Church Mergers - 10 Things to Consider

by Patricia Lotich. Smart Church Management, October 8, 2014. Accessed November 30, 2017.
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Writer for SmartChurchManagement.com Patricia Lotich advises churches considering a merger to explore ten key issues that will impact the merger’s success: doctrine, church culture, governance, church assets, mission and vision, leadership, employee compensation, communication, congregational votes, and the location of the church once the merger is accomplished. Her leading questions could provide a basis for an initial gathering of church leaders at each church individually and/or at a joint meeting of both churches. There are questions provided around the topics of each church’s stance on controversial issues such as abortion or gay marriage, whether the church will have traditional or contemporary worship or both, what demographic in the wider community the merger will serve, how the merger clergy and lay leadership teams will be formed and function, and what facility requirements the merger will face for worship, mission and ministry.