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
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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