Upcoming on September 24–Fletch will talk with Warren Bird and Jim Tomberlin about the preliminary findings on “Church Mergers” for those who participated in their online survey. Bird and Tomberlin write:
Have you experienced a church merger first-hand? If your answer is yes, then we want to learn from you – whether you’re a pastor, board member, denominational leader, or anyone else who knows the pros and cons of a Protestant church merger.
As our thanks for participating in our 25-question survey, we will:
- Email you a summary of what we learn — the key survey findings
- Invite you to a live webinar on Sept 24 to verbally recap the findings-to-date and also to discuss your merger questions
- Send you several great free resources listed on the survey’s opening page
- Enter you in a drawing to receive one of 100 copies of ECFA’s new book Lessons from the Nonprofit Boardroom
- Use what you (anonymously) tell us to help other churches avoid pitfalls and leverage good ideas
Please go to this survey link and talk to us! Tell us about your experience.
Church mergers are happening left and right. Did you know that church planters are finding welcome homes in merger churches? That 40% of multisite campuses come through a merger? That healthy mergers are working in many other ways, such as pastoral succession strategies and denominational revitalization/replant strategies? We’re convinced God is up to something, and we’d love to hear your take on it.
Click on the image to take the survey …
Warren Bird, Ph.D., researches cutting-edge churches and works with their leaders to multiply their evangelistic and disciplemaking impact. He is widely recognized as among the nation’s leading students, researchers and writers about megachurches. He has authored or co-authored over 30 books, receiving several awards along the way. For example, he received the prestigious Gold Medallion Award, the top honor given by the international trade association for Christian publishers. He has also contributed collaborative chapters or sections to 7 other books. He has published almost 200 magazine articles and more than 30 major research reports. He has served on advisory boards for several magazines and several other book projects. Today he is Vice President of Research and Equipping at the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit designed to enhance trust and certify integrity in Christ-centered churches and ministries.
Jim Tomberlin and MultiSite Solutions have assisted hundreds of churches in multiplying their impact through intensive multisite, church merger and multiplication consultation. Over four decades of diverse ministry, Jim has pastored a church in Germany, grown a megachurch in Colorado and pioneered the multisite strategy for Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago. Since 2005 he has been consulting and coaching churches in developing and implementing multi-congregation strategies.