Today I Honor the Missionary Man--Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley of Lott Carey

David Goatley 02The fall edition of the Lott Carey Herald of the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention honors the 20th anniversary of their executive director-treasurer Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley.

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I have known David for these 20 years, and consider him a close friend, great colleague, and Christian ministry soulmate in the cause of Christ. We have been together many times in Washington, DC, and have also met with many others throughout North America and in Europe. Africa, Asia, and South America in gatherings of Baptists seeking to expand and extend the fulfillment of the Great Commission in the spirit of the Great Commandment. I know of no greater leader among us as Baptists.

He thinks and acts creatively to be part of God's empowerment of effective Christian missional engagement. He is often my counsel when I seek to understand and act prophetically in multi-cultural situations. He is a true friend.

Thank you, David, for your faithful, effective, and innovative service to God's Kingdom.


Focus on the Essentials: The Dilemma

Fit SpinnerLooking at myself in a mirror, seeking to show conviction, and in the spirit of the times attempting to self-coach, I admonish my image, “George, remember today and every day to focus on the essentials.”

If your brain—like mine—seems to function like a fast-moving fidget spinner . . . excuse me, an e-mail just came in from someone who wants to purchase 12 copies of my latest book and I will have to get back to you later.

Let’s see. Where were we? Oh, yes, I remember.

If your brain—like mine—seems to function like a fast-moving fidget spinner . . . oops, my telephone alarm just went off reminding me of something I agreed to do.

Two hours later I am back.

If your brain—like mine—seems to function like a fast-moving fidget spinner . . . wait, I just heard the postman go by. I want to go check the mail.

Okay, let’s try again. While checking the mail, my wife reminded me of something I said I would do, so I took care of it first. Let’s try one more time.

If your brain—like mine—seems to function like a fast-moving fidget spinner, it is hard to stay focused on anything for very long, and the list of things on which you try to focus at any given time are voluminous.

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The Four Phases of George’s Ministry Legacy Season

Legacy Word 01In the fall of 2016 George entered what he calls his Ministry Legacy Season. He committed to a minimum of a four-year season. His Ministry Legacy Season has four aspects to it.

Information Phase: This phase seeks to share information that can be valuable in many congregational settings. George does this through a virtual learning community known as the FaithSoaring Churches Learning Community. Information is available at www.ConnectwithFSCLC.info. This learning community offers Thursday Dialogues with guest resource persons which are audio recorded and these recordings are shared with everyone in the learning community. Members can even listen live to the dialogue and ask questions at the end of the audio recording session. Also, articles are shared on the subjects covered during the Thursday Dialogues, and on other subjects about congregational vitality and vibrancy. Additional benefits are provided from time-to-time.

The information phase and its FaithSoaring Churches Learning Community is open to anyone who chooses to connect. Go to www.ConnectwithFSCLC.info to connect.

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Clergy Credentialing for a Missional Movement

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What is the impact of the process of clergy credentialing on the vitality and vibrancy of a missional movement within a denomination? In a word—significant.

The more centralized, professionalized, formalized, and lengthy the clergy credentialing process is within a denominational family, the less vital and vibrant is the missional movement of that denomination. This has a negative impact on the numerical growth of the denomination.

The more localized, experience-based, informal, and abbreviated the clergy credentialing process is within a denominational family, the more vital and vibrant is the missional movement of that denomination. This has a positive impact on the numerical growth of the denomination.

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Ministry Legacy Season Insights from George Bullard at www.BullardJournal.org

InsightDuring the four-plus years of George’s Ministry Legacy Season he will from time-to-time offer insights developed over 50-plus years of ministry. His local church ministry leadership and involvement began during his teenage years, and actively continues in his sixth decade of ministry.

These insights come from multiple sources and many years of research, observation, and engagement with congregations. Like his mentor—Lyle Schaller—George cannot always tell you exactly where he acquired these insights. At times he can remember a book or books, a presentation by one or more experts, or observations of multiple congregations. At other times they represent discernments, conclusions, and a synergy of various observations and practices.

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