Our One Priority

Our One Priority To start and strengthen congregations to serve as vital and vibrant missional communities.

Or in More Detail . . . To start and strength congregational expressions in a manner that empowers them to serve as vital and vibrant missional communities who reach and nurture the lost, unchurched, underchurched, and dechurched people who live or visit in our associational fellowship area, or who live wherever in God’s world our congregations are sent and received.

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Insight 196: “Multiplication is God’s people continually reproducing disciples, leaders, and churches for the Gospel Saturation of a place.” (Gospel[...]
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Insight 195: “If we want to bring the light of the gospel to every man, woman, and child, we need[...]
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Insight 194: Gospel Saturation must have a “Common Opportunities: A shared understanding of the shaping effect of sin in your[...]
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Insight 193: Gospel Saturation must have a “Common Behaviors: A shared list of outcomes disciples are expected to produce;” (Gospel[...]
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 Insight 192: Gospel Saturation must have a “Common Beliefs: A shared understanding of the key gospel truths necessary for transformation;”[...]
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Insight 191: Gospel Saturation must have a “Common Language: A shared definition of the key terms necessary for disciple-making to[...]
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Insight 190: Gospel Saturation must have a “Common Table: A shared point of contact where leaders of churches are working[...]
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Insight 189: “In order to get after discipling a city, a group intent on Gospel Saturation must be praying for[...]
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Insight 188: “Culture always trumps strategy. Culture is whatever is normal for the majority. By this we mean that a[...]
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Insight 187: “Transformation happens when God’s people are conformed into the image of Christ—resulting in the gospel renewal of lives,[...]
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Insight 186: “Unfortunately, we will never get after the greater mission of Gospel Saturation if we lose sight of the[...]
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Insight 185: “We may be prone to shift our expectations by lowering the standard of transformed lives and settling for[...]
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Insight 184: “Many times . . . we invest much effort and see little fruit. Often it seems that the[...]
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Insight 183: “We all want to see lives changed and transformed by the power of the gospel. It’s one of[...]
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Insight 182: “We must know the needs and opportunities presented in our shared COA if we are going to mobilize[...]
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Insight 181: “Mobilization happens when God’s people own the lostness of a defined people in a defined place. In our[...]
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Insight 180: “Coaching Questions: Why is modeling Mobilization for the people we lead so important to the overall goal of[...]
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Insight 179: “The second COA (Circle of Accountability) is represented by your local church membership. You want this circle to[...]
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Insight 178: “Write down the names of three people, who are close to you yet far from God, whom you’ve[...]
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Insight 177: “Gospel Saturation intentionality must be modeled personally before you  can lead God’s people to own the lostness of[...]
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Insight 176: “This geographical intentionality is not only descriptive of the first  church, but a model for how the church[...]
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Insight 175: “The first step in the process of mobilizing all of God’s people in all of the churches throughout[...]
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Insight 174: “At the end of the day, a movement is something only God can do. Kingdom movement depends on[...]
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Insight 173: Three foundational convictions that drive gospel saturation are, Conviction 1: When God moves in the world, He moves[...]
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Insight 172: “As we talk about taking ownership and responsibility for lostness, we understand that we cannot change anyone’s heart[...]
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Insight 171: “Mobilization occurs when God’s people own the lostness of a defined people in a defined place. Notice the[...]
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Insight 170: “This answer (that the primary access point for the gospel is the Sunday morning worship service in a[...]
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Insight 169: “What is the primary access point most people in your city have to the gospel? If the people[...]
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Insight 168: “Mobilization, transformation, collaboration, and multiplication are concepts that spark all kinds of “but what about” questions in our[...]
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Insight 167: “How? How do we mobilize all of God’s people to live on mission where they live, learn, work,[...]
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Insight 166: “The nature and scope of God’s redemptive mission and the complexity of the modern missional context defies any[...]
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Insight 165: “Four priorities define the movement of Gospel Saturation: mobilization, transformation, collaboration, and multiplication. These four priorities are active[...]
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Insight 164: “Our sermons are filled with words like gospel, glory, discipleship, and mission. But why? If our ‘why’ is[...]
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Insight 163: Movement: “We’re trained to move. Maybe that’s why stagnation in the church drives most of us crazy. We’re[...]
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Insight 162: “God is on relentless mission to save sinners and fix the world. His Church, following in the pattern[...]
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Insight 161: The first 160 insights shared with you were from the Gospel Saturation Primer from the movement called Christ[...]
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Insight 160: “We acknowledge that the fruit we seek and the partnership we desire can’t take place unless we all[...]
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Insight 159: “A church might rethink its priorities and determine that sending teams to start new churches in strategic pockets[...]
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Insight 158: “Gospel Saturation Prioritizes Multiplication Over Addition.” “Gospel Saturation forces us—it compels us—to dream big dreams. We’re not content[...]
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Insight 157: “A number of beautiful things happen when Kingdom leaders begin to collaborate. First, the spirit of competition that[...]
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Insight 156: “Gospel Saturation Prioritizes Collaboration over Competition.” “Therefore, they prioritize time investing in other churches, building relationships with other[...]
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Insight 155: “Gospel Saturation Prioritizes Transformation Over Attendance.” “Prioritizing transformation creates an agile church culture that is able to move,[...]
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Insight 154: “We are quickly to abandon programs or models that are not producing genuine transformation into the people who[...]
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Insight 153: “Long before someone trusts in Jesus, we begin to disciple them to understand the gospel and its implications.[...]
Expectation One of Churches Who are Members or Connected with CMBA
The Visionary Leadership Community (formerly Administrative Team) of CMBA has been working on a set of expectations for member churches[...]
Expectation Two of Churches Who are Members or Connected with CMBA
Expectation Two: Every church is expected to be on mission to fulfill the Great Commission in the spirit of the[...]
Expectation Three of Churches Who are Members or Connected with CMBA
Since CMBA is a member-based family of churches, it is dependent on the financial support of family members. Every church[...]
Expectation Four of Churches Who are Members or Connected with CMBA
Historically – before there were entities such as state conventions and a national Baptist denomination –there were documents know as[...]
Expectation Five of Churches Who are Members or Connected with CMBA
Every member church is eligible for their pastor (or a designated person) plus at least one other person, to be[...]
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Insight 152: “Rather than focusing all the effort and attention on the gathered church, our new OS demands a focus[...]
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Insight 151: “The church can, and should, gather on a regular basis for a wide assortment of reasons: teaching, singing,[...]
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Insight 150: “How do we make it possible for everyone on the planet to come in contact with a missionary[...]
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Insight 149: “If we truly believe that God wants every man, woman, and child to have a repeated opportunity to[...]
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Insight 148: “Faithful work in the harvest should result in the production of robust, mature disciples. Gone are the days[...]
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Insight 147: “God’s Kingdom compels us into the harvest—the third priority of an OS (operating system) driven by Gospel Saturation.[...]
One Priority Grants Pilot Period Renewed
A celebration from the CMBA Visionary Leadership Community gathering on Tuesday, June 18th Renewed for a new pilot period of[...]
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Insight 146: “Movement leads to an understanding of God’s Kingdom. The work of God is not centered on any one[...]
First Impressions Team Training on August 24th
Register HERE First Impressions Team Training is often needed for the people providing guest services for your congregation. It is[...]
First Haitian Baptist Church Connects with CMBA
A celebration from the CMBA Visionary Leadership Community gathering on Tuesday, June 18th Recognized the First Haitian Baptist Church –[...]
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Insight 145: “We must grasp the nature of movement. God is at work around the world to do far more[...]
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Insight 144: Think about what it would be like to give your life, the entirety of your pastoral ministry, to[...]
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Insight 143: “If you were to share the gospel with someone and disciple that one person to maturity over the[...]
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Insight 142: “If you were an exceptional evangelist and saw 5,000 converts a year through your mass crusade ministry for[...]
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Insight 141: “We are discipling people in the faith from the beginning as they observe our lives and discern what[...]
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Insight 140: “Slow progress shouldn’t cause us to give up too quickly. God is sovereign and He can and will[...]
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Insight 139: “If business (the disciplemaking business) isn’t good or if you’re not really sure how it’s going, the place[...]
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Insight 138: “At this juncture, it’s important to do a bit of honest assessment. If you were asked to assess[...]
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Insight 137: “If we’re not making disciples then, more than likely the problem lies in our system. We’re getting what[...]
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Insight 136: “Dallas Willard asked it this way: What is your plan for making  disciples? Does your plan work? It’s[...]
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Insight 135: “The Scriptures give us the mandate to assess the nature of discipleship in our lives and in the[...]
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Insight 134: “You may have noticed that if you preach a sermon on the Great Commission you likely get a[...]
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Insight 133: “The church must embrace a decentralized approach that does not rise and fall on any key leader or[...]
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Insight 132: “In a real way it is the church, and not simply the pastors, who are the ministers of[...]
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Insight 131: “Your mission consists of making disciples who fulfill their mission to make disciples. Paul makes this point clearly[...]
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Insight 130: “You can rest assured that your church takes notice. They want to see if their leaders actually live[...]
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Insight 129: “Your mission is to make disciples. You simply cannot call other people to a task that you don’t[...]
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Insight 128: “You are a disciple—This is where true leadership begins. Anyone can lead a staff meeting, develop a mission[...]
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Insight 127: “The church’s mission is to make disciples. As a leader of the church you are a disciple of[...]
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Insight 126: “If we are not seeing evangelism in our people, then we have a discipleship problem. It’s less likely[...]
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Insight 125: “In 2013, Statistician Dr. Ryan Kozey surveyed 30,000 evangelicals over a 4-year period, asking the question: Have you[...]
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Insight 124: “These distinctive marks (being and doing) of a disciple’s life will be inherently counter-cultural. This process is vital[...]
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Insight 123: “As a result, (of Disciples being and doing different things) others will SEE a compelling picture of the[...]
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Insight 122: “Disciples will then DO different things. They will exemplify different actions in every aspect of their lives, including[...]
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Insight 121: “Disciples will BE different. . . A mind shaped by the gospel will increasingly and naturally produce lasting[...]
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Insight 120: “We can define transformation this way: God’s people transformed into the image of Christ, resulting in the gospel[...]
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Insight 119: “If God’s people, who profess to be saved by His grace, are captivated by His love, and live[...]
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Insight 118: “God’s people were given a mission to proclaim the excellences of God. How? They were to live as[...]
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Insight 117: “Having a clear target for disciple-making is vital for a local church. It helps create shared language and[...]
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Insight 116: “A disciple is defined as one who does the things Jesus did with the motivation with which He[...]
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Insight 115: “Those who are saved by grace are then “taught to obey all things Jesus has commanded”. Obedience to[...]
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Insight 114: “A disciple is baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Spirit. Though there is much to[...]
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Insight 113: “The mission is unmistakable—make disciples of all people. Jesus’ command is a refrain of God’s design from creation,[...]
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Insight 112: “Everything hinges on the way we define, build, and send disciples. Disciple-making is the irreducible minimum for Gospel[...]
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Insight 111: “Throughout this Primer we’ve argued that the mission of God’s people through His Church is to saturate the[...]
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Insight 110: Regarding the trap of short-term mission trips: “Gospel Saturation results in outsiders recognizing that the best they have[...]
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Insight 109: Regarding the trap of short-term mission trips: “Without intentionality, these trips can amount to running the church growth[...]
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Insight 108: “Churches looking to telescope their missionary efforts, can work to come alongside believers to help them understand God’s[...]
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Insight 107: “The first and most strategic way to telescope the efforts of the local church comes through training and[...]
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Insight 106: “The oft-asked question in response to this intense focus on one’s immediate geography is, “What about the ends[...]
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Insight 105: “Should we focus on church planting or church revitalization? A Gospel Saturation OS (Operating System) says both! We[...]
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Insight 104: “If the mission is every man, woman, and child then the need changes drastically.” “We would reject the[...]
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Insight 103: “We need all churches in our circles to be healthy to accomplish the objective of reaching every man,[...]
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Insight 102: “Given enough time, every church will see a need for revitalization. In fact, seen in this light every[...]
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Insight 101: “The rise of church planting fervor has often passively communicated that those who give of themselves to bring[...]
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Insight 100: “Not every church can be involved in church planting in the same way, but every church, regardless of[...]
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Insight 99: “We’d also seek to plant new churches in the circle who can join with us in reaching people.[...]
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Insight 98: “If Gospel Saturation remains the goal, then another conclusion naturally follows: It will take all kinds of churches[...]
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Insight 97: “Ironically, those who grasp the nature of Gospel Saturation would argue that the purpose of church planting isn’t[...]
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Insight 96: “An OS (Operating System) driven by Gospel Saturation focused on seeing a movement of God and manifesting His[...]
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Insight 95: “The normative “why” (plant churches) answers are derived from the OS (Operating System) of church growth. We plant[...]
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Insight 94: “This church planting resurgence has prompted a litany of material designed to foster healthy church plants. The methodologies[...]
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Insight 93: “Certainly it is true that our day has seen a resurgence of church planting fervor. For a host[...]
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Insight 92: “We’ve all heard the objections: ‘But, we already have enough churches.’ “Don’t you know how many churches are[...]
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Insight 91: “Combined, the COA (Circle of Accountability) and COI (Circle of Influence), provide a manageable scope for the mission[...]
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Insight 90: “Our Sovereign God places each member of the church in the midst of a people in a specific[...]
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Insight 89: “Every believer living as a missionary is given a distinct COI (Circle of Influence) made up of places[...]
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Insight 88: In our COA (Circle of Accountability) “the corporate domain represents the shared space of those who make up[...]
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Insight 87: “We develop a clear and compelling strategy to reach our defined COA (Circle of Accountability). This strategy should[...]
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Insight 86: “We should understand the defined geography as our God-given harvest field and do our part to see to[...]
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Insight 85: “The COA (Circle of Accountability) outlines the specific community the church is called to reach.” “We must resist[...]
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Insight 84: “Geographic intentionality is not only descriptive of the first church, but a model for how the church takes[...]
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Insight 83: “A Harvest Plan. Vision and responsibility necessitate . . . a clear plan for engaging the harvest.” “The[...]
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Insight 82: “Every Believer = A Missionary. God works in the world through scattered disciples and churches who give gospel[...]
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Insight 81: “The work of the harvest isn’t merely for a select few, it is the work of all of[...]
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Insight 80: “God’s people must take responsibility for their role in the harvest. Each person who has trusted Jesus in[...]
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Insight 79: “Each follower of Jesus begins by putting a name to the mission. Bill (the husband), Isabel (the single-mom),[...]
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Insight 78: “The mission cannot merely be a theoretical or abstract reality; it must be personal. . . . The[...]
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Insight 77: “God’s people must be gripped with an overwhelming vision of the scope of the harvest. Do we see[...]
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Insight 76: “Jesus sees the harvest. Jesus sees the broken and hurting as aimless sheep living without a shepherd—destined for[...]
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Insight 75: “God’s people must have a vision for the harvest. The beginning stages of Jesus’ public ministry, recounted in[...]
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Insight 74: “We must figure out ways to make the mission personal and specific to our lives and the context[...]
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Insight 73: “As part of God’s family, we share the mission together to ensure that every man, woman, and child[...]
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Insight 72: “We pray that we would see God’s people partnering with all expressions of the Church for the Gospel[...]
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Insight 71: “Unfortunately, the way we scatter the seeds of the gospel today is within a large building during a[...]
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Insight 70: “To propel the church outward, the church’s leaders focus on releasing assets, building disciples, and collaborating with other[...]
Our One Priority Briefing for March 21, 2019
Our One Priority Briefing, 03.21.19Download SPECIAL EDITION! Thursday, March 21, 2019 Our One Priority Briefing for Ministers from George Bullard[...]
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Insight 69: “God invites all of His people to join Him in whatever He is doing in the world. Just[...]
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Insight 68: “We have a gracious invitation to be on the team of the Victor, who has already done all[...]
What Does Haitian, Filipino, Vietnamese, and Pakistani Mean?
Haitian refers to the new Haitian Baptist Church started in the Columbia Metro Baptist Association during February. They are a[...]
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Insight 67: “God’s Church faces overwhelming odds, but we serve a God who loves to work against all odds. If[...]
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Insight 66: “No one church, regardless of how large, has the bandwidth to reach an entire city.” “all of the[...]
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Insight 65: “You should celebrate when the church down the street succeeds, even if the other church’s success results in[...]
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Insight 64: “What is the mission of the church? The answer is found by working in reverse order. Your church[...]
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Insight 63: “No single church, regardless of how large, represents the sole outpost of God’s Church in a city. It’s[...]
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Insight 62: “Even within your city, there are likely hundreds of local churches, each containing a subset of the overall[...]
Gaining Traction for a Radical Congregational Transformation, Part Three
Register to the Vision Day Lunch and Panel on March 19th to hear more about this subject from a panel[...]
Gaining Traction for a Radical Congregational Transformation, Part Two
Register to the Vision Day Lunch and Panel on March 19th to hear more about this subject from a panel[...]
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Insight 61: “The Kingdom declared (gospel) and the Kingdom modeled (good works) go hand in hand. What differentiates this notion[...]
Gaining Traction for a Radical Congregational Transformation, Part One
Register to the Vision Day Lunch and Panel on March 19th to hear more about this subject from a panel[...]
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Insight 60: “The Kingdom of God serves as the transforming force in our cities. It redeems and restores all it[...]
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Insight 59: “God’s Kingdom includes all aspects of our world that conform to God’s glory and character.” “We might think[...]
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Insight 58: “The Kingdom is the second fundamental principle that is required to shift from an OS of church growth[...]
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Insight 57: “We can’t manufacture a movement, but we can prepare for one. We can give our lives to a[...]
Our One Priority Briefing for March 6, 2019
Wednesday, March 6, 2019: Our One Priority Briefing for Ministers from George Bullard A Family of Baptist Congregations in the Midlands[...]
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Insight 56: “At the end of the day, a movement is something only God can do. Kingdom movement depends on[...]
A Wednesday Word From George Bullard, March 6, 2019
Gaining Traction for a Radical Congregational Transformation. Check out this week's video with George Bullard. Register for the Vision Day[...]
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Insight 55: “If a movement is going to happen it will not happen through adding a few more members to[...]
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Insight 54: “God wants a movement of multiplication. There is no doubt that God has hardwired multiplication into everything that[...]
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Insight 53: “If every man, woman and child having access to the gospel is the desired outcome, then we understand[...]
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Insight 52: “Movement thinking believes that transformation happens best when individuals primarily hear from God through His Word and His[...]
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Insight 51: “Far from diminishing the value of the corporate gathering of the church, movement thinking actually enhances the intentionality[...]
Church Generosity Within Our Family of Congregations
Church Generosity Within Our Family of CongregationsDownload In a family of congregations in the Midlands of South Carolina known as[...]
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Insight 50: “Movement thinking forces leaders to ask how they can empower all their people to live with gospel intentionality[...]
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Insight 49: “God desires missionary disciples and these missionary disciples are the only way a gospel movement will ever happen.[...]
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Insight 48: “What would it look like? We must be careful with our qualifiers to this second question. This doesn’t[...]
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Insight 047: “My story, my salvation, my personal growth, my suffering is all rooted in the glory of God and[...]
Multiplying Congregations Monthly Breakfast Gatherings
The Columbia Metro Baptist Association is pulling together a monthly gathering (perhaps a Saturday breakfast) to dialogue about multiplying congregations[...]
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Insight 046: What does God want? “God wants Gospel Saturation. He longs for every man, woman, and child to have[...]
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Insight 045: For true and deep Gospel Saturation to take place “pastors, church leaders, and every missionary disciple must relentlessly[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 044
Insight 044: “If we are going to see the tide of secularism, racism, and every other -ism that is set[...]
Alice Drive Baptist Church in Sumter Connects with CMBA
Alice Drive Baptist Church (ADBC) has connected with CMBA under the newly updated category of Church Network Connections. ADBC's primary[...]
A Wednesday Word From George Bullard, February 20, 2019
Multiplying Congregations, Transforming Congregations, and Transforming the World Through Collegiate Ministry. Check out this week's video with George Bullard at[...]
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Insight 043: “One thing is certain, if we are going to make headway in addressing the burgeoning mission field of[...]
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Insight 042: “What would it take to reach a tipping pint that would lead to a gospel movement in our[...]
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Insight 041: “Thankfully there are many church leaders beginning to talk about movement as the starting point for our understanding[...]
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Insight 040: “The hallmark of any movement of God is not the select few experts doing great deeds, but the[...]
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Insight 039: “Often the majority of the church’s growth doesn’t come from new converts, but from those who have been[...]
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Insight 038: “Gospel Saturation measures progress not in terms of the growth of any singular church, but in terms of[...]
Church Adoption Within Our Family of Congregations
As your associational director of missions, I frequently use the metaphor of family to describe the best possible relationship we[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 037
Insight 037: “Leaders running the OS (operating system) of church growth measure progress altogether differently than those drive by Gospel[...]
SPECIAL EDITION! Our One Priority Briefing for February 11, 2019
Monday, February 11, 2019 -- Our One Priority Briefing for Ministers from George Bullard A Family of Baptist Congregations in the[...]
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Insight 036: “Vision shapes your understanding of your current reality and your hope for what is to come. The same[...]
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Insight 035: Four principles are used to create the OS of Gospel Saturation. “They are the core beliefs that shape[...]
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Insight 034: Four principles are used to create the OS of Gospel Saturation. “They are the core beliefs that shape[...]
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Insight 033: Four principles are used to create the OS of Gospel Saturation. “They are the core beliefs that shape[...]
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Insight 032: Four principles are used to create the OS of Gospel Saturation. “They are the core beliefs that shape[...]
A Wednesday Word From George Bullard, February 6, 2019
Multiplying Congregations Expressions in the Columbia Metro Baptist Churches-in-Association Fellowship Area. Participate in the conversation at our Vision Day Lunch[...]
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Insight 031: “We long for churches to embrace Gospel Saturation as their driving OS for everything the church does. We[...]
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Insight 030: “We would define success by whether or not every man, woman, and child has repeated opportunities to see,[...]
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Insight 029: “From Addition to Multiplication – These practical changes culminate with a radically new definition of success. We would[...]
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Insight 028: “Christians and churches with this Gospel Saturation OS would work to collaborate with others to saturate a defined[...]
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Insight 027: “There isn’t a city where any singular church can accomplish the mission of filling their community with image-bearing[...]
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Insight 026: “From Competition to Collaboration – Transformed people living on mission for the sake of Gospel Saturation will soon[...]
Boldly Go Where No Association Has Gone Before — Overview
Boldly Go Where No Association Has Gone Before!  For some leaders and churches there are big misunderstandings about the truly[...]
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Insight 025: “Transformation cannot be programmed by any leader, no matter how gifted. It occurs when God’s people are captivated[...]
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Insight 024: “From Attendance to Transformation – The second priority shift between a church growth and a Gospel Saturation OS[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 023
Insight 023: “Our new operating system would necessitate God’s people own the lostness where they live, learn, work, and play,[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 022
Insight 022: “Since God’s Spirit indwells all His people, we know that every disciple of Jesus becomes the access point[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 021
Insight 021: “From Collection to Mobilization – A church growth OS aims at collection while a Gospel Saturation OS seeks[...]
Our One Priority Briefing for January 23, 2019
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 -- Our One Priority Briefing for Ministers from George Bullard A Family of Baptist Congregations in the[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 020
Insight 020: “A church can’t have a church growth OS (operating system) and effectively run Gospel Saturation Apps. The predetermined[...]
A Wednesday Word From George Bullard, January 23, 2019
Our Martin Luther King Jr. Day Worship Service, Multi-Ethnic Ministry, Jamie Rogers and Baptist Collegiate Ministries, and Praying for Pastors[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 019
Insight 019: “If our vision is to grow a large church, it will be quite small compared to filling the[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 018
Insight 018: “’How’ questions lead to answers based on apps. ‘Why’ questions lead to answers based on operating systems. Gospel[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 017
Insight 017: “We can define Gospel Saturation this way: The church owning the lostness of an identified people in a[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 016
Insight 016: “Our sermons are filled with words like ‘gospel’, ‘glory’, ‘discipleship’, and ‘mission’. But why? If our ‘why’ is[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 015
Insight 015: “Paul makes it clear that this mission isn’t simply the task of a faithful few. All those who[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 014
Insight 014: “The reason we must begin with the ‘why’ question is because the answer to this question fuels our[...]
A Wednesday Word From George Bullard, January 16, 2019
Our Martin Luther King Jr. Day Worship Service on Monday, January 21st agt 6:30 p.m. at St. Andrews Baptist Church,[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 013
Insight 013: “Why are your planting that church? Who do you want your church to grow? Why are you going[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 012
“We wrestle with our inherited OS that we learned through our upbringing, our seminaries, our books, our traditions, and our[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 011
“Churches driven by this OS (church growth) would define success by how many members they have, how many people show[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 010
"At the risk of oversimplification, let’s assume that ‘church growth’ is the normative OS that is running these Apps in[...]
Vision Day on January 15th: Multiplying Ethnic Congregational Expressions
Register for Vision Day lunch and speakers at https://goo.gl/forms/v58ZZMQ76dEnsTcB2. Download the Key Resource For this Event: Peoples Next Door NC, A[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 009
"They [the Apps] can help the church accomplish all sorts of laudable goals, but they fail to achieve their maximum[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 008
[Continued from Insight 007] “In time, we often find that the App either doesn’t deliver the intended results or doesn’t[...]
Our One Priority Briefing for January 9, 2019
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 -- Our One Priority Briefing for Ministers from George Bullard A Family of Baptist Congregations in the[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 007
“Whether you are starting a new church plant, re-missioning an older church, or attempting to keep the trend of growth[...]
A Wednesday Word From George Bullard, January 9, 2019
Our First Vision Day of the New Year on Tuesday, January 15th, Church planting with Gospel Saturation, and Our Martin[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 006
“The rise of church planting fervor has prompted the start of more churches than we’ve seen in recent decades. Yet,[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 005
(Consider the difference between a computer Operating System and an App.) “Evangelical culture represents the biggest App store imaginable—we have more[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 004
Missional theologian Leslie Newbigin “warned the church that the impending cultural changes would lead to an increasingly marginalized church—one that[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 003
“The question hasn’t changed: What does God want in the world? Our answer likely hasn’t changed either: To fill the[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 002
“With all of our attention and investment into the craft of doing church, Christianity is fading across our country.” “It[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 001
“God is not in a hurry. He is on mission and one of the key places that mission begins is[...]
A Wednesday Word From George Bullard, January 2, 2019
Our First Vision Day of the New Year on Tuesday, January 15th, Church planting with Gospel Saturation, and Our Martin[...]
Gospel Saturation and Multiplying Congregations in 2019
In the CMBA 2019 is a year of emphasis on multiplying congregations. As part of that we desire all congregations[...]
A Wednesday Word From George Bullard, December 19, 2018
Merry Christmas, Our First Vision Day of the New Year on Tuesday, January 15th, and Our Martin Luther King Jr.[...]
Christmas Season Closing of CMBA Office
Just to let you know . . . the CMBA office will be closed from 3:00 p.m. Thursday, December 20th[...]
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Worship Service, Monday, January 21st
The CMBA Martin Luther King Jr. Day Worship Service will be on Monday, January 21st at 6:30 p.m. at St.[...]
Let’s Be Bold About Multiplying Congregations in the CMBA
2019 is a year for launching a church planting movement within the Columbia Metro Baptist Association fellowship area. I have[...]
Church Planting is at the Heart of George Bullard’s Ministry
Church planting can work when church planters start churches. But the deep, rich, exponential Kingdom growth occurs when churches plant[...]
Let’s Take a Look at our Congregational Multiplication Opportunities
Insights on Congregational Multiplication from George Bullard 2019 is a year for launching a church planting movement within the Columbia[...]
Register for “Pop-Up” Vision Day Lunch and Speaker on Immigration Issues Tuesday, October 23rd
Periodically a door of opportunity opens that was unexpected and unplanned. Such is the case for this coming Tuesday, October[...]
Register for Vision Day Lunch and Speaker on Church Planting Models Tuesday, October 16th
The Columbia Metro Baptist Association’s next Vision Day Lunch and Speaker is fast approaching on Tuesday, October 16th. The theme[...]
The Columbia Metro Connection eNewsletter — October 1, 2018
A Message from George Bullard, Director You Are Invited to Annual Associational Meeting, Thursday, October 4th at 6:00 p.m. at Spring Valley[...]
GraceChurch of Columbia Seeks Part-Time Youth Ministry Leader
GraceChurch of Columbia, SC (gracechurchcolumbia.org) is seeking a part-time Youth Ministry Leader to lead and disciple middle and high school[...]
CMBA Congregations are Engaging in Acts of Compassion on September 22nd and 29th
On Saturday September 22nd or 29th, ten CMBA churches are participating in simultaneous acts of compassion in their communities. Nine[...]
CMBA Missional Leadership Community Approves 2019 Budget
The Missional Leadership Community (Executive Board) of CMBA voted on September 18, 2018, to approve the 2019 budget. The budget[...]
CMBA Missional Leadership Community Votes to Sell Missionary House
The Missional Leadership Community (Executive Board) of CMBA voted on September 18, 2018 to sell the association's "Mission House." This[...]
CMBA Missional Leadership Community Votes to Lease Office Building
The Missional Leadership Community (Executive Board) of CMBA voted on September 18, 2018 to enter into a agreement with a[...]
CMBA Pilots a New Process for Accepting Churches into the Association
Download the new church network and membership process CMBA Pilot Membership Process, 09.18.18. The Missional Leadership Community (Executive Board) on[...]
CMBA Update: What Has Happened Since July 1, 2017?
Our new director, George Bullard, began serving our churches-in-association in July 2017. It is a legitimate question to ask what[...]
Our One Priority Grants Reconfirmed by CMBA’s Visionary Leadership Community
During its meeting on Tuesday, September 18th, the Visionary Leadership Community (Administrative Team) reconfirmed its tentative decision from August 21st[...]
SPECIAL EDITION of Our One Priority Briefing — Tuesday, September 11, 2018
A Family of Baptist Congregations in the Midlands of South Carolina Our One Priority: Starting and Strengthening Churches to Serve as[...]
All Columbia Area Churches Can Embrace International Ministry
For two of the past three years, First Baptist Church Columbia’s ministry to internationals has hosted a celebration of the[...]
Mosaic® USA Consumer Lifestyle Segmentation
Check out this overview of the Demographic/Lifestyle People Groups in the USA.: http://www.experian.com/marketing-services/consumer-segmentation.html 
Is Your Congregation Fishing in a Shallow Pond?
Find out at the CMBA Family Gathering Thursday, August 23rd at the SCBC Building. Register HERE for the lunch and[...]
As Your Church Prepares Its Budget for the Next Year . . .
. . . you are permitted to remember the association and to increase your gifts to the ministry of our[...]
A Summer Night of Worship on Sunday, August 12th at 6:00 p.m. at Shandon Baptist Church
A Message from George Bullard, Director A CMBA Family Gathering co-sponsored by Shandon Baptist Church and the Columbia Metro Baptist Association -- Sunday,[...]
Your Church Can Participate in Saying Grace Hunger Project on Saturday, September 22nd
Has your church ever participated in a meal packing project to help feed hungry people? Would you like to learn[...]
I Know a Place, a People Group, or a Congregation
One beginning point for the starting of a new congregational expression is to pull together a gathering of spiritually passionate[...]
Do You Really Know Who Lives in Your Community Context and How You Can Reach Them?
Gary Hollingsworth, executive director-treasurer of the SC Baptist Convention, and George Bullard would like to invite you a CMBA Family[...]
Serving Urban and Multi-Cultural Churches — Resources from LifeWay
Black Church Life:  Check out the available resources at https://lifeway.com/en/product-family/black-church-life?vid=blackchurchlife. Andre Rogers and George Bullard Attended the Black Church Leadership and[...]
A Summer Night of Worship on August 12th — All CMBA Churches are Invited!
A CMBA Family Gathering co-sponsored by Shandon Baptist Church and the Columbia Metro Baptist Association -- Sunday, August 12th at 6:00[...]
People of Passion vs. People of Position
Download: Top Ten People of Passion Some years ago, when consulting with various sizes and shapes of congregations, I realized[...]
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Our One Priority Briefing from George Bullard
Our One Priority: Starting and Strengthening Churches to Serve as Vital and Vibrant Missional Communities. Thank You for the Opportunity to[...]
Register for Vision Tuesday on June 19th on Building a Financial Legacy for Your Church
Vision Tuesday on June 19th at Noon at the South Carolina Baptist Convention building involves not only a great lunch[...]
Thursday, May 31, 2018 — Our One Priority Briefing from George Bullard
Our One Priority Starting and Strengthening Churches to Serve as Vital and Vibrant Missional Communities.  Building a Legacy Plan for[...]
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 — Our One Priority Briefing for Ministers from George Bullard
Our One Priority Starting and Strengthening Churches to Serve as Vital and Vibrant Missional Communities.  Follow-Up on Vison Tuesday for[...]
Plotting A New Course for Your Congregation Gatherings on Tuesday, May 15th
Vision Tuesday on May 15th will have a Lunch Session and an Evening Session The regular Vision Tuesday Lunch and[...]
Can You Help Prove Me Wrong? Let Me Know If You Want to Start a New Congregational Expression!
A Request from George Bullard! During a recent gathering of our Visionary Leadership Community (the group formerly known as the[...]
Dying to Restart: Churches Choosing a Strategic Death for a Multiplying Life
Dying-to-Restart Download this FREE ebook. We are pleased to share this new ebook with you from Exponential authored by Greg Wiens[...]
Multiplying Congregations Resource: 1,000 CHURCHES: How Past Movements Did It
Here is an important resource on Multiplying Congregations. Read it. Absorb it. Prayer about it. Act on it. http://newchurches.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/NewChurches.com-1000Churches-Ed-and-Daniel.pdf
Seven Strategies for a Baptist Association–An Overview
The following conversation could have taken place between any Baptist pastors, staff ministers, or laypersons anywhere in North America any[...]
Our One Priority
Respond to This Post:  https://goo.gl/forms/swnO5KBgF1fGQ6ut2  (For members of Columbia Metro Baptist Association churches only.)For your congregation to effectively move forward, how[...]