Merger News

As most CoC folks in the Black Hills and surrounding region are perhaps aware, conversations have been ongoing between the Black Hills and West Main churches regarding the possibility of merging the two congregations. In an attempt to create an environment of openness and transparency, and to make our communications more efficient, the BHC Merger Details Team has requested the addition of this page to the BHC site. We are requesting all interested in this process to be in fervent prayer regarding the success of this endeavor. The goal here is simply to eliminate some of the overwhelming division in our city and by so doing bring honor and glory to God and His son Jesus, the Christ.

The format for this page will be a bit different. We will add update info in a ‘latest at the top’ order, so reading this page will be backwards chronologically.

February 9 Update Meeting

The Black Hills Church of Christ merger update meeting scheduled for February 9, 2020 is postponed until further notice.

February 5 Update

During this morning’s weekly discussion Tim King advised John that it had been decided that at this time it would not be the best for the Rapid City Church of Christ on West Main to merge with the Black Hills Church of Christ.

January 12 Update Meeting

Our recent series of congregational meetings has provided all our members an opportunity to voice their thoughts, opinions, questions and concerns regarding the proposed merger of the Black Hills Church of Christ and the Rapid City Church of Christ on West Main. Our church believes we should continue to pursue this opportunity to achieve greater unity between our two churches, and hopes we can meet with a team from the West Main church in the near future to initiate detailed merger discussions. We ask for your prayers for all involved.

Here is a link to Sunday, January 12 update meeting minutes.

Here is a link to Sunday, January 12 update meeting agenda.

Black Hills CoC members: please provide your written merger survey response to the Merger Details Team prior to Wednesday, January 8, 2020. You can link to the survey form here.

December 8 Update Meeting

Here is a link to Sunday, December 8 update meeting minutes.

Here is a link to Sunday, December 8 update meeting agenda.

November 24 Update Meeting

Here is a link to Sunday, November 24 update meeting minutes.

Here is a link to Sunday, November 24 update meeting agenda.

November 10 Update Meeting

Here is a link to Sunday, November 10 update meeting minutes.

Here is a link to Sunday, November 10 update meeting agenda.

Team Announcement from John:

As most of you know, Tim King and I, for the past several weeks, have had extensive, in-depth discussions regarding the possible merger of the West Main and Black Hills churches.  I believe these discussions with Tim have progressed to the point that it is now time to begin development of a detailed list of specific items that will have to be addressed to achieve this merger.  I intend to step back from my direct, day-to-day involvement in the merger discussions to focus my time and energy on preaching and teaching, and have asked two couples from our church, Brent and Twila, and Greg and Kathy, to serve in a leadership role for all future merger discussions and planning with the West Main church.  I have asked the Morris’ and Davis’ to continuously seek the guidance and counsel of our church, and to keep all of us updated.  Once this list has been developed in cooperation with and agreed to by the West Main church, we anticipate asking for volunteers from our church to work directly with the West Main church on each specific item needed for a successful merger.  As I have stated before, I have no idea how long it will take us to achieve this merger, months certainly, and perhaps a year or more.  Many difficult decisions will need to be made, and compromises accepted, before it is accomplished.  I firmly believe, however, that when completed our unified church will bring greater glory to God, and be of greater service to all of our brothers and sisters in Christ, and to our communities.  John

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