The steadily changing landscape of the church in America, along with the financial uncertainties brought about by the 2020 global pandemic, have prompted some churches to weigh their long-term futures.
Reflecting several years back on its survey about church mergers, the Leadership Network concluded:
Each year, thousands of U.S. churches—plus tens of thousands of others elsewhere around the globe—are sensing that they could fulfill their God-given mission better together than separately. They’re exploring new ways to join forces for the advancement of God’s kingdom.
Mergers are happening with increasing frequency. And unlike in previous generations, many church mergers today are producing positive growth and admirable fruit. Increasingly, they are becoming a vehicle for unifying local congregations around a shared mission that is producing more effective spiritual and ...