The topic of assimilation seems appropriate right after Easter. Inevitably churches see at least a few blasted Creasters. Did you see any at your church? For some of these CEOs (Christmas/Easter Only) perhaps it was their first visit to your church. What do you think the chance is they will be back next week?

Do you have a plan for guests to your church becoming part of the life of the church? Is the plan working? “One hundred percent of all your future members come to your church as first time guests.” So says Bill Calvin, associate pastor at Bloomingdale Alliance Church. Think about the logic of that statement. Read it one more time. However, most pastors approach the phenomena of the visitor as though they have never considered the importance of getting them to return. Because of that, those already part of the life of the church typically do not have this on their radar.

Over the period of time you have been at your church how many visitors would you estimate have attended? Your estimate is probably low if you have not consciously tracked this. One statistic estimates that per one hundred people in attendance there are five visitors on average each week. So a church of two hundred would have ten visitors on a given week. A church of a thousand would have fifty. On a scale of 1-10, how detailed do you feel your assimilation process is? How many guests can you identify over the past 12 months that have become part of the life of the church? Can you track that process?

One church that has tracked this process and worked hard to create a plan for people to integrate into the life of the church is Bloomingdale Church. After district conference this month, Bill Calvin, who created their assimilation process, will be sharing how Bloomingdale has been able to average twenty-two percent visitor retention for the last ten years. During that time they have witnessed 379 conversions and 227 baptisms. The attendance has doubled. Bill would be the first to say Bloomingdale is a very average church. What has taken place has nothing to do with great music, great preaching, or a great facility. He would say they have been intentional about a few specific things. That is what he will be sharing about at the post-conference luncheon.

If you believe in providence you know a person does not happen upon the church. Nelson Searcy says, “By sending that guest to you, God is giving you the privilege of cooperating with Him to move someone forward in their journey toward Jesus.” If you desire to better steward the gift of first-time guests, register below for the post-conference luncheon with Bill Calvin where he will share his story of assimilation.

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Register here for the post-conference interaction with Bill

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