Category Archives for "George Bullard’s Journey"

The Ten “R”s for Plotting a New Congregational Course Overview

Radical Transitions and Changes When Congregations Fully Surrender to God’s Empowering Vision Download this post and make copies for use in your congregation: Ten “R”s for Plotting a New Cong Course Overview, 04.30.18 Edition Every congregation that is started, planted, launched, or otherwise initiated as a Christ-centered, faith-based missional community reaches a point in its life when […]

Report from the Pew for Sunday, April 29, 2018

I attended three churches today. Two of the three were for music presentations. Church A had its annual all generations music presentation with singing groups with people from age 7 to 77—less or more—singing. Several musical selections had scripture reading and testimonies. It was a powerful presentation involving almost 150 singers and instrumentalists. It was […]

Through Fundraising We Work Together for the Full Coming of God’s Kingdom

“Fundraising is a very rich and beautiful activity. It is a confident, joyful, and hope-filled expression of ministry. In ministering to each other, each from the riches that he or she possesses, we work together for the full coming of God’s kingdom.” (Nouwen, p. 60) Always remember that fundraising is not an auxiliary program of […]

Fundraising is a Life-Giving, Hope-Filled Expression of Ministry

“How do we become people who security base is God and God alone?” “How do we move from perceiving fundraising as an unpleasant but unavoidable activity to recognizing fundraising as a life-giving, hope-filled expression of ministry?” (Nouwen, p. 55) Fundraising as a life-giving, hope-filled expression of ministry is what only can be achieved when we […]

Fundraising Must Increase the Significance of the Organization

“In the world, those who raise funds must show potential donors a strategic plan that convinces donors their money will help to increase the productivity and success of the organization” (Nouwen, p. 51) Fundraising success must also translate into increased significance in Christ-centered ministry. Success is simply not enough. Ultimately it must express itself in […]

Fundraising Must Create New, Lasting Relationships

“We have something to offer–friendship, prayer, peace, love, fidelity, affection, ministry with those in need–and these things are so valuable that people are willing to make their resources available to sustain them. Fundraising must always aim to create new, lasting relationships.” (Nouwen, p. 50) Fundraising must involve long-term meaningful relationships where the donor can participate […]

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