We offer three levels of potential involvement: Consulting, Partnership, and Merger.
Level 1- Consulting
In level 1 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 needs to take place.
Based on that meeting or meetings, we will put together a multi-step action plan that we believe will give you the best chance of experiencing revitalization. Once that document is delivered, it is up to your church to put it into practice to whatever degree you choose.
Any desire for ongoing consulting should be discussed with our pastor, Dr. Jeremy Wallace.
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-make 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, it is important to 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 for Christ.
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 which ever option was mutually selected.
You may choose to begin with basic consulting (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.