Is Assimilation too Expensive for You?

Last Thursday, I led The Fusion Webinar and have received a great deal of positive feedback and questions – I wanted to address one more of these questions today.

Any time I start outlining the Assimilation process that I teach and use at The Journey (including weekly Connection Cards, pens on every bulletin, handwritten notes for newcomers, etc.), inevitably I’m asked…

How am I supposed to afford all this for our First Time Guests?

Well, I’m glad you asked.  I have a few answers:

First of all, remember that your Assimilation System is nothing more than biblical hospitality (that’s one reason why this system works in so many contexts, church sizes and styles).

Second, why not spend a little money to keep newcomers around long enough to experience serious life change.  I mean, we all agree that spending money on evangelism is OK – why wouldn’t you spend a little more to help those people plug in and grow spiritually.

Finally, money spent on Assimilation is not an expense, it’s an investment.

Assimilation spending is an investment in:

  • Taking care of the men and women that God prompted to attend your church
  • The future health of your church (by helping others move toward membership)
  • The spiritual growth of the people and families you’re reaching
  • Eternity!

So in short, you may be asking the wrong question.  The right question is…

How can I afford NOT to invest in the people God is sending our way each week?

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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