We Need Baptist Associations

Or, Other Forms of Local Denominational Organizations My denominational tradition—Baptist—and specifically my denominational tribe of heritage—Southern Baptists—has three dimensions of denominational structure. They are known as associations, state (or regional) conventions, and national agencies and institutions. Associations are the local entity which I categorize generically as dynamic spiritual and fellowship organisms. State conventions and the […]

What About Location Partners? #1

I am just having an opportunity to read the 2016 Barna Report produced in partnership with Cornerstone Knowledge Network entitled More Than Multisite: Inside Today’s Methods and Models for Launching New Congregations. I will likely post several times about it. One term I have already learned that I like very much is “Location Partners”. I […]

Theological Education vs. Ministry Preparation?

Should seminaries engage in theological education or ministry preparation? Of course the initial answer should be “both.” But, Let’s go deeper. Should seminaries primarily focus on theological education with minimal practical, real-time ministry preparation? Or, should seminaries primarily focus on ministry preparation with just enough theological reflection to be sure they are not producing heretics? […]

Insight 005: FaithSoaring Churches Increase the Expectations of People Connected with Their Congregation

Many congregations who need to transform are afraid of losing members, and thus lower expectations of members so they will not feel any pressure to leave. Others push the commitment button and say if members are faithful they will attend more and give more money. Both approaches are wrong. What works is the belief that […]

Insight 004: FaithSoaring Churches Have Leaders Who Know Their Own Mission in Life

Congregations who are on a successful and significant transformation journey need leader who are clear about their own journey. If congregational leaders are not passionate about their own sense of mission, purpose, core values, and vision, they will have a difficult task to help a congregation realize and experience these. Here are key questions to […]

Insight 003: FaithSoaring Churches Have Leaders Who Love Continual Innovation

Transforming congregations increasingly takes a commitment to continual innovation and excellence. Good enough is never good enough in congregations desiring to transform. Continual innovation is not about changing the core commitments to the Christian faith or the core values of a congregation. It is about discovering new methodologies that effectively communicate with people connecting with […]

Insight 002: FaithSoaring Churches Have Leaders Who Never Stop Learning

God’s world is a dynamic world. Transitions and changes are continual. New discoveries happen hourly. Knowledge increases at exponential speed. Paradigms shift before we become accustomed to familiar realities. A bias in favor of learning is essential for leaders. Congregational leaders who proclaim they know enough soon discover the leading edge of ministry is moving […]

The Synergy of Good Faith, Good Fellowship, Good Works, Good News

(Review one of the topics covered at Congregational Champions Retreats.) Four essential characteristics of FaithSoaring Churches are Good Faith, Good Fellowship, Good Works, and Good News. All four characteristics must be present in congregations or they are incomplete, myopic, and lack sufficient spiritual and strategic vitality and vibrancy. They also must interact in a way that creates […]