Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work

by Warren Bird, Jim Tomberlin. Jossey-Bass, 2012.
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On many corners in most US cities we can spot a church that is struggling to survive. Then we turn the corner and travel a few blocks down only to discover a church that is thriving; maybe even busting at its seams. What Jim Tomberlin and Warren Bird would suggest is that this is the kind of scenario that makes for the very best church merger-one between a struggling church and a thriving one. Tomberlin, founding director of Multisite Solutions, is known in the church leadership world as a multisite and church merger guru with a couple decades of experience. Bird is the Research Director at Leadership Network and author of more than 20 books about church health and innovation. Together they provide a practical guide that will walk leaders through the process of merging and an assessment to determine if their church is a candidate for a successful merger. Better Together gets to the nitty-gritty of how to start a conversation about merging with both congregations and includes realistic strategies about how to manage pain and change. Leaders from across denominations who are considering merging would be wise to read this volume through and glean from the wisdom of these two veterans.