This document presumes that one or more congregations have contacted synodical leaders
to guide a consultation to explore possibilities with respect to organizational ministry. Such
a consultation may have considered: a renewed vision for mission and ministry with the
existing congregation and site; the exploration of redevelopment options; dissolution; and
in particular to this document, a process of merger or amalgamation.
Therefore, this document offers some general steps that two or more congregations would
follow who have already been part of conversations and discernment which have led into
an intentional process to be part of a merger or amalgamation.
It is acknowledged during this process that many aspects of congregational ministry and
practice will be reviewed. Everyone involved in this process is encouraged to practice a
posture of prayer, respect and honesty when working with one’s own congregation and in
partnership with others.
In addition, while beyond the scope of this document, it is also acknowledged that attention
needs to be given to the nature of change and to the pastoral care of souls affected by this
organizational transformation, which will be happening alongside the steps of the process
moving toward merger or amalgamation, and will require their own unique care, focus and