How to Responsibly Handle Your Church People’s Vital Information

As you may know, one of the hallmarks of my Assimilation System – for integrating newcomers into the life of your church – is the weekly use of a Connection Card.  This is an information card that is filled out each week by everyone in attendance and includes contact info on one side and next steps and sign-ups on the other side.

As you might expect, one of the questions that church leaders often ask me is about what we do with all those cards after they’re turned in.  Well that’s a great question!

In a time where people are hesitant to share their personal information, it is important for you to not only protect their information, but also to communicate that it will not be shared with anyone else. The only way to successful accomplish that is to shred them at some point.


At The Journey, we archive the cards for three months (you never know when you need to double check and email or phone number) and then we have them shred. Taking the simple step of shredding the connection card ensures that your First Time Guests, Regular Attenders, and Members can have confidence that you’ll never be the source of their identity theft!


P.S. For all the details of implementing, evaluating and improving your church’s Assimilation System, check out The Assimilation Intensive Workshop.

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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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