Retreat Schedule and Seats Available

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"It only took 40 years of experience on George's part to be in a position to pull this group together for three days of learning! Great stuff. If you are called to serve churches, get in on this." --Norman Jameson. Attended Fall 2016

[Updated April 5, 2017]

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COST: Retreat Fee is generally $549. Lodging and breakfast are the responsibility of the participant.

  • Nine retreats have been completed since August 2016. We are now working on potential retreats for the next season--2017-2018--in Columbia, SC, Abingdon, VA, Washington, DC, Boston, MA, and a couple of sites in Canada. To schedule a retreat for your area, contact George Bullard at or 803.622.0923.
  • AVAILABLE!! May 8-10, 2017, White Plains United Methodist Church, Cary, NC: Seats Remaining = 3
    • To register and pay fee of $549 click HERE.
    • Fee includes a copy of George's new book--Captured By Vision, the retreat led by George, and electronic access for your use to all handouts and other materials, and meals and refreshments during the retreat.
    • Other meals [such as breakfast], lodging, and travel are not covered.
    • Retreat begins at 9:30 a.m. Monday morning and ends at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. No evening sessions.

Questions? Send e-mail to or call 803.622.0923.

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Congregational Champions Retreat Participants

Kim Mitchel attended during the Fall of 2016 and affirmed the following about the retreat: "Teaching excellent, material terrific, presenting great. Hospitality, kindness, generosity of spirit. Inspiration for me for future ministry."

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November 15-17, 2016

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October 11-13, 2016
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September 27-29, 2016
CCR002 Group
September 13-15, 2016

Meals and Refreshments

CCRetreat MealOne of the highlights of the Congregational Champions Retreats in the home of Betty and George Bullard is the meal and the refreshment service offered. Betty is a wonderful cook, and works continuously throughout the retreat to provide inviting meals and refreshments.

Betty also works hard to accommodate people who have special dietary needs to be sure they have appropriate and sufficient food.

Delightful refreshments start the minute people walk into the Bullard home. Refreshments appropriate to the time of day are presented to guests in the living room. For meals, the dining room is beautifully set for three course meals on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, and two course luncheons on Wednesday and Thursday.

No one goes without a sufficient amount of quality food. For some this is the highlight of the retreat. The sharing of George has a hard time matching the magnificence of the meal and refreshment service. But, that is fine with both Betty and George!

General Information on the Retreats


To provide a forum for a small group of people—around a half dozen--to have in-depth dialogue with
Captured By Vision Final Cover, 01.17.17George Bullard surrounding issues of congregational vitality and vibrancy. George is in the legacy stage of his ministry and desires to share everything he has learned from 40 years of service in a third-party relationship with congregations as a consultant, coach, denominational staff person, teacher/speaker, and writer. He desires to pass along his long view of what helps congregations become FaithSoaring.


Pastors, Church Staff, Denominational Staff, Consultants, Coaches, Teachers/Professors, Researchers, Writers, and other who have a third-party relationship with congregations.

[Keep reading to learn about the Focus, Benefits, and other information about the retreats.]

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Retreat Schedule

Sample Schedule: Schedule

  • Tuesday
    • 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.
    • 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. [Including Dinner]
  • Wednesday
    • 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
    • 12:00 - 2:30 p.m. [including Lunch]
    • 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.
    • 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. [Including Dinner]
  • Thursday
    • 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
    • 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. [including Lunch]

Lodging for Columbia, SC Retreats

LodgingLodging Near George and Betty Bullard’s House, 332 Valley Springs Road, Columbia, SC 29223-6934, George: 803.622.0923--Betty: 803.622.0992

Here are seven lodging choices within 3.5 to 4.5 miles of our house. You are responsible for your own lodging while attending the Congregational Champions Retreat.  Download Lodging Near George and Betty Bullard

These locations are around 20-25 miles from the Columbia, SC airport and 88-92 miles from the Charlotte, NC airport. Uber from the Columbia, SC airport is around $30-$35.

The price range is generally $90 to $125 per night during the week—although there may be some deals from time-to-time.

If you get to your lodging and need transportation to our house each day, we can work something out to get you a ride to and from our house.

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FAQ's About Congregational Champions Retreats

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Why are George and Betty Bullard Hosting These Retreats?

We want to share with colleagues in Christian ministry George's insights from 40 years of working as a third-party consultant, coach, teacher, and writer for congregations throughout North America in 50 denominations. Our desire is to enhance the learning of these colleagues to increase their effectiveness in serving congregations. We humbly hope we have concepts and strategies to share that will contribute to the journey of people committed to the vitality and vibrancy of congregations.


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27 Books That Have Impacted My Ministry as a Congregational Champion

Stacks of BooksI have read thousands of books during my life. Probably 90 percent of them have been non-fiction books. The picture with this blog post is a good representation of the stacks of books in my office when I lacked the shelf space for them.

As I begin the four-year Legacy Season of my ministry this month, and prepare to lead/teach seven Congregational Champions Retreats this fall--see have picked out 27 books that have had a direct impact on my approach to consulting and coaching with congregations and those who work with congregations as a third-party provider.

You can see these 27 books and brief comments about them HERE. I will likely add more to the list.

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