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Insight 274: Becoming a FaithSoaring Church By Eliminating Entitlement [Part E]

FaithSoaring Churches 100CLRCongregations seeking to transform are willing to eliminate anything that appears to be claiming an entitlement that is not part of the core mission of the congregation. Calendars are objects of entitlement. Individuals or groups feel that certain dates each year, or certain days of the week belong to them, and the congregation as a whole--even in fulfillment of a new spiritual and strategic direction--does not have a right to change that.

Time is the most precious commodity of the 21st century in a culture as busy as is the North American culture. Times and dates are an entitlement to address.


Insight 273: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Eliminating Entitlement [Part D]

FaithSoaring Churches 100CLRCongregations seeking to transform are willing to eliminate anything that appears to be claiming an entitlement that is not part of the core mission of the congregation. Budgets are objects of entitlement. Individuals or groups feel the funding for their favorite program, ministry, or activities should remain and even grow over the years. They are entitled to that money.

If the congregation will not officially provide the desired money they will designate their tithes and offerings to their favorite causes. Many congregations compromise under the pressure of entitlement people. Without a clear vision they have no basis for saying “no”.


Congregational Champions Retreat 003 Took the Dialogue to a New Depth

Bullard Retreat Photo 2September 27th-29th was the third Congregational Champions Retreat. This is the second one in the home of George and Betty Bullard in Columbia, SC. Five people were present for this retreat. Each retreat is five to eight people who are either local congregational ministers or third-party providers to congregations. 

Through the first three we have had 20 people. The reason for the small numbers in each retreat is for greater in-depth conversation--and so they will fit around our dining room table for in-depth  conversation. We are able to take almost unlimited questions from the participants.

George says, "It is a pleasure to share my 40 years of experience of coming alongside congregations to help them reach their full Kingdom potential."

Four more retreats will be held this fall, and dates for 2017 have been opened. The next retreat is October 11th-13th. See www.CongregationalChampions.info. Check out the web site and come join us for three days of inspiring, informative conversation. 


Insight 272: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Eliminating Entitlement [Part C]

FaithSoaring Churches 100CLRCongregations seeking to transform are willing to eliminate anything that appears to be claiming an entitlement that is not part of the core mission of the congregation. Lay leaders feel entitlement also. They feel entitled to a certain role in the church. Either they have that role permanently, or are asked in regular rotation to accept that role.

They feel entitled to a worship service like they once knew. They feel entitled to sit where they want to sit, to park where they want to park, and come and go through the door they want to enter and exist.


Insight 271: Become a FaithSoaring Church By Eliminating Entitlement [Part B]

FaithSoaring Churches 100CLRCongregations seeking to transform are willing to eliminate anything that appears to be claiming an entitlement that is not part of the core mission of the congregation. A third type of entitlement is that felt by staff persons. With staff persons, if they are excellent in their ministry service, they may come to believe they are owed a lead role in everything that happens, and even feel they do not have to follow the same rules as everyone else.

If the staff persons are mediocre, then they feel threatened if their job is changed. They have learned how to survive.