Consolidation, or organized collaboration, with another church is often an option when churches face economic stress, lack of leadership, and/or diminished membership. Consolidation often brings an opportunity for renewal and revitalization.


One of the beauties of childhood is the way children often find friends wherever they are, moving from perhaps a tentative appraisal of others to play within minutes. As adults, however, we tend to hesitate and often need assistance in learning ways to effectively work together. Potentials works to help teams, communities, and organizations collaborate in ways that advance their greater mission. Sometimes, this is the process by which two communities come together to imagine a share future. Sometimes, specific programs or leaders find ways to work together in ways that maximize the resources of both rather than replicating one another’s work. For most organizations, collaborations is not an add-on dimension of their processes; it is integral to who and how they serve.


Re-visioning is the realignment or a rediscovering of the original vision for a church. It is designed to reconnect the congregation and church leaders to God’s call and their “why”.  Or, in examining that “why” redefine their call, mission and vision. As a church revisions, evaluating the staffing patterns is crucial.


Legacy congregations are those congregations that have an increasingly limited opportunity or capacity to extend their ministry and mission in a viable way that will continue to make disciples of Jesus or contribute to changing the world, either locally or globally. There are multiple reasons that congregations reach a legacy moment in which they do not have a viable future including changing demographics, inability to bridge generational changes, increased age and decreasing capacity of current leadership, decreased resources or, deferred facility maintenance. Adapted from the UMC

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