How many guests have visited your church in the past year? Of that number, how many have stayed and become members? Go ahead, check the data. Most churches understand the need to make their first time guests feel welcome. But few provide a clear map to guide people through a process to integrate them into the life of the church. And even fewer can articulate this process in a simple, step-by-step plan.
Enter Nelson Searcy, founding pastor of The Journey Church in New York City. He has written a book called Fusion that can greatly assist pastors in the area of assimilation. My pastoral team will be walking through the book together in the coming weeks. From what I've read so far, I recommend it to you.