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Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully Engaged Members of Your Church

November 16
by Jennifer Dykes Henson, Nelson Searcy
Published by Baker Books Genres: church ministry

As a member of the local church, I have been wanting to do more to see God’s kingdom grow. At church, we sometimes have visitors attend regularly only to disappear after 1-2 visits; others become members. While I know God’s conviction plays a huge part in whether or not they return and decide to join, I often wonder why some don’t. Satan’s deception may play a part in it, yet I wonder if there’s more I (we) could be doing as a church body.

Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully Engaged Members of Your Church

Reading a complimentary copy of the book featured below, I have found some wonderful ideas to present to my church family. While some ideas conflict with our beliefs regarding non-members teaching, etc, I have found the book quite valuable. There are several areas that will potentially benefit our church if implemented:

  • A questionnaire to help the local church score their current procedures in following up with recent visitors, as well as templates to get you started.
  • A different perspective on Biblical hospitality I hadn’t considered.
  • How first impressions are important, even in the church.
  • Membership classes that could be offered, if not already taught seasonally as we currently do to remind all members of the local church’s purpose.

I like how these churches are tracking visitors and follow up, allowing them to further their reach. Our church is pretty good about following up with visitors; after reading this book, I do see room for a few changes and additions to what we are currently doing.

Fusion Book Cover Fusion
Nelson Searcy, Jennifer Dykes Henson,
Religion
Baker Books
October 17
208

About the Book
Fusion offers a step-by-step, biblically grounded, tested, and proven plan for establishing a relationship with newcomers that ultimately prompts them to become fully developing members of our churches. This innovative, practical guide is full of how-to information, testimonials, examples, and self-assessment tools. Engaging, informative, and immediately applicable, here is help for setting newcomers on the path toward true life transformation and spiritual maturity.

About the Authors
Nelson Searcy is the founding and lead pastor of The Journey Church. He is the author of many books, including The Generosity Ladder, Maximize, Connect, Ignite, and Launch. He is the founder of ChurchLeaderInsights.com and the Renegade Pastors Network.
Jennifer Dykes Henson is a freelance writer based in New York City. She has served as a writer/producer and ministry consultant to organizations across the East Coast.

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