The merging church: recommended strategies for unity
This thesis provides strategies for the pastor involved in merging two or more churches. Additionally, there are strategies for a Joint Merger Committee, the Presbytery and the Session prior to the merger. The author interviewed 65 members in 16 Presbyterian churches that merged in six different Presbyteries located in western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and the Panhandle of West Virginia. The study results in strategies designed to assist pastors, Sessions, and Presbytery personnel so they can promote unity and provide an effective ministry in merged congregations.
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