In the fall of 2016, Briarcliff Baptist Church (BBC) began discussions with Clairmont Hills Baptist Church (CHBC) exploring the possibility of the two churches coming together to form a single, new church. The BBC Board of Directors commissioned a Merger Exploration Team (made up of our members: Jim Waldrop, Marty Hunnicutt, Amy Shey, Sam Caudill, Becky Litsky, and myself) to assess the feasibility, desirability, and possibility of a merger. We have been meeting for the past 9 months with a team from CHBC and a moderator from our Association.
After months of meetings, the Merger Exploration Teams from both churches unanimously voted to merge and bring a merger vote to the congregations for approval. Our Board of Directors has approved this motion, and we will now begin involving and informing the congregation as to the process and decisions. On Sunday, June 25th we will have a “town hall” meeting with the Merger Exploration Team to answer any questions you may have and shine a light on where we feel God is leading us. We have also written a Merger Recommendation Document for your review. We will ask members of BBC to vote on Sunday, July 16th regarding the merger. We feel these are exciting times and have sensed God’s hand of guidance throughout this process. Please feel free to discuss any further questions you may have with anyone from the Merger Exploration Team and we will gladly answer them. We believe that God has been preparing us for the next phase of ministry He is calling us to and now feel ready to move forward in that direction.
I want to personally thank all those involved in this long, but rewarding process. The Merger Exploration Team (Marty Hunnicutt, Jim Waldrop, Sam Caudill, Amy Shey, Becky Litsky) worked tirelessly in meetings, discussion, prayer, and much searching for God’s will. Thank you for the sacrifices you’ve made in representing BBC and all the energy put into this process. God has been with us the entire way and we are now almost at the end.
God is Up to Great Things,