One Church in Multiple Locations
In September 2006 Lon unveiled the next step in McLean Bible Church’s growth, community campuses. The goal is to build ten campuses in and around Washington in order to accommodate the church’s continued growth. McLean Bible Church will become “one church with multiple locations”. Each campus is designed to be a fully functioning church community with live worship, small groups, ministry for children and students, a campus pastor and staff dedicated to that particular campus, and a video message over a live satellite feed from the main campus.
In the time since the plan was unveiled several campuses have been launched. Frontline Arlington launched in January 2007 and MBC Loudoun launched in January 2008. Frontline Arlington meets on Monday nights in the Rosslyn Spectrum in Arlington, Virginia and has live worship and teaching. MBC Loudoun meets Sunday mornings at the Prison Fellowship Building in Lansdowne, Virginia and has live worship and a video feed of the message from the Tysons Campus.
In addition to the physical campuses, an Internet Campus was launched in October of 2007 featuring live video streaming of the music and message for the morning services and Frontline service every Sunday.
The church continues to grow, and in 2009 two more community campuses opened. Frontline Silver Spring is opened in May and MBC Prince William opened in September, along with Frontline Prince William in January 2010. In January 2011, MBC Bethesda opened in North Bethesda.
The community campus initiative is perhaps the most important moment in the history of the church, and its success will allow for continued growth and the ability to make an enormous impact on secular Washington with the message of Jesus Christ.