Learn in Three Days a Process to Transform Your Congregation

3.daysIt does not matter what “RE” word works for you—revitalize, renew, re-envision, reinvent, redevelop restart, replant, resurrect—there is a three-day “retreat” you ought to attend.

It is called a Congregational Champions Retreat. (For more information go to www.CongregtionalChampions.info.)

It is for senior or solo pastors, church staff persons, key lay leaders, denominational staff leaders, consultants, coaches, stewardship and capital campaign consultants, college and seminary professor who teach church growth and church leadership, and a host of other categories of people.

These retreats are led by George Bullard who has engaged in research, consulting, coaching, writing, speaking, and training on congregational transformation for more than 40 years. He wants to share with you what he has learned will work, will not work, and a process to achieve it.

His work with congregations includes thousands. His advising of denominational organizations about congregational transformation includes hundreds. His training of consultants and coaches over the past five decades also numbers in the thousands.

George likes to do this in small groups. Over the past 13 months he has led 13 retreats involving 130 people. Now he is announcing a new round of retreats for the fall of 2017. All these “retreats” will be held at the Columbia Metro Baptist Association office in Columbia, South Carolina.

The “retreats” start at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and end at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday. The dates for this fall are,

  • October 24th-26th
  • October 31st-November 2nd
  • December 5th-7th

For more information go to www.CongregtionalChampions.info. Or call George directly at 803.622.0923 or e-mail him at BullardJournal@gmail.com, and he would be glad to answer your questions.

To register go to https://goo.gl/forms/9maMJs0aer84f10V2.

Can you really learn how to transform your congregation in three days? Absolutely you can learn the process and receive handouts you can use with your congregation. Then, you and George will work together to assess what additional process assistance you need or want following the retreat.


How Do Economics Impact Churches in Your Ministry Area?

NUCLEARTOWN 64796-2I hope we all know that economic situations, and patterns of both increased and lessening prosperity significant impact the opportunities and challenges congregations and our overall Christian witness face on a regular basis. In the association I serve--Columbia Metro Baptist Association--we have not only the very urban metropolitan county of Richland, but also a county to the north--Fairfield--which has risen and fallen based on various economic projects that prosper for a while and then disappear.

The most notable in the past 30 years was a Mack truck plant that opened and then closed 15 or so years later. It promised great prosperity, but left bankruptcy for those who misunderstood the fragile nature and risk of this economic opportunity. 

How do we help churches, their leaders, and their layperson in various businesses to cope with the hope and despair of fleeting economic opportunities and challenges?

The current situation about a nuclear facility in the county is current bringing hope, but signs are pointing to possible disappointment in the near future. Read this article to discover why: http://www.thestate.com/news/local/article160291039.html.


View from the Pew: Church of the Redeemer, Deerfield, IL

Church of the Redeemer  Deerfield  ILAttended worship this morning at the Church of the Redeemer meeting temporarily at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. They celebrated both baptism and communion. On this Pentecost Sunday I agreed with much of the content and theology during worship, and heard an excellent message from the pastor. My theology would differ once they got to the baptism and the eucharist. Still, it was very worshipful.
 
For those who believe Millennials only want contemporary or emergent worship, the percentage of young adults with young children present in the worship today was amazing!
 
It was interesting to see on their web site at redeemernorthshore.org/ that Scot McKnight of Northern Seminary in the Chicago areas was their worship preacher during this past May.
 
This congregation is part of the Anglican Church in North America [ACNA] that was formed in 2009 from various parishes and dioceses who already had or who desired to move away from the Episcopal Church in America and the Anglican Church of Canada. The now number around 1000 parishes with over 100,000 members.Their parishes are in the USA, Canada, a few in Mexico, and a missionary presence in Cuba.
 
It is an interesting coalition of Anglo-Catholic, charismatic, and evangelical theological expressions. Non-celibate homosexual relationships are opposed by ACNA. There are variations among the dioceses as to what roles women can play as ordained clergy. They tend to be pro-life about abortion and euthanasia. They have a deep relationship with the Anglican Church in Rwanda, and its bishop.
 
Throughout the years in some of my consulting I have worked with the Anglican Mission in America and the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh who are both founding members of the ACNA.

Songwriter Sees ‘Good News’ in Declining Role of Church Music [Baptist New Global]

Kyle MatthewsHere is an article posted by Baptist News Global, and written by Jeff Brumley, about the appearance of Kyle Matthews during a Thursday Dialogue of the FaithSoaring Churches Learning Community. Kyle was addressing a response to a Gallup survey that suggested music is a low priority in worship for many attendees. See the full article HERE.

Some people were surprised — and worried — to learn from an April poll that sermons are a much stronger draw to church attendance than music.

And it was worse than that for music lovers. The Gallup survey presented a list of motivations Americans give for going to worship, and music was solidly in last place.

But with a month to reflect on the discovery, Christian musician, songwriter and minister Kyle Matthews is not worried.

Far from it. “I think it might be good news,”


Churches Urged to Drop Millennials in Favor of Newly Identified ‘Generation’ [Baptist News Global]

Senior ServersHere is an article posted by Baptist News Global, and written by Jeff Brumley, about Perennials--which is a concept I wrote about earlier and brought to their attention. I glad they recognized the value in it. What do you think about the concept?

BNG article is found HEREMy original article is found HERE

Who are the Perennials in your congregation? What role should they play in helping you connect with people of various generations?

The BNG article begins as follows: "Churches, businesses and media outlets fixated on Millennials may want to widen their focus on a newly identified group: Perennials. The term was coined last year by a California blogger Gina Pell, who was tired of being stereotyped by her generational grouping. Characteristics commonly used to label Millennials in reality are shared by individuals across generations.

When church and clergy consultant George Bullard heard of Pell’s term, it clicked with what he had been seeing among some struggling congregations for years: an unhealthy fixation on Millennials and an almost blind, and very frustrating, campaign to lure that generational cohort to church. It’s why Bullard and other church consultants have long urged their clients to follow a famous adage: don’t put all your eggs in one basket."