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Summary: A Lesson on Assimilation for the inner-core or leadership team. Also, you could share this lesson with the hospitality or greeting core. Please keep in mind that many parts of this lesson were taken from books, tapes, seminars. I quoted where possible

ASSIMILATION

Rev. J. Kevin Putty, Presenter

Matthew 28:19-20

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

1. Assimilation is _______________ oriented.

1) _________________ involves an immediate decision whereby a person turns from their sinful and evil behavior (repentance) and ask Christ to become the Lord of their life.

2) _________________ is the spiritual process of getting people committed to Christ, committed to the local church, to mature in the Christian faith and mobilized to reach and disciple new believers.

3) __________________ is the system that we use to make sure that discipleship happens within our local church.

(i) Examples of Assimilation Systems …. The 5 Circles of Commitment and The Diamond of Spiritual Growth

2. The _____________ of an assimilation program are …

1) _______________: To incorporate men, women and children into the

body of Christ.

2) _______________: to make insiders out of outsiders.

3) _______________: to make and keep people as a healthy part of our

church family.

4) __________________________________: to make converts similar to the

other members of the body of

Christ.

3. How effective have most churches been when it comes to assimilating their ___________________?

Lyle Schaller’s research says that a third to a half of all protestant church members do not feel a sense of belonging to the congregation of which they are members.

4. Individual churches and pastors need to ask __________ _______________ in order to discover whether or not they have an assimilation problem at their church. What are the questions that we should be asking ourselves?

1. Do you have a number of individuals and families who transfer out of your church but keep their same mailing address?

2. Does your church have a significant percentage of people without a specific role, task or small group identification?

3. Is there a large percentage of the membership whose worship attendance is one Sunday per month or less? Who are they? Do you know the reasons for this fact?

4. Do a significant percentage of your members feel left out? These are the people who use the words, “they, them, and theirs”instead of, “us, we and ours”. A survey can be used to discover the answer to this question.

5. Are there large numbers of visitors who do not visit a second time?

6. Do you have a large number of new members without friends or relatives in the church? (WE WILL COME BACK TO THIS ISSUE)

What does it mean to have an _____________ assimilation package in your church?

5. An Effective Assimilation system is:

1) ____________________ sound.

2) Spiritually _____________________.

3) ___________________ structured.

Win Arn calls utilizing the power of relationship “The Friendship Factor.”

6. Effective Assimilation Churches do not ________________, “the Friendship Factor!”

1) The New Testament calls evangelism through relationships “Oikos”. Oikos is defined as a household, extended family, social system or sphere of influence.

2) Let’s look at a few examples of how God used friendship or relationship in the New Testament to reach out to others.

In Luke 8:38-39, Jesus sends the delivered demoniac man back to his hometown to tell what God has done for him.

In John 1:40-42, Andrew brings his brother Peter to Jesus.

In John 1:44-45, Philip brings his friend Nathanael to Jesus.

According to John 4:49-53, an official and his entire household believed in Christ.

Acts 10 tells the story of Cornelius and his extended family coming to faith in Christ.

Acts 16:23-34 tells the story of the Philippian jail warden placing his faith in Christ and is baptized along with his family.

There are countless examples throughout scripture of God using friendships and relationships to reach out to hurting humanity.

In an article written in “Church Growth America,” it states that “friendship with others in the church is one of the most important keys in binding members to each other and to the church. The stronger and more meaningful these relationships become, the more assured you can be that these people will become or continue as active Christians in both the Sunday School and the church.”

3) Flavil Yeakley decided to track one hundred new members within his church for six months. After six months, 90 percent of the actives had __________________ friends in the congregation (average 7.3) while 98 percent of the dropouts had ___________________ friends (average 1.9).

Number of friends

0

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9+

Active Members

0

0

0

1

2

2

8

13

12

12

Dropout

Members

8

13

14

8

4

2

1

0

0

0

7. Churches that assimilate new members begin with the _____________________________.

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