Previous month:
December 2016
Next month:
February 2017

Captured By Vision Insight 013 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover, 01.17.17Vision Insight 013: Do not confuse our eternal mission, your everlasting purpose, and your enduring core values with God's empowering vision.

These are distinctive aspects of the spiritual and strategy journey of a congregation. Our eternal mission is God’s mission that we most commonly know through the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. Mark 16:15 and Mark 12:22, coupled with Luke 4:18-19 are for many people the best biblical representations of the Commission and the Commandment of God.

Congregations sometimes use “mission” as the branding statement that expresses their generic understanding of what a Christian congregation should be doing. One example is a congregation with whom I consulted who branded what they did as “Loving God, Loving People, and Loving the World.” There was nothing specific and contextual about this mission statement. It simply branded their identity and annual program of ministry. 

Purpose speaks to the historic reason why a given congregation was launched in a particular location among a particular group of people. Enduring core values speak into key theological, ethical, and cultural values that are closely held by a congregation.

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.


More Projects, Less Meetings, a Better Draw for Churches

Committee MeetingThe FaithSoaring Churches Learning Community was pleased to have Kennon Callahan on our Thursday Dialogue on January 19th. Baptist New Global assistant editor, Jeff Brumley, wrote an article about his dialogue and posted it HERE.

Many people are reading it. We are pleased to impact of the FSCLC is extending to so many people. Again, check out the article HERE

Closing churches and the rise of the religiously unaffiliated seems like pretty strong evidence that Christianity is going through some pretty dark times.

Continue reading "More Projects, Less Meetings, a Better Draw for Churches" »


Captured By Vision Insight 012 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover, 01.17.17Vision Insight 012: The word vision contains neither the letter “m” nor the letter “e.” Vision is not about “me.” It is about God.

Vision is about God and what God desires to do in and through “me.” It is about what God desires to do in and through your congregation.

We should never boast that we have a vision, or that we are successfully fulfilling that vision. We should always boast in the Lord, and thank God for all that is happening within and around us as we work to fulfill God’s empowering vision for our congregation.

“Look at me and what I have done,” is always an indicator leaders have not truly been captured by God’s empowering vision, but desire people to agree with their 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 011 to Empower Your Congregation

Captured By Vision Final Cover, 01.17.17Vision Insight 011: One crucial test of vision is that it moves the congregation forward in God's image and not the image of humankind.

Discernment of the true, grace-filled direction for a congregation is an ongoing process that continually asks if each new major action is taking the congregation in the direction of fulfilling its God-given vision.

It is not about moving the congregation in the direction of any individual leader, the pastor and staff, the board or council, a certain age group, longer-tenured members, key influencers in the life of the congregation, or the people of the greatest spiritual passion about the congregation’s future.

True vision continually visualizes the congregation in the image of God. Like a master artist God creates an ever-clearer image for a congregation with high definition that displays the image as multi-dimensional, dramatic, and impactful.

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 010 to Empower Your Congregation

750480HiResVision Insight 010: Vision is more about the pulling of God into the future than the pushing of humankind to do better each year.

We all want to succeed at whatever we do. We all want to do better next year than we did this year or last year. But, God may want more from us. We may focus on short-term fixes. God focuses on long-term solutions.

Don’t picture God pushing us and burdening us with external stress. See God as gently and continually pulling us forward. When we resist God’s pulling or seek to do it ourselves, we create stress. When we respond to God’s pulling it is stress free.

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.