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Church Merger Announcement

“We hereby announce that our church [insert church brand name here] has officially decided to merge with the Church that Jesus started almost 2000 years ago. Sorry for the confusion we caused by our decision to start a new church.

While our church was an expression of the one Church, we believe it is unbiblical and divisive to ask Christians to identify in an exclusive way with just one expression of the united body of Christ in our city.

We will continue to provide a variety of ministries, but from this day forward these ministries will be directed toward serving the one, united body of Christ in our city and no longer under the brand name we invented.

Church leadership will function as follows:  For elders we recognize the fathers of the disciple-making families in our city who have demonstrated the ability to reproduce faithful and fruitful disciples into the fourth generation and who fit the biblical qualifications. For teaching we recognize the Ephesians 4 equippers (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers) who actually equip the body to do ministry instead of getting paid to do it themselves. And for deacons we recognize and plan to work along side of all the faithful men and women who have been called to lead ministries that serve our city.

It’s great to work hand in hand with Christ’s whole body in our city and throughout the world and we commit, from this point forward, to “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

It’s time that our structures our statements and our actions reflect our faith in the Bible’s clear declaration that “there is one body.” (Ephesians 4:3)

Sincerely,

The ministry formerly known as [insert church brand name here]”

(Checkout ReChurch: The Ephesians Blueprint to learn more)