Episode 356: Does the Vision Stay When the Resources Lack?

In Episode 356 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Todd discuss the pros and cons of merging with another church. Here is today’s question:

“I’ve seen a lot of church planting friends start with a vision and then end up going with the merger route; merging with a church that is on their way out or dying. The church had some resources available — a building or some people “leftover.” Along the way, these church planting friends have felt like they needed to give up their vision or make concessions with the other church to receive resources. What do you think this means for the future of church planting?”

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • Pros and cons of merging with another church 
  • Things to consider when merging with another church

Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches):

  • ” A free church isn’t always a free church. You need to walk through and take a look at the building itself. Does it need a new roof? A new A/C unit?” – @toddadkins
  • “There is a cost to your church’s vision because the church and community will have its own culture.” – @toddadkins
  • “You may be taking on the relational debt in the community.” – @toddadkins
  • “You have to be brutally clear about your expectations.” – @toddadkins
  • “People, and not paper, are carriers of culture.” – @toddadkins
  • “You can’t sacrifice vision.” – @danielsangi 
  • “The vision is not for sale.” – @toddadkins

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Published January 28, 2019

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