Church mergers are increasing dramatically across the USA and becoming a viable option for healthy as well as stuck or struggling churches. A growing number of churches have experienced senior pastor succession through a church merger. Church planters are acquiring permanent facilities and church growth through a merger. One out of three multisite campuses are the result of a merger. Coaching churches through these merger conversations has become a major component of the consulting at MultiSite Solutions.
Recently, I had the privilege to be interviewed by my good friend and strategic partner David Middlebrook with The Church Law Group. David wrote the legal chapter in Better Together:Making Church Mergers Work and serves many of our church merger clients.
In this interview we talk about the typical process and stages of a church merger journey. Watch this interview and request a copy of the full list of the Church Merger Facts here.
Jim Tomberlin began his multisite church journey in the mid-1990s when he was the senior pastor at Woodman Valley Chapel in Colorado Springs, CO. In 2000 he went on to pioneer the multisite model at Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago. Since 2005 he has been coaching churches in developing and implementing multi-campus strategies.
As Founder and Senior Strategist of Multisite Solutions, Jim leads a seasoned team of practitioner specialists in assisting churches in maximizing their redemptive potential through intensive and insightful multisite and church merger consultation. Jim is the author of 125 Tips for Multisite Churches and co-author with Warren Bird of Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work.
Tim Cool has assisted more than 350 churches (over 4 million square feet) throughout the United States with their facility needs. He has collaborated with churches in the areas of facility needs analysis, design coordination, pre-construction coordination, construction management and lifecycle planning/facility management.
Tim is the author of the book, Successful Master Planning: More Than Pretty Pictures and Why Church Buildings Matter. Tim is married to his best friend, Lisa, and resides in Charlotte, NC with their teenage triplets.