Category Archives for "George Bullard’s Journey"

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? […]

Intentional Interim Pastoral Ministry is an Art More than a Science, Post One

Saturday, October 14, 2017 This week I had the opportunity to speak to the leadership, and some invited guests, of one of my favorite organizations that seeks to recruit, train, place, resource, and coach interim pastors for congregations. It is Interim Pastor Ministries. My relationship with the people of Interim Pastor Ministries goes back almost […]

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

The 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. Download 2017-8 Lott Carey Herald Web Edition I have known David for these 20 years, and consider him a close friend, great colleague, and Christian ministry soulmate […]