Two friends of XPastor have written an insightful book, Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work. Jim Tomberlin and Warren Bird have collaborated to bring us a great work on church mergers. I like what Amazon says about the book:
Thousands of Protestant churches are perplexed by plateaued or declining attendance, while other congregations nearby thrive. Is there a way for them to combine forces, drawing on both their strengths, in ways that also increase their missional impact? Church merger consultant Jim Tomberlin, with co-writer Warren Bird, makes the case that mergers today work best not with two struggling churches but with a vital, momentum-filled lead church partnering with a joining church. In this new book, they provide a complete, practical, hands-on guide for church leaders of both struggling and vibrant churches so that they can understand the issues, develop strategies, and execute a variety of forms of merger for church expansion and renewal to reinvigorate declining churches and give them a “second life.”
Jim has come many times to the XP-Seminar and is a national leader in the multisite and merger movement. Warren has also come many, many times, and is the lead researcher with Leadership Network.
I encourage you to check out their work. Have it on your bookshelf. You never know when your church may want to do a merger!