Better Together: Making Church Merges Work
Thousands of Protestant churches are perplexed by plateaued or declining attendance, while other congregations nearby thrive. Is there a way for them to combine forces, drawing on both their strengths, in ways that also increase their missional impact? Church merger...
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Thousands of Protestant churches are perplexed by plateaued or declining attendance, while other congregations nearby thrive. Is there a way for them to combine forces, drawing on both their strengths, in ways that also increase their missional impact? Church merger consultant Jim Tomberlin, with co-writer Warren Bird, makes the case that mergers today work best not with two struggling churches but with a vital, momentum-filled lead church partnering with a joining church. In this new book, they provide a complete, practical, hands-on guide for church leaders of both struggling and vibrant churches so that they can understand the issues, develop strategies, and execute a variety of forms of merger for church expansion and renewal to reinvigorate declining churches and give them a "second life."
Warren Bird (Ph.D., Fordham University) has collaboratively authored nineteen books (including two 100,000 bestsellers, one Gold Medallion winner, and one runner up for the Gold Medallion), served as associate pastor for eleven years and senior pastor for four years, taught as regularly contributing faculty at Alliance Theological Seminary for twelve years, and served on the senior leadership team of three organizations that provide training to pastors - Charles E. Fuller Institute, Canadian Centre for Leadership Development, and the Beeson Institute for Advanced Church Leadership.
- About The Jossey-bass Leadership Network Series Xi Foreword Xiii Craig Groeschel Preface Xv Part One: The New Merger Landscape 1 1. God Is Doing Something New: Biblical Basis For Mergers 3 2. Four Models For Healthy Mergers 21 3. Missional, Multisite, Multiethnic, And Other Merger Motives 35 Part Two: How Healthy Church Mergers Work 61 4. Stages And Speed Of A Merger 63 5. How To Measure Success 77 6. Why Mergers Fail 91 7. Financial And Legal Aspects Of A Merger 105 8. Personnel Changes 117 Part Three: Your Next Steps 127 9. Determining Whether Your Church Is A Good Merger Candidate 129 10. How To Start The Merger Conversation 149 11. Self-assessment For Merger Readiness 161 12. Exercise: Identifying Your Merger Issues 167 13. Managing Pain And Change 177 14. Where Do You Go From Here? 187 Appendixes A. Merger Process Checklist 195 B. Example Of Merger Issues To Resolve 198 C. Faqs Example From Bethany-sun Valley Churches 206 D. Faqs Example From Ginghamsburg Church 216 E. Faqs Example From Woodside Bible Church 220 F . Faqs On Preparing For A Merger Vote 223 G. Churches Named 225 H. Merger Research 229 Acknowledgments 231 Notes 233 The Authors 241 Index 243