Category Archives for "CMBA General"

Insight 020: FaithSoaring Churches Focus on Signs of Health and Strength

Transforming congregations does not happen by correcting what is wrong or weak about a congregation. Kennon Callahan said years ago that you can correct everything wrong with a congregation and bring it right up to neutral. Transforming congregations takes place by affirming what is right about a congregation and building on this foundation. It begins […]

Insight 019: FaithSoaring Churches Clearly Distinguish Between What is of Christ and What is of Culture

It is a mistake to assume that everything a Christian congregation does is Christ-centered and faith-based. This is especially true for congregations who have waned in their clarity of and commitment to a God-breathed vision. These congregations often confuse Christ and culture—what is of God and what is of society and government. As a result, […]

Insight 018: FaithSoaring Churches Treat Transformation as a Journey and Not a Destination

Congregational transformation is a journey and not a destination. God’s world is a dynamic world that is ever changing and always transitioning. Incremental transitions happen daily. Technical adjustments are needed continuously. Adaptive changes are required regularly. The big lie about transforming congregations is that congregations can ever speak of being transformed. They cannot. They must […]

30 People from 19 Churches Attend First Vision Tuesday

Tuesday, January 16th the first Vision Tuesday was held at the CMBA office sponsored by the association and Southern Mutual Church Insurance at The meal of chicken plus shrimp and grits was catered by Blue Marlin Restaurant. The speaker was John Daugherty,  executive director, Operation Inasmuch at Operation Inasmuch is a national nonprofit that […]

Insights 017: FaithSoaring Churches Encourage Relationships That are True Friendships

Transforming congregations must clearly encourage and demonstrate two types of relationships that produce true friendships. First, there must be an obvious and sincere dimension of relationships within the congregational fellowship. People must love and like one another in a way that creates and sustains Christian community. Second, there must be an obvious and sincere dimension […]

Insight 015: FaithSoaring Churches Renew Their Core While Extending Their Ministry

Congregations are often very caring for those in need near them and throughout the world. They understand the need to extend the ministry of their congregation to hurting people, and engage in acts of Christian kindness. Yet they have a disconnect between going around doing well, and specifically engaging people in disciplemaking processes. They do […]

Insight 013: FaithSoaring Churches Embrace Their Age Demographics as a Beginning Point

The longer a congregation is in existence the greater the tendency for the average age in the congregation to be older. Few congregations incrementally adjust their strategy and style to continually reach the next generations. The clear majority create a gap between their patterns of doing church, and the patterns of church sought by the […]