I have come across quite a few churches in my area that need to consider closing or merging with another church. In fact, I wrote the 4 churches in Gaffney, SC about considering such a thing and looking for some smaller churches to merge as well. I was surprised to see 4 churches in the same town at the same time without a pastor. Having moved here from SC, I know Gaffney t'ain't that big so I am curious as to what in the world happened. I would love to be known as a church closer in respect to having gotten people to honestly evaluate their situation and get over politics, pride and assorted poop and do something that would honor the Lord and put the lost in cardiac arrest, Baptists actually merging instead of splitting. I have heard some comments hear about not having enough people to fill positions or the right ones or whatever. It is a possibility that the church not being supplied with what the Body needs is hearing a merger order from God. If there are absolutely no "sister" churches in the area then it may be a call to repentance and revival not compromise to fill a slot. Has anyone had any luck in getting some churches to merge? I would estimate the there are easily a thousand SBC churches in my area not counting Independents and I would also venture to say that at least a 100 of the SBC ones need to merge or close. Instead of duplicating effots and wasting manpower and money they could branch out into other ministries.