Who’s Writing Your Notes to First Time Guests?

We had a great crowd for The Fusion Webinar last Thursday and I wanted to follow up with a couple of the more frequently asked questions from participants.

Probably the most asked question any time I lead an Assimilation training has to do with the handwritten notes that you should be sending to all of your First Time Guests.

And the actual question is: Who writes all those notes?

I get this question from pastors of small churches, megachurches and every size church in between, and to them I say:

You do!

Yes, there is something powerful about the Senior Pastor’s involvement in the Assimilation System, most notably when it comes to First Time Guest follow-up.

On the practical side, it gives newcomers another point of connection with the person who was on stage on Sunday.

And spiritually, it give you (the pastor) a time to handle each person’s note and pray for them by name.

Full disclosure here – now that we have 70-80 first time guests each week at The Journey, I’m no longer able to write each note personally.

I have assembled a team that helps me complete these cards nowadays, but I still make it a point to write some of them and to pray over all of the names each week.

We’re in the middle of what is typically a busy ministry season in our churches, so don’t miss out this fall…

Take some time over the next few days to evaluate and upgrade your church’s Assimilation System, starting with sending a handwritten note to every one of your first time guests!

P.S. If you’re looking for the most comprehensive Assimilation training available, 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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