Who Are FaithSoaring Churches?

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Download FSCLC Journal Who are FaithSoaring Churches 09.07.17

Faithful, Effective, and Innovative Congregations: For many years, I have described what I am now calling FaithSoaring Churches as faithful, effective, and innovative congregations. They are faithful to the core Gospel and the ethos of their denomination, affinity movement, or missional journey. They are effective in spiritual formation and missional engagement, and pursue excellence at every opportunity. They are innovative and ever changing in methodologies; always seeking new and relevant ways to tell the never changing true story of Jesus.

FaithSoaring Churches are the leading edge congregations in denominations or movements. According to a principle I learned from management guru and churchperson Peter Drucker, they are less than 20 percent of congregations. They must make progress for the other 80 or more percent of congregations, as a group, to make progress. Without the forward movement of FaithSoaring Churches there is no overall progress in the full collection of congregations.

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What is a FaithSoaring Church?

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Download FSCLC Journal What is a FaithSoaring Church 09.05.17

FaithSoaring Churches are congregations who effectively soar with faith to achieve exceptional ministry.

FaithSoaring Churches are congregations who boldly and effectively soar with faith into a future known only by God where they have never gone before, and which they cannot see at the beginning of their journey.

In greater detail, FaithSoaring Churches are congregations who effectively soar with faith beyond ordinary ministry toward extraordinary ministry in a quest to achieve exceptional ministry. They respond to the pulling of God. They journey to places of inspiration, imagination, and innovation. They progress through processes of spiritual formation and missional engagement. They continually transform their capacity to reach their full kingdom potential.

They are willing to go to the end of all known light or revelation and leap into the darkness because they know God has gone before them. Leaps of faith and extraordinary commitments are commonplace for FaithSoaring Churches. They boldly journey into the future as God reveals the pathway of their journey.

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Choosing to Pivot: 10 Hinge Points for Congregations--An Introduction

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Download Choosing to Pivot 10 Hinge Points for Congregations 09.01.17

Pivot. Whirling around on one foot.

In basketball, a pivot is the action by the player with the ball that keeps one foot in place while holding the ball, and moving the other foot one step in any direction. A pivot from where the player was headed.

Or, a high post pivot where a player—usually the center—faces away from the offensive basket and serves as a pivot point for the offense by initiating one of a multiple choice of plays through passing the ball, making screens, or taking a shot to score a basket.

When should congregations pivot to go in a different direction in response to God's leadership? When did the mission of God for the early church bring about pivots?

Pivots in the Early Church

The Acts of the Apostles is full of stories and experiences where pivots took place in the fulfillment of the Great Commission.

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 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.