Just a quick update for everyone so you can know what is happening.
- On November 15, the voting membership of Heritage Baptist Church approved moving forward in the merger 23-0.
- On November 17, the members of Grace Baptist Church approved the move, 24-0.
Now we move to the serious part of the merger. We have had some informal interaction of the congregations but over the next three weeks, we will have some fairly intense interaction. We will worship together on November 29, have a joint discussion of the merger on December 3, a joint Christmas party on December 5, and worship together again on December 13.
Then both congregations will vote on a motion to join together in worship and service, what we are calling a merger in principle. When this is approved by both congregations, I will be called as the pastor of Grace – effectively making me a pastor of two congregations. Heritage will then join Grace for weekly worship and all ministries. Both churches will join in signing a Unity Covenant.