How To Know If Your Church Should Be Adopted by Another Church – Part 1: The Often Tough and Unspoken Issues in a Church Adoption

Episode #281
December 22, 2022
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In the past, a severely struggling church typically only had one option: the church had to close. Now we know that many churches are being successfully adopted or acquired by another church. In this three-part series, Thom and Mark examine and discuss the process and accompanying issues of a church adoption. In this first episode, they look at the tough issues in a church adoption.

  • Most churches come to this decision when it’s too late.
  • A few church members can stop the entire process of adoption.
  • Most of the remaining church members do not understand that they will give up all control of their church.
  • Deferred maintenance has become a common stumbling block.
  • Emotional issues often take precedence over doing what needs to be done.



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