Get a clear perspective and clarify the future for a new ministry, together.

A church merger tends to be successful when both congregations understand who leads and who follows.

That results in healthy congregations, increased engagement, volunteers, financial sustainability and multiplied impact—more of all of it in the months and years that follow than even when the merger first takes place.

We help churches of all sizes navigate the sensitivities of merging ministries. Our process helps both churches:

  • assess whether or not merging is the right next step
  • identify what decisions need to be made as you merge
  • clarify the vision—where the newly merged ministry is headed in the next season
  • make a plan for an effective, aligned staff structure

You’ll find that this is a spiritual process of coming together as one church to clarify where God’s called you to go and how you’re going to get there, together.

During this process, we specifically focus on guiding you through these aspects of merging churches:

Assessing critical components of church merger compatibility

Navigating sensitive conversations for ministry areas that will be absorbed, redistributed or eliminated

Analyzing metrics for health and opportunities

Clarifying the vision for the newly merged church

Clarifying mission field, discipleship pathway and core strategies

Building action plans & systems to accomplish your vision

Clarifying decision rights in the new ministry

Identifying staffing gaps, and assessing leadership capacity and potential of staff

Determining how merging staff will be integrated onto your team

Creating a structure to help you achieve your vision

Clarifying a 2-Year roadmap for strategic planning

10 Crucial Merger Conversations

Is there alignment between the two churches on doctrinal and social issues?

While it’s possible to build on strengths and adopt best practices from both churches, one culture will and should overtake the other if it’s truly going to become one church.

If both churches have a senior pastor, what will happen to the senior pastor of the joining church? What will the new staff structure of the post-merger church look like? There are many questions about staffing and structure you need to answer clearly for a successful merger.

How similar are the two churches form of church governance? What will happen to the boards and lay committees at each church?

How does each church approach budgeting? What is the asset, cash and debt position of each church?

Are the ministries of each church similar? Which will be replicated at both locations and which ones won’t? Why? What ministry strengths and best practices at each individual church need to be adopted and built on after the merger?

Who will be the primary communicator of this new church after the two churches merge to become one? Will the teaching be the same or different on each campus or location of this new church after the merger?

What will be the communication plan throughout the process? What audiences need what communication and from whom?

How will this decision to merge actually be made and ultimately who makes the decision? What do the by-laws of each individual church require?

Once the merger is voted on, how will you launch this newly merged church? How will you let the community know?