When Churches Merge

by Warren Bird. Leadership Network. Accessed April 14, 2017.

Is your congregation considering a merger? There are so many things to consider. This article by Warren Bird introduces legal, operational and financial aspects of a merger. Often attention is directed at theological and cultural issues. Rightfully so. Yet, it is helpful to consider from the beginning not only the benefits of a congregational merger, but the cost too. Bird is Director of Research and Intellectual Capital Development at Leadership Network. He is the co-author of Better Together, a book on mergers. This article directly addresses the following: reasons you might want to consult an attorney, key questions to ask about who has the authority to make decisions related to a merger, three ways to merge, and financial considerations of a merger. The information is applicable to almost any congregation discerning whether merger is an appropriate strategy.