Pastor, you may have a large crowd of attendees on Sunday morning—and still not have a congregation. The fact is that the crowd must become a church. People must be assimilated.
Assimilation is simply the task of moving people from an awareness of your church, to attendance at your church, and then to active membership in your church.
- The Community talks about “that church.”
- The Crowd talks about “this church.”
- The Congregation talks about “our church.”
Members have a sense of ownership. They are contributors, not just consumers.
Because the incorporation of new members into your church does not happen automatically, you have to develop a system and structure to assimilate and keep the people you reach. At Saddleback, our system is composed of two parts.
The first part of our assimilation system is a set of questions we ask ourselves:
- What does God expect from members of his church?
- What do we expect from our members right now?
- What kind of people already make up our congregation?
- How will that change in the next five to 10 years?
- What do our members value?
- What are new members’ greatest needs?
- What are our long-term members’…