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Fusion

At Rocky Creek, we have a 1-word project our leadership is focusing on for every month this year.  As we evaluate how we can best connect our guests into a relationship with Jesus and this church, I have been collecting many different types of resources.  One of those is Nelson Searcy’s book, Fusion.

Book Overview

Next Sunday God will prompt hundreds of thousands of people in the United States, and millions around the world, to visit a church for the first time. The Sunday after that, He will do it again. God is consistently blessing His Church with regular guests. Are we doing all we can to accept and honor His blessing?  Built on Nelson Searcy’s Assimilation Seminar, Fusion offers you a step-by-step, biblically-grounded, tested and proven plan for establishing a relationship with newcomers that starts with the first seven minutes of their visit and ultimately prompts them to become fully developing members of your congregation. This innovative, practical guide is full of how-to information, testimonials from newcomers-turned- members and from participating church leaders, examples of assimilation materials and check points to make sure you stay on track. Here is help for setting newcomers on the path toward true life transformation and spiritual maturity.

Favorite Quotes

  1. Gifts from God are given freely – and strategically – and God expects us to handle what we’ve been given with the same strategic care. First-time guests are extraordinary gifts of unparalleled potential (27).
  2. Unfortunately, we live in a culture in which the business world understands more about true expressions of hospitality than the Church does (42).
  3. Assimilation is simply well-planned biblical hospitality through service (43).
  4. Seven minutes is all you get to make a positive first impression.  In the first seven minutes of contact with your church, your first-time guests will know whether or not they are coming back (49).
  5. Everything speaks to first-time guests – everything (54).
  6. Your focus should not only be on getting them to respond to an invitation but also on knowing how to invite them back so that they can witness the power of God in a consistent, strong way (68).
  7. Especially when dealing with the unchurched, you will increase your chances for a return visit tenfold when you reach into their weekly lives, genuinely thank them for joining you and encourage them to come back by continuing to show them God’s love in a practical, relevant way (103).
  8. Having systems in place that are ubiquitous by their very nature allows us to welcome and encourage all of our attenders equally (118).
  9. Schaller’s research suggests that the more friends a person has in the congregation, the less likely that person is to become inactive or leave the church (121).
  10. We are integrating them into the Body so that they can continue to grow toward knowing Jesus Christ if they don’t already (130).
  11. In its simplest form, the tenets of the entire Assimilation System can be boiled down to the three Rs of retention: Return, Relationships, and Responsibility (134).
  12. If you don’t encourage your regular attenders to become members, you are doing them a disservice (144).
  13. An assimilated member is someone who will, inevitably, turn back toward evangelism (152).

Fusion Tonight: Going Ol’ Skool

Tonight, Fusion is wrapping up for this semester with a special worship service at the Greenwood Community Theatre at 7:30.  Jamie, Cory, and myself will be leading a night of worship/concert of sorts.

I am going to preach with my bass guitar.  I am actually going to have a message about the change that happened in me in college, but I am going to do it my sharing some songs I wrote while I was in college.  This night which will be a concert at some points, message at some points, and a whole bunch of worship throughout the night, is hoping to be a great night to close Fusion.

The original songs I am going to perform in the middle come from a CD I did while I was in college called Keep Quiet.  They highlight what Jesus did in my life during college and how it changed me inside outwardly focused.

Shameless plug: If you want to check out the music and get a copy, you can get a copy on iTunes or Amazon.

If you are in the area, we would love to see you tonight.

Fusion is Going Green

photo-4Just a reminder that tonight is Fusion!  Fusion is officially going green.  Whoever wears the most green on this St. Patty’s Day will get a $25 gas card.

My green clothing today is a name tag I put together quickly in order to miss being pinched at staff meeting.

For any college students, 20-somethings, or just interested people, we will be meeting at the Greenwood Community Theatre tonight (Tuesday) @ 7:30 for a time of worship, fellowship, and a message that I will deliver.

Bring a friend and we will see you there!

Fusion October 08 Video

For those of you wanting for some more sights from Fusion on Tuesday, here is a video for your viewing pleasure:

Fusion – Chutes and Ladders Edition

Last night was a blast.  We were surprised to see so many college students and 20-somethings show up last night for a great time of worship.  I didn’t know where half of the people came from or who they were!  It was a fun night for sure.

Highlights:

  • Churches Working Together – Thanks to South Main, First Baptist, and Calvary Chapel for showing up and helping out last night – this unity was the vision five years ago, and we got to see a taste of it last night.
  • Fusion Band – The band was a hodgepodge of Lander musicians who came together to lead us in worship – they were incredible.  Leaders from different churches and ministries came together and led us to the throne!
  • Setup – Dave, Fred, and Taylor – They (among with some other help that came later) did an incredible job and making the Greenwood Community Theater turn into a house of worship last night.  It was an incredible atmosphere.
  • Fusion Team – Boyter, Griffith, and Hannah worked especially hard to make last night a success.  They thought of every possible detail and made it work so great.
  • Followers of Peace – Ngo and Dre knocked it out at the beginning getting everybody out of their chairs for a great night of worship.
  • And, then there was Jesus – Jesus just showed up last night and showered us with His grace.  I was a little worked up last night not knowing what to expect, but Christ did some amazing things last night in our midst – “The war is over.  Go home!”

Seems like the vibe is we will have another Fusion in November.  We will keep you posted.  Until then, join our Facebook group to get updated info.

Here are some pictures by the talented Cory Wilson for you to enjoy:

Countdown to the Start

Fusion Band

Evan, Zay, and Matt

Fusion Talk

Chutes and Ladders

Chutes and Ladders

All I Need is You

All I Need is You

God be the Solution

God be the Solution