MERGERS

BETTER TOGETHER

Church mergers have become one of the most effective strategies for struggling churches to thrive again, for growing churches to amplify their reach, and for church facilities to be better utilized to advance the Gospel in a region.

What is a church merger?

When two or more churches become one through the combining, integrating, and unifying of people, structures, systems, and resources in order to better reach their community with the message of Jesus.

THREE COMMON TYPES OF MERGERS:

REBIRTH

THE MISSION SPRINGS STORY

Rebirth Mergers

Typically when a struggling church gets a second life by being restarted under a stronger, vibrant, usually larger church

ADOPTION

THE TWIN OAKS STORY

Adoption Mergers

Typically when a stable or stuck church is integrated under the leadership of a stronger, vibrant, usually larger church

MARRIAGE

THE CROSSROADS STORY

Marriage Mergers

Typically when two growing churches realign with each other under a unified vision and new leadership configuration

QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER

1. Could we accomplish more together than we could separately? Would we find more ministry synergy, created by the two churches joining with common vision and purpose?

2. Would my congregation benefit from this merger? Would my individual congregation be better, healthier or stronger by joining with this church?

3. Would our community be better served by us working together? By joining forces, can we make a bigger impact in our surrounding community?

4. Could the Kingdom of God be further extended by us joining together? Would uniting help us make more and better disciples of Jesus?

RESOURCES

Better Together Book

Mission-driven church mergers have tremendous potential to exponentially expand the impact of strong, vibrant churches as well as to revitalize plateaued and declining churches. - Jim Tomberlin

Tony Morgan Podcast

A successful merger results in healthy congregations, increased attendance, volunteers, financial sustainability, multiplied impact and ultimately a multiplied number of churches... - Tony Morgan

Unseminary Blog

While 2020 has presented challenges for some churches, it has offered unique opportunities... This might be the perfect year to consider a church merger to drive the message of Jesus forward!