How to Keep More Guests and Model Generosity

Since writing the book Fusion I get a lot of questions about assimilation and how to get more first time guests to return to your church and ultimately become members.

One question I get frequently involves the handwritten note and gift that I recommend you send to every first time guest.

There’s nothing like a handwritten note to really show people that you care – in this note, you want to thank them for coming, invite them to come back again (don’t forget this!) and give them a gift.

Generally I recommend including a gift card of some type that fulfills some type of basic need (food, beverage, transportation, etc.).

Often I’m asked whether these gifts should be sent to every single person or each family and I’ve seen it done either way.

At The Journey, we typically send one card & gift to a married couple and then our Children’s Ministry also sends a similar – but age-appropriate – card and gift to any first time children who attend.

You’ll be amazed at the reaction people have to receiving A) a handwritten note (who sends those anymore?) and B) a useful and meaningful gift from the church they just attended on Sunday.

By implementing these tools as part of a comprehensive Assimilation System, you will begin to see an increase in the number of people who return a second time and engage in the life of your church!

PLUS, you’ll be demonstrating Biblical Hospitality AND Generosity from their first experience at your church – a powerful lesson that will come in handy as you seek to help them become fully developing disciples of Christ.

P.S. If you’re ready to implement a complete, step-by-step Assimilation System – one that was designed, refined and is still being used to follow up on the 50+ First Time Guests at The Journey each week, check out The Assimilation Intensive.

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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