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How to Merge or Adopt Churches

Monday, March 22, 2021 | Guest: Bill Park |

What does it mean to adopt, merge, or foster a church? These are all terms for coming alongside a struggling church and nurturing and resourcing it back to health. In this podcast, Marshall Fant discusses with Bill Park how a healthy, disciple-making church goes through the process of adopting a struggling church. For over 40 years, Bill Park pastored High Point Baptist Chapel, a church that "planted" in one way or another 16 to 18 churches. This ministry has been promoted by Christ's promise that "I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."

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About the host

Dr. Marshall Fant


Dr. Marshall Fant is focused on strengthening the American church through church consulting and revitalization, the interim pastor ministry, and church planting. Dr. Fant has 21 years of experience as a pastor and 20 years of experience as a business owner. Dr. Fant earned a D.Min. from Central Baptist Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Bob Jones University, and a B.S. in administrative management from Clemson University. He is certified as a church consultant with the Society for Church Consulting. He is available to meet with pastors and church leadership at their church or by phone. Marshall and Gretchen have been married since 1981 and have five grown children and twelve grandchildren.