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Dear Pastor,

For most people, the process of growing in Jesus Christ starts when they come to church for the very first time.

Can you think back to when you entered a church for the first time? It can be an intimidating situation — not knowing where to park, where to go, who you will meet, how you will be welcomed, essentially what to expect from start to finish.

The challenge all of us face as church leaders: You have people attending each week for the first time but because of the scenario I described above, it’s difficult to get them to return to church for a second time. And if WE DON’T GET THEM TO COME BACK, they are never going to become fully developing followers of Jesus.

It’s such a challenge that the average church in America only keeps one out of every 20 people. That averages to about only 10 first-time guests per year.

Now imagine that same church making a few small changes and now improving that number to keep 1 out of every 10!

How many more lives could be transformed?

The great news is there 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.

It’s called Assimilation. I first developed this 10 years ago at The Journey Church and since then have implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. The turnarounds I’ve seen have been dramatic. Even with churches that are 100 to 150 years old and stagnant for a long time.

The fact is that nothing impacts the growth of your church FASTER than Assimilation­ — the process of welcoming first-time guests, keeping them coming back and eventually moving them to membership.

Wherever you are, and whatever stage of life you're in as a church, improving your Assimilation rate is going to have a dramatic impact on your church!

Now it wasn’t easy figuring this out in the very beginning — in fact, the struggle was very real! But I had to face this crisis of disbelief before the answers would come. Maybe you have a similar story . . .

The time God challenged me –
“Nelson, what are you doing with the first-time gifts
I’m sending you each Sunday?”

You may not know the early story of The Journey Church.

We began in a comedy club on the upper west side of Manhattan. After doing a series of monthly services, we launched on Easter Sunday and had 110 people show up.

I was ecstatic! I thought this was a great number to start with.

It was the next Sunday I learned my first principle of church growth as a new church planter in New York City: Everybody who comes on Easter Sunday does not come back the Sunday after!

A Crisis of Disbelief

We had 55 people come back, which I thought wasn’t bad – about half. But then I had an unpleasant surprise. Unfortunately, through my dynamic leadership and charismatic preaching, I grew the church down to 35 over the next three months!

I began having a crisis of disbelief. I began to have this conversation with God and asked him, “Why is this happening?” I began to sort of get mad at God and tell him all the things that I’d done for him – what I’d given up to start this church in New York City.

He interrupted my pity party and started to remind me of all the things he’d done for me, and how he’d provided for me all these years I’d been a Christian. Finally, I relented and asked for guidance — and God began to teach me some new things about being a pastor.

One of the first things I felt like God asked me is this question: “Nelson, what are you doing with the first-time gifts that I'm sending you each Sunday?”

Think about that language for a moment.

Every week, God entrusts each of us with first-time gifts. These are first-time people who choose to come to our church. I answered back to God, “Well, God, I'm counting them and that's pretty much it. I’m hoping they come back.”

Sound familiar?

An Effective System is Born

At this point I DID NOT have an intentional process to manage and follow up with even the few first-time guests we were seeing. But this is where it began, and with God’s guidance over time I developed the Assimilation System that I’m sharing with you today — a system that allows you to move someone from first-time guest to second-time guest to regular attender – all the way to fully-engaged member.

This made all the difference for The Journey — within a couple of years, we were a church of 200. And then eventually as you may know — The Journey became one of the fastest growing churches in America.

You know how we launched with 110 people? I remember, many years later, when we had 110 first-time guests!

These results are not unusual for us or for the more than 3,000 churches who have implemented the Assimilation System and seen dramatic results.

It’s really all about people. It’s about those gifts that God is entrusting to you. So I’ll ask you the same question he asked me all those years ago:

What are YOU doing with the first-time gifts that God is sending you each Sunday?”

Introducing my most powerful, proven resource to date – 10 YEARS IN THE MAKING!

The NEW Assimilation Seminar + Team Edition

IN THE STUDIO - I went back in to completely rerecord and re-engineer this powerful teaching. Plus create a new DVD video version! (they don't tell you how bright those lights are going to be either!)

Each session will have specific action steps you can take so you are building your process each week in a repeatable, sustainable way for visible results:


In this foundational session, you will discover:

  • The one word you should NEVER use to welcome new people to your church
  • The three critical steps to an effective Assimilation process
  • How to identify the holes in your welcome experience and prevent first-time guests from falling through the cracks.
  • Two principles you can implement THIS WEEK to jump-start your system — and see faster results!
  • Specific responsibilities you should assign to your guests at each level of your Assimilation process
  • The true relationship between God and his church members and the two things that must develop with your guidance
  • The area you must master first before you can build your Assimilation system
  • What it means to be a fully engaged member in your church and how to cultivate each area of that relationship


This session will help you get into the mind-set of a first-time guest and understand their path from parking lot to pew. You will discover:


This session will show you very specifically a proven method to gather information from your guests so that you can follow up with them effectively.


This session examines the critical steps you must follow in the week after a first-time guest comes to your church. You will discover:


This session will help you recognize the unique opportunities of second-time guests and how to maximize them. You will discover:


This session shows you how to keep moving your guests forward and lead them ultimately to membership. You will discover:


This session wraps up the systems and strategies you have learned and helps you create a plan of action to start immediately! You will discover:


Bonus #1:
Maximizing Membership ($199.95 value)

This practical, proven package assembles over 36 resources to help you plan, implement, follow up on, evaluate and improve your own three-hour maximized membership class. Includes the complete 76-page Journey Church membership strategy and tons of documents, scripts and samples!

Bonus #2:
Why People Leave Your Church ($99.95 Value)

Discover why people leave your church and what you can do to close the back door of your church. Includes over two hours of Nelson teaching the six reasons people leave your church, a complete leader's guide, listener's guide and transcript plus six bonus audios and a 30-minute Q&A session.

Bonus #3:
What Gets Measured E-book ($23.95 value)

"What gets measured gets done," but what do you measure each week at your church? This e-book will help you measure your church each week.


Bonus #4:
How to Make a Great First Impression ($23.95 value)

Seven minutes is all the time you have to make a positive first impression on the first-time guests who walk through your doors. This e-book will help you create a welcoming environment.


Bonus #5:
OC Church Leaders ($39.95 value)

In this recording of a live 'staff meeting' at The Journey Church, I'll teach you how to create a culture that is obsessive-compulsive when it comes to the details of welcoming guests to our church.



Fast track your Assimilation growth with the Titanium level - which includes seven months of Assimilation Coaching. You'll walk through each critical step of the process - Nelson is with you each step of the way! You'll receive seven months of online, on-demand training proven to accelerate your growth. Plus, you will receive your first month FREE!

Here’s what you’ll receive in this new seven-month network:

  • Seven monthly online sessions focused exclusively on assimilation
  • Three group Q-and-A calls between sessions
  • Over $1,228.00 in FREE resources from Church Leader Insights, plus special discounts on any new resources
  • Unlimited email access to Nelson Searcy and the CLI team
  • FREE attendance at most CLI (live to web) training events during your network (up to $729.00 value)
  • Full VIP audio and video access to each coaching session online
  • Private assimilation documents and strategies not available elsewhere

Just some of the bonus resources you’ll receive with Assimilation Coaching:

The Assimilation Intensive

$599.95 value, yours FREE!

Maximizing Membership Package

$199.95 value, yours FREE!

Why People Leave Your Church

$99.95 value, yours FREE!

The Ministry Seminar

$99.95 value, yours FREE!

The Worship Planning Seminar

$99.95 value, yours FREE!

Multiple Package Options Available to Fit Your Budget! Choose below from download/CD or DVD packages - and save up to 90%! Note: Team Training DVD available with all packages except for Gold:

* Plus $299 per month for the next six months (First month is FREE!)

All Packages Include 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 learned the keys to assimilating people in your church, just return it ANYTIME WITHIN THE NEXT YEAR for a full no-hassle, no questions asked refund. Due to the nature of Assimilation Coaching and LIVE Event Tickets, there will be no refunds for unused coaching sessions or Live Event Tickets.

Here's what other pastors are saying about Nelson Searcy's powerful, proven Assimilation Seminar!

Steve Reynolds, Senior Pastor
Capital Baptist Church,
Annandale, VA

Roger House, Senior Pastor
Allen St. Baptist Church,
Clinton, MO

Lon Dean, Senior Pastor
House of Praise
Castleton On Hudson, NY

Robert Haynes, Senior Pastor
New Life Community
Olive Branch, MS

Andy Rainey, Senior Pastor
Blue Ash Community Church
Blue Ash, OH

George Burris, Senior Pastor
Historic St. James Baptist Church
Madisonville, LA

Paul Earle, Senior Pastor
Life Church
Victorville, CA

Robert Fowler, Senior Pastor
Victory Church
Las Vegas, NV

TJ Meehan, Senior Pastor
New Life Church
Goshen, IN

Ultimately, this seminar about life transformation.

When I first made a decision to go to church, I was an adult. It was all very unfamiliar to me but I vividly remember that experience. For me, it started what has now been a lifetime transformation process. It’s what led me to Christ, what led me to baptism, what led me to grow, what led me to understand God’s word and radically transformed my life.

I’m sure as you think about your story, that’s true for you as well. Your life has been transformed because some church cared for you and assimilated you. They helped you go from stranger to guest to family member to fully engaged follower.

Now it’s your turn as a pastor commissioned to reach more people for Christ. How will you make this the year that you keep and assimilate more first-time guests?

Praying you will join me, the pastors you met above and over 3,000 other churches in radically growing your church through the power of Assimilation!

Nelson Searcy

P.S. Remember, this brand new, step-by-step, "Done-for-You" resource contains everything you need to implement the Assimilation System in YOUR church!

Plus, this resource comes with my 100% No-Hassle, 365-Day Money-Back Guarantee! Take your time to listen to and implement the strategies in this resource. If you are not fully satisfied, just return it ANYTIME WITHIN THE NEXT YEAR for a full no-hassle, no questions asked refund.

Meet Dr. Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church growth strategist, pastor, church planter and coach, serving in ministry for more than 25 years and consulting with churches around the world. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has personally trained more than 50,000 church leaders in over 45 denominations through live events, seminars and monthly coaching, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. For more accelerated growth, pastors also participate in Nelson’s Senior Pastor, Evangelism, Stewardship, Assimilation and Advanced Coaching networks. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in Boca Raton, FL. Nelson and his church routinely appear on lists such as “The 50 Most Influential Churches” and “The 25 Most Innovative Leaders.” He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 15+ books, including The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry and The Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact. Nelson is the recipient of the prestigious Donald A. McGavran Award for Outstanding Leadership in Great Commission Research. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. He divides his time between NYC and South Florida. He and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Alexander.

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