Vital Merger: A New Church Start Approach that Joins Church Families Together

by Dirk Elliott. Self-Published, 2013.

This book offers a proven model to ensure the success of a church merger, one that looks more like a fresh start versus a last-ditch effort that will only delay decline. Here, a merger is likened to a marriage, and the book provides a step-by-step guide towards commitment.


vital merger checklist, document templates, discernment guide on essential characteristics of a pastor, stories from real-life mergers

Best For

clergy and lay leaders


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Take the first steps towards a successful merger and stay on track throughout the process by following the vital merger checklist found in the appendix.

About the Contributor
Marie Fleming

Marie Fleming is a contract resource consultant for the Center for Congregations. Her consulting practice includes congregation-based Permaculture Design and equipping congregations for creation care.

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