Click here to see frequently asked questions about the possible merger with Canal Fulton UMC

Click here to view the current draft of our merger document.

Looking back on how we got here…

When we began our capital campaign in early 2018 it was unclear where our multisite vision would take shape. However, in April we were notified by our District Superintendent, Rev. Benita Rollins, that Don Ackerman would be appointed as Pastor at Canal Fulton UMC and Multisite Planning Pastor here at Church of the Lakes. In June, at Annual Conference, Pastor Don was officially appointed to these positions and has been settling into his new roles (while finishing seminary at Methodist Theological School in Columbus). It quickly became clear to our church leadership that Pastor Don and Canal Fulton UMC are where the Lord is directing Church of the Lakes to begin our campus ministry. With this new direction Church of the Lakes is in the process of planning a merger with Canal Fulton UMC to become One Church with Multiple Locations.

On August 29th, the Pastors visited Cornerstone Church in Grand Rapids, MI as part of an on-going multisite mentorship program. The video below features their Pastors along with Pastors Bryan, Jared and Don discussing the need and details of multisite. 

On September 20th, Pastor Don presented our vision for multisite to the Canal Fulton UMC Administrative Council. They then formed an Exploratory Committee to discern God’s call for them, and collect additional information.

On October 11th, Pastor Bryan and Pastor Jared visited Canal Fulton UMC for a town hall meeting. They shared our vision for multisite and gave them information about the missions and ministries of Church of the Lakes.

On October 17th, the Canal Fulton UMC Exploratory Committee met with some of the Lay Leaders from Church of the Lakes. The group shared a meal during our T-N-T program, had fellowship and discussion about being partners in ministry.

On December 10th Church of the Lakes will have our Administrative Council meeting. Church members are encouraged to attend as we will not only be setting our budget and ministry goals for 2019, but we will also be discussing in further detail our plans to move forward with Canal Fulton UMC as our first multisite campus through a merger. Click here for the current draft of our merger document. Please keep in mind that this is a draft, there may be missing information or items that are subject to change.

A team of members with building expertise are in the process examining the building structure at Canal Fulton UMC. As the Exploratory Committee and Church of the Lakes leaders continue to move forward towards a merger we ask that you pray for these churches, congregations and leadership to be able to discern the direction that God is calling all of us.

Next Steps:

On Monday, January 14th at 7:00 pm in the Music Room, Church of the Lakes will be hosting a town hall meeting for members to gather more information and voice any questions or concerns regarding the multisite  merger process.

A Special Joint Charge Conference has been called by District Superintendent, Rev. Benita Rollins on Monday, January 21st, 7:00 pm at Canal Fulton United Methodist Church (363 W. Cherry Street). The purpose of this meeting is to vote on the merger of Church of the Lakes United Methodist Church with Canal Fulton United Methodist Church. This is an exciting opportunity to expand missions and ministry throughout the western part of Stark County.

Answers to your questions:

We encourage you to watch the video above to learn more about this process, and visit Canal Fulton UMC’s website¬†to learn more about their congregation.

In addition, click here to see our frequently asked questions.

Click here to view the current draft of our merger document.

If you have a question that has not been answered, please email Pastor Bryan.