Did you ever wonder why some churches are full and others sit empty.
80% of churchgoers believe that churches are growing in the US and they couldn’t be more wrong.
There must be something missing in churches that are not growing. One reason for no church growth could be that there is no assimilation process. In many churches everything is directed towards the existing members. Most of the programs in the church and how things are done seems to be for the members only.
Everything you do should be done with the first-time visitors in mind.
How could a church grow without new people joining? To get the people inside the front door is one thing. To keep them there is another. There is more to growing a church than evangelism. There needs to be a process that keeps visitors coming back. One of these processes is the assimilation process.
Here is a basic overview of the assimilation process:
- Hospitality – From Being Greeted – Treated – Seated
- Information Gathering – Using a Connection Card – Getting the right information.
- Follow-up – With email or card within 36 hours with information they requested on the Connection Card.
- Commitment – Once a visitor attends two times, you want to start to connect them with some clear next steps.
Many churches do use this church assimilation process to keep the new visitors coming back. The churches that are experiencing growth do have some kind of system for visitors.
To keep track of this process, Church Growth Software a Church Management Software with church growth principles can help you. To keep a church growing is not a mystery. There needs to be a process in place for growth.
You can get more information about this software at Church Growth Software
6000 to 10000 churches close in the US each year. That’s between 100 – 200 churches close a week.
65% of churches are declining and 35% are growing.
To understand better understand how assimilation works, there is a book by Nelson Searcy. Fusion – Turning First-Time Guests into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church.
Pastor Searcy is the founding pastor of a growing church, The Journey Church in New York City.
Also the founding director of the Purpose Driven Community with Rick Warren at Saddleback Church
You can get this book by clicking here Fusion
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