6 Common Church Merger Mistakes with Jim Tomberlin

Jim Tomberlin. 4/10/2022.

For those who learn through conversation, this resource provides an overview of different kinds of church mergers and mistakes that can be avoided.


clarification about who leads and who follows in a merger; explanation of different types of mergers; information on clarity about mission strategy in mergers

Suggested Uses

  • If conversations about church mergers are starting high in a hierarchical system, this video provides a way for others to learn about and hopefully join the conversations taking place.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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