The Power of a First Impression – Part 1 of 4 (Assimilation and Easter)

With Easter fast approaching (Sunday, April 24), I want to devote some time on the blog in the coming days to help you upgrade your assimilation system. In other words, I want to help you keep more of your first-time Easter guests this year. In the first seven minutes of contact with your church, your first-time guests will know whether … Read More


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How to Get Information From Your First Time Guests (Assimilation)

After my bestselling book Fusion came out and thousands of churches have been helped with  The Assimilation Seminar and Intensive over the last few years, in some circles I’ve become known as a bit of an “assimilation guru.” Now, I don’t know about the “guru” thing, but I do love the Assimilation process! I love knowing that the church I … Read More


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Will you join me for the FREE Top 3 Assimilation Mistakes Webinar on Tuesday?

Tuesday, January 25th 2:00pm – 3:00pm Eastern 1:00pm – 3:00pm Central 12:00pm – 1:00pm Mountain 11:00am – 12:00pm Pacific Space is Limited Register Now! Can you join me next Tuesday for a Free Webinar about keeping more of the new people that God sends to your church? As you may know, Assimilation is one of my most passionate topics to … Read More


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Fusion Webinar – Next Tuesday, January 11 – Register Today!

Will you join me next Tuesday, January 11, from 2:00pm – 4:00pm Eastern time for The Fusion Webinar? This two-hour webinar is on Assimilation – one of the eight systems where you can see results after even the smallest improvement, so it will add to the bottom line growth of your church. I’ll teach you the Assimilation principles that have … Read More


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How to Challenge Your People to Take Next Steps Every Week

Having helped thousands of churches over the last few years with their assimilation system (through the Fusion book and training events, The Assimilation Seminar and The Assimilation Intensive), you might imagine that I get a lot of questions about the different aspects of Assimilation. One of the most high impact Assimilation techniques that I recommend is the Connection Card (you … Read More


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The Power of “Because” in Leading Change at Your Church

“Given a big enough why people can bear almost any how.” – Friedrich Nietzsche Obviously, Nietzsche and I don’t agree on everything, but on this statement we do. And as a church leader, you need to learn this lesson well and repeatedly… The most powerful word for leading change in your church is BECAUSE. I brought this up in my … Read More


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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 … Read More


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One Month Later Follow-Up Letter to Newcomers (Free Download)

If you’re a regular reader, you know I believe that First Time Guests who attend your church are gifts from God. As such, I’m a stickler for following up with these “gifts” as thoroughly as possible to invite them to come back, get plugged in and ultimately become fully committed members of your church. One of the pieces of the … Read More


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What are New People Experiencing at Your Church?

For all of you who have read my book Fusion or listened to The Assimilation Seminar, you know that part of the Assimilation System that I teach is emailing out a brief online survey to every First Time Guest that attends The Journey. There are a couple of reasons behind this survey: 1) To get an idea of their first … Read More


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How to “LINE-UP” to Make Newcomers Feel Welcome

Welcoming new people to your church is one of the pillars of a solid Assimilation System (not to mention a demonstration of Christian hospitality). But whether we like it or not, many of the people greeting newcomers at our churches aren’t sure how to make others feel welcome. First impressions are so important that I recommend having a brief training … Read More


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