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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 December 9, 2017]

Learn in 3 Days a Process to Transform Your Congregation


*Tuesday to Thursday, February 6th-8th (Limited to 12 people--11 seats remain)

*Wednesday to Friday, April 18th-20th (Limited to 12 people--12 seats remain)

*Friday to Sunday, April 27th-29th (Limited to 12 people--12 seats remain)

*Monday to Wednesday, May 21st-23rd (Limited to 12 people--12 seats remain)

  • Location: Columbia Metro Baptist Association, 1929 Gadsden Street, Columbia, SC 29201
  • Schedule: Begins on at 1:00 p.m. on first day and ends on at 12:30 p.m. on third day. Evenings free.
  • Exception: Weekend retreat begins at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday with Sunday morning in selected churches)
  • Cost: 
    • Pastors and Staff Persons from churches affiliated with the Columbia Metro Baptist Association: $99.
    • Pastors and Staff Persons from other Baptist associations in SC, or SC Baptist Convention or its Agencies and Institutions staff persons: $249.
    • Pastors and Staff from non-Baptist churches or any church outside the state of South Carolina: $499.
  • Benefits:
    • Retreat Content led by George Bullard (45 years experience with congregational transformation)
    • Reproducible handouts (Copyrighted)
    • Digital copies of handouts for use in your ministry
    • Membership in the FaithSoaring Churches Learning Community (Free the first year.)
    • Refreshments each day plus meals during sessions
"One of the very best training retreats I have ever attended. Realistic and tested tools to use in any church that is plateaued, declining or dying, that can help set a vision birthed by the congregation itself and give you a fighting chance to see God move in your midst once again. I cannot recommend this enough!" Jeff Phillips, Pastor, Woodfield Park Baptist Church, Columbia, SC. Attended Fall 2017.

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

 CCR Group 004

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

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

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  • Tuesday
    • 1:00 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday
    • 9:00 - 5:30 p.m. (includes lunch)
  • Thursday
    • 9:00 - 12:30 p.m. [including Lunch]

FAQ's About Congregational Champions Retreats

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Why is George Bullard and the Columbia Metro Baptist Association 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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