In 2009 I received a call from Warren Bird, the Research Director at Leadership Network. . .
“Jim, are you seeing any mergers in your multisite church consulting?”
“Yes I am. A lot of them!”
“So are we at Leadership Network. God is doing something different through mergers today. We need to write a book about it.”
In partnership with Leadership Network, we commissioned the Barna Group to learn more by surveying churches who had gone through a merger in the past 20 years.
In 2011 we published our results and observations in the first book ever to be written on church mergers, Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work.
We discovered that these new kinds of mission-driven mergers were different than the survival-based mergers of the past. We also observed that many of these mergers were an unintended but mutually-beneficial consequence of the multisite church movement.
Since then we have seen an explosion of all kinds of church mergers beyond multisite outcomes. More church leaders are seeing mergers as a pastor-search strategy, succession strategy, church-plant strategy, community transformation strategy and denominationally-driven revitalization and replant strategies.
A decade later with a seismic culture shift in church attendance and changing attitudes towards local churches it’s time to do another nation-wide, comprehensive survey.
An updated survey
If your church has experienced a merger or unsuccessfully attempted a merger in the past 20 years, would you take twenty minutes to complete the Church Merger Survey?
After taking the Church Merger Survey would you forward it to others who have a church merger experience?
And in other exciting news
MultiSite Solutions has begun a formal transition to join Tony Morgan and The Unstuck Group as part of a two-year merger-succession. We are convinced we can better serve local churches together!
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