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Is a Merger the Right Next Step for Your Church?

A primer on how to do it right.

Is a Merger the Right Next Step for Your Church?
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The steadily changing landscape and makeup of the church in America, along with the financial uncertainties brought on by the 2020 global pandemic, have prompted some churches to weigh their long-term futures.

Even prior to the pandemic, many churches expressed concerns about their lasting viability due to decreasing membership, declining revenues, and, subsequently, budgets that cannot sustain existing church programs and ministries.

A merger may be a great option for keeping a struggling church alive in a new and fresh way. It can also be a great way to expand the footprint of an otherwise healthy church. No matter the circumstance, if a merger is to be pursued, it should be planned well. As an attorney, I have seen numerous outcomes. The goal, of course, is for it to go well. When it does, it’s because a host of considerations, both substantive and practical, made it possible. My ...

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  • April 29, 2021

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