We have found that with any nesting or merging of congregations, people often are asking the following questions:

Where is my place?

What is my role?

Who am I connected to?

How can I serve?/What will be asked of me?

Why is this a good idea that warrants all the stress and anxiety of this change?

Often these questions are not fully articulated, but are the root of behaviors that surface as anger, depression, grief, and withdrawal, especially when smaller membership churches come together. These are normal reactions to such a situation and can be faced with patience, empathy and faith. The more directly and clearly these are addressed, the better.
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you: I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shlal not consume you. For I am the Lord your God . . . Do not fear, for I am with you.” Isaiah 43: 1b-3a, 5a