Click here (see pp. 45-49) to access an essay I wrote critiquing multi-site church structure from an exegetical standpoint. The essay appeared in the May-June 2009 edition of the 9Marks eJournal. The entire edition is devoted to the subject of multi-site, and includes articles by advocates as well as critics. I argue that the multi-site church structure is outside the bounds of the New Testament’s teaching on the local church in at least two ways. First, it violates the biblical understanding of church as assembly by considering a group of believers a church even though they never actually assemble. Second, it violates the biblical understanding of a particular local assembly as a full-fledged manifestation of the one heavenly assembly by not considering each local assembly a church in and of itself, and by subjugating local assemblies to the governmental authority of other local assemblies without biblical warrant for such a practice. Simply put, multiple sites equal multiple churches, and churches should be self-governing.