Congregational Resource Guide
Finding the right resources for your congregation
Darrin Patrick, founder of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network, and Mark DeVine, Baptist pastor and seminary professor, tell the story of a successful church merger from start to finish. A dying Kansas City Baptist church struggles through decision making and pastoral transitions, eventually discerning the path to merge with a larger, growing St. Louis church and enter a new chapter in ministry. Honest descriptions of conflicts within church leadership, including a failed merger attempt, will be invaluable to lay and clergy leaders for their down-to-earth realism. Patrick and Devine also remind readers to harness the theological and cultural strengths of the history of their congregations and explore utilizing them in new ways. Such a creative solution as creating a geographically distant merger may spark similar out-of-the-box strategies for declining churches exploring their options, applicable to both Evangelical or Baptist churches and others.