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Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church Paperback – January 2, 2008
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Let me invite you to follow the steps that our church, The Pointe ([...] located in Albany, Georgia, took and in less than 18 months have grown from zero to over 600 attending each week! The steps you find in this book are a MAJOR reason we have seen our growth!
Are you a church leader looking for a proven system to assimilate first-time guests into your church? Are you a pastor looking for a system that you can build a team around? Fusion is the answer. This book belongs on every pastor's/church leader's list of books to read in 2008! Get yours today!
This is basically a repackaging of Rick Warren's purpose driven church. I spent several years at Saddleback (Rick Warren's church) and somehow he manages to make the process more honest and organic than these authors do. Perhaps because Rick constantly emphasizes that, "unity doesn't mean uniformity." I think these authors might be well advised to give that more emphasis.
Be "assimilated." Become a "mature" Christian by becoming a full-fledged (and presumably check-writing) "church member." Gosh, doesn't that sound exciting. Strive to move toward the "core," where presumably the authors and others like them get to order others around to do their bidding. I get that if you are a church leader, this sounds like a wonderful life. But basically, everyone else gets to let others do their thinking for them. I suppose some folks like that, but I don't.
If these principles were so important, I might have expected Jesus to model them, or at least mention them. I'll leave you to draw your own conclusions about that.
1. The guests who come through our doors are gifts from God and what we do with that gift proves how much we appreciate them. No one person who comes through our door comes haphazardly. By sending that guest to us, God is giving us the privilege of cooperating with Him to move someone forward in their journey toward Jesus.
2. All we get is 7 minutes to make a positive first impression. In the first seven minutes of contact with our church, our first-time guests will know whether or not they are coming back.
3. The four components of the pre-service will help determine whether our first-time guests will return or not. These four components are crucial in creating the first impression. They way we greet people, direct people, treat people, and seat people will make their experience with us a lasting one.
4. Creating a Communication Card is crucial, not just for us, but for our 1st time guest. This is how we can help them move from un-churched visitors to fully developing followers of Jesus. Having everyone from member to first-time time guest fill out the card is necessary to help our guests fill out their card.
5. Follow through is not optional; it's integral.Read more ›
If you're looking to boost you're already established method, this book may not be quite right. It's all-inclusive nature makes it hard to pick pieces out to adapt for your own setting, meaning it might require a complete rebuild of your assimilation process (not necessarily a bad thing?)rather than some productive tweaking.
That said, it's a great, concise, and thorough look at a healthy and productive process for turning guests into members.
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Very practical. Great ideas. You have to take the information and mold it into what works for your church. But this is a great book. i have recommended it to many people. Read morePublished 18 days ago by J. Griffin
Our church is in the process of engaging in full assimilation. We have read and are using Fusion as our foundation for working the process. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Retread this classic on assimilation process for churches. A clear and concise practical tool for ministry. A must read for all executive pastorsPublished 2 months ago by J. Nicastro
Sometimes 'church growth' books (and their authors) seem to try to make church growth the primary mission of the church. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer