About the Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series xi Foreword xiii Craig Groeschel Preface xv Part One: The New Merger Landscape 1 1. God Is Doing Something New: Biblical Basis for Mergers 3 2. Four Models for Healthy Mergers 21 3. Missional, Multisite, Multiethnic, and Other Merger Motives 35 Part Two: How Healthy Church Mergers Work 61 4. Stages and Speed of a Merger 63 5. How to Measure Success 77 6. Why Mergers Fail 91 7. Financial and Legal Aspects of a Merger 105 8. Personnel Changes 117 Part Three: Your Next Steps 127 9. Determining Whether Your Church Is a Good Merger Candidate 129 10. How to Start the Merger Conversation 149 11. Self-Assessment for Merger Readiness 161 12. Exercise: Identifying Your Merger Issues 167 13. Managing Pain and Change 177 14. Where Do You Go from Here? 187 Appendixes A. Merger Process Checklist 195 B. Example of Merger Issues to Resolve 198 C. FAQs Example from Bethany?Sun Valley Churches 206 D. FAQs Example from Ginghamsburg Church 216 E. FAQs Example from Woodside Bible Church 220 F . FAQs on Preparing for a Merger Vote 223 G. Churches Named 225 H. Merger Research 229 Acknowledgments 231 Notes 233 The Authors 241 Index 243
Jim Tomberlin, Th.M., is an ordained minister who has served in a variety of ministries, including pioneering the multisite strategy at Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago. He is the founder of MultiSite Solutions, devoted to multisite and merger consultation. Warren Bird, Ph.D., an ordained minister, is the research director at Leadership Network. He has conducted numerous interviews and surveys on topics of church restarts, church planting, multisites, and mergers, and is the coauthor of twenty-three books including Culture Shift, Viral Churches, and The Other 80 Percent, all from Jossey-Bass.