As churches across the nation face continuing challenges in maintaining their membership and financial resources, congregations are increasingly looking to pool resources and work together. Though cooperation brings challenges, congregations often realize benefits, including cost savings that can mean more resources for ministry, a revitalized sense of purpose, fresh perspectives and new relationships.

Download a free four-page study guide for “We need each other: Congregations consolidate for mission and ministry,” which appeared in the September 2022 print issue of Living Lutheran. Access the guide by clicking on “Download Now” in the “Study Guide” box to the right.

Robert C. Blezard
Robert C. Blezard is pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aberdeen, Md., and editor of Living Lutheran's study guides. Previously he served as an assistant to the bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod.

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