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Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church Paperback – January 2, 2008

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Next Sunday God will prompt hundreds of thousands of people in the United States, and millions around the world, to visit a church for the first time. The Sunday after that, He will do it again. God is consistently blessing His Church with regular guests. Are we doing all we can to accept and honor His blessing?  Built on Nelson Searcy’s Assimilation Seminar, Fusion offers you a step-by-step, biblically-grounded, tested and proven plan for establishing a relationship with newcomers that starts with the first seven minutes of their visit and ultimately prompts them to become fully developing members of your congregation. This innovative, practical guide is full of how-to information, testimonials from newcomers-turned- members and from participating church leaders, examples of assimilation materials and check points to make sure you stay on track. Here is help for setting newcomers on the path toward true life transformation and spiritual maturity.


About the Author

NELSON SEARCY is the founding pastor of The Journey Church of the City in New York, New York, which reaches more than 1100 twenty- and thirty-somethings each week. Over the last three years, Nelson has personally trained more than 1100 church planters through his own seminars and training events with Saddleback Church in California. In addition, he has produced a wide range of successful church planting resources through his website churchleaderinsights.com and has co-authored Launch: Starting a New Church from Scratch. Nelson is an active church planting coach, church growth consultant and publisher of the semi-monthly online resource Evangelism Online, which is distributed to 16,000 pastors each month. Prior to starting The Journey, he was the founding director of the Purpose Driven Community at Saddleback Church.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Regal (January 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830745319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830745319
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bryan G. Gerstel on January 1, 2008
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Every church needs systems to accomplish their purpose. We spend so much time, energy and money on getting first-time guests into our churches. But what do we do AFTER they have come into our doors? That's where Fusion will make a HUGE difference to every pastor and church leader. Step by step, Nelson guides you through an assimilation system that WILL give you great results in taking first-time guests to membership. If you are looking for what works - this is it!

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!
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We are a 2 year old church plant in Tampa (Church at the Bay). What I love about Nelson's system is it can be given to a new staff member or volunteer and they can run the process for the church (we did this!). As a church start, we put tons of energy into getting people to come for the first time. The next step is to turn those first time guests into regular attenders and Christ Followers. This book will help your church to help people establish a growing relationship with Jesus Christ!
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I was more or less forced to read this book because my church is embarking on this program.

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.
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As the Senior Pastor of a church in a small community, we were always looking for ways to not only reach people, but keep people. The Book Fusion has given us a formula that works. After implementing the ideas presented by Nelson, we have seen our first time guests turn into second time guests and then into regular attendees. As a result, we have grown from an average weekly attendance of 180 to 225 in just 3 months. Awesome! The book gave us some powerful ideas. These are some take away's from the book that have revolutionized our church.

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.
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This book is one-stop shopping for any church looking to build up a new assimilation team. It has example letters, equations for calculating visitor retention and a start-to-finish approach of assimilation.
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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