Episode 271: Merging with a Dying Church

Church mergers are not a good thing or a bad thing, they are a different thing.

In Episode 271 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Ed discuss the challenges, complications, and opportunities of church mergers. Here’s Alex with today’s question:

We’ve been a church plant for about five months now and we have great vision and passion for our community, but there’s another church with a relatively big building that has a dying vision and congregation that would like to potentially merge with us. What questions would be asking? What resources can we look into? 

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • Helpful questions to ask as you consider merging a church. 
  • Some of the challenges of church mergers. 

Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches):

  • “Church mergers are not a good or a bad thing, but they are a different thing.”–
  • “Church plants and most growing churches have far less congregational governance and control than established churches do.”–
  • “Everyone is hiding something when they are dating that’ll be found out once they’re married. How much can you find out ahead of time about the church you are merging with so you can prepare accordingly?” –
  • “Not everyone is going to agree to a church merge, and if you need unanimity, you shouldn’t start the process.”–
  • “If the Lord calls you to do this together as a collaborative mission, praise God, better together.”–

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