Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work Church Merger Fast Facts What do we know today about church mergers? In preparation for writing “Better Together:Making Church Mergers Work” Leadership Network commissioned a nation-wide survey of churches that had experienced a merger. All 15 conclusions from that survey are discussed in our book, but here are the top five facts that jumped out at us: 1. The majority of church mergers are between a “lead” church (usually larger and healthier) and a “joining” church (usually smaller) rather than between two equal churches. 2. The majority of mergers are initiated by the joining church. 3. All mergers are not alike. Most are rebirths (restart), few are marriages (healthy… More
It’s a new day for church mergers. They may be called by many names but the core idea is two or more churches becoming one through the combining, integrating and unifying of people, structures, systems, and resources to achieve a common purpose: doing life and ministry together as a vibrant, healthy expression of Christ’s body, the Church. The merging of churches is a delicate dance where one leads and the other follows. Most church mergers need a facilitator that both congregations can trust, who knows how to facilitate the delicate conversations that has to occur for a successful merger. There are many potential benefits of a church merger, but there are many landmines to step… More
Going multisite is not for every church. It will not turn around a sick or dying church, but it can be an instrument to extend a healthy one. Multisite is not a growth engine, but it can be a vehicle for a growing church. Multisite is not a fad to jump on, but it has become a proven strategy to reproduce healthy, fruitful, growing churches. Find out more HERE.
I have been convinced for a long time that the multisite church model was going to revitalize rural church America. At the beginning of 2010 I wrote in Outreach Magazine: “Multisite will energize rural congregations. Those seeking to plant reproducing churches— and multisite churches—are renewing long-established churches and stimulating new, vibrant congregations in the neglected back-road areas of America.” Shannon O’dell’s book, “Transforming Church in Rural America,” tells his story and shows the way to do it! In seven years Brand New Church has grown from 31 to 2000 members with 5 campuses, 3 satellite house churches, and an online campus under Shannon’s leadership. The Southern Baptist affiliated church has reported the second most… More