Category Archives for "CMBA General"

Insight 008: FaithSoaring Churches Start with People Rather Than Programs

Guess what? The program-driven congregation in North America started dying in the 1970s. It was replaced with the process-driven congregation. The program-driven congregation was about producing successful programs using–even abusing–people as the currency of success. The process-driven congregation is about empowering people along their disciplemaking journey. The measurement of success is the significance of their […]

Insight 007: FaithSoaring Churches Have a Deep Commitment to Missional Engagement

Congregations who transform understand the highest priority is the mission of God and not the mission of their congregational survival. They understand the greatest value is being received by those to whom we are sent, rather than an over focus on themselves. They realize they must see beyond themselves to those who need the unconditional […]

Insight 006: FaithSoaring Churches Have a Deep Commitment to Disciplemaking

Congregations cannot transform with shallow Christians or overly churched culture Christians who are stuck in place with their spiritual formation. Congregations cannot transform with church members who believe they have arrived in their spiritual journey and do not need to continue their spiritual formation as disciples. Congregations can only transform with church members who believe […]

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? […]