Congregational Champions Retreats

Learn In Three Days A Process to Transform Your Congregation

It does not matter what “RE” word works for you—revitalize, renew, re-envision, reinvent, redevelop restart, replant, resurrect—there is a three-day “retreat” you ought to attend. It is called a Congregational Champions Retreat.

“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 during the Fall of 2016

Who Are These Retreats For?

They are for senior or solo pastors, church staff persons, key lay leaders, denominational staff leaders, consultants, coaches, stewardship and capital campaign consultants, college and seminary professors who teach church growth and church leadership, and a host of other categories of people.

Who Is Leading the Retreats?

These retreats are led by George Bullard who has engaged in research, consulting, coaching, writing, speaking, and training on congregational transformation for more than 40 years. He wants to share with you what he has learned will work, will not work, and a process to achieve it. His work with congregations includes thousands. His advising of denominational organizations about congregational transformation includes hundreds. His training of consultants and coaches over the past five decades also numbers in the thousands.

George likes to do this in small groups. Over the past 13 months he has led 13 retreats involving 130 people. Now he is announcing a new round of retreats for the fall of 2017.

George Bullard

When Are the Fall 2017 Retreats?

The “retreats” start at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and end at 1:00 p.m. on Thursdays. The dates for this fall are,

  • Tuesday-Thursday, October 24th-26th (Limited to 12 people--3 seats remain)
  • Tuesday-Thursday, December 5th-7th (Limited to 12 people--2 seats remain)

Updated: Oct. 12, 2017

What Is the 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.

What Are the Benefits?

  • Retreat Content led by George Bullard
  • Reproducible handouts
  • Digital copies of handouts for use in your ministry
  • Membership in the FaithSoaring Churches Learning Community
  • Refreshments plus lunches on Wednesday and Thursday
Teaching excellent, material terrific, presenting great. Hospitality, kindness, generosity of spirit. Inspiration for me for future ministry.
Kim Mitchel , attended during the Fall of 2016

Where Will the Retreats Take Place?

Columbia Metro Baptist Association, 1929 Gadsden Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Can you really learn how to transform your congregation in three days?

Absolutely. You can learn the process and receive handouts you can use with your congregation. Then, you and George will work together to assess what additional process assistance you need or want following the retreat.

FAQs

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.

Who Can Benefits from These Retreats?

Third-party providers such as consultants, coaches, peer learning community facilitators, interim pastors, and others can enhance their ability to come alongside congregations and help them achieve their full Kingdom potential which George calls FaithSoaring.

Pastors and staff members of congregations can enhance their ability to see clearly the capacity of their congregation to achieve long-term vitality and vibrancy, and how they can provide appropriate leadership.

What Are the Anticipated Benefits?

The General Information section above lists specific benefits. Beyond these the anticipated benefits focus on accelerating the learning of participants so that in their practice of ministry they may soar beyond the learning dimension George has achieved in his 40 years of serving as a third-party provider to congregations [and denominations]. It would please George greatly if the ministry of many participants went well beyond what he has been able to achieve during his ministry. Christian ministry deserves our very best.

What are George's Qualifications to Lead These Retreats?

George has been working in local congregational ministry for more than 50 years beginning when at age 15 he began helping his parents plant new congregations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. During college he held positions as a church music director, and in seminary was associate pastor then pastor of an inner city congregation. At age 26 he was asked by his denomination to serve as a full-time consultant to congregations in racially and ethnically transitional communities in the Baltimore and Washington area.

This began 30 years in denominational staff roles which always included major consultation and coaching responsibilities with congregations and denominational organizations. The past ten years he has spent in full time congregational and denominational consulting, coaching, teaching, and writing.

He has trained over 700 people in various areas of consulting and coaching with congregations and denominational organizations, providing consulting or coaching services to more than 500 congregations and 200 denominational organizations, written more than 1000 articles and short eBooks on this discipline, and authored four full length trade books.

His books are Shaping a Future for the Church in the Changing Community [with Jere Allen], Pursuing the Full Kingdom Potential of Your Congregation, Every Congregation Needs a Little Conflict, FaithSoaring Churches, and Captured By Vision.

Will I Learn How to Build a Consulting and/or Coaching Business During This Retreat?

This is not a primary agenda item for this particular retreat. We want to stay primarily focused on what makes a difference in the ability of congregations to soar with faith and to sustain their soaring. However, it is inevitable that this will come up as an item of dialogue since several people have already asked about it. We would prefer that this question be part of male conversations rather than a primary agenda item. George is glad to share in individual conversations what he has learned over 40 years of having a consultation and coaching practice.

Questions?

Still have questions? E-mail George directly at George@ColumbiaMetro.org or call him at 803.622.0923, and he would be glad to answer your questions.

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Completed Retreats

  • August 30-September 1, 2016
  • September 13-15, 2016
  • September 27-29, 2016
  • October 11-13, 2016
  • November 15-17, 2016
  • December 6-8, 2016
  • January 24-26, 2017
  • February 21-23, 2017
  • March 28-30, 2017
  • May 8-10, 2017
  • July 10-12, 2017
  • July 13-14, 2017