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Church Merger Fast Facts

February 7, 2013

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

Considering Merging?

December 18, 2011

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

125 Tips for Multisite Churches

December 14, 2011

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.

Transforming Church in Rural America

May 17, 2010

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

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"He is a veteran leader, who is able to combine a wealth of knowledge with an intuitive grasp of the needs of the local pastor."

The Chapel
Scott Chapman – The Chapel, Lake Country, IL

"With our Branch Creek Campus, LCBC Church is better positioned to reach more people with the good news of Jesus throughout central and eastern Pennsylvania. Having Jim Tomberlin at our side was a definite benefit..."

Lives Changed By Christ Church, Lancaster, PA
David Ashcraft – Senior Pastor

"Jim came along side Celebration Church from the very beginning of our multi-site journey. His insight, strategy, and understanding of what it takes to be a healthy church was huge to us as we began this new journey. Since partnering with Jim, we’ve gone from one church meeting in a single location, to five campuses meeting throughout Wisconsin."


"Jim Tomberlin was a huge asset to us during our recent move to multisite. His experience and expertise helped us navigate our staff and church through a church merger and greatly assisted us in the union of two churches. I highly recommend Jim to anyone prayerfully considering either mergers or multisite churches."

Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Church

"Jim is one of the country’s leading thinkers on the multi-site movement."

Craig Groeschel – Lead Pastor

"Not only did he bring a depth of knowledge, insight and wisdom but he also helped to bring clarity to our strategy which will keep us healthy and growing well into the future. Jim brought to our team a pastor’s heart with a strategist’s mind for how to understand church growth through multisites."


"If your church is thinking about going multisite make sure you have Jim on your team."

Sagebrush Church
Todd Cook – Sagebush Community Church – Alberquerque, New Mexico
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