Merger with Peace UMC

Early October 2015
Our District Superintendent, Nancy Rankin, reached out to Rev. Lee to discuss the situation at Peace UMC. Their pastor, Roger Green, was thinking about retiring and instead of keeping Peace UMC open on a charge with Zion Hill UMC (20-25 minutes away), she felt it would be a great opportunity to merge with us. This was a proposal she emphasized and asked that we consider it.
October 18, 2015
We had a called Ad Council meeting after worship, and Rev. Lee explained the District Superintendent's proposal
December 1, 2015
The Ad Council met with the District Superintendent to discuss the merger, and she laid out the steps of a merger. This was followed by an open discussion where many questions and concerns were answered and allayed.
December 6, 2015
The news of the merger was reported to the congregation of SUMC in a town hall-styled meeting. Due to Rev. Green’s surgery and rehab, we were also able to have some joint services with Peace UMC during the months of December and January, capped off by a covered-dish Celebration on 
Jan. 31, 2016
January 30, 2016
Both churches were invited to take part in a wonderful retreat to learn about what it would mean for our two churches to come together. Cindy Thompson, of Boundless Impact, and Dana Lyles came in to facilitate.
February 21, 2016
The Ad Council met to take a vote of confidence on the proposed merger. The District & Conference Offices both needed to know of our intentions on the merger in order to make appointments for the upcoming season. The Council voted unanimously to go through with the merger.
March 17, 2016
We had a Charge Conference at SUMC and voted yes to the merger
March 31, 2016
Peace UMC had a Charge Conference and voted yes to the merger
April 11, 2016
A Transition Team, made up of members from both SUMC and Peace UMC, will met for the first time. They will continue to meet twice a month through July and likely for the next year or so.
May 9, 2016:
The Transition Team met with leadership of Woodmont UMC, a church in Reidsville that recently went through a merger.  The meeting took place at Mission First (their Mission & Ministry Center - which used to be the church that they merged with).
May 23, 2016:
We had a combined meeting of the Transition Team and the Administrative Council. Jason Jarrett led the meeting, focusing on specific aspects of our merger with Peace UMC -leadership structure (how can we make it workable?) and governance (what will our merged leadership look like in the coming months?)
July 3, 2016
First Sunday as a new church
July 31, 2016
Merger Celebration during Sunday morning worship service.
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Articles about our Merger:

Click on the titles below to read articles about our merger...

Missional Mergers: Joining for the Sake of the Gospel

By Dr. Nancy B. Rankin

Merger Churches pic
The article above is what our District Superintendent, Dr. Nancy Rankin, had to say about church mergers, specifically our own upcoming merger!

Bringing Out the God-Colors

by Cindy Thompson
In his book "Apprenticeship with Jesus", Gary W. Moon describes a thriving church as a "Community of Compassion and Creativity". Spending my entire life in the United Methodist Church, I have heard lots about compassion - serving and caring for others, mission trips, healing and reconciliation ministries and many others. But after graduating from the arts and crafts of summer Bible School at age 11, I do not remember hearing the word "Creativity" very much. Though created in the image of The Creator - as adults we start believing that Creativity is only reserved for those artists, writers, musicians and performers in our midst...