Establishing a System of Assimilation

Your Assimilation system is your plan for taking people from their first visit to being fully developing members of your church. Evangelism and assimilation go hand in hand. In fact, many times, assimilation precedes evangelism because unreached people will often attend your church for quite a while before making a decision to follow Jesus.

You can’t simply expect your first-time guests to come back without intentional action on your part. You have to make sure you are creating environments that will make them feel comfortable and welcome—environments they will be excited to return to. To be growing consistently, you need to keep one in five of your first-time guests. What can you do to see those results? As you begin thinking through your basic assimilation process, consider these questions:

  • How do you know who your first-time guests are each Sunday?
  • How do you make sure to collect every first-time guest’s contact information?
  • Is your service guest friendly? In other words, is it clear where to check in kids, find a restroom and enter the worship area?
  • How are you following up with first-time guests to ensure a second visit?

If you will create an environment where your first-time guests feel welcomed and have a good experience, they will be much more likely to return for a second visit—then for a third and a fourth visit, as they begin the journey toward becoming fully-engaged members. But if you aren’t ready to serve them properly the first time they show up, you may never see them again. Don’t overlook the importance of establishing a system to help you invest in those God sends your way.

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

P.S. – Go deeper on Assimilation, Evangelism, and all 8 systems of a healthy church. I invite you to join me live for these three days of intense focus on the 8 church systems and outreach tools that work! This is THE event where I reveal the most impactful lessons and new applications for each of the systems.

Church Systems Check-up & Boot CampAnd it’s not too late to save! Super Early Bird pricing is still available but you must act by Friday, June 3rd. Click here to reserve your seat NOW – only $249!

And with this year’s special focus – “Reaching the Unchurched” – I’ll be teaching each of the eight systems and then showing you how to apply them to reach the unchurched!

This “back to basics” event is also a great opportunity to train your entire team! This includes both high-capacity volunteers, paid administrative staff and pastoral staff.

We are keeping the investment for additional team members as low as possible. But fair warning, this will increase after the Super Early Bird Rate.

BTW, you don’t need to know exactly who you will bring right now. Just secure your spots – we’ll call you closer to the event to get the exact names.

Click here to register and bring your spouse or staff members for only $99 each! 

Super Early Bird Ends Friday, June 3rd! Only $249 for you (will be $699 at the door!) – plus bring staff for only $99 each!

Secure your spot now at: www.ChurchLeaderInsights.com/SystemsCheckup

Posted On: May 25, 2016
Posted as: Assimilation
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FREE Video – Grow Your Church Through the Power of Assimilation!

I’m excited to talk with you today about something life-transforming that will have a dramatic impact on the growth and health of your church!

This is so important that I just had to make this available to you right away. So in this FREE video, I’ll introduce you to The Power of Assimilation and how making just a few small changes can help you keep more first-time guests than you ever thought possible.

Today you have an exclusive opportunity to catch this new free training on the “Power of Assimilation.” Nothing can impact your church growth faster than Assimilation.

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Assimilation Video

I’ve been living and breathing this Assimilation system since first developing it 10 years ago at The Journey Church. I’ve seen first-hand the dramatic results at our church and with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations.

That’s why I’ve decided to go back into the studio to completely rerecord and re-engineer this teaching! So we’ve radically updated everything and redesigned this resource specifically for team training and to make it easy to implement with your team! (more on that below)

We’ve also created a few special low-cost packages including a new DVD video version. And to my surprise it’s quickly becoming the most popular option!

Plus, I’ve included a few Limited Release Bonuses – this week only!

Click here to see the video now and learn more about this powerful new resource. Hurry – video ends Friday, May 27th!

Praying you will join me and over 3,000 other churches in radically transforming your church through the Power of Assimilation!

Nelson

Assimilation-Seminar-collageP.S. This brand new, step-by-step, “Done-for-You” resource contains everything you need to implement the Assimilation System in YOUR church!

10 years in the making, it’s completely updated and expanded to be 30% longer with 50% more content – the latest learnings and strategies that have worked in my church and at over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations.

Plus, it’s organized for team training with seven powerful sessions that you can go through at your own pace – easily one per week!

AND FOR THE FIRST TIME – you have a Team Training DVD Option! Train your staff and key leaders — I will be right there on the screen walking you through each of the seven sessions of training.

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Posted On: May 24, 2016
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Monday is for Follow-Up: Encouraging First-Time Guests to Return

“Why Assimilate? Assimilation leads to life transformation by giving people the means and opportunity to become maturing followers of Christ. In broad terms, “assimilation” can be defined as the process used to encourage your first-time guests to continue coming back until they see and understand God’s power, accept Jesus as their Savior and commit themselves to the local church through membership.Nelson Searcy

(the above quote is from p. 27 of Fusion by Nelson Searcy)

How do you encourage your first-time guests to return?

Assimilation-Seminar-collageThere IS a proven process to welcome first-time guests, get them to return again and again, and effectively move them to membership and an ongoing relationship with Christ.

10 years in the making, it’s completely updated and expanded to be 30% longer with 50% more content – the latest learnings and strategies that have worked in my church and at over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations.

Multiple package options available to fit your budget – Click here to choose from Download, CD or DVD! Plus save up to 90% with Early Release bonuses – Hurry, opportunity ends soon!

Posted On: May 23, 2016
Posted as: Assimilation
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John Bunyan on Prayer

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“Prayer is a sincere, sensible, affectionate pouring out of the soul to God, through Christ, in the strength and assistance of the Spirit, for such things as God has promised.”
– John Bunyan

Posted On: May 21, 2016
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Do you have a box for yourself? (A comprehensive wellness guide)

You’re preparing everything for this Sunday – but there may be one thing you don’t have checked off on your list.

Do you have a box for yourself?

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Are YOU fully prepared spiritually, intellectually, physically and emotionally?

Because personal preparation is just as important as sermon prep for Sunday.

I want to do everything I can to help pastors like you have an more effective, lasting ministry and that means taking some small steps in these four focus areas — SPIRITUALPHYSICALEMOTIONAL and INTELLECTUAL.

What would it look like to be just 10% healthier in these 4 areas? 

CLI-Healthy-Pastor-Workshop-CDs-web-iconIntroducing the most comprehensive wellness resource ever created just for pastors:

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This BRAND NEW resource will help you face your unique challenges in restoring your complete health and wellness.

Recorded live at my private pastor coaching events, in this comprehensive nine-hour resource, you will discover literally EVERYTHING you need to know to reclaim your health, well-being and vitality as a full-time pastor.

I want to show you EXACTLY how you can achieve this. You can get the tools you need to make healthy changes and model this lifestyle for their church as well.

I am committed to helping you succeed – and fulfill your calling. I have personally coached over 2000 senior pastors, and worked up close and in the trenches with not only the pastors in my ever-growing church but also with thousands of pastors in the USA and around the world.

This comprehensive, 9-hour resource guides you through all four areas of health and wellness — Spiritual, Intellectual, Physical, Emotional — and the key habits and small steps you can and should make as a healthy pastor.

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Are you ready to add a box for yourself on your prep checklist? Start making YOURSELF a priority today – I want to help you have the lasting, more fulfilling ministry that God intended for you!

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

P.S. One more bonus – this resource comes with a 100% No-Hassle, Money-Back Guarantee! If you listen to and apply the lessons from this resource and you still do not believe you have discovered a complete guide to a pastor’s whole health and wellness, just return it ANYTIME WITH THE NEXT YEAR for a full no-hassle, no questions asked refund.

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Posted On: May 20, 2016
Posted as: Health
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Fasting and Our Relationship with Christ

Today’s guest blog comes to us from Peter Leithart, author, minister, theologian, and peter-leithartPresident of the Theopolis Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. 

The Mosaic liturgical calendar prescribes only one fast, the day of atonement, when Israel was commanded to “humble your souls” (Leviticus 16:29; 23:27, 29, 32; the verb is sometimes translated as “afflict”). By way of contrast, Israel celebrated two week-long festivals, a handful one-day festivals, and a weekly Sabbath, when they were to eat, drink, and rejoice in Yahweh’s good gifts.

Fast days become fixed on the calendar. In Zechariah 8:19, the Lord promises to turn “the fast of the fourth, the fast of the fifth, the fast of the seventh and the fast of the tenth months” into joyful feasts. At least for the duration of the exile, Israel commemorated the moments of Babylon’s invasion and conquest of Judah with fasts.

By the time we reach the New Testament, fasting is one of the main acts of Jewish piety. John’s disciples fast, and the Pharisee in Jesus’ parable boasts of fasting twice a week (Luke 18:12). Jesus’ disciples, controversially, do not fast during His earthly ministry (Matthew 9:14-15), but Jesus predicts that they will when the Bridegroom departs (Matthew 9:15). In Acts, the disciples fast in connection with ordination to mission (Acts 13:2-3; 14:23), prayer (Acts 14:23), and as a part of “ministering to the Lord” (Acts 13:2).

Jesus’ instructions about fasting are the climax of this progress. He tells His disciples to fast with anointed heads and clean faces (Matthew 6:16-18). Washing and anointing are normally preparation for feasting (Ruth 3:3); they mark the end, not the beginning, of a fast (2 Samuel 12:20). Jesus turns fasting inside out. He wants us to dress for a feast when we’re fasting, dress for a feast when we are feasting, dress for a feast for every occasion in between.

We can allegorize: Jesus Himself is our festal clothing, His Spirit the oil that anoints our head, baptism the water that cleans our faces. Whether fasting or feasting, we have this anointing and this washing. Fasting or feasting, we wear Jesus and His Spirit, our festal robe and light-giving oil.

But there’s something else going on. Jesus came to inaugurate the feast of the kingdom. That feast is still ahead of us, but He began the feast of the kingdom already here and now. The feast is future, and the feast is present. We have to wait for a joy already granted.

Our practice fasting should reflect the reality of the new covenant, the maturity we have reached in the risen Son. When we’re children, there’s a chasm between hunger and satisfaction, between suffering and glory, between losing and winning. As – if – we mature we learn to see a glimmer of success embedded in our failures, the glory of our sufferings, the joy in sorrow. Jesus tells us to discover the feast in the midst of the fast, the fullness at the center of our hunger.

Click here to read the entire article.

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

Spiritual-Life-of-Pastor-cd-largeP.S. – As pastors we wage spiritual warfare on a daily basis and the enemy doesn’t sleep. You have the tools to combat those forces and fulfill your mission – faith, prayer and fasting – but you must sharpen them daily.

There is no greater calling, no greater mission – to build the church and reach more people for Christ. But to lead your people, you must continue to strengthen your own spiritual life.

Join Dr. Elmer Towns on an in-depth examination of all facets of developing your spiritual life. You have never heard “faith” and “prayer” discussed, dissected and explained with such passion, humor and deep understanding as shared by Dr. Towns.

This is a spiritual awakening for pastors –through the teachings of Dr. Towns you will be inspired and reinvigorated for your life in ministry!

Click here to pick up this brand new resource The Spiritual Life of a Pastor 

Posted On: May 19, 2016
Posted as: Ministry
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Join Me in Orlando for Boot Camp – Super Early Bird Extended!

Vince Lombardi walked into training camp into the Summer of 1961 and started by saying:

“Gentlemen,” holding a football in his right hand, “this is a football.”

He took nothing for granted. He began a tradition of starting from scratch, assuming that the players were blank slates who carried over no knowledge from the year before.

What if you also had the opportunity to go “back to basics” at a training camp – where we work on your church together?

You’re invited to join me this Summer at the Church Systems Check-up and Boot Camp (I know, I’m very creative with titles).

We’re back for the 4th year, coming up on Wednesday, July 20 – Friday, July 22 at Walt Disney World. This training is built on the 8 essential systems of a healthy church:

  • Evangelism – how to attract people to our church
  • Assimilation – how we move people from first-time guests to members
  • Ministry – how we mobilize people for significant ministry
  • Leadership – how we develop leaders at all levels of our church
  • Worship Planning – how we plan, implement and evaluate our services
  • Small Groups – how we fill and produce small groups at our church
  • Stewardship – how we develop extravagant givers at our church
  • Strategy – how we constantly evaluate and improve our church

If you’re ready to get serious about reaching more of the unchurched this year, I encourage you to join me live for these three days of intense focus on the 8 church systems and outreach tools that work! This is THE event where I reveal the most impactful lessons and new applications for each of the systems.

And it’s not too late to save! Super Early Bird pricing is still available but you must act by Friday, June 3rd. Click here to reserve your seat NOW – only $249!

Church Systems Check-up & Boot Camp

And with this year’s special focus – “Reaching the Unchurched” – I’ll be teaching each of the eight systems and then showing you how to apply them to reach the unchurched!

Where else can you get back to the basics of a healthy church and leave with a complete, proven strategy to help you grow and reach even more people for Christ!  You’ll discover:

– A complete understanding of each of the eight systems of a healthy church in order to grow your church to your fullest potential

– How to reach more unchurched people over the next year 

– How to raise the evangelistic temperature of your church

– For beginners, a solid overview of each of the 8 systems (in 20 min or less, I cover the basic foundation of each church system)

– For those who are implementing some of the systems, you will receive hands-on guidance from myself and top coaching alumni on how to take your systems to the next level

– For the advanced, this Boot Camp is where we share the latest and most recent innovations in the systems PLUS special intensive training on key themes

– And a ton of easy-to-implement ideas with a greater appreciation for how systems work to bring health and growth to your church!

Space is filling up – Click here and grab your spot now – only $249 (will be $699 at the door) – Super Early Bird Ends Friday, June 3!

ALL-NEW GUEST SPEAKERS AND SESSIONS FOR 2016

Joining me at this year’s boot camp is an all-star line-up of experts in church growth and health including:

Kent Hunter Dr. Kent R. Hunter – Dr. Hunter will deliver a new presentation on “12 Dynamics for Reaching the Unchurched” – based on new research and field testing he conducted with churches in the UK that will be shared here for the first time in North America! He is the founder and leader of Church Doctor Ministries. Dr. Hunter has served as a pastor in Michigan, Indiana and South Australia. In the past 30 years, he has consulted over 1,400 churches from 65 denominations, fellowships and movements. Kent is the author of Healthy Churches Thrive!: an 18-month spiritual pilgrimage to prepare churches for the coming revival. His next book: Who Broke My Church: 7 Transformational Strategies That Change Everything for Churches. Dr. Hunter says his reason for being on this earth is to help Christians and churches become more effective for the Great Commission, to make disciples of all peoples.

 

Nelson Searcy

Yours truly, Nelson Searcy – I’m going to go in-depth on the “Rise of the Nones” and why and how we can thrive in a culture where more and more people are claiming no religious affiliation. Plus – walking through each of the 8 systems with you. As an experienced church planter and church growth strategist with 25 years in ministry, I’ve developed proven church systems that I will cover in-depth at this live event. These are systems I’ve used at the church that I founded and now pastor, The Journey Church, and with over 2100+ senior pastors who I have personally coached. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, I have trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). I’m the author of over 80 church growth resources and 15 books, including the brand new bookThe Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact.  My continued mission is to help church leaders like you cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches!

RESERVE YOUR SEATS NOW FOR THE LOWEST RATE

If you only attend ONE church training event this year, this is the “don’t miss” event! But I must warn you, it will sell out!

Click Here To Register Today! The Church Systems Check-Up and Boot Camp WILL Sell out – Secure your best rate now!

As you can see, this is a don’t-miss event!  I look forward to welcoming you and your team to the Church Systems Check-Up and Bootcamp this July.

By registering now, you are guaranteeing your seat and locking in the lowest rate. You’ll save over $450.00 per person on the normal registration.

God bless you,

Nelson

P.S. This “back to basics” event is also a great opportunity to train your entire team! This includes both high-capacity volunteers, paid administrative staff and pastoral staff.

We are keeping the investment for additional team members as low as possible. But fair warning, this will increase after the Super Early Bird Rate.

BTW, you don’t need to know exactly who you will bring right now. Just secure your spots – we’ll call you closer to the event to get the exact names.

Click here to register and bring your spouse or staff members for only $99 each! 

Super Early Bird Ends Friday, June 3rd!  Only $249 for you (will be $699 at the door!) – plus bring staff for only $99 each! Secure your spot now at: www.ChurchLeaderInsights.com/SystemsCheckup

Posted On: May 18, 2016
Posted as: Church SystemsEvangelismLeadership
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NEW RELEASE: Your Complete Guide to Spiritual, Intellectual, Physical and Emotional Health

Be honest – how often do you make yourself a priority? 

As pastors, we face many challenges when it comes to managing our emotional, spiritual, intellectual and physical health. Too often we sacrifice our own well-being on the altar of ministry.

When is the last time you found yourself saying:

I’m busy doing God’s work, so I don’t have time to rest. 

When it’s my time to go, I’ll go. There’s not much I can do about it in the meantime. 

This condition runs in my family. It doesn’t have to do with me. 

All pastors are stressed out. It’s part of the job. 

I really don’t have anyone I can talk to about my problems. 

I confess: It took me a long time to stop using these excuses and start putting a new plan in place for a better and more productive quality of life. Along the way I discovered a lot about whole health and well-being – going beyond the physical to include emotional, spiritual and even intellectual health.

I know the stress of ministry is never going to stop – it’s true that none of us are exempt. And you will face feeling tired and discouraged in fulfilling your calling.

But I also know there is a better way to live and there is no better gift that you can give yourself or those who love you.

So I have a challenge for you today:

What if you could make small changes — take small steps — and start seeing improvements in these four areas —SPIRITUAL, PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL and INTELLECTUAL?

What would it look like to be just 10% healthier? 

You can reverse the decline and experience ALL that God has in store for you to create a lasting, more fulfilling ministry!

Introducing . . . the most comprehensive resource ever created just for pastors to help you face your unique challenges in restoring your complete health and wellness!

The Healthy Pastor Workshop: Your Complete Guide toHealthy Pastor Workshop  Spiritual, Intellectual, Physical and Emotional Health

Recorded live at my private pastor coaching events, in this comprehensive nine-hour resource, you will discover literally EVERYTHING you need to know to reclaim your health, well-being and vitality as a full-time pastor, including:

  • 6 habits of a healthy pastor — and which two require the MOST attention
  • How to create a custom, made-for-you lifestyle plan vs. an ineffective series of “quick fixes”
  • 7 key questions to diagnose your spiritual health
  • Using systems to lower your occupational stress — starting with the one that will have the most impact
  • The 6 most critical health numbers you need to know – and start measuring now
  • What you should have every morning for optimum heath
  • 3 dangerous ways that dehydration affects your body — and proven ways to prevent it
  • How to replace big excuses with small steps to life
  • The definition of real emotional health and the factors you should strive for
  • Why Christians should be the most fit group!
  • How a lack of this vital ingredient can drastically alter your mood, energy level and ability to think clearly.
  • 7 quick fixes to save your heart
  • How to worship God by eating healthy
  •  4 biblical keys to building a better body (for your sake and the sake of your spouse and church)
  • Three primary learning modes you should utilize to build your intellectual health  
  • 5 key areas worth a spiritual check-up
  •  How to discover “whole heath” and let go of bitterness in your life
  •  Two types of stress – and which one God uses to grow you
  •  The ONE thing you need to start tomorrow for optimal brain health 
  •  The 5 causes of emotional difficulties
  •  Easy ways to fit in ongoing learning to your daily activity
  • And much more!

So I’ve teamed up with my friend and healthy pastor expert Steve Reynolds to show you EXACTLY how you can achieve this. We’ve done it in our ministries and shown other pastors the tools to make healthy changes and model this lifestyle for their church family as well.

Steve and I have committed our lives to helping pastors succeed – and fulfill their calling. I have personally coached over 2000 senior pastors, and worked up close and in the trenches with not only the pastors in my ever-growing church but also with thousands of pastors in the USA and around the world.

This comprehensive, 9-hour resource guides you through all four areas of health and wellness — Spiritual, Intellectual, Physical, Emotional — and the key habits and small steps you can and should make as a healthy pastor.

So as an introductory special – so you have the greatest opportunity for success in reclaiming your health and wellness –today through Friday, May 20th, you can save over 90%!

Are you ready make YOURSELF a priority now and start making small changes to better and more abundant life? I want to help you have the lasting, more fulfilling ministry that God intended for you!

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

P.S. One more bonus – this resource comes with a 100% No-Hassle, Money-Back Guarantee! If you listen to and apply the lessons from this resource and you still do not believe you have discovered a complete guide to a pastor’s whole health and wellness, just return it ANYTIME WITH THE NEXT YEAR for a full no-hassle, no questions asked refund.

Click here to pick up your own risk-free copy now! 

Hurry! This opportunity ends THIS Friday, May 20th! 

Posted On: May 17, 2016
Posted as: HealthMinistryStress Management
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Monday is for Follow-Up: Touching Lives Through Biblical Hospitality

“Assimilation is simply well-planned biblical hospitality through service. The head of our organization is the greatest server of all time. Doesn’t it follow that we should be the ultimate example of such service to our guests? With the right system in place, we can serve in a way that will truly touch lives for God’s kingdom.Nelson Searcy

(the above quote is from p. 43 of Fusion by Nelson Searcy)

How do you show biblical hospitality to your guests?

Assimilation-Seminar-collageThere IS a proven process to welcome first-time guests, get them to return again and again, and effectively move them to membership and an ongoing relationship with Christ.

10 years in the making, it’s completely updated and expanded to be 30% longer with 50% more content – the latest learnings and strategies that have worked in my church and at over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations.

Multiple package options available to fit your budget – Click here to choose from Download, CD or DVD! Plus save up to 90% with Early Release bonuses – Hurry, opportunity ends soon!

Posted On: May 16, 2016
Posted as: AssimilationBooks
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William Carey on Dutiful Evangelism

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“It is the duty of those who are entrusted with the Gospel
to endeavor to make it known among all nations.”
-William Carey

Posted On: May 14, 2016
Posted as: Evangelism
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