According to a number of sources, evangelical (and fundamental) Christianity is quickly shrinking in the US while expanding in many other nations. As younger people typically leave the church in droves (2 out of 3, only in this case not coming back as in the past), many churches are just now beginning to notice the problem. In some regions, the problem is not as obvious as in others.
Older people that support churches gave three to four times (as a percentage of their income) when they were younger, so, unless something changes, that means giving will eventually be down 70%. [Source: The Great Evangelical Recession].
One likely outcome of this is church closures and mergers. What opinions, experiences, and observations have you made about churches that merge? Please share the good, the bad, and the ugly.
The assumption is that merging churches are of similar belief and that neither church is more that three times as big as the smaller church. We are also assuming a careful evaluation and study preceding a choice to merge.
Because there are more than one choice that may apply, experience trumps opinion. If your church has actually merged, your experience is what you should vote upon.