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Publication Announcement for Captured By Vision

My new book, Captured By Vision: 101 Insights to Book SaleEmpower Your Congregation, went live on Amazon.com on Thursday, January 19th.

George Bullard is pleased to announce a 31-day publication sale of the book that will make the book, plus several bonus resources available. The bonus resources will be priced separately after February 18th.

Everyone who purchases one of more copies of the book can receive the following bonus items:

  • 25-page study guide.
  • PowerPoint presentation of the 101 insights
  • Conference call dialogue with George about the book and its uses.

To qualify, purchases must be made before the end of the day February 18th

If you purchase the book for a group of people, everyone in that group can benefit from the bonus items. Books will be shipped directly from the publisher to the purchasers as they become available on or before February 18th. (Orders of more than one book will be shipped to the purchaser for distribution.)

To purchase the book send a request to George Bullard at BullardJournal@gmail.com along with the number of copies you want, your mailing address, and your telephone number. You will be billed for your order.

  • Suggestion: If you want less than 10 copies of the book, purchase directly from Amazon.com by clicking HERE, and e-mail your receipt to BullardJournal@gmail.com to be placed on the list to receive the bonus items. the Amazon price will be $13.95 or less for each copy.

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Captured By Vision Insight 008 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover, 01.17.17Vision Insight 008: The only vision that will work is God’s empowering vision. Neither the pastor’s vision nor the lay leadership’s vision is sufficient.

The vision of the pastor, staff, or lay leaders is the vision of humankind. Often it is an organizational vision of success and not a spiritual organism vision of faithfulness, effectiveness, and innovation.

Vision by pastors, staff members, and lay leaders is typically either a short-term tactical vision or a grandiose vision that is more a fantasy than a clear look into the future. The vision of humankind is insufficient. The only sufficient, transformational vision is God’s empowering vision.

The book of 101 insight--Captured By Vision--is now live on Amazon.com. Click HERE to see and purchase it. Then send your receipt to BullardJournal@gmail.com to recevie by mid-February a 25 page study guide, a PowerPoint presentation, and an invitation to a group conference call with George. Deadline for your request is February 18th. 


Captured By Vision Insight 007 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover, 01.17.17Vision Insight 007: Vision is the super high-octane fuel that drives the spiritual and strategic journey of a congregation.

Vision is not about regular congregational life. It is about high octane life. High octane life under the leadership of the Triune God is often a faster paced and a more significantly changed life that can lead to congregational transformation.

It is not business as usual. It is about high performance congregational life. High performance congregational life focuses as much on the quality of what is done as it does the quantity. It focuses on significance as much as it does success.

It is not about seeking common ground. It takes a congregation to higher ground. Congregations who focus on higher ground are concerned not only with making sure the life and ministry of their congregation connects with the common themes that draw their congregation into deeper and more positive community. They also challenge their congregation to soar to places they have never been before. This is higher ground. Common ground is inadequate.

The book of 101 insight--Captured By Vision--is due out during the first quarter of 2017. To receive notification when it is released send an e-mail to BullardJournal@gmail.com with the subject "Tell Me When Captured By Vision is Released."


Congregations Without Vision Cannot See Jesus

Captured By Vision Final Cover, 01.17.17A Preview of Captured By Vision: 101 Insights to Empower Your Congregation

Seeing Jesus is a powerful image in the New Testament. Matthew 25:37-40 says,

“Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’” (NASB)

It takes not only vision with our eyes, but vision with our full senses. It is not just literally seeing an object, but seeing an opportunity. It is not just about your eyesight, but is also about your experience. Your congregation needs vision or it may not be able to see and fully experience Jesus.

Every congregation needs God’s empowering vision. It is not optional. Why? Because vision will empower the forward progress of your congregation and allow you to see the Jesus potential in people. Without vision many congregations tread water seeking to avoid drowning. Many congregations are blind to the hungry, thirsty, stranger, naked, sick, and imprisoned.

While your congregation needs God’s empowering vision, up to 80 percent of all congregations are missing it. They make successful programs and a met budget their vision, not realizing these are not the substance of a vision from God. Growing numerically is not necessarily the same as fulfilling God’s empowering vision.

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Captured By Vision Insight 006 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover, 01.17.17Vision Insight 006: Moses did not see vision in the burning bush. He experienced it with his whole being and was transformed by it.

Moses had a full body and soul experience as he encountered God in the form of the burning bush. Few have ever had such a dramatic experience through which they were captured by God’s empowering vision.

In the spirit of Jewish theologian Martin Buber, the encounter Moses had with God on Mt. Sinai was an I-Thou experience. But when he sought to recount the experience to the Israelites it transitioned into an I-It experience because it was not their experience. (See Martin Buber, I and Thou, Martino Publishing 2010. First published in German in 1923 and first published in English in 1937.)

I-Thou is when we have a genuine encounter with God. I-It is when we do storytelling that recounts our I-Thou experience. Master storytellers can thrill us with how artfully they share their craft, but it is still a story about something, and not the actual real-time experience.

The book of 101 insight--Captured By Vision--is due out during the first quarter of 2017. To receive notification when it is released send an e-mail to BullardJournal@gmail.com with the subject "Tell Me When Captured By Vision is Released."


Learning This Week from Kennon Callahan

Kennon CallahanIt is a real joy to have the opportunity to dialogue this week with Kennon Callahan of Twelve Keys to an Effective Church fame. He is someone from whom I have learned for more than 35 years. He is best known for his book Twelve Keys to an Effective Church and other companion books and manuals he developed out of this extremely important work.

Kennon will be the guest resource person for the Thursday Dialogue with the FaithSoaring Churches Learning Community. The live recording of the dialogue with Kennon will be on Thursday, January 19th at 2:00 p.m. EST.

I use numerous quotes from Kennon in my strategic leadership coaching ministry and in my writing. He is a clear and insightful communicator. 

The FaithSoaring Churches Learning Community is a membership-based learning community that costs $9 per month or $99 per year. Sponsorships by congregational and denominational ministry organizations also allow for their members to be members of this learning community. For more information go to www.ConnectwithFSCLC.info or send an e-mail to me at BullardJournal@gmail.com. 


Captured By Vision Insight 005 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover, 01.17.17Vision Insight 005: Vision is about seeing with your full heart, soul, mind, and strength, rather than with only your eyes—even with corrective lenses.

Vision is a body and soul experience, not a mind game. If we can see our future with our eyes it is not God’s empowering vision. Vision is seen with spiritual imagination.

Too many congregations believe making their practice of ministry more faithful and efficient is sufficient to declare they have vision. They believe if they can see the implications of what they are already doing better than they do now, then they will discover they already have vision.

That is an exercise in catching hold of our vision rather than being captured by God’s empowering vision.

The book of 101 insight--Captured By Vision--is due out during the first quarter of 2017. To receive notification when it is released send an e-mail to BullardJournal@gmail.com with the subject "Tell Me When Captured By Vision is Released."


Gary Nelson Endorses Captured by Vision--George's Forthcoming Book

Gary NelsonGeorge Bullard addresses one of the most critical and misunderstood aspects of congregational and organizational life -- vision. He destroys the myths around visionary leadership by taking the vision off the page and allow it to live and breathe. Vision is caught not taught. Bullard understands this and shows us the way forward. He doesn’t just talk about vision; he takes you there allowing it to emerge from the passion of God’s people as they join God’s mission.

A must read for congregational leaders who desire to see their congregations live into the complex times we are in.

--Gary V Nelson, President, Tyndale University College & Seminary, www.Tyndale.ca

Captured By Vision is due out during the first quarter of 2017. To receive notification when it is released send an e-mail to BullardJournal@gmail.com with the subject "Tell Me When Captured By Vision is Released."


365 Insights on Becoming a FaithSoaring Church

FaithSoaring Churches 100CLRDuring 2016 I posted 365 insights on Becoming a FaithSoaring Church. This was a personal discipline to see if I could come up with 365 insights. Thank you for tolerating them.

You may have found one or more of the insights to be useful. You may have missed some or would like to see them all to allow for your personal reflection on them.

I am not sure what I will do with these next. There may be a book in there somewhere, or a seminar, or a series of longer articles. I have not decided how to best use them.

If you would like to see all 365 insights there is a link to the section of my blog that contains them: http://bullardjournal.blogs.com/bull…/faithsoaring-churches/


What Does It Mean to Never Thirst Again?

John 4.14"But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life." (John 4:14 NASB)

Jesus offered to the woman of Samaria he met at the well eternal water whereby she would never have spiritual thirst again. Putting this into a practical application, perhaps he was saying with eternal spiritual water, she would never run on empty again. Yet, she would have a constant hunger and thirst for a closer walk with the Triune God.

The desire to go deeper. The desire to know the Triune God more dearly. The desire to be full of spiritual water. These would never go away. Yet, there would always be a satisfying feeling of being possessed by spiritual water. Spiritual water cannot be lost.

Are you thirsty today?


Captured By Vision Insight 004 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover, 01.17.17Vision Insight 004: Vision is not what leaders cast and followers catch. It is something by which leaders and followers are captured.

Vision is not something where leaders say, “We’ve got to get us one of those.” Then hold a meeting, workshop, or retreat, and conclude with a vision written on newsprint and taped to the wall. Acquiring vision is not an event. It is an experience. Events may set goals, strategies, and tactics. Experiences reveal vision.

Vision is something revealed in a breakthrough experience or when we search for God’s direction for our congregation. We do not catch vision. We are caught by it.

You do not acquire vision passively. It is a full-contact, all hands on deck, congregational body experience. Anyone and everyone in a congregation can be captured by God’s empowering vision. In the clear majority of cases those who are seriously seeking God’s vision will be the first to be captured by it.

The book of 101 insight--Captured By Vision--is due out during the first quarter of 2017. To receive notification when it is released send an e-mail to BullardJournal@gmail.com with the subject "Tell Me When Captured By Vision is Released."