The Book

vital merger

Do you feel restless about your church’s current ministry?  Is God calling you and/or your congregation to live out faithfulness in new ways?  Have you started to wonder whether joining with another church (or churches) could significantly increase your missional impact on the community?  If so, you may want to learn more about Vital Mergers.  Just as blended families face big decisions and challenges, so do churches seeking to merge.  Dirk Elliott has helped numerous churches successfully navigate this process and has shared the challenges and triumphs in this practical step-by-step guide.


  • Pastors and churches looking for a merger option that will bring new life and vitality to their congregation. Vital Merger can be used as a church-wide study for churches exploring the Vital Merger option. It can also be used as a step-by-step guide to assist Merger Teams working through the process.
  • Judicatory leaders looking for a new option for starting churches within their judicatory area, as well as a tool to use with churches that are discussing a merger or cooperative parish. Vital Merger can provide another option for those churches, an option that is more effective and fruitful.
  • Congregational developers, coaches, and consultants desiring new ways to start new churches or bring renewal to existing churches. Vital Merger can be a tool to bring new life to congregations through mergers.