How Healthy Churches Take the Lead in a Merger - Episode 154
Better together? Over the past decade, we've seen a trend in churches merging together for many different reasons... and it seems likely that this trend will only increase in a post-pandemic world.
On the positive side—healthy, mission-focused churches are benefitting:
- Multisite: Ten years ago 30% of multisite campuses came by way of a merger; today it’s more than 40%.
- Church Planting: In a recent survey we discovered that 20% of church planters found a permanent facility through a merger.
- Pastor Succession:We are also seeing mergers as a pastor-succession and a pastor-search strategy.
- Denominations and Networks: They're proactively encouraging church mergers as a growth strategy for their healthy churches and as a revitalization strategy for their struggling churches.
- Racial Diversity: A small but growing number of church leaders are seeing mergers as a way of becoming more racially diverse.
In this episode, Tony Morgan interviews Jim Tomberlin, co-author of the book Better-Together: Making Church Mergers Work, for the beginning of a two part conversation on the emerging trend of healthy, mission-driven church mergers as an alternative to the old, failure-prone mergers of two declining churches.
For the full episode transcript, links mentioned during the show, and to download the Leader Conversation Guide, visit this episode's Show Notes at theunstuckgroup.com/episode154.
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