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Published on October 21, 2017

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slide 1: Attraction and Assimilation Strategy slide 2: • To help PBMC participants Ministers and other church leaders better understand how people do or do not become assimilated into a church fellowship and to equip participants to develop a workable plan to see more of their church’s visitors become active responsible members of the church. Goal of This Seminar ..... slide 3: • Those who want: • To arrest the decline in their churches. • To know how to avoid membership losses and drop-outs. • To keep growing physically spiritually and otherwise in their churches. This Talk is for ..... slide 4: Session One: slide 5: Opening Scriptures: John 17:12 • 12 While I was with them I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled. NIV • During my time here I protected them by the power of the name you gave me. I guarded them so that not one was lost except the one headed for destruction as the Scriptures foretold. NLT slide 6: Other Scriptures: John 17:12 • 12 While I was with them I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled. NIV • 12 During my time here I protected them by the power of the name you gave me. I guarded them so that not one was lost except the one headed for destruction as the Scriptures foretold. NLT • Prov 27:23 - Be diligent to know the state of your flocks And attend to your herds NKJV • Jer 13:20 - Lift up your eyes and see those who are coming from the north. Where is the flock that was entrusted to you the sheep of which you boasted NIV slide 7: Deductions from the Scripture Readings: • The above scriptures are saying just three things: • “God is against membership losses.” • “God is against careless handling of the flock.” • “God wants every member of the church to be known taken care of and properly accounted for .” slide 8: • In Ezek.34:1-11 we can see a classic passage that shows the Lord is against shepherds that fail to care for the flock and thereby make them a prey for the wolves. • In Luke 15:3-6 the man with 100 sheep knew that one was lost. Why He was vigilant caring and knew the state of the flock through counting observation prayers proper administration and organisation. slide 9: Introduction • The church is the people and people is the church. • Where there is no people there is no church. • The people that are the church are as dynamic today as never before. • People’s views and perception about the church today is different. • The way people join and become church members are different from the way they do 40-50yrs ago. slide 10: In those days people join churches because it’s: •My father’s church •Their village church •Church near their house •Their friends go there •Where I was baptized slide 11: Akin-John 2009 listed some hard facts about people and churches: 1. In the past people stay in a church for life but today they are very mobile. The average Christian today change church seven times. 2. The church is a free society voluntary and no law binds people or tie them down to any church against their will. 3. People come to church because of needs in their lives. If their needs are not being met they look elsewhere. The slogan is: “Change your church if it doesn’t change you”. slide 12: 4. People now visit and sample churches 2-3times before becoming members. They feel like they have options as in the supermarkets while some have been hurt and maltreated wants to make sure they are safe here. 5. People are looking for signs of godliness hope sincerity and integrity in church leaders. Pastors are still the main reasons why people leave or remain in a church. Why Due to scandals and ungodly behaviours of many pastors today. slide 13: My Submissions: • There is a lot of chaos out there people going through all forms of challenges crumbling economy wars and killings etc. • Today people looking for respite turn to the Church as the only true solution to their plights. • The church has not been able to prove herself as the solution centre the world seeks as many people have become discouraged because of what they’ve experienced. • Some are even afraid of coming because they are not sure of what to experience. • Many have even made up their minds that they will never come to the church. slide 14: • Dr. Richard J. Krejar in his research on “Why Churches Fail” tracked over 1000 churches for over 10 years looking for the marks that caused people to leave. His top four reasons are: • Conflict and Gossips: 91 • Hypocrisy and judgemental attitude and actions of people: 78 - especially by pastors and church leadership • Lack of hospitality concern and care from people and church leadership: 66 • The unwillingness of leadership to deal with sin: 62. This is due to partiality preferences and factions. Thus people can’t connect properly. slide 15: • In effect poor people skills of church leadership the unwillingness to deal with and resolve conflicts and the lack of seeking Christ first are the foremost reasons for conflicts between the people in the church and the pastors. Matt.6:33 • If today’s church will apply the NT focus in Ephesians 4:1 and 5:2 issues like these would be minimized and people would rather stay. slide 16: Ephesians 4:1-2 • I therefore the prisoner of the Lord beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called NKJV • Therefore I a prisoner for serving the Lord beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling for you have been called by God. • In light of all this heres what I want you to do. While Im locked up here a prisoner for the Master I want you to get out there and walk — better yet run — on the road God called you to travel. I dont want any of you sitting around on your hands. I dont want anyone strolling off down some path that goes nowhere • I am in prison because I belong to the Lord. God chose you to be his people so I urge you now to live the life to which God called you. NCV slide 17: Eph 5:2 • “…..and live a life of love just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” NIV • “And walk in love esteeming and delighting in one another as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us a slain offering and sacrifice to God for you so that it became a sweet fragrance.” Ezek 20:41. AMP • “Live a life of love. Love others just as Christ loved us. He gave himself for us—a sweet-smelling offering and sacrifice to God.” NCV • “Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didnt love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.” MSG slide 18: Applications: • With practical bible teachings coupled with qualitative and biblical understanding from the church leadership active mentorship discipleship and practical demonstration of the fruit of the Spirit being modelled by the church this people haemorrhage will be drastically reduced. slide 19: Keeping The Front Door of your Church Open slide 20: What Is The Front Door • Your Front Door signifies the passage of people into your church. • Your front door is the access that people have into the life of your ministry. • It means that people are aware of your church and they come around to see what goes on in your church. slide 21: The FrontDoor of your Church • What constitute the FrontDoor of your church: • Strategic Evangelism Outreaches • Your Facility – toilets children classes sign posts well trimmed lawns easy convenient parking lot etc. • Pleasant Welcomers/Greeters • Atmosphere of acceptance • Well printed attractive rich bulletins/Materials • Participation and involvement in your community • Great Inviting Church websites • Interactive Social media activities • Vibrant youth movement • Use language they understand • Convey truth and grace slide 22: What Does Your Front Door Say About Your Church • You see facilities have a voice. They communicate loudly and strongly. Need some help with your front door experience Simply follow these two steps: • 1. Identify the items your church is insanely passionate about. • 2. Align your front door experience to showcase them. • Identify and align. Don’t make it complicated. Showcase core values and you’ll compel people to action. Through action you’ll witness life change. https://churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/ slide 23: Still on the FrontDoor • If you don’t handle these frontdoor areas strategically and intentionally no one will visit your church and those who mistakenly do will not return • Remember that people visit churches for different reasons. • The adequacy of the Frontdoor helps attract new members while your assimilation strategies make them stay slide 24: Why People Don’t Come To Church • Some questions should be asked: • Why people not coming to our church OR put another way: Why is our church not attracting new people slide 25: • Are you wondering why your church isn’t growing or why it’s not growing faster. You’re not alone. The vast majority of churches are plateaued or declining because they can’t effectively reach new people. • According to Nieuwhof 2015 there are 12 things that might be holding your church back from reaching new people. • Once you see it you can deal with it. Otherwise you’ll be the leader who’s the last to see what everyone else sees. slide 26: • 1. You’re not Authentic: Too many Christians have a gap between what they believe and who they are. The word authentic means: “not false but real… therefore reliable and trustworthy”. Closing the authenticity gap is simple: be more honest in your public talk and live with greater integrity in your private walk. • 2. You’ve Lost Your Passion: Too many church leaders are more passionate about tradition than about the mission. They aren’t even passionate about anything. In declining churches sometimes it’s hard to find a pulse of any kind. slide 27: • 3. You’re In Conflict: If you’re constantly bickering and arguing why would any new people stay It’s not that Christians shouldn’t have conflict but we should be the best in the world at handling it. Growing churches handle conflict biblically humbly and healthily. • 4. You’re More In Love With The Past Than You Are With The Future: This can be true of churches that are in love with tradition and churches that are have had some amazing days in the past. If you want to grow be more in love with the future than you are with the past. slide 28: • 5. You’re Not That Awesome To Be Around: Fake. Judgmental. Hypocritical. Angry. Narrow. Unthinking. Unkind. Those are adjectives often used to describe Christians. Let Christ reshape your character or social skills so that people would like to be around you. • 6. You’re Focused On Yourself: Too many churches are focused on their wants preferences and perceived needs. They are self-focused organizations and self- focused people. It should be no surprise that outsiders never feel welcomed valued or included. A life devoted to self ultimately leaves you alone. slide 29: • 7. You Think Culture Is The Enemy: If all you ever are is angry at the culture around us how are you going to reach people in that culture If you treat your unchurched neighbour like an enemy why would he ever want to be your friend • 8. You’re Afraid To Risk What Is For The Sake Of What Might Be: If you’ve had any modicum of success recently you’re going to be hesitant to risk what is for what could be. The greatest enemy of your future success is your current success. When you’re perpetually afraid to risk what is for the sake of what might be you might as well cue the funeral music now. slide 30: • 9. You Can’t Make A Decision: Governance will become a major issue for future churches. When your decision making is rooted in complex bureaucracy or congregational approval for every major change it makes decision making difficult and courageous change almost impossible. • 10. You Talk More Than You Act: Most church leaders love to think and love to debate issues. Effective leaders add one more component. They act. Most church leaders overthink and underact. slide 31: • 11. You Don’t Think There’s Anything Wrong With Your Church: Many leaders and church members love their church but can’t figure out why anyone else does not. Those churches are on their way to having not much more than congregants of already convinced. • 12. You’re More Focused On Growth Than You Are On God: Some leaders get so engrossed with growth that they forget it’s about God and His mission. This is a danger every motivated leader needs to keep in mind. We’re leading people to Jesus not to ourselves or our awesome church. Keeping the focus on Christ ensures genuine life-change happens and lasts. slide 32: • 1. They don’t know that we exist • 2. They have a wrong perception about Jesus • 3. They have a wrong perception about our Church • 4. They have been discouraged due to past negative experiences with “church” people • 5. Our church does not have a vision to bring them in • 6. Our church culture discourages guests from visiting our church • 7. There is uncertainty about what to experience when they come Summary: Why People Don’t Come To Church slide 33: Importance Of Opening The Front Door Of Your Church • 1. It gives you the avenue to come in contact with people for whom our Lord Jesus died to save. • 2. It is the only avenue for numerical increase: the more the people that come the more your chances of assimilating them to your church life. • 3. It gives your church the manpower necessary for impact – locally and globally. • 4. It guarantees sustainability of your ministry efforts. That is you will have more people who can carry on with and spread your message and legacies. • 5. It helps your church to fulfill the Commission Mandate to make disciples of all Nation slide 34: How To Open The Front Door Of Your Church • 1. Invitations: Invite them to come. • 2. Testimonies: Share testimonies of what God is doing amidst the members of your church. • 3. Needs-Focused Programs: Do programs that focus on areas where people feel a high sense of need e.g. marriage and relationships financial empowerment etc. • 4. Opportunities: Make your church an atmosphere of friendliness and opportunities. People go to where they feel they can be better in areas of felt need. • 5. Deliberate Relationships: Encourage your members to build deliberate relationships with unbelievers and un- churched people especially your matured members. slide 35: • 6. Respected Personalities: Bring in important personalities to speak at your church. Note: These may not necessarily be pastors. • 7. Junior Church: Develop a robust Children and Youth ministry. • 8. Music: Let your music appeal to the people you desire to visit your church. When the news of how good your music is goes around more people will come to experience it. • 9. Ambience: Your church structure amenities decorations and so on determine a great deal whether people will desire to check in or not. Physical surroundings convey strong messages. slide 36: • 10. Acceptance: Create a culture of acceptance in your church. Teach your members to make guests comfortable especially those that would be termed as outcasts. Jesus was not selective in the people that could approach Him. • 11. Digital and Social Media: Create a strong digital television radio magazine and social media presence for your ministry. If people like what they experience on the digital and social media they may want to come around to have a firsthand experience. • 12. Community Projects: Let the impact of your church be felt in the community where you are situated. If they know that you care they will care to let you know that you exist. slide 37: Keeping the FrontDoor Open… • It is your responsibility to keep it open by being relevant in serving the people you are sent to and in servicing their needs. • The more you do this the more impact your ministry makes and the more souls would be won into the kingdom. slide 38: Session Two: slide 39: Closing the Back Door slide 40: The Backdoor • Getting people in the front door of your church is not the end rather it is just the beginning. • A study conducted a few years ago by David D. Durey of Mission Portland in the United States of America USA showed that in the average congregation only 12 percent of first-time visitors returned the following Sunday or eventually became members. slide 41: Summary: Reasons Why People Leave Church • 1. Relational Problems • 2. Emotional Disconnection • 3. Cultural Differences • 4. Lifestyle Mismatch • 5. Theological Imbalances • 6. Spiritual Growth Levels • 7. Unmet Expectations • 8. High Cost of Commitment • 9. Leadership Deficiencies slide 42: Stages Of Church Leavers • First Doubts. The people at this level are beginning to dislike some activities of the church or group. They usually become critical of the service style and begin to gradually move towards the exit. They sometimes find the sermon irrelevant and are no longer energized by the church leadership. You can quickly identify them by their low attendance of meetings and services. slide 43: • Seeking Alternatives. Leavers at this stage are trying out other services and building support networks outside the church. The feeling is that they don’t belong to the church and are only seeking the slightest opportunity to get off the church. slide 44: • Turning Point. At this stage the leaver has already concluded he will be moving away from the church only in a matter of time. Often they give church leaders “good enough” excuses for not making the services and are only waiting to crystallize their choice. slide 45: • Developing a new sense of identity. This is the transition stage for the leaver. He has obviously relocated into a new environment where he seeks to belong. It can be very challenging winning people at this level back into the church it is not impossible. slide 46: A Revealing Research • In a recent church survey 92 of leavers said that no one from the church had talked to them about why they left. • The survey further revealed that over 45 of them would have returned if they had been followed up. • Can you beat that slide 47: Some Questions that concerned Church leaders must ask: 1. Why is the church experiencing membership loss almost every year 2. How many souls/people have been lost through the backdoor 3. What are the reasons that makes them to leave 4. Which of our systems/strategies or approaches aren’t functioning well 5. Why is our stable or old members leaving us slide 48: 6. Why is the assimilation of new members difficult and losses frequent 7. Where are those leaving going to and what’s the attraction 8. When are we going to act and stop this people haemorrhage before it kills the church 9. Who are those leaving Old New active or inactive slide 49: When To Panic And When NOT To Panic When People Leave Your Church • Most leaders fear losing people • “Paradoxically one of the best ways to grow your ministry is to let the right people leave.” • Sometimes losing people in your church or organization is a bad thing. Surprisingly other times it’s not. • Knowing the difference is critical to effective leadership. • Only sociopaths don’t care when people leave. slide 50: • Whether you are a good leader or not people will leave you when their time is up – 99 to 1 • Never let the fear of losing a few override your desire to help many. slide 51: 1. When One Of Your Best People Walks Out The Door • It’s never a good thing when one of your best people walks out the doo • When they start leaving sound the alarm. If there’s ever a time to panic this it it. • The best people usually leave quietly. Toxic people never do. slide 52: 2. When There’s A Vision Shift • Vision shifts usually happen when a new leader comes in and changes the direction of the church. • It also happens when an existing leader pursues a new direction. • During a vision shift a variety of things can change—the music changes the programming changes the preaching changes or the whole DNA of the church shifts. • Ask yourself this clarifying question when you see someone leaving: “Is this the kind of person we can build the future of the church on” slide 53: 3. When Someone Who Doesn’t Care About The Mission Leaves • There are people in every church or organization who care more about themselves than they care about the mission. • Losing them is not a reason to panic. • People who are off mission will never help you realize THE mission. • Don’t focus more on who you want to keep than who you want to reach. You’ll die trying. slide 54: 4. When Someone In The Crowd Leaves • By ‘Crowd’ mean people who attend but never engage. • Every church has a ‘crowd’ — even small churches. • The 2 types of crowd in your church are: • those who are leaning in new to faith or new to your church • those who aren’t. old members who never get committed • When you start losing people from section 1 pay attention. For section 2 you will lose some there’s nothing you can do. slide 55: 5. When A Serial Church Shopper Leaves • Serial church shoppers are those who left 5 churches in the last 5 years they’re probably leaving your church soon. • That’s their stock in trade. Let them go evaluate someone else’s church. • They don’t need to take up energy at yours. • NOTE: There are some key differences between a unchurched person and serial church shopper. slide 56: 6. When You’ve Lost A Toxic Person • There are toxic people in this world and in your church. • An unhealthy person can infect your team like toxins infect the human body. After some exposure everyone feels sick. • OPTIMIST: Unhealthy people can grow healthier with the right care and attention in a healthy environment. • PESSITIMIST: Some toxic people just don’t change. Some remain difficult despite all attempts and can negatively influence others When they leave be grateful slide 57: Session Three: slide 58: “Visitor’s Immigration and Celebration without Assimilation is an invasive wastage of resources.” -OOS slide 59: The Ten Church Strategies: • According to Wayne Hedlund the ten church strategies are: • The Weekend Service Strategies • The Assimilation Strategy • The Care Strategy • The Marketing Strategy • The Small Group Strategy • The Ministry Strategy • The Stewardship Strategy • The Leadership Strategy • The Discipleship Strategy • The Strategy Culture slide 60: Opening Scriptures Matt 28:19-20 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.“ NIV Rom 12:2 2 And do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. NKJV slide 61: •as-sim-i-late: “To include into a larger whole to involve to make one.” Definition of Assimilation ... slide 62: “You are a member of God’s very own family … and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian.” Eph. 2:19 as-sim-i-late: Definition of Assimilation ... slide 63: •. Dictionary.com defines the word ‘assimilate’ as follows: ‘to take in and incorporate as one’s own absorb.’ Definition of Assimilation ... slide 64: Questions Church leaders often ask: • "If we could just keep the people who join our church our attendance would be twice as high.” • Is there a "secret" to retention • Is there some type of process that can close the back door slide 65: The Great Commission Evangelism Assimilation The Great Commission slide 66: The Assimilation System • Effective assimilation does not just happen. • It has to be intentional if it must deliver the desired outcome. • Many church leaders erroneously believe that if people keep attending church services they will become fully matured with time. • The only thing that increases with time without deliberate effort is age. slide 67: Active Responsible Church Member New Member Prospect A Model of Assimilation ... slide 68: Active Responsible Church Member Prospect Non-Active Member New Member A Model of Assimilation ... slide 69: Active Responsible Church Member Prospect Non-Active Member Inactive Member New Member A Model of Assimilation ... slide 70: Active Responsible Church Member Prospect Non-Active Member Inactive Member Dropout New Member A Model of Assimilation ... slide 71: Discussion Question ... • slide 72: Assumptions About Assimilation 1. Assimilation of newcomers does not happen automatically. 2. The responsibility for assimilating newcomers rests with the church not the newcomer. 3. The process of assimilating the newcomer begins before membership. 4. Assimilation is an ongoing process. 5. Most churches can improve their effectiveness in assimilating newcomers. slide 73: Evangelism vs Assimilation Evangelism tells people what to belief brings people to Christ increases church attendance is a program increases church contacts is believer focused causes revival Assimilation teaches them how to belong keeps them in Christ increases church membership is a process deepens church commitments focuses on discipleship brings renewal slide 74: • Many people are looking for a home outside their home to belong. • The club and other social circles have failed them the Church needs to provide the much desired community. • People are not seeking for where to belief but where to belong. slide 75: 1. Are there large numbers of “transfers out” who keep the same residency Do We Have An Assimilation Problem slide 76: Checking Our “Backdoor” ... and all churches have a “backdoor” slide 77: 2 - 3 transfer out 1 - 2 death 2 - 6 inactivity Checking Our “Backdoor” ... and all churches have a “backdoor” Ways people leave the church… slide 78: 2. Are there large numbers of members with no role task or small group involvement Do We Have An Assimilation Problem slide 79: How many roles/tasks should a church have • Growing churches: 55:100 • Plateaued churches: 43:100 • Declining churches: 27:100 slide 80: 3. Is there a large gap between church membership and average worship attendance Do We Have An Assimilation Problem slide 81: The typical church has about 40 of its members in attendance on an average Sunday. Do We Have An Assimilation Problem slide 82: 4. Is there a large gap between Sunday School enrollment and Sunday School attendance Do We Have An Assimilation Problem slide 83: 5. Is there a high percentage of members whose worship attendance is one Sunday per month or less Do We Have An Assimilation Problem slide 84: Who’s here and who’s not 4 Sundays per month 125 3 Sundays per month 78 2 Sundays per month 31 1 Sunday per month 7 Visitors 9 TOTAL 250 Average Sunday morning attendance Church “A” slide 85: Who’s here and who’s not 4 Sundays per month 125 17 3 Sundays per month 78 39 2 Sundays per month 31 75 1 Sunday per month 7 96 Visitors 9 23 TOTAL 250 250 Average Sunday morning attendance Church “A” “B” slide 86: 6. How many of your members feel “left out” Do We Have An Assimilation Problem slide 87: Who’s in and who’s out Membership Fellowship slide 88: 7. Are there large numbers of first- time visitors who don’t come back Do We Have An Assimilation Problem slide 89: Average non-growing church: 9 1 in 10 Average in growing churches: 21 2 in 10 What percentage of visitors return slide 90: 8. Is there a high percentage of new members who were not exposed to the ministries and people of your church prior to joining Do We Have An Assimilation Problem slide 91: How many times have they heard about you • Number of exposures of active members prior to membership: • Number of exposures of drop-outs prior to membership: 6 2 slide 92: 9. Are there large numbers of new members who don’t have a friend or relative in the church Do We Have An Assimilation Problem slide 93: Drop-Outs Active Mbrs 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9+ Number of new friends in church New Friendships Established After Membership slide 94: Drop-Outs Active Mbrs 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9+ Number of new friends in church New Friendships Established After Membership slide 95: Drop-Outs Active Mbrs 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9+ Number of new friends in church New Friendships Established After Membership slide 96: • Average number of new friends in church for active members: • Average number of new friends in church for drop-outs: 7 2 New Friendships Established After Membership slide 97: • Friendliness is not a system but a intentional desire to get to know new people. • To your guests a friendly face is more important than filling out a card. slide 98: The Best Church Visitor Assimilation Tool It’s not a visitor contact card. Nor is it a complicated data system direct mail automated emails or even a free gift for your church visitors from the beautiful welcome center. Those things help but they are not the most powerful assimilation tools. The best tool is a. . friendly person who spends time getting to know your guest. slide 100: 10. Are there members whose level of involvement has suddenly declined Do We Have An Assimilation Problem Sensitive indicators: 1. Change in worship attendance pattern 2. Change in giving pattern 3. Change in language slide 101: 10. How many first time visitors do you have per 100 regular attenders Do We Have An Assimilation Problem Establish Assimilation Ratio either current or a goal slide 102: ➢3:100 - Maintaining Church ➢5:100 - Steadily Growing Church ➢7-10:100 - Rapidly Growing Church Do We Have An Assimilation Problem slide 103: Discussion Question: “What issues come to mind– for your church–from this first sessions” slide 104: The Phases of Assimilation System • The three 3 main identified phases in an effective church assimilation system are the: • Contact Phase • Connection Phase • Commitment Phase. slide 105: The Contact Phase • This is the foundation of a successful church assimilation system. • Assimilation begins the moment a prospect steps into your church facilities. • Everything that happens from there on is communicating and will go a long way in determining how far they would want to commit to your church. slide 106: The Connection Phase • Man is a relational being created by a relational God. • Andy Stanley puts it this way “man is created by a relational God with relational need for significant connection”. For us as human beings connection always precedes commitment. • Every church must first seek to connect with people before asking for their commitment. If you must ask a hand first touch the heart. slide 107: The Commitment Phase • It is at the commitment phase that the people respond to the love of Christ being showered on them at the connection phase. • The goal of this phase is to ask the guest who has now become a regular attendee of your church to make commitment first to Christ and then to your church family. • It is important to understand that commitment are in levels. They are commitment to membership commitment to service and commitment to spiritual growth slide 108: Identified Phases In An Effective Church Assimilation System Contact Phase Connection Phase Commitment Phase Welcome Team Acceptance Friendship Membership Encounter Team Experience Value Service Celebration Team Benefits Expectation Spiritual Growth slide 109: • Assimilating someone into the life of a church is more than just encouraging them to become a member. • While church membership is important in an assimilation process it is only the beginning. • Many who become members of the church can still drop off a few weeks or months later. slide 110: • Contrary to some belief spiritual growth is not a function of how long a person has been in a church their regular attendance in church services and participation in programmes. • Growth does not happen in a day it is a daily occurrence. It is not automatic but systematic. slide 111: Components of Effective Assimilation • According to Chuck Lawless 2014 “Our studies of growing churches have shown four components of effective assimilation best illustrated in an “assimilation rectangle”: slide 112: 1. Stated Expectations • Stated expectations help the new believer understand up front what God and the church expect the growing believer is then held accountable to these expectations through participation in a small group. slide 113: 2. Ministry involvement • Ministry involvement— even in an “entry” position—gives the new believer purpose in the church. Involvement begins with a strategy to help believers understand their giftedness and callings. slide 114: 3. Healthy relationships • Healthy relationships help form the “glue” that draws new believers back to church discipled members then turn around and reach out to others. slide 115: 4. Convictional teaching • Convictional teaching and preaching meet the needs of new believers who long for Christian growth these same believers then mature and grow under that preaching. slide 116: How do you rate yourself on these components • Many churches have no intentional strategy in place. So no growth. • Where there is no intentional strategy based on these components it is not surprising that new believers do not remain long at such a church. slide 117: Session Four: slide 118: “Everything speaks to your guests and they don’t stop listening when the service ends.” - Nelson Searcy Steve Caton slide 119: Types of Visitors To Your Church There are basically 5 types of visitors to a church: slide 120: 1. The Testers • These visitors are just looking around…perhaps for a new church…perhaps because they are dissatisfied where they currently attend church or new in the area. slide 121: 2. The Pleasers • These visitors are usually coming to appease someone who asked them. They have less interest in attending church than they have in satisfying the request of a spouse or friend. slide 122: 3. The Seekers • These are people who know they are missing something in life but aren’t sure what it is. These visitors are a mission field. • If we introduce them to Christ they become forever loyal to the church where they found Him. slide 123: 4. The Jumpers • These visitors seldom stay long at one church. They get upset at something the church does the church enters a building program that scares them away or they simply grow bored. slide 124: 5. The Investors • Most likely these people moved to your community or some major issue caused them to leave their current church. • These visitors are active church attendees looking for a new long-term home slide 125: Assumptions About Visitors 1. No one joins a church without first visiting. 2. Visitors won’t tell you what they really think about your church. 3. You don’t have a second chance for a good first impression. slide 126: Treat Guests As You Would Treat Guests In Your Own Home slide 127: How to Project Your Attendance for Next Year slide 128: - the number of visitors - the retention rate of visitors - the back door rate. Your worship attendance one year from today depends on... How to Project Your Attendance for Next Year slide 129: Most first-time visitors determine whether they’re coming back...  based on the “friendliness” of the church.  before they leave the first time slide 130: How do visitors determine the “friendliness” of your church The number of people who talk to them slide 131: following the conclusion of the service When do visitors determine the “friendliness” of your church After-service hosts The first 10 minutes slide 132: Non-growing Growing Churches Churches 1st Time Guests 2nd Time Guests 3rd Time Guests 9 21 17 38 36 57 How Many Visitors Stay Visits during a 6-week period slide 133: “a person welcomed into one’s house a person to whom hospitality is extended a person held in honor who is due special courtesies.” Guest “a person who resides temporarily one who goes or comes to inspect one who makes a short stay at a place for a particular purpose.” Visitor What Do You Call Them slide 134: “one who meets or extends welcome in a specified manner one who gives a formal salutation at a meeting.” Greeter “one who receives or entertains socially one who opens his or her home for a special event one who takes particular care and concern that guests are well accommodated.” Host What Do You Call Yourself slide 135:  Parking hosts  Lobby hosts  Class hosts  Service hosts  Coffee hosts Where are your hosts  After-service hosts slide 136: What are visitors looking for  Friendliness and warmth of the church  Character of the worship service  Place for children  Adult program  Church building  Reputation in the community slide 137: Guidelines for Effective Visitor Follow-up 5 slide 138: Time Principle 1. Contact guests within 48 hours of their visit. Guidelines for Effective Visitor Follow-up 5 slide 139: SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT Visitor Return Rate HIGH LOW Time Principle 1. Contact guests within 48 hours of their visit. Guidelines for Effective Visitor Follow-up 5 slide 140: Purpose Principle 2. The goal of the follow up contact is to see guests return. Guidelines for Effective Visitor Follow-up 5 slide 141: 9 21 17 38 36 57 Non-growing churches Growing churches 1st time guests 2nd time guests 3rd time guests Purpose Principle 2. The goal of the follow up contact is to see guests return. Guidelines for Effective Visitor Follow-up 5 slide 142: 3. Laity should make follow-up contacts Personnel Principle Small Group Principle 5. The more small groups you provide the more newcomers will get involved Side-door Principle 4. Create opportunities for newcomers to become involved. Guidelines for Effective Visitor Follow-up 5 slide 143: Discussion Question… • What are your visitor welcome procedures • How satisfied are you • What could we do to improve slide 144: The First Year Session Five slide 145: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Drop-out Rate High Low Months The typical drop-out pattern in the first year The First Year slide 146: 2. When a person drops out immediately after joining the problem is usually: with the evangelistic process. The First Year slide 147: Information Transmission Non-Manip. Dialogue SUBJECT PROCLAIMER STYLE EMPHASIS Teacher Student Impersonal Information Salesperson Customer Confrontation Decision Friend Friend Relational Disciple Manipulative Monologue The First Year Different Views of Evangelism slide 148: The highest drop-out rate The First Year Information Transmission Non-Manip. Dialogue Teacher Student Impersonal Information Salesperson Customer Confrontation Decision Friend Friend Relational Disciple Manipulative Monologue Different Views of Evangelism SUBJECT PROCLAIMER STYLE EMPHASIS slide 149: The highest retention rate The First Year Information Transmission Non-Manip. Dialogue Teacher Student Impersonal Information Salesperson Customer Confrontation Decision Friend Friend Relational Disciple Different Views of Evangelism Manipulative Monologue SUBJECT PROCLAIMER STYLE EMPHASIS slide 150: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Drop-out Rate Months The first six months The First Year High Low slide 151: 1. Can I make friends in this church 2. Is there a place I can fit in in this church 3. Does this church really want me First Six Months Second Six Months The First Year slide 152: The second six months 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Drop-out Rate High Low Months The second six months The First Year slide 153: 1. Are my new friends as good as my old ones 2. Is the benefit of being involved worth the cost 3. Is my contribution important The First Year First Six Months Second Six Months 1. Can I make friends in this church 2. Is there a place I can fit in in this church 3. Does this church really want me slide 154: New Members Older Members 1. are members today because of a need being met in their life. New Members and Older Members What’s the Difference slide 155: New Members Older Members 1. are members today because of a need being met in their life. 1. are members today because of relationships with those in the church. New Members and Older Members What’s the Difference slide 156: New Members Older Members 1. are members today because of a need being met in their life. 2. tend to be enthusiastic about the present congregation. 1. are members today because of relationships with those in the church. New Members and Older Members What’s the Difference slide 157: 1. are members today because of a need being met in their life. 2. tend to be enthusiastic about the present congregation. 1. are members today because of relationships with those in the church. 2. have had one or more disillusioning experiences. New Members and Older Members What’s the Difference New Members Older Members slide 158: New Members and Older Members What’s the Difference New Members Older Members 1. are members today because of a need being met in their life. 2. tend to be enthusiastic about the present congregation. 3. feel like outsiders with little sense of belonging. 1. are members today because of relationships with those in the church. 2. have had one or more disillusioning experiences. slide 159: 1. are members today because of a need being met in their life. 2. tend to be enthusiastic about the present congregation. 3. feel like outsiders with little sense of belonging. 1. are members today because of relationships with those in the church. 2. have had one or more disillusioning experiences. 3. feel they have earned their sense of belonging. New Members and Older Members What’s the Difference New Members Older Members slide 160: New Members and Older Members What’s the Difference New Members Older Members 4. are usually future- oriented. slide 161: New Members and Older Members What’s the Difference New Members Older Members 4. are usually future- oriented. 4. are often past-oriented. slide 162: New Members and Older Members What’s the Difference New Members Older Members 4. are usually future- oriented. 5. are more open to change in the church. 4. are often past-oriented. slide 163: New Members and Older Members What’s the Difference New Members Older Members 4. are usually future- oriented. 5. are more open to change in the church. 4. are often past-oriented. 5. are often concerned with perpetuating status quo. slide 164: New Members and Older Members What’s the Difference New Members Older Members 4. are usually future- oriented. 5. are more open to change in the church. 6. have strong positive feelings toward present minister. 4. are often past-oriented. 5. are often concerned with perpetuating status quo. slide 165: New Members and Older Members What’s the Difference New Members Older Members 4. are usually future- oriented. 5. are more open to change in the church. 6. have strong positive feelings toward present minister. 4. are often past-oriented. 5. are often concerned with perpetuating status quo. 6. “I remember Pastor Jones ...” slide 166: New Members and Older Members What’s the Difference New Members Older Members 4. are usually future- oriented. 5. are more open to change in the church. 6. have strong positive feelings toward present minister. 7. are not attached to the present building. 4. are often past-oriented. 5. are often concerned with perpetuating status quo. 6. “I remember Pastor Jones ...” slide 167: 4. are usually future- oriented. 5. are more open to change in the church. 6. have strong positive feelings toward present minister. 7. are not attached to the present building. 7. often see the building as a “sacred place.” New Members and Older Members What’s the Difference New Members Older Members 4. are often past-oriented. 5. are often concerned with perpetuating status quo. 6. “I remember Pastor Jones ...” slide 168: So What Do These Differences Mean To Us 1. New members will be seen as either assets or as liabilities. 2. New members provide the greatest pool for volunteers. 3. New members should be well-represented in policy-making positions. 4. New members make an important contribution to the evangelism and the assimilation committees. 5. New members are excellent for starting new groups and classes. slide 169: SESSION SIX Characteristics of An Assimilated Member slide 170: A Model of Assimilation ... Active Responsible Church Member slide 171: Characteristics of An Assimilated Member 1. Friends in the church. 2. A role or task consistent with gift/interest/skills/personality 3. Involved in a small group. 4. Regular in worship attendance. 5. Gives financially to the church. slide 172: 7. Feels a sense of spiritual growth. 8. Taken a public step of affiliation. 9. Praying regularly. 10. Witnessing to friends/family. 6. Understands and identifies with the church’s goals. Characteristics of An Assimilated Member slide 173: 12. Faithfulness to church 13. Taken a public step of beliefs. 14. Seeks the good of the church 15. Enthusiastic about church vision and programme 11. Speaks glowingly of the church Characteristics of An Assimilated Member slide 174: Types of Members we have in Church slide 175: 1. The Active Members Types of Members we have in Church In a healthy church 80 of the members must be active slide 176: 1. The Active Members CHARACTERISTICS: – Truly born again – Growing in the things of the Lord – Made church their home – Fervent in Spirit burning for God – Regular and participate in church programme – Identity with the vision of the church – Committed to church doctrines – Have financial commitment – Committed to use 3Ts Types of Members we have in Church slide 177: 2. Inactive Members Types of Members we have in Church slide 178: 2. Inactive Members CHARACTERISTICS: – Claim to know the Lord – Inactive in the church – More carnal than spiritual – Don’t attend services regularly – Contribute little or nothing to church progress – Pay tithes/offering once in a while – Never use the 3Ts for the church progress – Not committed and frequently absent – Uninvolved in church work Types of Members we have in Church slide 179: 3. Lukewarm Members Types of Members we have in Church slide 180: 3. Lukewarm Members CHARACTERISTICS: – Not truly born again – Sinful and Carnal – Unstable in faith – Cold in their love for God and heaven – Draw the church back spiritually – Cause crisis and problems – Problematic and critical – Irregular at programmes – No tangible change in their manner of living Types of Members we have in Church slide 181: SESSION FIVE Small Groups: A Key to Assimilation slide 182: Small Group Matters • Small groups matter in any church – small or big. • Small group is a place for 4 things: • Teaching • Fellowship • Prayers • Pastoral Care. • Small groups can provide a desperately needed personal touch from the church to the congregation if managed well. slide 183: What Is A “Small Group” A Size of less than 25 people slide 184: The Goal Affects The Ideal Size 1. Intimacy 3 - 8 2. Task Achievement 9 - 15 3. Fellowship 16 - 25 Goal Ideal Size slide 185: What is a “small group” A Size of less than 25 people B Strong close sense of belonging among those who attend slide 186: What is a “small group” A Size of less than 25 people B Strong close sense of belonging among those who attend C Minimum of one meeting per month for at least six months. slide 187: A Size of less than 25 people B Strong close sense of belonging among those who attend C Minimum of one meeting per month for at least six months. D Contributes to the emotional relational and/or spiritual needs of participants. What is a “small group” slide 188: Ingredients of a healthy small group • Spiritual growth • Service opportunity • Outreach to others • Meaningful friendships • Intellectual growth • Fellowship fun The group will provide: slide 189: What kind of groups are we talking about slide 190: What kind of groups are we talking about A. Covenant groups slide 191: A. Covenant groups CHARACTERISTICS: – long-term commitment – group consent – membership: 3 - 8 – homogeneous What kind of groups are we talking about slide 192: What kind of groups are we talking about B. Study groups slide 193: B. Study groups CHARACTERISTICS: – pre-determined topic – similar interests – short-term 4-12 weeks 6-8 ideal What kind of groups are we talking about slide 194: What kind of groups are we talking about C. Evangelistic groups slide 195: C. Evangelistic groups CHARACTERISTICS: – topical – no time commitment – size varies – neutral meeting place What kind of groups are we talking about slide 196: What kind of groups are we talking about D. Action groups slide 197: D. Action groups CHARACTERISTICS: – focused on a clear goal beyond themselves – limited time commitment – size varies – can involve non-members What kind of groups are we talking about slide 198: What kind of groups are we talking about E. Support groups slide 199: E. Support groups CHARACTERISTICS: – emotional / spiritual support – uses book or study guide – 8-12 weeks – no size limit 6-8 ideal What kind of groups are we talking about slide 200: How Small Groups Can Be Part of Your Assimilation Strategy • Increase the number of your groups. • Increase the diversity of your groups. slide 201: The 4 Critical Components • Within each group there are 4 critical components: •Love •Learn •Serve •Reach slide 202: • A church must grow smaller as it grows bigger. That is the principle of Great Commission. • All small group must first turn inwardly effective before turning outwardly. • The structure and make up of small groups is very important. slide 203: Problems of Many Small Groups • The problems of many so called small group include: • Composition is homogenous • The motive of set up is not for members • Many are too large and unwieldy. • Are being led by untrained leaders • Called meetings when there’s a church need • Never turn outward most of the time • Lack the 4 critical small group components slide 204: Key Questions To Answer Before Starting Your Next Small Group… slide 205: Ratios for Effective Assimilation • Friendship Ratio . . . . . . . . . . 1:7 • Role/Task Ratio . . . . . . . . . . . 60:100 • Visitor Ratio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5:100 • Visitor Retention Ratio . . . . . 1:4 • Group Ratio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:100 • New Group Ratio . . . . . . . . . . 1:5 • Group Involvement O M . . . . 75:100 • Group Involvement N M . . . 9:10 • Church Leadership Ratio . . . 1:5 slide 206: Session Seven: slide 207: What some Small Church Pastors complain of: • I don’t have workers. • Can’t the mother church give us some workers • ‘if our church could get help from the mother church by sending a couple of workers things will change’ etc. slide 208: NOTE: • It is not for lack of people that many churches aren’t growing or becoming sick it is principally due to lack of will to multiply what is in your hands and the unbridled slack of leaders that lead to this lack. slide 209: The Systems/People Matrix • A revolutionary matrix if properly applied can assist church leaders offer amazing ministry with not so amazing people. • The point of this matrix is simple. • When you have great systems you can often recruit people who aren’t necessarily the ‘right ones’ and eventually develop them into the right people over time. slide 210: The Systems/People Matrix Amazing ministry happens not just because we have the best people in place but because we have great systems that give people time to become the best people”. 1 2 3 4 slide 211: 1. FRUSTRATION QUADRANT • The first quadrant is the one that breed frustration. When you have poor systems but great people your end result is frustration. That is the people serving are frustrated and the longer they serve in that role the more frustrated they become. This often eventually leads to workers turnover. They love doing what they are doing and are passionate about it but they don’t feel valued or cared for and don’t feel like they are equipped or empowered to do the job right. • RESULT: Not so amazing ministry. slide 212: 2. FAILURE QUADRANT • The second quadrant is the one of failure. If you don’t have good people in the designated role and you don’t have any systems to serve them you’ll end up with failure. There’s really no way meaningful ministry can happen consistently in that environment. • RESULT: No Ministry. slide 213: 3. AVERAGE QUADRANT • The third quadrant is the one that fascinates me the most. In this quadrant you have great systems in place but not the greatest people serving in those roles. Perhaps the people are new immature unskilled or simply not passionate about what they are doing. Despite this the results will very often be average and sometimes above average. Why Amazing Systems. • RESULT: Nearly Amazing Ministry. slide 214: 4. MAXIMIZED RESULTS • The top right quadrant is the one that is good for growing and healthy churches. It represents not average ministry or even above average but maximized ministry. Staff and volunteers are serving where they believe they are called to serve and they have the training and gifts needed to do it. Since there are great systems in place they spend a lot of their time and energy actually ministering to people and improving the overall ministry of the church. Often they move on to become the influencers within that sphere of responsibility. • Result: Amazing Ministry. slide 215: • Not every church can have good to great people but every church can install great systems in place. • With great systems in your church the people that the Lord has given you can be mentored trained and equipped to run your great systems. • If they are ready to learn and you as the lead pastor is willing to sacrifice your time and other resources to equip them your church will witness amazing result in not too distant future. slide 216: “When we attribute behaviour to people rather than system structure the focus of church leadership becomes the search for extraordinary people to do the gospel labour rather than designing the job so that ordinary people can do it.” WS 2005 slide 217: When We Get back to our churches ... Thanks for coming… slide 218: Conclusion • A successful church is not the one that can only bring people in through various events but a church that keep them coming back disciple them equip them for ministry and offer opportunities for them to serve with their gifts. slide 219: Comments Questions slide 220: References • Akin-John Francis B. 2007. Closing the Back Door of your Church. Church Growth Services Inc Lagos Nigeria. Pgs.11-33 • Jed Davis. What Does Your Front Door Say About Your Church. Retrieved on October 14 2017 from https://churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/ • Carey Nieuwhof. 2015. Why Church not attracting new people maybe. Retrieved on 14/10/17 from https://careynieuwhof.com/ • RCCG 2017 Province-Based Ministers Conference Handbook. CRM Press Redemption Camp Move Nigeria. Pgs 12-15 • Wayne Hedlund. Ten Church Strategies. Retrieved Oct.14/2017 from http://waynehedlund.org/ • Charles Arn. The Assimilation Process. Retrieved from http://www.slideshares.net on Sept. 23/2017. • Nelson Searcy Steve Caton. Accelerate Church Growth – 7 Steps to engage first-timer guests. Retrieved on October 14 2017 from http://churchleaderinsight.com/ • Chuck Lawless. 2014. Six Ways To Evaluate Your Church’s Strategy To Assimilate New Believers. Retrieved on October 3 2017 from http://thomrainer.com/

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