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Church merger update

As you may know, we are in the process of considering the request of Peninsula Bible Church to merge with us. The boards from both churches met together for the first time on Saturday, March 5. At that time, we outlined the process that we would be going through over ensuing two months.
In addition to the boards from both churches looking at the possibilities and challenges inherent in a merger, we have formed a team of four people from each church to consider, independently of our board, the possible merger. The focus of their work will be on three areas: the cultures of the two churches, facility, and finances. The representatives from Christ Church are Frank Stoll, Jim Keely, Jamie Schichtel, and Lew Farrell. These four people will meet with the Christ Church elders later this spring to share their thoughts and recommendations about the merger. We are also pursuing both an inspection and an appraisal of the Peninsula Bible Church facility. Then we will be scheduling a congregational meeting (date to be determined) after worship during which we will be sharing our findings and recommendation and giving you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have at that time. Because we are a pastor and elder-led church, there will be no congregational vote on a merger, but we will be taking a poll of the people present at that meeting. We want to hear from you! Feel free to ask questions of Pastor Jeff, Wayne Swallow, Gregg Law or one of the team members at any time.
Remember, ultimately the question we must answer is, “Are we better together?” Can we engage in WORSHIP, WORD, and WITNESS better together than we can apart? If the answer to that question is, “Yes!,” then we’ll figure out how to make the details work. And remember, the neither the core identity nor the pastoral leadership of Christ Church will be changing. We are dedicating the entire prayer gathering on April 6 from 6-7 pm to the potential merger. So join us in prayer there, and join me in prayer daily over the next few weeks as we seek to discern the path God is laying before us. May the prayer of the people of both churches be, “God, what might you be doing here? Are we truly better together?”
About the Author
Jeff has served as a pastor in Traverse City for 17 years. Married to Becky (Clem) Goodwin for fifteen years. Father of Aubrey, Sterling, and Eli, as well as Zeke & Corin who are both in heaven. Passionate about helping people overcome the obstacles they face in life and live authentically as followers of Christ.