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Paperback Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church Book

ISBN: 0830745319

ISBN13: 9780830745319

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

Creating an environment that both embraces our newcomers and excites them enough to return does not happen by chance. We must be prepared to be effective stewards of those God brings us. And why shouldnt the Church be the epitome of service at its best, as modeled by the greatest server of all time? Built on The Journey Church of the Citys Assimilation Seminar, "Fusion "embodies a step-by-step, biblically-grounded, tested and proven plan for establishing...


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This Is THE How To Book on Assimilation!

This book will become a standard training manual for all who work in guest services, greeting, ushering, etc. It is an easy to read, practical, step by step manual that works. Nelson has carfully thought through the essentials of an assimilation system, has condensed it into one book, and has shown his mastery of the subject by making it so simple that anyone can follow it. We have implemented this system in our church and it has made a huge difference. Our guest to member retention rate has exponentially increased. This book is written in such a way that it also serves as a good check list to review the esentials of your assimilation system to make sure that major items are not being dropped or that the system is not getting off track. There are some books you read and put on a shelf to collect dust and then there are the rare ones like this one that you will keep close by and refer to time and again. It is one of the best investments you can make!

Simple and Practical

We are a 2 year old church plant in Tampa (Church at the Bay). What I love about Nelson's system is it can be given to a new staff member or volunteer and they can run the process for the church (we did this!). As a church start, we put tons of energy into getting people to come for the first time. The next step is to turn those first time guests into regular attenders and Christ Followers. This book will help your church to help people establish a growing relationship with Jesus Christ!

Your church will benefit greatly from this book!

Every church needs systems to accomplish their purpose. We spend so much time, energy and money on getting first-time guests into our churches. But what do we do AFTER they have come into our doors? That's where Fusion will make a HUGE difference to every pastor and church leader. Step by step, Nelson guides you through an assimilation system that WILL give you great results in taking first-time guests to membership. If you are looking for what works - this is it! Let me invite you to follow the steps that our church, The Pointe (, located in Albany, Georgia, took and in less than 18 months have grown from zero to over 600 attending each week! The steps you find in this book are a MAJOR reason we have seen our growth! Are you a church leader looking for a proven system to assimilate first-time guests into your church? Are you a pastor looking for a system that you can build a team around? Fusion is the answer. This book belongs on every pastor's/church leader's list of books to read in 2008! Get yours today!

Chris Brady (

I was fortunate enough to be on staff at The Journey in NYC with Nelson. In fact one of my main responsibilities when I was there was to manage the assimilation strategy that Nelson had developed. I was able to see first hand the impact that Nelsons system had on integrating first time visitors into full fledged members. At every membership class we had when I was there we heard story after story about how important the first contact we made with them was and how the subsequent attention they received was critical to their decision to return and get involved. The knowledge and experience with Nelsons system was invaluable to me as I went on to plant a church in San Francisco. Needless to say I still follow Nelsons system at my church and I am seeing the same kind of positive results.


This was a great book on Assimilation. Although I have his audio seminar and much is repeated from that, this book adds to an already proven strategy. Nelson is a practitioner and has the ability to transfer concepts into workable real steps you can take now.Full of nuggets, insights,statistical truths, and more, this book is not only one of the few on the subject, but one you cannot be without.Not every part of this plan will work in your culture, as Nelson clearly states, but many of these are principles and not strategies, which makes them adaptable to any setting. Also a very easy read, not shallow, but easy.Thanks again Nelson, Roy, and Kerrick. Will see you at the next event. Victory Outreach Alcance Victoria Brooklyn, Pastor Eddie Ramirez
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