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Church Mergers

Monday, February 13, 2023 | Guest: Rick Arrowood |

Christ is faithful to His promise to build His church, but as the seven churches in Revelation illustrate, individual churches are raised up for a season. So what are some indicators of when a church should merge or close? How practically can a church work through a merger? In episode 109 of RE: CHURCH, Rick Arrowood shares with Marshall Fant the story of how he led a church through a merger. Pastor Arrowood and his wife, Dolly, have served in pastoral ministry for 42 1/2 years, and they are currently part of GFA's interim pastor program. You can contact Rick Arrowood here with questions about church mergers. 

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About the host

Dr. Marshall Fant


Dr. Marshall Fant leads the Church Consulting and Revitalization Program at GFA, which is a special outreach ministry to assist healthy churches with strategic planning and revitalize struggling ones. As a certified church consultant, he is available to work with churches on leadership, disciple-making, financial, and facility challenges. Dr. Fant has 21 years of pastoral experience. He and his wife Gretchen replanted Harvest Baptist Church in Rock Hill, SC, in 1996, and saw it grow from an average attendance of 12 to 260 people. Marshall and Gretchen Fant have been married since 1981. They have five grown children and ten grandchildren.