Selected Assimilation Resources
Assimilation: the Church Involving and Keeping Its Members, Lyle Muller, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, 1986.
Assimilating New Members, Lyle E. Schaller, Abingdon Press, Nashville, 1978.
Close the Back Door: Ways to Create a Caring Congregation Fellowship,
Alan F. Harre, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, 1984.
The Inviting Church: A Study of New Member Assimilation, Roy M. Oswald and Speed B. Leas, The Alban Institute, Washington DC, 1987.
New Member Assimilation: Practical Prevention of Backdoor Loss Through Frontdoor Care, Joel D. Heck, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, 1988. (available from author)
Welcoming Church as Home: An Assimilation Manual, editor, Jerry Kosberg, Concordia Publishing House, 1996.
Congregational Stewardship Workbook 2000, Education Section, “Building Effective Volunteer Ministry” Chapter. The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, 2000. (order through your District office for lower price)
How to Mobilize Church Volunteers, Marlene Wilson, Augsburg Fortress, Minneapolis, 1983.
Sharing the Ministry: A Practical Guide for Transforming Volunteers into Ministers, Jean Morris Trumbauer, Augsburg Fortress, Minneapolis, 1995.
See also the resources listed under the topic “Mobilizing Members for Mission” (left column, scroll down) at the website of The Center for U.S. Missions.
Also in this section
Volunteer Ministries Process Checklist
Opportunity for Service Description: Assimilation Task Force
Life Line Chart
Life Line Chart Handouts
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