Matt Marino over at The Gospel Side berates the multi-site churches phenomenon:
Think about it – we started the Reformation over one man having too much authority in the Church, yet today hundreds of thousands meet in “multi-site” video venues watching preachers like Mark Driscoll or Craig Groeschel or Perry Noble in a box. The new gold standard of this movement is 3D holographic Andy Stanley, complete with security to keep people from going up on stage to play with it…or him.
Marino asks, “And how are these men not evangelical popes?” So he says that multi-site, big personality churches of Mark Driscoll, Perry Noble and Steve Furtick have “trade[d] the Ephesians 4 model of equipping others and giving leadership away for a model that makes ‘the man’ a black hole of money and energy.”
He’s right on. The big EGOS, combined with a lack of knowledge of—or worse, lack of obedience to—Biblical ecclesiology have led to the rise of multi-site churches that Thabiti Anyabwili calls “from the devil” and is idolatrous. They ignore Paul’s call to “appoint elders in every town” (Tit 1:5), as him and Barnabas did in Lystra, Iconium and Antioch when they “appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed”