Ministry Advisor to Pastors and Boards:
Once a church moves into later maturity, and finds itself unable to effectively accomplish its mission, a congregation is faced the decision of what to do next.
For some churches a Merger is a good option. Partnering in ministry with a congregation who shares similar mission, beliefs and values can increase ministry possibilities. Ministry Transitions assists congregations with identifying potential ministry partners, facilitating discussions on structure, governance, staff, assets and new ministry direction, and arranging legal counsel for the new corporation.
Other congregations have found that entrusting their assets to an emerging, indigenousness congregation is a desired choice. A younger group of believers, who live in the immediate community, are better positioned to minister to their surrounding neighborhood. Ministry Transitions provides assistance in identifying potential ministry successors, and arranging legal counsel for the transfer of assets.
And some churches have discovered that converting their physical assets to maximize Kingdom impact assures solid ministry for decades to come. Some churches, for example, have sold their property and endowed scholarship funds for the training of clergy. Others have used their new wealth for church planting. Others have distributed their money to various mission organizations.
Ministry transitions can assist a congregation in identifying their stage in the organizational life cycle. It can help them prayerfully consider if rebirthing, merging or dissolution is the most God-honoring direction in their situation.
Through this final life-cycle, Ministry Transitions can assist a congregation in the celebration of their history and with their member care and assimilation to new places of worship. It can guide the congregation through the emotional, physical and legal requirements involved in the transference process.