9 Practical Church Merger Tips

As a pastor or church leader it’s difficult to watch your membership decline. Like the practice of companion planting in agriculture, drawing on the strength of another church may be the perfect solution.

In companion planting certain vegetables and herbs are planted near others to help keep the soil healthy, keep insects away, and produce more vibrant plants. Likewise, a properly planned and executed church merger will strengthen not only the individual churches, but the entire community.

Church mergers can be time consuming, costly and frustrating. Considering all aspects of the process will help you decide if it’s the right move for your church. The more you know about the other congregation the greater your chances of success. Taking the time to work through potential problems will help make the transition a smooth one.

A few practical tips to make a church merger more successful:

  1. Be honest about your church’s current situation.
  2. Let go of pride and the desire to control everything.
  3. Be willing to change old habits and rituals.
  4. Step outside your comfort zone.
  5. Take inventory of what your church has to offer, both good and bad.
  6. Study successful church mergers and learn what worked for them.
  7. Target churches in your area that are growing.
  8. If one church isn’t interested, keep looking.
  9. Be willing to change, but don’t compromise.


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