Ten Qualities Found in Congregations Who Appeal to Millennials


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Frank Powell wrote an article posted to www.Faithit.com entitled 10 Things You Won’t Find in a Church That Attracts Millennials. It is subtitled What differentiates a church culture that attracts Millennials from one that repels them?” Read his blog and learn about him at http://frankpowell.me/.

This is a really big issue for thousands of congregations. I took Frank’s ten points which are written in the negative, and turned them around as positive issues for congregations to address to become appealing to Millennials. I urge you to read Frank’s work in addition to reading my spin on them. I placed them in my own spiritual and strategic framework.

Here we go. These are the ten qualities in congregations that appeal to Millennials. Read and ponder each one of these. Then rate your congregation on each one using a scale of one to ten. One means your congregation is nothing like this. Ten means you congregation is exactly like this. Numbers two to nine can be used to say how little or how much your congregation is like this. Be honest about where along the scale your congregation is today.

Here is the inventory of 10 qualities: Download Bullard 10 Qualities in Congs Who Appeal to Millennials 03.15.17

You Can Participate in Reconceptualizing the Congregational Life Cycle

Congregational Life Cycle ModelIf you want to participate, send me an e-mail at BullardJournal@gmail.com

For the first time in probably seven years, I am inspired to reconceptualize some of the concepts and patterns of the congregational life cycle. Do you want to help and add your ideas?

I have been working on and using the life cycle approach to discovering the launching point for the next phase of congregational life for the past 40 years.

In recent months, I have been working on how to use the concept of sabbatical and jubilee -- referring to the Old Testament thoughts around seven year and 50 year patterns. I have been teaching this in my fall Congregational Champions Retreats. [See information about this next round of retreats in 2017 at www.CongregationalChampions.info.] 

Related to my final Congregational Champions retreat for the fall next week in Sarasota, FL with the national and regional revitalization staff of a denomination, they have asked me to look at how the life cycle speaks into new congregations and the habits and patterns they need to established during their first generation of life, as well as the implications for congregational redevelopment/transformation after their first generation of life.

I have some early ideas I would share with you if [1] you ask me to, and [2] if you commit to give me feedback on this work THIS WEEK! Any takers? Again, just ask me by sending an e-mail to BullardJournal@gmail.com.

Sabbatical and Jubilee in Your Congregation

Year of JubileeThe Key to the Next Generation of Your Congregation

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In the 25th chapter of the Old Testament book of Leviticus the concept of a sabbatical year and a year of jubilee are presented. Without going into deep biblical interpretation, let me simply overview the concept.

For six years the land is farmed. During the seventh year it is not. It is a year of sabbatical. For seven sets of seven years the land is farmed and a sabbatical taken.  The 50th year is a year of jubilee. It is like starting over.

This is the basic concept. Biblical scholars and theologians can educate and entertain us with much more in-depth understandings of what Leviticus 25 says.

My purpose here is to draw from this brief overview what I believe is an excellent comparison to the pattern of the life cycle of congregations. It is a pattern congregations need to understand and follow. The amazing thing is that it seems to fit what might be close to an ideal pattern for congregations.

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Story and ‘Ships--A Foundation

MillennialsThe Key to the Next Generation of Your Congregation

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In January 1982, the American Telephone and Telegraph Corporation, a regulated monopoly commonly known as Ma Bell or the Bell System, was mandated to divide into multiple corporations. This was the result of a 1974 antitrust lawsuit brought by the United States Department of Justice against AT&T--the sole provider of telephone service throughout most of the USA. This was perhaps the largest and most successful antitrust action of the US government since the days of President Theodore Roosevelt.

Certainly it was a earthshaking transformation in the communications systems of the United States with great impact on the world. It led to creativity and competition in the way the world communicates that allowed the popularization over the next three decades of revolutionary communications through the Internet.

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The Synergy of Vision, Relationships, Programs, and Management

SynergyThe Next Season of Your Congregation’s Life

Implications from the Congregation Life Cycle

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Visionary Leadership, Relationship Experiences, Programmatic Emphases, and Accountable Management individually are not enough. As individual qualities—or silos—they cannot sufficiently help a congregation be vital and vibrant during the next season of their life. It is only when they work together—become synergistic—that they can help a congregation soar with faith.

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