“It’s hard to be NEW”… by Heidi Matson

It’s hard to be new. I’ve been the Guest and Community Relations Pastor (aka First Impressions and Assimilation) full time for 2 weeks now. I’m new to the staff and new to the church.  In my first 2 weeks, I have walked into the men’s bathroom mistaking it for the door to the kitchen. Yes, […]

Seeing People… Holes, Needs, Potential, Connections, and Ourselves – By Heidi Matson

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about seeing. First impressions and assimilation ministry is all about  seeing: Seeing people who look lost; seeing holes in our systems of communication; seeing needs; seeing potential volunteers; seeing connections that need to be forged; seeing ourselves more clearly-the list could go on. Jesus saw people. He saw Nathanael […]

It isn’t the communities responsibility to know where your church is located… it’s yours!

  I was walking our campus this morning with Heidi Matson (Pastor of First Impression & Assimilation – Friends Church, Yorba Linda, Ca) which I had the great privilege of hiring this month as we evaluated how we are doing.  As Heidi and I began at the street corner to look back in on our […]

Invest Wisely in the First Impressions of the Church

I posted on my twitter (@kerrymackey) back in the spring of 2010, the following.  In recent consulting I found it necessary to repeat. “Pastors, invest wisely in first impressions or no one will be in the seats to hear you.” Seriously, if we would invest the same amount of resources helping people bridge the gap […]

Has it really been this long since I posted on Street to the Seat?

After speaking today with a Pastor in Reno, NV. about Street to the Seat and helping them evaluate their churches need in taking better next steps in the area of First Impressions and Assimilation it hit me.  I am SO sorry that I’ve neglected you guys/gals here on Street to the Seat.  It has been […]

3 Purpose Driven Leadership Positions @ Highlands Fellowship, VA

3 Purpose Driven Leadership Positions @ Highlands Fellowship, VA Church Solutions Group is honored to be partnering with the leadership team at Highlands Fellowship in Abingdon, VA to help them find three new key leaders. The Place –– I In March of 1994, God lead Jimmie and Lori Davidson to launch Highlands Fellowship in their […]

A Better Version of You…

After 15 years of being a pastor and 10 years of working on a form of the “Grow to Go” matrix as an online spiritual growth plan, another tool has come along that I really like. We like it so much that we are integrating Monvee (@Monvee) into the Spiritual Growth Pathway where I currently […]

Why so many “EXIT” signs?

Have you ever noticed how many “exit” signs there are within the walls of buildings in general. It caught my attention today as I was prayer walking the church campus in preparation for our Christmas Services. Funny how city & county regulations require facilities to have exit route signs lit up all over the campus.  […]

A commonly asked question, “What does it take to be a First Impressions / Assimilation Pastor?”

That might not be the question you are being asked; however, over the years it is a question that I am asked quite often.  Let me be the first to say I don’t believe in magic formulas, but there are a few things I’ve learned over the years that I believe will help you as […]

Church seems tough enough as it is, why make it harder?

Here are a couple of thoughts I’ve had running around in my head these past couple of months.  We (the Church) have made the steps for choosing Christ and the Church way to stinking hard. Through our best efforts in assimilation and first impressions we have complicated ones realization of their desire for God. We […]