How To Know If Your Church Should Be Adopted by Another Church – Part 3: First Steps Toward Church Adoption

Episode #283
January 5, 2023
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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 third episode, they look at the first steps a church should take if it is seriously considering being adopted.

  • Always have a season of prayer.
  • Make certain everyone clearly knows the likely outcome.
  • Find the right “parent” church.
  • Move into a mode of complete servanthood to make the adoption successful and fruitful.



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