Where I've been and what's coming up...
You may have been wondering where I've been the last few months....
- The beach?
- A Witness Protection Program?
Actually, none of these. Where I have been is on an interesting journey that has revolved around two activities:
1. A redesign of our assimilation strategy at my church
At Eastside Christian Church where I serve, we experienced an unprecedented growth of 1600 more people in attendance at the beginning of the year, a jump that required a new wineskin to pick up the pace and volume by which we connected new people God was bringing to us.
We also launched another campus and are getting ready to launch a third one--campuses that need an assimilation process that is able to be duplicated easily and is not "Greg centric".
This required a herculean effort, redesigning, re-recruiting and retraining an outrageous army of volunteers (whom we now call "Changemakers") to put a new way of assimilating guests to the test over the last 6 months.
2. A deeper understanding of what drives the process of assimilation beyond a specific program so I could help churches around the world
After months of planning, Gene Appel and I were invited to Chile to last November to lead a church growth and assimilation conference for 80 pastors. These pastors were from churches up and down Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Sierra Leone. This was one of the most fruitful kingdom investments I have had the privilege of being a part of and it forced me to clearly identify what the universal principles of assimilation are, regardless of culture or context.
The challenge of redesigning what we do and the clarifying of the principles which drive any changes in assimilation has taken my energy and attention away from blogging, but now has returned me full force in 2017 to bring you the following topics in January:
- My understanding of what the 4 principles are that govern assimilation, no matter what program or strategy you choose.
- A recent podcast from Julie Liem, our Volunteer Director, on how your guests can become connected serving members.
- New book recommendations (both from the church and business worlds) that our informing my understanding of assimilation right now.
- Real stories from some of the 19,000 people we are connecting who just attended our Christmas services.
All this and more in January...as we climb the Assimilayas together. Stay tuned, this is gonna be fun.