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Columbia, SC
Congregational and Denominational Strategic Leadership Coach
Interests: Senior Editor of TCP Leadership Series books with Chalice Press
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Should seminaries engage in theological education or ministry preparation? Of course the initial answer should be "both." But, Let's go deeper. Should seminaries primarily focus on theological education with minimal practical, real-time ministry preparation? Or, should seminaries primarily focus on ministry preparation with just enough theological reflection to be sure... Continue reading
Posted 18 hours ago at George Bullard's Journey
I am part of an accreditation team from the Association of Theological Schools for an Chicago area seminary this week. I am pondering various questions about seminaries and covet your insights into various issues. Respond by posting a comment, sending me a private message, or write me and e-mail to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey
I am just having an opportunity to read the 2016 Barna Report produced in partnership with Cornerstone Knowledge Network entitled More Than Multisite: Inside Today's Methods and Models for Launching New Congregations. I will likely post several times about it. One term I have already learned that I like very... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey
O Lord, there are no adequate words to express our grief over the violent death of any individual. Every person is a person of worth created in Your image to live and to love. It is especially sad when a church at worship, gathered in sanctuary, is violently interrupted by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey
Sunday, October 15, 2017 Today I attended a presentation and dialogue on changing the way the Church views racism. With me were six people representing various member congregations of the Columbia Metro Baptist Association. It was sponsored by the Fellowship of South Carolina Bishops. Guest speaker was Drew Hart of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey
Saturday, October 14, 2017 This week I had the opportunity to speak to the leadership, and some invited guests, of one of my favorite organizations that seeks to recruit, train, place, resource, and coach interim pastors for congregations. It is Interim Pastor Ministries. My relationship with the people of Interim... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey
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 Sep 21, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey
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 Sep 20, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey
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
Feature Story News Release from the Columbia Metro Baptist Association at 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
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
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
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
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
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 It is for senior or solo pastors, church staff persons, key lay... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey
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
OCTOBER 2017 Monday and Tuesday, October 9-10 Pre-State Fair Ministry (For more information contact Cathy Locklear at or 803.622.0303.) Wednesday-Sunday, October 11-22--12 Days State Fair Ministry (For more information contact Cathy Locklear at or 803.622.0303.) Tuesday, October 10 11:30 a.m. Church Revitalization Gathering at Woodfield Park Baptist Church... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at Columbia Metro Baptist Association
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
Columbia Metro Baptist Association George Bullard, Director at 1929 Gadsden Street, Columbia, SC 29201 Voice: 803.252.0116, E-mail: Cathy Locklear, Community Impact Ministry Mobilizer at Andre Rogers, Congregational Multiplication Ministry Mobilizer at Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Columbia Metro Baptist Association
Member Congregations Church Website or Social Media Site Agape Christian Fellowship Awaken Church Bayview Baptist Church Belmont Baptist Church Facebook Page Beulah Baptist Church Biker Church USA Facebook Page Blaney Baptist Church Body of Christ n/a Calvary Baptist Church Cedar Creek Baptist Church Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Columbia Metro Baptist Association
Download Our One Priority Respond to This Post: (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
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
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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