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BullardJournal
Columbia, SC
Congregational and Denominational Strategic Leadership Coach
Interests: Senior Editor of TCP Leadership Series books with Chalice Press
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Another set of characteristics exists which I call, ”Not Necessarily FaithSoaring Church Characteristics”. (See article on FaithSoaring Churches Characteristics that preceded this article.) They more clearly define who can be considered a FaithSoaring Church. Already you may be typecasting or stereotyping who these congregations may be. You are probably wrong... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at George Bullard's Journey
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What are the key characteristics of FaithSoaring Churches? Probably there is no perfect set of characteristics. Yet certain key characteristics emerge from my observation of multiple FaithSoaring Churches. No two congregations will have the exact same set of characteristics or formula. Each congregation is unique. Will FaithSoaring Churches have all... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at George Bullard's Journey
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Download FSCLC Journal More Examples of FaithSoaring Churches 09.14.17 Lake Avenue This “Urban Gospel” congregation composed primarily of African-Americans is pursuing a journey that may well lead to Lake Avenue becoming a FaithSoaring Church. It was not founded as an African-American congregation. It was founded by Anglo-American families in the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey
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Feature Story News Release from the Columbia Metro Baptist Association at www.ColumbiaMetro.org Crooked Run Baptist Church, in Fairfield County, is involved with a nearby elementary school, is starting a Sunday evening service for young adults, and participates in both local and international missions. It’s also a Fairfield County congregation that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey
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Download FSCLC Journal Examples of FaithSoaring Churches 09.12.17 Who are some FaithSoaring Churches? The reality is that they are probably less than 20 percent of the approximately 350,000 congregations in North America. The ideal configuration that produces the necessary synergy is elusive for many congregations—perhaps upwards to 80 percent of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey
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Download FSCLC Journal Who are FaithSoaring Churches 09.07.17 Faithful, Effective, and Innovative Congregations: For many years, I have described what I am now calling FaithSoaring Churches as faithful, effective, and innovative congregations. They are faithful to the core Gospel and the ethos of their denomination, affinity movement, or missional journey.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey
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Download FSCLC Journal What is a FaithSoaring Church 09.05.17 FaithSoaring Churches are congregations who effectively soar with faith to achieve exceptional ministry. FaithSoaring Churches are congregations who boldly and effectively soar with faith into a future known only by God where they have never gone before, and which they cannot... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey
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Download Choosing to Pivot 10 Hinge Points for Congregations 09.01.17 Pivot. Whirling around on one foot. In basketball, a pivot is the action by the player with the ball that keeps one foot in place while holding the ball, and moving the other foot one step in any direction. A... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey
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It does not matter what “RE” word works for you—revitalize, renew, re-envision, reinvent, redevelop restart, replant, resurrect—there is a three-day “retreat” you ought to attend. It is called a Congregational Champions Retreat. (For more information go to www.CongregtionalChampions.info.) It is for senior or solo pastors, church staff persons, key lay... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey
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The fall edition of the Lott Carey Herald of the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention honors the 20th anniversary of their executive director-treasurer Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley. Download 2017-8 Lott Carey Herald Web Edition I have known David for these 20 years, and consider him a close friend, great... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey
SEPTEMBER 2017 Saturday, September 9 Prison Fellowship Picnic at Camille Griffin Graham Institute (Food received at New Heights Church 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.) (For more information contact Cathy Locklear at cathylocklearcmba@gmail.com or 803.622.0303.) Tuesday, September 12 11:30 a.m. Church Revitalization Gathering at Woodfield Park Baptist Church, Columbia Tuesday, September 19 10:00... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at Columbia Metro Baptist Association
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The following conversation could have taken place between any Baptist pastors, staff ministers, or laypersons anywhere in North America any time in the past 50 years. It could have taken place this week in the Midlands of South Carolina. A pastor, a church staff person, and a layperson met at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey
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Columbia Metro Baptist Association George Bullard, Director at BullardJournal@gmail.com 1929 Gadsden Street, Columbia, SC 29201 Voice: 803.252.0116, E-mail: ColumbiaMetroBaptistSC@gmail.com Cathy Locklear, Community Impact Ministry Mobilizer Andre Rogers, Congregational Multiplication Ministry Mobilizer Karen Hulsey, Ministry Assistant Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Columbia Metro Baptist Association
Member Congregations Church Website or Social Media Site Agape Christian Fellowship www.agapecfg.org Awaken Church www.awakencolumbia.com Bayview Baptist Church www.bayviewbaptist.wordpress.com Belmont Baptist Church Facebook Page Beulah Baptist Church www.beulahbaptist.com Biker Church USA Facebook Page Blaney Baptist Church www.blaneybaptist.com Body of Christ n/a Calvary Baptist Church www.cbconline.info Cedar Creek Baptist Church www.ccbcworship.org... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Columbia Metro Baptist Association
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Download Our One Priority Respond to This Post: https://goo.gl/forms/swnO5KBgF1fGQ6ut2 (For members of Columbia Metro Baptist Association churches only.) For your congregation to effectively move forward, how many spiritual and strategic priorities should you have? Three? Five? Seven? How many priorities are too few? How many are too many? Did you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey
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I hope we all know that economic situations, and patterns of both increased and lessening prosperity significant impact the opportunities and challenges congregations and our overall Christian witness face on a regular basis. In the association I serve--Columbia Metro Baptist Association--we have not only the very urban metropolitan county of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey
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Vision Insight 101: When the first century church at Jerusalem lost vision and slowed missional action, it invented the holy huddle. Now many congregations follow their example and hoard the Good News. The biggest vision killer is when congregations lose vision and huddle. They fear failing more than being open... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey
Long-tenured congregational leaders would do well to read the parable of the Prodigal Son (or the Loving Father) in light of the transformation that needs to happen in their congregation. The next generation may in the eyes of long-tenured members be like prodigal children. The beginning of a solution to this perspective is for long-tenured members to take on the attitude of a loving parent. What difference would a loving parent attitude make in your congregation?
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Vision Insight 100: Vision is more about transformation of the prodigals than honoring the elders among us. Congregational vision is more about creating a congregation not only in tune with God’s leadership, but with a structure and style that will connect with the next generation of leaders. With deep and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey
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With great joy, and with my promise to you of faithful, effective, and innovative service, I accept your election of me as the next Director of Missions for the Columbia Metro Baptist Association. In many ways this is an emotional experience for me. Local Baptist associations are nestled within the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey
Resistance to God’s empowering vision in a congregation is typically not because the vision isn’t attractive, or that the fulfillment of it would not be successful. It is because too many congregational leaders are stuck within their current culture. People culturally realize if they move forward to fulfill a challenging vision they may lost a personal position of power and recognition in the church. Something they do in their church that gives them status may go away, or be transferred to someone else. Just as there are comfort foods, there are comfort positions and traditions in congregations. Long-tenured congregational leaders and followers resist becoming uncomfortable. God’s empowering vision has a uncomfortable tone to it to many people. How can your congregation thrive in the midst of becoming uncomfortable?
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Vision Insight 099: God’s empowering vision often disrupts the status quo and who is in charge. That is why some people try to kill it. Many vision killers want to retain their positions of power. They may even want to control all the decision-making. Because crafting vision focuses on people... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey
“What would you be willing to change to make this the kind of congregation your grandchildren would want to attend?” This is a key question tenured, older members of congregations need to consider as they ponder the long-term vitality and vibrancy of their congregation. They need to struggle with their tendency to be myopic about the future of their congregation, and have the insight and wisdom to look at what their congregation might be like 21 or more years into the future. These people have a great opportunity and ability to bless the future of their congregation, and the witness in and to the world their congregation still has within their potential. Will they? Do they? How is this happening in your congregation?
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Vision Insight 098: Myopia prohibits many long-tenured congregational members from seeing the long-term benefits of new vision. Many longer-tenured members are nearsighted. They are myopic. Part of this may be their age. They are thinking in shorter life stages. They’re not sure they should buy green bananas. Just as they... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey