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Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church Paperback – Jan 2 2008
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About the Author
Nelson Searcy is the founding and lead pastor of The Journey Church. Started in 2002 in New York City, this groundbreaking church sees the majority of its growth coming from new believers and currently meets in locations in Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, as well as additional locations in San Francisco and Boca Raton. Nelson is the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Donald A. McGavran Award for Outstanding Leadership in Great Commission Research. He is the author of more than seventy-five church growth resources and twelve books, including "The Generosity Ladder," "Maximize," "Connect," and "Ignite." Nelson is also an experienced church planter, coach, and church-growth strategist. Before founding The Journey, he served as the director of the Purpose Driven Community at Saddleback Church. He is also the founder of ChurchLeaderInsights.com and the Renegade Pastors Network.
Jennifer Dykes Henson is a freelance writer based in New York City. She has served as a writer/producer and ministry consultant to organizations across the East Coast. Jennifer also worked with Dr. Charles Stanley as the manager of marketing communications for In Touch Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Let me invite you to follow the steps that our church, The Pointe ([...] located in Albany, Georgia, took and in less than 18 months have grown from zero to over 600 attending each week! The steps you find in this book are a MAJOR reason we have seen our growth!
Are you a church leader looking for a proven system to assimilate first-time guests into your church? Are you a pastor looking for a system that you can build a team around? Fusion is the answer. This book belongs on every pastor's/church leader's list of books to read in 2008! Get yours today!
1. The guests who come through our doors are gifts from God and what we do with that gift proves how much we appreciate them. No one person who comes through our door comes haphazardly. By sending that guest to us, God is giving us the privilege of cooperating with Him to move someone forward in their journey toward Jesus.
2. All we get is 7 minutes to make a positive first impression. In the first seven minutes of contact with our church, our first-time guests will know whether or not they are coming back.
3. The four components of the pre-service will help determine whether our first-time guests will return or not. These four components are crucial in creating the first impression. They way we greet people, direct people, treat people, and seat people will make their experience with us a lasting one.
4. Creating a Communication Card is crucial, not just for us, but for our 1st time guest. This is how we can help them move from un-churched visitors to fully developing followers of Jesus. Having everyone from member to first-time time guest fill out the card is necessary to help our guests fill out their card.
5. Follow through is not optional; it's integral. Our follow-up needs to be fast but it has to be friendly and not look like some mass mailing. But it also needs to contain a gift which lets them know that we truly appreciated their being our guests.
6. When our guests return for a second look, we have won 80% of the battle because we have increased our chances that they will begin a journey with Christ. It is during this second visit that we encourage them to take the next steps and we follow-up with them again through either e-mail or snail mail.
7. A major key is to create sticky situations because if we do not connect our second time guests to others in our church, within four to six months they will be gone. Our job is to guide them in the right direction to form relationships that 10. We want to offer people service opportunities because this gives people an opportunity to connect with others as well as helping them take ownership of the church. And, as they take ownership of the church that moves them closer to church membership.
This book has been a gift from God. Thanks nelson.
If you're looking to boost you're already established method, this book may not be quite right. It's all-inclusive nature makes it hard to pick pieces out to adapt for your own setting, meaning it might require a complete rebuild of your assimilation process (not necessarily a bad thing?)rather than some productive tweaking.
That said, it's a great, concise, and thorough look at a healthy and productive process for turning guests into members.
This is basically a repackaging of Rick Warren's purpose driven church. I spent several years at Saddleback (Rick Warren's church) and somehow he manages to make the process more honest and organic than these authors do. Perhaps because Rick constantly emphasizes that, "unity doesn't mean uniformity." I think these authors might be well advised to give that more emphasis.
Be "assimilated." Become a "mature" Christian by becoming a full-fledged (and presumably check-writing) "church member." Gosh, doesn't that sound exciting. Strive to move toward the "core," where presumably the authors and others like them get to order others around to do their bidding. I get that if you are a church leader, this sounds like a wonderful life. But basically, everyone else gets to let others do their thinking for them. I suppose some folks like that, but I don't.
If these principles were so important, I might have expected Jesus to model them, or at least mention them. I'll leave you to draw your own conclusions about that.