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Category: Assimilation

A challenge from the Christmas story and a tip on video for connecting well with your holiday guests

by Greg Curtis: I just realized…this is my last post of the decade. It got me thinking: What do I want to close the 2000 teens with as we move into the 3rd decade of the 21st century together? Over that last few years I have been attempting to consistently […]

Your First Impressions Checklist for Christmas

by Greg Curtis: Most of the focus at Christmas revolves around what happens in the auditorium, not around it. Yet it’s where the “common areas” surrounding your auditorium/sanctuary are that most of your guests will decide if your church is one they will be returning to or not. That’s why […]

The New Atheists and how to serve them well

Photo by Capuski/iStock / Getty Images by Greg Curtis: If you are in community with young adults and are in a multi-generational church like I am, you have caught a whiff of the phenomena I am about to talk about. Maybe that exposure came from… A young leader in your […]

8 ways to maintain attendance during your multi-week assimilation program

by Greg Curtis: There is nothing that can deflate a Sherpa leader (one who leads guest on the climb to connect with your church) quite like these 2 things: An empty room. A full room missing guests who attended last week. That’s why when I am talking to leaders who […]


Increasing First-Time Guests: 3 Questions To Expand The Front Door Of Your Church

Today’s post is written by Tony Morgan, Founder of The Unstuck Group. By Tony Morgan: Nearly every church leader I know is concerned with “closing the back door” at his or her church. But I’ve found the “front door” is usually the bigger issue. A few years ago, Connexus Church invited […]

5 practical things I learned on a hike help me connect people better at church

by Greg Curtis: This is me and my daughter Carly making our ascent toward Castle Rock (in the background) above Big Bear Lake California. As we hiked, bouldered and climbed, I had 5 powerful things illustrated to me as a Connector in a local church. Scroll down this photo journal […]

How a Type 9 on the Enneagram experiences your church and how to connect them

by Greg Curtis: Kendra at one of her favorite places to be: Big Bear Lake California. If you have three children like I do, you have had the concern for the emotional landscape of your child in the middle. My so-called “middle child” is Kendra. She is now 24. Kendra […]

How a Type 8 on the Enneagram experiences your church and how to connect them

by Greg Curtis: Charles and is son Rainier. As a Three, people who want to kick the tires once the truck is moving, can just be in my way. Not Charles Stoicu. Charles can walk into a room and rally people, silently lead people through others he is raising up […]

How a Type 7 on the Enneagram experiences your church and how to connect them

by Greg Curtis: Ariel with one of the Chilean families she has fallen in love with. I was trying to encourage Ariel, one of our Compassion Interns for the year. She was petrified of public speaking and our Compassion Team requires interns to get “up front” experience representing our local […]

How a Type 6 on the Enneagram experiences your church and how to connect them

by Greg Curtis: A Six will ruminate on the worse case scenario until they come up with a plan that is safe and secure for everybody. It was a Sunday like any Sunday at my church. It was a nice service, met some new families and had some great conversations. […]