Agenda for First Impressions/Assimilation Study Group Wed., Mar. 26, 2008 6:00 p.m. Location - FCWC A.

Opening: Scripture to claim for our team: Hebrews 12: 1 – 2: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward. Now he is seated in the place of highest honor beside God’s throne in heaven. (Life Application Bible) B. Prayer C. Introduce yourself and tell us one thing we don’t know about you. D. What is expected of you as a team member? E. Prayer Secretary needed: ___________________________________ (Write down requests concerning what we are doing. Personal prayer requests may be included if permission is given by the person asking for prayer. Include answered prayers too!) F. Team Secretary needed: (record minutes of each meeting and send to all team members and to Jack Lynn (Jack has asked that his be sent to him “immediately after the meeting is completed.) G. Adjective Approach – handout (relates to our perception of our church) H. Mission Statement, Core Values, Vision Statement, and Evaluating Questions Handout from Strategic Planning Committee (Read aloud for direction and discussion) I. Current Reality of FCWC concerning First Impressions/Assimiliation We 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) have: music playing as people get out of their cars greeters ushers connection center (first time attendees pick up bag/info name tags hospitality (coffee and cookies) time during service where we shake hands with those around us 8) Keith sends out letter to visitors the 1st and 3rd time they attend To assimilate people we currently have: 1) Next Steps Room 2) Connection Cards – Keith follows up with a phone call if they check a need and then goes further if needed. (Some visitors don’t fill out their cards. . . . .) 3) Small groups 4) 40 Days of Community just completed (Sold 420 books for this) and Transforming Thursdays developed out of this. It continues for another 5??? Weeks. . . . .

Questions to ponder: 1) Is our church relevant? 2) Do we have “WOW” experiences for visitors to encourage them to come back? 3) How can people who have attended 2 – 3 times be plugged in so they feel they are a part of the church? 4) Do visitors know where to enter the church? 5) Do they know where to go once inside? J. The Strategic Planning Committee has found the following opportunities for our team to study: a. The ‘Back Door Problem – The church is initially welcoming but it is hard to break through the next layer and become part of the church family. The church does not do well in following up with those who have left the church or with those who are new. b. Good follow up for new people is missing. c. Communication in general needs improvement. d. How a person gets ‘plugged in’ K. Dream Big!!!!!!!! What does success look like to us? L. How do we proceed? M. Next meeting dates: _____________________________ N. Closing Prayer