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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 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.