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by Nelson Searcy, Jennifer Dykes Henson

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The author's tested system to assimilate people into a congregation, beginning with the first visit through becoming a member.

Guidance is provided on how to create a welcoming atmosphere, how to treat first-time and second-time guests, the type of follow-up that should be done with first-time and second-time guests, how to involve and incorporate guests who have assembled more than twice into the life and work of the congregation, and then how to make members of those guests.

The system has great potential and value. The idea of the free gift for the first-time guest (that also happens to talk more about the Gospel) is great, along with the common sense way of working with guests. I'm not sold on the need for food, and am not sure that belonging before believing will work for everyone (but it is the way some will become believers).

Nevertheless, an essential resource for consideration for those who seek to strengthen God's Kingdom. ( )
  deusvitae | Nov 29, 2010 |
Some great tips on thinking systematically about assimilation. ( )
  revdavepett | Sep 10, 2009 |
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Creating an environment  that both embraces our newcomers and excites them enough to return does not happen by chance.  We must be prepared to be effective stewards of those God brings us.  And why shouldn't the Church be the epitome of service at its best, as modeled by the greatest server of all time? Built on The Journey Church of the City's Assimilation Seminar, Fusion embodies a step-by-step, biblically-grounded, tetsted and proven plan for establishing a relationship with necomers that ultimately prompts them to become fully developing members of our congregations.  This innovative, practical guide is full of how-to information, testimonials from the recently assimilated and from participating church leaders, examples of the assimilation materials used and check points to make sure the reader is on track. Engaging, informative and immediately applicable, here is help for setting newcomers ont eh path toward true life transformation and spiritual maturity.

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