We offer three levels of potential involvement: Conversation, Partnership, and Merger.
Level 1- Conversation
We volunteer our time to
sit down with your church's leadership and hear the history of your church, the
current challenges, and what you long to see happen. In this level we simply
offer an unbiased, honest, and fresh perspective of what has happened as well
as what needs to take place. This input is rooted in initial observations based
on conversations that take place in this consultation meeting. This meeting can
last anywhere from 2-4 hours. There is no cost for this option.
Please Note- If you desire a more in-depth and possibly ongoing
consulting arrangement, you should contact our Senior Pastor, Dr. Jeremy
Wallace, (who is a Certified Church Consultant) about his availability.
You can contact our Senior Pastor at Revitalize@gbcws.com.
Level 2- Partnership
In level 2 we would work
with you to find a pastor, if needed. (We would want to look first at one of
the men in our pastoral residency program.) We would also partner with you
financially for a period of one year. If financial partnership is not needed,
we would offer help, manpower, resources or expertise that would be beneficial
to your church (i.e. graphic design, website development, organizational
advice, training, facility remodeling, etc.)
In exchange for this
help, resources and/or expertise, we would require that a representative from
Grace have a voice in the decision-making process of your church for that year.
The decisions would still be yours to make, but we would want to be able to
offer input for your consideration. This voice would help give clarity, an
outside perspective, and ideas maybe not yet considered.
Level 3- Merger
In level 3 your church
would come under the umbrella of Grace and its leadership. It is important to
understand that each situation will be different. Since there is no 'one size
fits all' scenario, you should be aware of several possibilities.
Merger Option 1- Your church would remain
in its location with its current name, but Grace would provide a pastor, GBC
members, and resources to help revitalize the church. The decisions for the
church would be made by the leadership of Grace. If you have a current pastor
who wishes to remain on staff, and this is agreeable to Grace, he would be
considered on the staff of Grace, but ministering in that location.
Merger Option 2- Your church becomes a
campus or a satellite of Grace. In this scenario, the name of your church would
change. We would still help provide a pastor, GBC members, and resources to
help revitalize the church. The goal would be to extend the ministry of Grace
to your area in order to see the church in that location impact the community
Merger Option 3-
Your church becomes the location of a Grace-sponsored church plant. In this
scenario your church closes and relaunches with a new name under the direction
of Grace Baptist Church.
In each of these merger
scenarios your church would deed its property and assets to Grace, and your
members would be encouraged to join us in pursuit of whichever option was
You may choose to begin
with a basic conversation (Level 1) and then decide to move to a more formal
partnership (Level 2). Those types of decisions can be made at the appropriate
times. You don't have to jump into Level 2 or 3 unless you are convinced that
it is necessary.
If you have questions, or want to learn more, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.