Last May, many of you know I experienced the trip of a lifetime-taking my wife to one of my favorite places on the planet: Italy. The trip ended in Venice, a location I had not been to yet. What I experienced there has left a mark on me. Literally, a Saint Mark on me. Brace yourself for some cool history. Here we go…Read More
No, this is not me and “Cousin It”. This is my wife Michelle and I. I call this accidental California Spring Super Bloom photo “#marriage”. Let me explain…Read More
What Alex Honnold did on El Capitan is too astounding to take in. Alex climbed El Capitan in less than 4 hours….without a rope or any other safety equipment. His documentary Free Solo is up for an Oscar this year and is in IMAX theaters right now. As I watched the movie, the lessons for those of us leading people on the climb to connect with God and our churches became obvious to me.Read More
Ideas, tips and encouragement on this reality of multisite ministry is what this latest episode of our All About Multisite podcast is about. This one focuses on lack of growth and what can actually reverse it.Read More
Though assimilation may be overseen by a particular person or team, that team serves the rest of the body by providing 4 key ingredients that are vital for new people to connect to your church.Read More
Where will you be and what will you be doing before, during and after your Christmas services? I want to share with you the most important place for you and I to invest our time this coming Christmas weekend. Believe me if you plant yourself there, it will pay off big time as well as focus you mentally and spiritually.Read More
Once you go through this course, there is no reason you cannot have all four components of a successful assimilation strategy in place and working for you during 2019. On the eve of the release, I want to share 2 more resources with you: one social media, the other a book recommendation that may serve as a way of appreciating your volunteers.Read More
Have you ever took a "free" vacation to a time share resort? You go because you feel the need for a break, have the need for a deal, and are willing to pay the price which is sitting through a presentation and a pitch for a few hours-one that could result in your buying-in to the "resort lifestyle". If you are like me, you have been willing to pay that price as long as they a willing to hear a "No" at they end of it.
Despite our aversion to this experience, this is unintentionally how we treat guests when they want to become part of our church.Read More
I am coming up for air with some clarity regarding 5 ideas about how we communicate with Guests. These tangible and specific ideas are now time-tested in my assimilation process and could make a big difference in whether guests at your church become meaningfully connected or not.Read More
What is the best way to onboard a volunteer at your church?
b. After they have proven faithful
c. When they have completed the membership class and been baptized
d. As quickly as possible.Read More
January is a month where dreams and goals get put to paper and to plan. We begin moving towards those plans hoping that through them we will gain new traction in our vision to connect people to our churches.
But what if I'm already not seeing the results I planned for?Read More
As I write this on New Year's Day 2016, I am reflective over 2 questions that are close to the core of probably any man or woman who has a ministry in any aspect of assimilation:
- What are the must-have qualities that make a church connectable for people?
- What characteristics are deal-breakers for me personally when it comes to my being a part of a church?
But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. -Psalm 3:3
I am familiar with this verse and have sung it in church and at camp growing up. I have always thought when it says that God is the "lifter of my head" that it was saying God is the lifter if my mood, or that he lifts me out of discouragement. He certainly does that, but recently I found that King David was probably saying something different.Read More
I believe we can help guests AND members of our churches make better connections with God and each other by sharing Communion together, holding fast to these two realities:
1. Understanding the story of communion is the only pre-condition for participation
2. If the Holy Spirit is drawing a person to receive the Meal as the story is explained, that is a "sign" of their acceptance at the Table.Read More
What if Communion is not a cleansing ritual for Christians but a story-telling experience for all who need the gospel?
This is the question I proposed in my last post. As someone who is passionate about helping people connect to the Body of Christ, I would respond to this question in a controversial way: I believe that communion was never meant to be a time of personal cleansing of sin for a believer, but a chance to vividly understand the good news about Jesus and how that works out in everyone's life.Read More
Now a warning: In this series on the role of Communion in assimilating people into your church, I am about to step on all kinds of tradition, notions, orthodoxy and orthopraxy when it comes to the Lord's Supper, including that of churches who may not take it at all. But since most of the two and a half billion Christians in the world take it in some form, its impact on the seekers and guests coming to your church from various traditions cannot be ignored.Read More
Membership has its privileges. We hear this quite a lot. But, there are many understandings of what membership is, and what it means-especially when it comes to the Church. Like a health club, people can be a member of a church that they have not attended in years simply because they fulfilled the membership requirement to remain on the roster. Read on to explore an understanding that will not only really resonate with your guests, but would resonate with the Apostle's understanding of membership as well.Read More
Any definition of "assimilated" you and I adopt must include this reality: a connected person is one who makes a contribution. They are not just wanted: they are needed. A guest must become a connected, serving member if they are going to stick.Read More
Connection is the most vital aspect of assimilation a guest to your church can experience.
To address this reality, there are 2 questions you will need to begin asking yourself.Read More
One of the reasons that guests make a decision to return to your church within the first 7 minutes of their first visit is because they are unconsciously asking the same question all of us instinctively ask ourselves when we find ourselves in a new environment: "Is there anybody here who's like me?" As Rick Warren says, "You don't attract who you want, you attract who you are".
Learning to leverage "The Affinity Factor" can unlock whole new opportunities to connect guests to your church.Read More