The problem of decline in thousands of small churches perplexes not only the pastors but also denominational leaders who often make the assumption that the only course of action is to close them. This book makes the case that there are a number of alternatives to closure: mergers, restarts, and other forms of renewal. Church consultant Jim Tomberlin and coauthor Warren Bird provide a complete, practical, hands-on guide for church leaders at all levels so that they can understand the issues, develop strategies, and execute a variety of forms of merger and renewal to give declining churches a "second life."Offers solid strategies for giving new chances to declining churchesProvides ideas and alternatives including mergers, restarts, and other paths to renewalChurch merger consultant Jim Tomberlin and research director of Leadership Network Warren Bird offer their extensive experience revitalizing churches
This book offers church leaders a helpful resource for uniting and combining churches to become a thriving new entity.