Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
C. T. Wright
Church, Leadership, Merger, Renewal, Trends, Vision
Biblical Studies | Christianity | History of Christianity | Practical Theology | Religion
Pietrylo, Andrew, "Seven Key Steps in Planning and Implementing a Successful Church Merger" (2018). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1654.
The hypothesis of this project is that merging of two churches is a viable option for some congregations who are seeking to advance the kingdom of Christ. However, an analysis of obtainable literature reveals that there is little material available to assist churches that are interested in such a pursuit. This project will provide churches with an effective process of determining, implementing and maintaining a successful church merger. Utilizing information from Scripture, current trends, advice from church growth experts, observations of actual church mergers, and a post-merger survey, this project will develop practical steps to navigate churches through a successful merger process.