Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work

by Jim Tomberlin, Warren Bird. Jossey-Bass, 2012.

This book walks congregational leaders through each step of a successful church merger, including an easy-to-follow assessment to discern if this is the right decision for your congregation.


how to start a conversation about merging, assess if your church is a potential candidate, how to manage change

Best For

clergy and lay leaders


puchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Determine if your church is a candidate for a successful merger by reading and discussing this guide with leaders from both churches.
  • Plan for a smooth merger between congregations by following strategies on how to manage pain and change.

About the Contributor

Beth Booram

Beth Booram is the co-founder and director of Fall Creek Abbey, an urban retreat center in Indianapolis dedicated to “renewing the contemplative spirit.” In addition, she is a trained spiritual director and author of several books including When Faith Becomes Sight. Beth worked for five years on contract as a resource consultant with the Center for Congregations. 


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