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Truly Knowing People Simultaneously Clears and Blurs Your Vision

BlurredA Travel Free Learning Article

 By George Bullard

This subject, about which I have thought for many years, was stimulated by a recent Pew Research Center study referenced in an article entitled Americans Are More Likely to Like Muslims if They Know One. The research report from Pew referenced in the article is HERE.

If I take the time to really know new people, and if I am looking with unconditional love—even through the lenses of my ingrained cultural and religious prejudices or preferences—I am probably going to like them. I may not like everything about them, but I will probably like them. 

Out of my daily journey to be more Christ-like I definitely consider them persons of worth created in the image of God to live and love. At their core they are persons of great value in God’s sight. As such I strive to discover that which is good, loving, and compatible with my life situation. I want to like them, and I desire that they like me.

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A Minister to Median Adult Households Trumps a Youth Minister

Minister medianA Travel Free Learning Article

 By George Bullard

Did you get a chance to read my post on having a minister to young adult households trumps having a minister to children?

For those of you who thought that was an interesting approach worth considering, how would you feel about taking the next step? Does a minister to median adult households trump having a youth minister?

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What Does Your Congregation Expect of People Connected With It?

Congregation expectA Travel Free Learning Article

By George Bullard

Jason slipped into a seat at the back of the worship center just after the choir entered. This was his first time at worship this month.

He grew up in church as part of a family present practically every time the church doors opened. By adulthood, he figured he had already attended enough church for his lifetime.

He still found his way to worship in this church of his youth once or twice per month. But, he was not otherwise involved. He came today because he promised to take his mother out to lunch after worship. He had not made it in time to sit with her as she sat on the second row from the front.

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FaithSoaring Churches are Fueled by Vision and Flavored by Relationships

Faithsoaring articleA Travel Free Learning Article

By George Bullard

Melinda sat down in the sanctuary and prepared for worship. Her mind wondered and she thought, “I love this church, our worship, and my friends. But I want more. I want to be part of a church with a clear mission and vision. I want to grow deeper as a Christian rather than attending the same programs I have attended for 17 years. What needs to change for this to happen?”

Think about your church during the past 12 months. What is the evidence it is soaring with faith because it is fueled by God’s vision for its future ministry, and flavored by relationships emerging out of meaningful disciplemaking processes?

What is magnetic that draws spiritually passionate people to connect with your congregation as their second or third place in life rather than their fourth or fifth place? Is connecting with your congregation beating out Starbucks, sports events, and other places? How much church do people connected with your church want in their lives?

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A Minister to Young Adult Households Trumps a Minister to Children

Ya article

A Travel Free Learning Article

By George Bullard

A very large congregation looked for a new, full-time minister to children for over two years. They could not find one. They presented their dilemma to me. My response was, “What if you are looking for the wrong staff position?”

Many congregations of more than 150-175 in attendance believe they need a staff person to lead their ministry to children. In some congregations it is now becoming the second full-time position they employ. Some years ago it was the minister to youth or students. Now it is the minister to children.

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