“Most unchurched individuals stay that way because they don’t think they can visit a service anonymously. They are afraid they’ll have attention drawn to them by having to stand and say their name or participate in some other welcoming ritual.
Knowing that fear of public speaking ranks higher in psychological studies than the fear of death, why do so many churches still ask their guests to address a crowd of strangers?
Don’t do anything to bring unwanted attention to those visiting your church. Guests prefer to be practically invisible – and that means not asking them to do anything that everyone else isn’t doing. Instead, provide them with a Connection Card in their program and a pen when they walk through the door, and then encourage them to fill out their card when it’s time.”
– Nelson Searcy and Jennifer Dykes Henson
The above quote is from p. 76 of Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully Engaged Members of Your Church.
This revised and expanded 10th Anniversary Edition of Fusion offers a biblically grounded, proven plan for establishing a relationship with newcomers that ultimately prompts them to become fully developing members of our congregations. This innovative, practical guide is full of step-by-step how-to information, testimonials from the recently assimilated and from participating church leaders, examples of the assimilation materials used, and checkpoints to make sure you’re on track.
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