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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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Congregations who transform understand the highest priority is the mission of God and not the mission of their congregational survival. They understand the greatest value is being received by those to whom we are sent, rather than an over focus on themselves. They realize they must see beyond themselves to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at George Bullard's Journey
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Congregations cannot transform with shallow Christians or overly churched culture Christians who are stuck in place with their spiritual formation. Congregations cannot transform with church members who believe they have arrived in their spiritual journey and do not need to continue their spiritual formation as disciples. Congregations can only transform... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2018 at George Bullard's Journey
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Many congregations who need to transform are afraid of losing members, and thus lower expectations of members so they will not feel any pressure to leave. Others push the commitment button and say if members are faithful they will attend more and give more money. Both approaches are wrong. What... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at George Bullard's Journey
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Congregations who are on a successful and significant transformation journey need leader who are clear about their own journey. If congregational leaders are not passionate about their own sense of mission, purpose, core values, and vision, they will have a difficult task to help a congregation realize and experience these.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at George Bullard's Journey
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Transforming congregations increasingly takes a commitment to continual innovation and excellence. Good enough is never good enough in congregations desiring to transform. Continual innovation is not about changing the core commitments to the Christian faith or the core values of a congregation. It is about discovering new methodologies that effectively... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at George Bullard's Journey
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God’s world is a dynamic world. Transitions and changes are continual. New discoveries happen hourly. Knowledge increases at exponential speed. Paradigms shift before we become accustomed to familiar realities. A bias in favor of learning is essential for leaders. Congregational leaders who proclaim they know enough soon discover the leading... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at George Bullard's Journey
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Many congregations who need to transform are afraid of losing members, and thus lower expectations of members so they will not feel any pressure to leave. Others push the commitment button and say if members are faithful they will attend more and give more money. Both approaches are wrong. What... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey
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It is difficult for senior or solo pastors, staff persons, and lay leaders to effectively lead the transformation of their congregation if they are not personally transforming both spiritually and strategically. Leaders must be growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the spirit... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey
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See the book HERE. In 2008, things began to change for pastor Ronald “Dee” Vaughan. Ministry had become burdensome, and that was a change for a man who loved local church ministry. He also began to feel a disconnection between the person he was felt forced to “create” for the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey
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Answer three questions anonymously about this issue: Advent Attendance Survey Recently a pastor asked me if I am observing any changes in attendance in regular worship services and special worship experiences during Advent and Christmas. It seems to him that in the past few years attendance in going down during... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey
Article by author of this book posted on Christianity Today website. http://www.christianitytoday.com/pastors/2017/november-web-exclusives/3-tips-for-hosting-outstanding-church-dinner-or-potluck.html?utm_source=ctdirect-html&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_term=23986169&utm_content=551515470&utm_campaign=email
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I just finished reading The Dinner Church Handbook: A Step-by-Step Recipe for Reaching Neighborhoods. As an organic, missional approach to creating a neighborhood experience where gospel conversations can take place, the concept of the book rates a 5 star. As a book that fulfills what is promised in its title... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey
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It was the day after Thanksgiving--Black Friday for some--and all through the house the grandchildren were happily occupied. The granddaughter was helping her Mimi cook a special lunch for our daughter and new husband to come for their first visit since they married three weeks ago. Our littlest grandson was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey
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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 Nov 20, 2017 at George Bullard's Journey
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Sep 21, 2017 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 Sep 20, 2017 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