Church Mergers

by Gary McIntosh. Baker Books, 2012.

This resource offers 30 questions congregations should consider before undergoing a merger, including logistics such as the commute for congregants, to broader topics like clergy strengths and weaknesses.


30 questions congregations considering a merger should engage, what the congregational cultures of each faith community have in common, why congregations merge and why so many fail, keys to a successful merger

Best For

clergy and lay leaders


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Analyze the characters of each congregation that will make for a successful merger by discussing the final section of the book with congregational leaders.
  • Understand why eight out of nine congregational mergers fail in order to identify what mistakes to avoid.

About the Contributor

Brian Witwer

Brian Witwer is the retired director of the Center for Congregations' northeast office. Brian has specialized training in leadership and group process.

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