Ep 053: Better Together - Why Acquisitions & Mergers Can Be Great Not Scary
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On this episode we are talking about one of the most common questions we get and also one of the newest, but quickest growing sources of church growth and revitalizations: acquisitions and mergers. Acquisitions occur when one church (typically one that is slowing down) and another church (typically one that is larger and rapidly growing) decide to join together in order to breathe new life into the smaller church. This takes many forms in a variety of churches, but in the short history of Next Level Church this has already happened 4 times. We share those experiences, answer some of the common misconceptions, and give advice to churches in both the “larger” and “smaller” positioning from our experience.
Mentioned In This Episode:
Reach Joshua Gagnon, Lead Pastor, at email@example.com or @joshgagnon
Reach Roman Archer, Executive Pastor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or @archerra
Reach Daniel King, Operations Pastor, at email@example.com or @danielkinglive
10 Takeaways For Leaders:
Many churches have living organs that need to be connected to growing bodies
The greatest source of growth that we will see in North America will be church mergers
If you are in the position of the “lead” church, always lead with open hands and honor
Vision alignment is first and foremost in making an acquisition successful for the kingdom
Most of the time the best answer will be “no”
Acquisitions will only serve to multiply to the problems you face organizationally, not to cure them
Three things to explore: 1) bylaws, 2) finances, 3) legal investigation
Go into the conversation trying to talk them out of it - be overly honest!
Honor the people who have invested in the past
Celebrate what God has in store for the future
Quotes From This Episode:
“There is something magical about this idea of acquisitions.” - Joshua Gagnon
“When we came together, the momentum, the fire, and the passion of two things coming together was beautiful and there was so much purity in it.” - Joshua Gagnon
“You always handle what you feel you’ve been given differently than what you feel like you’ve taken over.” - Joshua Gagnon
“Long before the opportunity of an acquisition ever came up, our desire was to complete other churches.” - Roman Archer
“The question we should be asking is: how can we reach the most people for Jesus? ... Sometimes the answer to that is: by doing this together.” - Daniel King
“An acquisition needs to be prayed over and handled even more delicately than a new church launch.” - Joshua Gagnon
“Culture match doesn’t mean they are ‘where you are’ but that where you are is where they are heading.” - Roman Archer
“When it’s done for the right reasons, this can be one of the most dynamic, momentum stirring situation that any church could experience.” - Joshua Gagnon