Last week I was at the assimilation conference put on by Church Leader Insights. Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas, started and built Journey Church in New York and have been training pastors for many years through CLI. Nelson was an engineer by training and cut his teeth on ministry at Saddleback in the 90s. A few months ago Nelson asked us to come alongside to partner with them to serve churches. He knew our history and background. I knew theirs. It was a no-brainer for us to work with them. They are known for training churches on the 8 systems of building and managing church. Last week the focus was on assimilation.
Tomorrow I'm heading to the Church Leader Insights training on Assimilation. I thought it might be interesting to write something ahead of time about my thoughts about the topic and then follow it up with thoughts on what I learned about assimilation from this excellent training by Nelson Searcy.