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From the Back Cover
Creating an environment that both embraces newcomers to your church and excites them enough to return does not happen by chance. It happens when we are prepared to be effective stewards of those God sends to us. After all, shouldn't the church be the epitome of service at its best, as modeled by the greatest server of all time?
Fusion offers a biblically grounded, proven plan for establishing a relationship with newcomers that ultimately prompts them to become fully developing members of our congregations. This innovative, practical guide is full of step-by-step how-to information, testimonials from the recently assimilated and from participating church leaders, examples of the assimilation materials used, and checkpoints to make sure you're on track.
Engaging, informative, and immediately applicable to your unique situation, this revised and expanded edition of Fusion offers you the tools and training you need to grow your ministry by growing disciples.
Nelson Searcy is the founding and lead pastor of The Journey Church. He is the author of many books, including The Generosity Ladder, Maximize, Connect, Ignite, and Launch. He is the founder of ChurchLeaderInsights.com and the Renegade Pastors Network.
Jennifer Dykes Henson has coauthored several bestselling books, including The Generosity Ladder and Tongue Pierced. Previously, Jennifer worked with Dr. Charles Stanley as the marketing communications manager for In Touch Ministries. She lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia.
About the Author
Jennifer Dykes Henson is a writer, wife, and mom to two young girls. She has coauthored several bestselling books, including The Generosity Ladder and Tongue Pierced. Previously, Jennifer worked with Dr. Charles Stanley as the marketing communications manager for In Touch Ministries. She lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia.
- Item Weight : 8.7 ounces
- Paperback : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0801075491
- ISBN-13 : 978-0801075490
- Publisher : Baker Books; Expanded, Revised Edition (October 17, 2017)
- Product Dimensions : 5.51 x 0.52 x 8.46 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #215,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unfortunately, the revised and expanded edition of the book does not seem to be very much revised or expanded from the original book that I read when it Searcy first released Fusion. Given the passage of time I was hoping for fresh content, insights, follow-up ideas, and/or troubleshooting tips when a church thinks it has Searcy's systems in place yet something still doesn't seem to be clicking on full efficiency.
Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
As I was reading this book, every time I would find myself doubting Searcy’s methods and even questioning some of his motives, he would continue to point his readers to the fact that his primary desire isn’t to grow his church but to point people to a relationship with Jesus Christ. While it can sometimes feel as if the method used by Searcy’s Journey Church is too calculated and idealistic, everything he shares comes from what they have practiced, all of which has been found effective.
So much of what is shared within “Fusion” has to do with intentionality and purpose. If you don’t have a plan in place to draw and keep visitors, then you shouldn’t be surprised when first time visitors quickly turn into last time visitors as well. Searcy even challenges his readers that it is our responsibility as followers of Christ to show hospitality to everyone that God brings us.
Some people may grow uncomfortable with treating the church like a business, but Searcy says that businesses actually do a better job than churches of showing hospitality. Searcy writes that visitors will decide within the first seven minutes of their visit whether or not they will give your church a second chance.
Everything that is written here is practical and able to be practiced. Intentionality and strategy seem to be the name of the game as Searcy freely shares many resources that are used by his church. There is an appendix including many of the tools and resources that Searcy’s church uses. He points the reader towards a website where they can gain access to additional resources. Searcy seems determined for people to succeed at assimilating people into their churches.
It could be easy for someone in Searcy’s position to come across as arrogant or pompous, but I never got that sense from him in this book. He writes as someone who genuinely wants to share with others the success that he has experienced. I never felt like there was anything other than a humble tone from Searcy in this book, which is what makes it that much more compelling, at least to me. It’s hard not to read this book and feel encouraged, invigorated, and ready to go and tackle the awesome task and responsibility of assimilating visitors into the life and service of your church.
If you and your church have struggled to get visitors to stick and stay or even if you just want to find some additional tested and tried methods of making this happen, “Fusion” is worth your time. I would be very surprised if someone who really wants to implement a system of assimilation into their church didn’t find this book incredibly helpful
(This review is based upon a copy of this book which was provided free of charge from Baker Books. These opinions are my own; I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated for this review.)
He shares systems that his team have developed to make visitors to church feel less threatened and more comfortable. His systems for enhancing assimilation begin before the first visit and continue until the visitor has become settled in the church by becoming an active member.
Well written. Insightful. Innovative. Practical. Useful.
Nelson Searcy has written a simple to understand, step by step guide book on how a church should look at assimilation. I think what impressed me the most is his concept that you can't help people find Jesus Christ unless they become regular attenders at your church. Yes, it is true that a first time visitor might be drawn to Christ through the experience, but more than likely it is just the first step on the path towards Christ.
Thus if you have lots of first time visitors but no second time visitors then you are missing and opportunity to share the Gospel with people who are searching. Maybe even a better way that Searcy puts it is that God has given you the gift of a first time visitor, what are you going to do with that gift? Often times churches seem to not care about the visitor and they can tell that the minute they walk in the door. No matter how good the sermon they will never return.
Searcy states that you have 7 minutes to make a first good impression with a visitor. That means that they have formed an opinion long before they hear any music, hear any prayers or hear the sermon. So, are your greeters friendly? Are they genuine? Can a visitor easily find his way around your facility? Are they offered food and drink upon arrival? What is their experience like?
These and many other questions are answered in this short book. There are also evaluation forms and suggestions of letters that you can mimic in your process.
This is a great book, a wonderful tool. If you don't own it but want to know about good assimilation techniques then buy a copy today.
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I have read management books that left me feeling like the church was to be run like a corporation and devoid of God; Books that were so full of action I felt exhausted before I started and ones that were were so spiritual that I felt inadequate because nothing they spoke about happened for me or or church. THIS BOOK IS NOTHING LIKE THOSE!
FUSION is an inspiring and practical look and seeing people grow in their relationship with Jesus which will, inevitably, see your church grow. What I loved was the way it looks to turn the people already coming through your doors into members with great practical advice and insights!