISBN-10: 1-4335-5959-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-5959-4
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Weight: 8.0 ounces
Published: April 07, 2020