We are not sure who gave us the tip on Greg Curtis, we could probably track it down - but we sure are glad we followed up on that tip! Greg Curtis is the Director of Assimilation at Eastside Christian Church in Anaheim CA and our guest on this episode!
Jeff talked with Greg about the 4 things necessary to quickly and effectively assimilate 25% of your first time attenders. If you have a church of 100, and you have an average of 100 first time attenders each calendar year, and you have 25% of those people get connected in a group and on a ministry team - that would be 25% growth for the year!
So, if you started at 100 in attendance. And if you averaged 100% of one week's attendance in annual first time attenders, and if you assimilated 25% of them - at the end of year four you would have 243 people.
If you started with 50, you would have 121 people after four years. This is what you call solid, steady growth. Because at the end of four more years, the church with 243 people would have 590 and the one with 121 people would have 294.
So is this get rich quick? No! It is working a system that honors and values new people who attend your church. Now if you could average 150% of your average weekly attendance in yearly first time attenders, those numbers would be much higher.
Of course, as small church pastors, we understand that results may vary, depending on your location and context. But it's worth working a solid and proven system to help people without Jesus, or people without a good church family realize their spiritual and Kingdom potential.
So check out Greg's site, "Climbing the Assimilayas" at www.gregcurtis-assimilation.com and learn all the ins and outs to develop a great and effective assimilation strategy for your church. Remember, size doesn't matter, right?! Reaching more people for Jesus does.
Below is what you will see on Eastside's home page. That's right, their HOME page. So interesting!
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