The key to all mergers is relationships. That is what Kristy Rutter emphasizes in this short blog about congregational mergers. Ms. Rutter works with New Campus Development for the Chapel, a multisite church in the greater Chicago area. She observes that mergers turn competitors into partners. This article is the beginning of a longer conversation. It isn’t meant to be a comprehensive appraisal of mergers. It is something to be included in a board packet. And then discussed. Discussion points could include, “What congregation in our area might we want to start a conversation with?” Or, “What kind of partnership might make sense for us right now?” If your congregation is just beginning to think about mergers, sharing this blog might open up the dialogue among your leaders.