4 ideas for placing more volunteers this Christmas

The 6+ minute video below is one I recorded for some of our volunteer champs who wanted me to give them some ideas for increasing the amount of volunteers placed, especially after recent volunteer sign up efforts. If that's you, and you could use more volunteers this Christmas or in the early part of next year, take a moment and listen to this.

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The 3 point cure for process breakdown (3 of 3)

There are 3 cures for process breakdown that will empower your church's assimilation strategy. Each of them grants exponential growth to your process of connecting guests to the life of your church. Read on to identify them before Christmas hits, and make a New Year's Resolution to apply them more fully by Easter.  

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What we learned and what we changed about our assimilation strategy-podcast with Rich Birch at Unseminary

New unseminary Podcast: The problem that most churches experience is not necessarily getting first time guests, but rather getting those guests to stay, and that is Greg’s area of expertise at Eastside. He’s here with us today to talk about the scalable assimilation strategy Eastside transitioned to since the last time we had him on the show.

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3 causes for process breakdown in your church (1 of 3)

The human body is equipped to do some remarkable things, especially when one of it's processes get's interrupted. The Body of Christ is equipped to do some remarkable things as well when processes and systems get disrupted. Not all these things are good, especially if they last for too long. Discover what they are and the 3 causes for process breakdown in this first of a 3 part series on causes and cures of process problems in your church.

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Helping new families stick: podcast on family ministry with Nick Blevins

Joe and I had a blast being interviewed by Nick Blevins on his Family Ministry Podcast. Nick's podcast is a must for anyone serving families in any way through the local church. Joe Schmaltz oversees Next Gen Ministries at Eastside and is a good friend. I thought I would share this with all Sherpas who are helping families make the climb toward a more vital connection with a local church.

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3 different guests are coming to your church this Sunday. Are you ready? (Part 1 of 1)

In these next 3 posts, I will be breaking down some profound assimilation takeaways from Horst Schultze, former President and COO of Ritz-Carlton Hotels. If you are like me, you have heard about Horst and what he did to revolutionize the hospitality industry through books, conferences like Willow Creek's Leadership Summit and podcasts like Andy Stanley's. As Sherpas hoping to help climbers reach the summit of full connection in our churches, we can learn from guys like this in the hospitality industry.

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The #1 objection church's have to forming an assimilation strategy

The movie Field of Dreams debuted in just a few theaters on April 21st, 1989 in hopes to gain more of a summer audience. It gained such a growing and epic following that it showed in theaters nationwide through December that year. With it's iconic line, "If you build it, they will come", this film left a Mark on American men that still resonates with them whenever it's brought up in conversation. Without exaggeration, lives were changed by this film, movements were born, and the American Film Association recently listed it as the 6th greatest fantasy film ever made (The Wizard of Oz being #1).

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This old saying could change your church forever

Today's English Bible translates Proverbs 18:1 as saying, "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush". This piece of ancient wisdom speaks volumes as to why I believe that connecting with our guests at church, and connecting them to each other, is priority #1 if we want to see our churches grow.

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Assimilation learnings from the eclipse

Yesterday was an exciting day in our country. As the solar eclipse made it's way across North America, it unified our polarized nation, even just for an hour and a half. 

As I reflect on the people who gathered together from sea to sea yesterday to catch a glimpse of the sun's corona, I am thinking these thoughts about connecting guests at our churches:

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Ways we are navigating assimilation and discipleship

After listening to this Breakout Session sponsored by Church Community Builders, discuss with your team...

  • What is working right now when it comes to connecting guests at our church?
  • What creates potential disconnection between our church and guests?
  • What are possible initiatives that would bridge those disconnects?
  • Pick one to implement and evaluate over the next 3 months.
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We struck assimilation gold!

The Gold Rush had begun.

That's how I felt while on a getaway with my wife Michelle up in the California mountains for our anniversary. We decided on Sunday morning to watch the live stream of our church's worship service and took communion together. When the live stream was over, I had my Jim Marshall moment: my fingers grazed the mousepad on my laptop after I paused the video.

That's when it happened.

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