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Insights for Congregations from the Writings of Jim Collins
Insights-from-Jim-CollinsDownload Insights for Congregations from the Writings of Jim Collins This is a list of 118 insights compiled by George[...]
OPP 039:Steve Perky on Steps for Planting a Church Online
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Insights about Baptist Associations
Insights-about-Baptist-AssociationsDownload Insights About Baptist Associations with an Emphasis on Those Which Developed within the Southern Baptist Denomination This is a[...]
Our One Priority Briefing for Congregational Leaders from George Bullard — Monday, June 29, 2020
A Family of Baptist Congregations in the Midlands of South Carolina Our-One-Priority-Briefing-06.29.20Download Our One Priority: Starting and Strengthening Churches to[...]
Blowing a Certain Trumpet During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Also view at https://www.facebook.com/pg/BullardNetwork/notes/ During the COVID-19 Pandemic, one of the greatest stressors is uncertainty. No one knows for sure[...]
Vulnerable Churches
Also view at https://www.facebook.com/pg/BullardNetwork/notes/ Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic we have heard dialogue about people who are more vulnerable to this[...]
Ant Frederick: “Serve and Build Trust” for Racial Reconciliation
Ant FrederickDownload Antony “Ant” Frederick is used to talking about race related issues. Growing up in Chester, he and his[...]
Thriving Congregations Soar with Faith
Resource: Seasons-of-TCSwF-2-PagesDownload Resource: Lexus-Sports-Utility-Vehicle-Chart-11.02.17Download https://www.facebook.com/CMBAssociation/videos/565537750999278/ Resource: Build-the-Bridge-Handout-06.23.20Download https://www.facebook.com/CMBAssociation/videos/305889124134529/ https://www.facebook.com/CMBAssociation/videos/565549664396260/ Resource: PowerPoint -- Thriving-Congregations-Part-OneDownload Resource: Characteristics-of-Thriving-Congregations-06.08.10Download
Our One Priority Briefing for Congregational Leaders from George Bullard — Monday, June 22, 2020
A Family of Baptist Congregations in the Midlands of South Carolina Our-One-Priority-Briefing-06.22.20Download Our One Priority: Starting and Strengthening Churches to[...]
Pastors Share Redemptive Responses on Racial Reconciliation
Racial ReconciliationDownload On June 11, several Midlands pastors recorded a virtual dialogue on racial reconciliation that was immediately uploaded to[...]
I Am My Father (and, of course, my mother too)
Also view at https://www.facebook.com/pg/BullardNetwork/notes/ This Father's Day is the 33rd one without my father. If you live long enough, then[...]
OPP 038: James Walden & JayWill Wilson on One Church with Pockets of Light
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Our One Priority Briefing for Congregational Leaders from George Bullard — Monday, June 15, 2020
A Family of Baptist Congregations in the Midlands of South Carolina Our-One-Priority-Briefing-06.15.20Download Our One Priority: Starting and Strengthening Churches to[...]
Keeping the Iron of Racial Redemption and Reconciliation Hot!
Also view at https://www.facebook.com/pg/BullardNetwork/notes/ At some point in your life you have likely heard the idiomatic phrase "strike while the[...]
Everyone Seems to Be Worried About the Kids When We Return to Church. What About the Workers?
Also view at https://www.facebook.com/pg/BullardNetwork/notes/ During the recent primary elections in the United States, the voting process was hampered by several[...]
Racial Redemption and Reconciliation
Check out this panel dialogue moderated by Andre Rogers and George Bullard on Thursday, June 11, 2020. The panelists were[...]
How Do You Say “Come at Your Own Risk” Without Frightening People?
Also view at https://www.facebook.com/pg/BullardNetwork/notes/ Just as there are swimming pools, lakes, beaches, etc. where there is a sign that says,[...]
CMBA Partners Needed for Vietnamese Church Launch
Vietnamese Church PlantDownload CMBA churches have the unique opportunity to partner with a new Vietnamese church plant ready to launch[...]
The Minimalization of Print Communication in Congregations
Also view at https://www.facebook.com/pg/BullardNetwork/notes/ The COVID-19 Pandemic is causing the minimalization of printing in congregations. The fear is that too[...]
Our One Priority Briefing for Congregational Leaders from George Bullard — Monday, June 8, 2020
A Family of Baptist Congregations in the Midlands of South Carolina Our-One-Priority-Briefing-06.08.20Download Our One Priority: Starting and Strengthening Churches to[...]
Moving From “Can’t” to “Can” During COVID-19 Pandemic
Also view at https://www.facebook.com/notes/bullardjournalorg/moving-from-cant-to-can-during-covid-19-pandemic/2660461964234202/ A pastor mused recently "I have spent so much time telling people what they cannot do,[...]
To Our African-American Sisters and Brothers
Our hearts are grieving with you. Our grief is in response to the brutal loss of human life, most recently[...]
Riverside Community Church’s Mission to Multiply
Riverside Community ChurchDownload Riverside Community Church, located on Divine Street in the Shandon area near Five Points, has joined the[...]
Blessed Assurances
Also view at https://www.facebook.com/notes/bullardjournalorg/blessed-assurances/2652325285047870/ "Some people in my congregation want assurances I cannot give them," was the frustration shared by[...]
Resources CMBA Offers Congregations
https://www.facebook.com/CMBAssociation/videos/274274713725610/ Part Two of a Description of trhe Resources CMBA Offers Congregations https://www.facebook.com/CMBAssociation/videos/380339672922834/ Part One of a Description of the[...]
Our One Priority Briefing for Congregational Leaders from George Bullard — Monday, May 25, 2020
A Family of Baptist Congregations in the Midlands of South Carolina Our-One-Priority-Briefing-05.25.20Download Our One Priority: Starting and Strengthening Churches to[...]
ReLaunching Your Congregation — The What and How — Not the When
Videos and support material for how you ReLaunch your congregation as the COVID-19 Pandemic will allow. Resource: Interim CDC Guidelines[...]
OPP 037: Freddy Johnson and Kris Swiatocho on the Power of Single’s Ministry
SUBSCRIBE:  iTunes| RSS | Stitcher | TuneIn Radio | Google Play      The One Priority Podcast is sponsored and supported by the Columbia Metro Baptist Association and the[...]
Our One Priority Briefing for Congregational Leaders from George Bullard — Monday, May 18, 2020
A Family of Baptist Congregations in the Midlands of South Carolina Our-One-Priority-Briefing-05.18.20Download Our One Priority: Starting and Strengthening Churches to[...]
A Prayer for the Ninth Week of Virtual Church
A-Prayer-for-05.17.20Download A Prayer for the Ninth Week of Virtual Church A Prayer for the Ninth Week of Virtual Church O[...]
What’s an Online Campus, and Should Our Church Have One?
Online CampusesDownload Before COVID-19 it may have been hard for many churches to imagine a need for a dedicated online[...]
Our One Priority Briefing Live! for May 12, 2020
Beyond Video Streaming: An Introduction to an Online Campus A Presentation by Steve Perky at www.StevePerky.com. See resources Steve shared[...]
Our One Priority Briefing for Congregational Leaders from George Bullard — Monday, May 11, 2020
A Family of Baptist Congregations in the Midlands of South Carolina Our-One-Priority-Briefing-05.11.20Download Our One Priority: Starting and Strengthening Churches to[...]
A Prayer for the Eighth Week of Virtual Church
A-Prayer-for-05.10.20Download A Prayer for the Eighth Week of Virtual Church O Lord our God, when we began meeting virtually eight[...]
ReLaunching Your Congregation Insights
By George Bullard, Executive Director ReLaunching-Your-Congregation-InsightsDownload FIRST: Three Big Questions about ReLaunching/ReOpening for Churches to Consider . . . Criteria[...]
Thoughts on ReLaunching Congregations During COVID-19
Relaunching CongregationsDownload It is a burning question so many church members are asking these days – when can we all[...]
Our One Priority Briefing for Congregational Leaders from George Bullard — Monday, May 4, 2020
A Family of Baptist Congregations in the Midlands of South Carolina Our-One-Priority-Briefing-05.04.20Download Our One Priority: Starting and Strengthening Churches to[...]
A Prayer for the Seventh Week of Virtual Church
A-Prayer-for-05.03.20Download A Prayer for the Seventh Week of Virtual Church O Lord our God, the focus in many congregations has[...]
Churches “Flattening” the Technology Learning Curve
Church Technology Learning CurveDownload As the spread of COVID-19 and its related shutdowns began occurring in mid-March, churches were forced[...]
Our One Priority Briefing for Ministers from George Bullard — Monday, April 27, 2020
A Family of Baptist Congregations in the Midlands of South Carolina Our-One-Priority-Briefing-04.27.20Download Our One Priority: Starting and Strengthening Churches to[...]
A Prayer for the Sixth Week of Virtual Church
A-Prayer-for-04.26.20Download https://www.facebook.com/CMBAssociation/videos/2706267712940059/ A Prayer for the Sixth Week of Virtual Church O Lord our God, just as we were refining[...]
COVID-19 Financial Assistance Spotlight
COVID-19 Financial AssistanceDownload CMBA churches have access to several avenues for financial ministry assistance in the wake of the COVID-19[...]
Our One Priority Briefing for Ministers from George Bullard — Monday, April 20, 2020
Our-One-Priority-Briefing-04.20.20Download A Family of Baptist Congregations in the Midlands of South Carolina Our One Priority: Starting and Strengthening Churches to[...]
A Prayer for the Fifth Week of Virtual Church
A-Prayer-for-04.19.20Download https://www.facebook.com/CMBAssociation/videos/1414293255446008/ O Lord our God, we bless Your holy name. We share that we were fine for a few[...]
Our Wednesday Word from George Bullard, April 15, 2020
https://www.facebook.com/CMBAssociation/videos/595493767715392/ Wednesday-Word-Transcription-04.15.20Download Good afternoon. This is George Bullard on Wednesday, April 15th. Normally this would be our day to be[...]
“Good Faith” and the CARES Act
CMBA - Cares Act Covid AssistanceDownload Several CMBA churches have applied for funds available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and[...]
Our One Priority Briefing for Ministers from George Bullard — Monday, April 13, 2020
CMBA Church Leaders Dialogue and Prayer Gathering When: Tuesday, April 14th at 1:00 p.m. Where: Join Zoom Video Conference (with[...]
CMBA’s COVID-19 Response Resources
Resources for CMBA Churches and Others https://www.facebook.com/CMBAssociation/videos/1290513781145084/ Video Conference Presentation on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 on COVID-19 Response Funding >[...]
A Prayer for Easter 2020
A-Prayer-for-Easter-2020Download O Lord, our God, we are experiencing a radically different Easter. The warmth of personal fellowship with physical closeness[...]
In the Midst of Closures, Can a Welcome Ministry Still Operate?
Virtual First ImpressionsDownload Church life looks very different after just a few weeks of physical distancing and an uncertain timeframe[...]
Why a @120-Day Plan from March 15th?
With the extension of stay home/stay safe through at least April, how can a church plan for the next @120[...]
COVID-19 Interview with Maria Owens of Richland School District Two, March 31, 2020
George Bullard and Cathy Locklear had the opportunity to talk with Maria Owens of Richland Country School District Two about[...]
COVID-19 Interview with Erik Ely of Generis, March 30, 2020
George Bullard had the opportunity to talk with Erik Ely of www.Generis.com about issues of generosity and how to respond[...]
A Great, Simple, Inexpensive Online Giving Choice
Our Baptist Foundation of South Carolina is offering a very inexpensive way for churches to receiving online tithes and offerings.[...]
Resources for Churches During the COVID-19 Crisis
https://www.facebook.com/CMBAssociation/videos/550234065847415/ Here are some selected resources for churches that may be helpful during the COVID-19 Crisis: Online Giving: www.baptistfoundationsc.org/churchgive (Note:[...]
CMBA Prayer Network eNews — March 17, 2020
Tuesday March 17, 2020 Our One Priority CMBA Prayer Network Requests Please pray for the following requests. Also, share these[...]
A Pastoral Letter from George Bullard, March 16, 2020
Pastoral-Letter-03.16.20-2Download A Pastoral Letter from George Bullard, Executive Director to the Columbia Metro Baptist Association Family of Congregations, Monday, March[...]
Union Baptist Welcomes Luther Harmon as Pastor
Union BaptistDownload Union Baptist Church officially welcomed Luther Harmon as pastor in January and his installment service followed in early[...]
CMBA Prayer Network eNews — March 10, 2020
Tuesday March 10, 2020 Our One Priority CMBA Prayer Network Requests Please pray for the following requests. Also, share these[...]
CMC 036: Chris Hanley on Saturating Community with the Gospel
SUBSCRIBE:  iTunes| RSS | Stitcher | TuneIn Radio | Google Play The Columbia Metro Connection is sponsored and supported by the Columbia Metro Baptist Association and the almost 100 family churches that[...]
Our One Priority Briefing for Ministers from George Bullard — March 9th Edition
Missional Leadership Community Gathers on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at North Trenholm Baptist Church Hear George Russ, executive director, Metropolitan[...]
Concise Coronavirus Guide for Churches
Our friends at www.ChristianityToday.com have provided us with this helpful guide. Concise-Coronavirus-Church-GuideDownload
Village Church at Park Street Launched on February 23rd
Village Park StreetDownload In January 2019, Erik Estep, senior pastor of Village Church in Blythewood, was in downtown Columbia –[...]
CMC 035: Bill Crews on Focusing on the Deep and Trusting Jesus with the Wide
SUBSCRIBE:  iTunes| RSS | Stitcher | TuneIn Radio | Google Play The Columbia Metro Connection is sponsored and supported by the Columbia Metro Baptist Association and the almost 100 family churches that[...]
Village Church at Park Street is Why I Do What I Do
Bullard-Village-Church-at-Park-Street-02.24.20-1Download Forty-five years ago during the summer of 1975, I visited four cities of the 15 where 100 churches were[...]
Hope Baptist Poised to Reach Growing Community
Hope Baptist ChurchDownload Tim Murr is excited to see God at work in his congregation. He began as pastor of[...]
CMC 034: Don Brock on Leading Gateway to be a Leading Edge Church.
SUBSCRIBE:  iTunes| RSS | Stitcher | TuneIn Radio | Google Play The Columbia Metro Connection is sponsored and supported by the Columbia Metro Baptist Association and the almost 100 family churches that[...]
CMBA Prayer Network eNews — February 21, 2020
Friday, February 21, 2020 CMBA Prayer Network Requests Please pray for the following requests. Also, share these prayer requests with[...]
A New Chapter for the Columbia Metro Baptist Association: Building Sale Funds Future Ministries
CMBA New OfficeDownload Big changes and exciting opportunities are ahead for CMBA in 2020. The Gadsden Street building was sold[...]
For the Glory of God – Columbia Metro Connection – Episode #033
SUBSCRIBE:  iTunes| RSS | Stitcher | TuneIn Radio | Google Play The Columbia Metro Connection is sponsored and supported by the Columbia Metro Baptist Association and the almost 100 family churches that[...]
Want to Connect with an International Student?
Carolina BCM is partnering with ministries across Columbia to assist in pairing international students with believing American families for friendship[...]
Connect with the CMBA Prayer Network
Columbia Metro Baptist Association Announces the Launching of a Prayer Network Register for the CMBA Prayer Network at https://forms.gle/4xCVRdB1FFVgMKtD9 What?[...]
Thalia Deaver Retires After 25 Years as Associational Clerk
Thalia DeaverDownload Thalia Deaver has served the Columbia Metro Baptist Association as clerk for 25 years. In her role she[...]
In Fairfield County, Revitalization has an Entirely Different Meaning for Winnsboro First Baptist Church
Craig BaileyDownload In 2016, Craig Bailey was praying about where God might use him next. He had lived and served[...]
WMU Leader Draws from Experience, Passion to Impact Women
Valerie Carter SmithDownload Valerie Carter Smith grew up in a middle-class Long Island family. The day her father unexpectedly abandoned[...]
Families for All Children — Foster Care Pilot
Families for All ChildrenDownload On November 19th Columbia Metro Baptist Association (CMBA) conducted a Vision Day Lunch and Speaker where[...]
CMBA, Gethsemane Associations Celebrate Baptist Women’s World Day of Prayer
Baptist Women's World Day of PrayerDownload Women from the Columbia Metro Baptist Association (CMBA) and the Gethsemane Association met together[...]
CMBA Office Move is Thursday, December 5th
The CMBA Office will be moving on Thursday, December 5th from 1929 Gadsden Street to our new location in the[...]
Church Tour Ideas from CMBA Churches and Others
Church Tour Idea 001: Gateway Baptist Church has in its worship folder a link to their Gateway Groups web page[...]
Making a Difference One Child at a Time – Columbia Metro Connection – Episode #32
SUBSCRIBE:  iTunes| RSS | Stitcher | TuneIn Radio | Google Play       The Columbia Metro Connection is sponsored and supported by the Columbia Metro Baptist Association and the[...]
The National Study of Congregations’ Economic Practices
Congregations' Economic Practices 2-Page Summary 2019Download The Lake Institute on Faith & Giving has published a National Study of Congregations’[...]
Strategic Prayer and Two More Steps are Foundations for Sandy Level’s Evangelism Focus
Chris HanleyDownload About one year ago, Chris Hanley, pastor of Sandy Level Baptist Church in Blythewood, says he felt the[...]
Families for All Children at the November 19th Vision Day
CMCH-Foster-CareDownload On November 19th Columbia Metro Baptist Association (CMBA) will conduct a Vision Day Lunch and Speaker where churches will[...]
Connie Maxwell Offers Pilot on Foster Care to Three to Five CMBA Churches
On Tuesday, November 19th ( Noon to 1:30 p.m.) at North Trenholm Baptist Church in Columbia, Danny Nicholson, president of[...]
Sharing God’s Love “Behind the Fence”
Sharing God's Love Behind the FenceDownload Where does prison ministry fall on your church’s list of community outreach opportunities? Many[...]
A Heart for Discipleship Drives Pastor Bill Crews at GraceChurch in Columbia
GraceChurchDownload To fully understand Columbia’s GraceChurch, it’s important to look at the church’s softball team playing in a co-ed league[...]
Baptist Women’s World Day of Prayer, November 4th
CONNECTING BAPTIST WOMEN GLOBALLY FACE TO FACE, VIRTUALLY AND THROUGH PRAYER On November 4, 2019 Baptist Women from around the[...]
Navigating the Technology Issue
Technology has opened up a brave new world in human information sharing and communication. It has impacted education in tremendous[...]
The High Points in Congregational Ministry
What are some of the high points in congregational ministry for your pastor and other staff ministers? Baptism of a[...]
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School is an annual event in many congregations. It is a time that typically the largest number of[...]
An Upside to Social Media
While social media is – at its best – a wonderful way to communicate with family, friends, and acquaintances, it[...]
What Type of Volunteer Are You?
Once upon a time in church life, when a general call was issued for volunteers for a certain event or[...]
A Call to Deeper Faith
On the way home from church one Sunday a little girl asks her parents what it means to “fast.” The[...]
Gifting Among Ministers
Earlier this month we shared the same “wordle” you see here. At that time we asked you about the number[...]
Circus and Monkeys
We would all hope that no pastor or other staff minister ever considers their church to be a “circus” and[...]
CMBA Ministers and Missionaries in Transition Grants
Ministers-and-Missionaries-in-Transition-GrantsDownload CMBA offers a grant program with funds from the sale of its missionary house. Small monthly grants for up[...]
Do You Peek?
Okay, admit it. Have you ever looked when the pastor says, “With every head bowed and every eye closed?” The[...]
Pray for Mike Seay, Pastor, Biker Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Mike Seay as he serves[...]
Pray for Edgardo Figueroa, Pastor, Bayview Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Edgardo Figueroa as he serves[...]
Pray for David Spears, Pastor, Eason Memorial Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of David Spears as he serves[...]
Pray for Jacob Helsley, Pastor, Blaney Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Jacob and Sarah Elizabeth Helsley[...]
Pray for John Roberts, Pastor, Fort Clark Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of John and Willette Roberts as[...]
Pray for Terry Smoak, Pastor, Kilbourne Park Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Terry Smoak as he serves[...]
Pray for Eric Bothur, Pastor, South Beltline Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Eric Bothur as he serves[...]
CMBA Hunger Ministry Grants
Does your congregation have an ongoing hunger ministry? If so, your family of congregations would like to encourage your ministry.[...]
Student Minister Appreciation
One of the most important ministry roles in a congregation is the leader of the youth or student ministry. In[...]
Empowering Congregations is the Key Service to Churches
Key-Service-to-ChurchesDownload Our One Priority in CMBA is Starting and Strengthening Congregations to Serve as Vital and Vibrant Missional Communities. To[...]
God Is Always Speaking
God is always speaking. God is always speaking into the lives of each person. God is always speaking into your[...]
Pray for Steve Reynolds, Pastor, Concord Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Steve Reynolds as he serves[...]
Pray for Malcolm Taylor, Pastor, New Light Beulah Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Malcolm Taylor as he serves[...]
Pray for Charles Wilson, Pastor, Mount Elon Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Charles Wilson as he serves[...]
Pray for Reginald Byrden, Pastor, Grace Fellowship Church of Columbia
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Reginald Byrden as he serves[...]
Pray for Roger Gounaud, Pastor, Southeast Community Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Roger Gounaud as he serves[...]
When a Pastor Goes Long
There is an old joke that asks the question, what does it mean when the preacher/teaching pastor looks at their[...]
Remember the Team
George Bullard grew up in Baltimore, MD, and followed the then Baltimore Colts. Many years later in another part of[...]
Pray for Adam Gibson, Vision/Teaching Pastor, Midtown Fellowship- Downtown
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Adam Gibson as he serves[...]
Pray for Donnie Chambers, Pastor, Red Hill Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Donnie Chambers as he serves[...]
Pray for Lindsey Lyerly, Pastor, North Columbia Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Lindsey Lyerly as he serves[...]
Ministers Are Human Too
Whatever you do during the month to show appreciation to the ministers among you does not have to be formal,[...]
Pray for Dan Griffin, Pastor, Harmony Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Dan Griffin as he serves[...]
Pray for Ryan Perz, Pastor, Three Rivers Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Ryan Perz as he serves[...]
Pray for Samuel Hernandez, Pastor, Dios Es Amor
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Samuel Hernandez as he serves[...]
Pray for Wes Church, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church in Columbia
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Wes and Rachel Church as[...]
Pray for Jeff Benson, Pastor, Willow Lake Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Jeff Benson as he serves[...]
That Awkward Moment When…
A pastor once admitted that he was not musical. However, he would often catch himself humming to the music being[...]
Pray for Jeremy Rivers, Pastor, Body of Christ Outreach Ministries
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Jeremy Rivers as he ministers[...]
Pray for Jeff Shipman, Teaching Pastor, Columbia Crossroads Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Jeff Shipman as he serves[...]
CMBA Elects New Officers
CMBA elected officers for the coming year on Tuesday, October 15th during their annual business session. The Moderator will be[...]
Tangible Ways to Appreciate Your Ministers
We are now halfway through October. How is it going in your church or ministry setting? In what ways have[...]
Pray for DJ Kirkland, Pastor, Pineview Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of DJ and Joanie Kirkland. He[...]
Pray for Daniel Schrall, Pastor, Southside Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Daniel Schrall as he serves[...]
A Lifetime Campaign
Serving in Christian ministry is like engaging in a lifetime campaign for a political office. There is seldom a day[...]
Pray for Robert Winburn, Pastor, Spring Valley Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Robert Winburn as he serves[...]
Pray for Brenda Kneece, Pastor, Belmont Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Brenda Kneece as she serves[...]
Pray for Steven Bouknight, Pastor, Eau Claire Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Steven Bouknight as he serves[...]
Pray for Timothy Murr, Pastor, Hope Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Timothy and Denise Murr as[...]
There is a Sermon Illustration Somewhere…
People in Christian ministry often have decades of preaching, teaching, testifying, and dialogue with people either seeking spiritual guidance, attending[...]
Sacrifices and Service
All Christians are called to serve our Lord with their full heart, soul, mind, and strength. That is a foundational[...]
Pray for Ruben Navarrete, Pastor, Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Ruben Navarrete as he serves[...]
Pray for Ken Cole, Pastor, Rockton Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Kenny and Sonya Cole as[...]
Pray for Chris Hanley, Pastor, Sandy Level Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Chris Hanley as he serves[...]
Pray for Andrew Scott, Pastor, Second Union Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Andrew Scott as he serves[...]
Pray for Dean Reynolds, Pastor, Sawney’s Creek Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Dean and Carole Reynolds as[...]
Share Your Gratitude
The next time your family is gathered around a table for a meal, or you and your spouse, or you[...]
Volunteerism vs. Recruitment
Among the things that have changed over the decades about church life is how people volunteer. When church was the[...]
How Many Hats?
How many hats does your pastor and other ministers in your church wear? Probably a lot more than you think.[...]
“I Appreciate You”
Do you remember that time a minister from your church came to the hospital during a critical surgery of a[...]
Pray for Tommy Hutto, Pastor, Crooked Run Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Tommy Hutto as he serves[...]
Pray for Lee Butler, Pastor, Crescent Hill Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Lee and Leisa Butler as[...]
Pray for Zaw Naw, Pastor, First Berea Baptist Church (Burmese)
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Zaw Naw (in the center)[...]
Pray for Greg Sweet, Pastor, Spears Creek Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Greg and Lisa Sweet as[...]
Pray for Ethan Brown, Pastor, Stephen Greene Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Ethan and Charron Brown as[...]
Pray for David Sturgeon, Pastor, Temple Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of David Sturgeon as he serves[...]
Pray for Jeff Phillips, Pastor, Woodfield Park Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month, show your appreciation by praying for the ministry of Jeff and Ashley Phillips as[...]
Cutting Edge Ideas
If you are a youth group leader – volunteer or paid – or many other positions in a church, you[...]
What is an Awesome Minister?
“We serve an awesome God” is a phrase often heard around church worship services. Yes, we are in awe and[...]
Pray for George Wright, Senior Pastor, Shandon Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month pray for George Wright as he serves as Senior Pastor of Shandon Baptist Church.
Pray for Erik Estep, Senior Pastor, Village Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month pray for Erik and Emily Estep as he serves as Senior Pastor of Village[...]
Pray for Don Brock, Senior Pastor, Gateway Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month pray for Don Brock as he serves as Senior Pastor of Gateway Baptist Church.
Pray for David Kizziah, Pastor, New Heights Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month pray for David Kizziah as he serves as pastor of New Heights Church.
Pray for Casey Williams, Pastor, North Trenholm Baptist Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month pray for Casey Williams as he serves as pastor of North Trenholm Baptist Church.
Pray for Ben Johns, Pastor, Indian Christian Church
During this October Minister Appreciation Month pray for Ben Johns as he serves as pastor of Indian Christian Church.
Pray for Brian Thomas, Pastor, NorthStar Christian Center
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Expectation Three of Churches Who are Members or Connected with CMBA
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Expectation Four of Churches Who are Members or Connected with CMBA
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The Bullard Journal for June 8, 2019
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SUBSCRIBE:  iTunes| RSS | Stitcher | TuneIn Radio | Google Play    The Columbia Metro Connection is sponsored and supported by the Columbia Metro Baptist Association and the almost 100 family churches that[...]
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SUBSCRIBE:  iTunes| RSS | Stitcher | TuneIn Radio | Google Play       The Columbia Metro Connection is sponsored and supported by the Columbia Metro Baptist Association and the[...]
Mission House Sold. Minister and Missionary Grant Program Begun.
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Gaining Traction for a Radical Congregational Transformation, Part Two
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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[...]
A Church’s Commitment to Church Planting Sharpens an Evangelistic Focus
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Multiplying Congregations Monthly Breakfast Gatherings
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Alice Drive Baptist Church in Sumter Connects with CMBA
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Church Adoption Within Our Family of Congregations
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Midtown Fellowship: Two Notch—A Church Plant in the Inner City to Reach into Poverty
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Captured By Vision Insight 031 By George Bullard
Few followers get vision easily. Leaders must paint a picture of what the congregation could be like once captured by[...]
Register for the Vision Day Lunch and Speaker — Tuesday, February 19th
You are Invited to Register for Vision Day Lunch and Speaker on the Multiplication of Congregational Expressions on Tuesday, February[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 037
Insight 037: “Leaders running the OS (operating system) of church growth measure progress altogether differently than those drive by Gospel[...]
Captured By Vision Insight 030 By George Bullard
Vision casting is the responsibility of all leaders in a congregation with the pastor providing initiating leadership. Pastors would do[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 036
Insight 036: “Vision shapes your understanding of your current reality and your hope for what is to come. The same[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 035
Insight 035: Four principles are used to create the OS of Gospel Saturation. “They are the core beliefs that shape[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 034
Insight 034: Four principles are used to create the OS of Gospel Saturation. “They are the core beliefs that shape[...]
Captured By Vision Insight 029 By George Bullard
When pastors do not get vision easily, they may find some true visionaries among their congregation who do get it.[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 033
Insight 033: Four principles are used to create the OS of Gospel Saturation. “They are the core beliefs that shape[...]
Captured By Vision Insight 028 By George Bullard
Pastors and staff who feel entitled to their role with a particular congregation are not likely to empower vision. Entitlement[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 032
Insight 032: Four principles are used to create the OS of Gospel Saturation. “They are the core beliefs that shape[...]
Captured By Vision Insight 027 By George Bullard
Pastors not passionate about God’s empowering vision for their congregation are likely to become known as “former pastor.” If there[...]
Captured By Vision Insight 026 By George Bullard
Pastors not passionate about God’s empowering vision for their congregation are likely to gain a reputation as mediocre. Let’s admit[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 031
Insight 031: “We long for churches to embrace Gospel Saturation as their driving OS for everything the church does. We[...]
Captured By Vision Insight 025 By George Bullard
When congregations expect the pastor to provide vision, they often mean a vision with which they agree. Even if a[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 030
Insight 030: “We would define success by whether or not every man, woman, and child has repeated opportunities to see,[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 029
Insight 029: “From Addition to Multiplication – These practical changes culminate with a radically new definition of success. We would[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 028
Insight 028: “Christians and churches with this Gospel Saturation OS would work to collaborate with others to saturate a defined[...]
Captured By Vision Insight 024 By George Bullard
If vision is deeply felt throughout the congregation, it does not diminish when there is a transition in pastors. This[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 027
Insight 027: “There isn’t a city where any singular church can accomplish the mission of filling their community with image-bearing[...]
Captured By Vision Insight 023 By George Bullard
If congregations focus on the pastor’s vision, when the pastor leaves vision often leaves. Vision from God never leaves. Does[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 026
Insight 026: “From Competition to Collaboration – Transformed people living on mission for the sake of Gospel Saturation will soon[...]
Captured By Vision Insight 022 By George Bullard
Vision plus Intentionality is the core formula for an Enduring Visionary Leadership Community to follow. Congregations seeking to transform only[...]
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[...]
Captured By Vision Insight 021 By George Bullard
Visionary Leadership is about who we are, what we believe, where we are headed, and how we are getting there.[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 025
Insight 025: “Transformation cannot be programmed by any leader, no matter how gifted. It occurs when God’s people are captivated[...]
Captured By Vision Insight 020 By George Bullard
God offers transformative vision. Too often our possessions, deference to other people, and pride blind us as we are only[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 024
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[...]
Captured By Vision Insight 019 By George Bullard
Earthly things, preferences, and tangible security blind us to the brilliance of God’s new vision. Humankind regularly confuses the leadership[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 021
Insight 021: “From Collection to Mobilization – A church growth OS aims at collection while a Gospel Saturation OS seeks[...]
Captured By Vision Insight 018 By George Bullard
Vision is not a passing fantasy or a fleeting passion. It is a long-term view of God’s calling on a[...]
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[...]
Captured By Vision Insight 017 By George Bullard
When congregations are in the best possible relationship with God and one another they can easily experience vision. Distance from[...]
New BCM Director Brings Relational Approach to Campus Ministry
Download Our Family Story -- Jamie Rogers, BCM Director Jamie Rogers is the new Columbia area Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) director,[...]
Captured By Vision Insight 016 By George Bullard
Vision is about pressing on towards the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus as shared in[...]
Gospel Saturation in a Multi-Ethnic Community – Columbia Metro Connection – Episode #019
Welcome to the Columbia Metro Connection, a podcast where you can go to get valuable, relevant, and quality resources for[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 019
Insight 019: “If our vision is to grow a large church, it will be quite small compared to filling the[...]
Captured By Vision Insight 015 By George Bullard
Even if only a small percentage of leaders in your congregation are visionaries, God still has a perfect vision for[...]
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[...]
Captured By Vision Insight 014 By George Bullard
Vision is specific to your congregation. Mission is transferable to many congregations in your denominational family. A key difference between[...]
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[...]
Captured By Vision Insight 013 By George Bullard
Do not confuse our eternal mission, your everlasting purpose, and your enduring core values with God's empowering vision. These are[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 014
Insight 014: “The reason we must begin with the ‘why’ question is because the answer to this question fuels our[...]
Captured By Vision Insight 012 By George Bullard
The word vision contains neither the letter “m” nor the letter “e.” Vision is not about “me.” It is about[...]
Kingdom Work to Continue in Former Church’s Facility
Download Our Family Story -- Eastside Church, 12.14.18 There were tears at Eastside Baptist’s last service held on Dec. 2, but[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 013
Insight 013: “Why are your planting that church? Who do you want your church to grow? Why are you going[...]
Captured By Vision Insight 011 By George Bullard
One crucial test of vision is that it moves the congregation forward in God's image and not the image of[...]
Passing the Baton to Expand The Kingdom – Columbia Metro Connection – Episode #018
SUBSCRIBE:  iTunes| RSS | Stitcher | TuneIn Radio | Google Play      The Columbia Metro Connection is sponsored and supported by the Columbia Metro Baptist Association and the almost[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 012
“We wrestle with our inherited OS that we learned through our upbringing, our seminaries, our books, our traditions, and our[...]
Captured By Vision Insight 010 By George Bullard
Vision is more about the pulling of God into the future than the pushing of humankind to do better each[...]
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[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 009
"They [the Apps] can help the church accomplish all sorts of laudable goals, but they fail to achieve their maximum[...]
Captured By Vision Insight 009 By George Bullard
Vision is initiated by God to the body the church, cast by leadership, and owned by membership. Pastors, staff members,[...]
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[...]
Captured By Vision Insight 008 By George Bullard
The only vision that will work is God’s empowering vision. Neither the pastor’s vision nor the lay leadership’s vision is[...]
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[...]
Captured By Vision Insight 007 By George Bullard
Vision is the super high-octane fuel that drives the spiritual and strategic journey of a congregation. Vision is not about[...]
After 18 Years of Church Planting, Jeff Shipman Says the Future is Focusing on the “Why” Not “How”
Download Our Family Story -- Church Planting - Jeff Shipman, 01.09.19 Jeff Shipman’s goal is not church planting. His goal is[...]
Captured By Vision Insight 006 By George Bullard
Moses did not see vision in the burning bush. He experienced it with his whole being and was transformed by[...]
Born to Plant – Columbia Metro Connection – Episode #017
SUBSCRIBE:  iTunes| RSS | Stitcher | TuneIn Radio | Google Play      The Columbia Metro Connection is sponsored and supported by the Columbia Metro Baptist Association and the almost[...]
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,[...]
Captured By Vision Insight 005 By George Bullard
Vision is about seeing with your full heart, soul, mind, and strength, rather than with only your eyes—even with corrective[...]
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[...]
Captured By Vision Insight 004 By George Bullard
Vision is not what leaders cast and followers catch. It is something by which leaders and followers are captured. Vision[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 002
“With all of our attention and investment into the craft of doing church, Christianity is fading across our country.” “It[...]
Captured By Vision Insight 003 By George Bullard
Vision is about walking by faith in God rather than by what is in plain sight, as we are admonished[...]
Gospel Saturation Insight 001
“God is not in a hurry. He is on mission and one of the key places that mission begins is[...]
Captured By Vision Insight 002 By George Bullard
Vision is the current understanding of God’s spiritual and strategic journey for a congregation. It is not yesterday’s understanding of[...]
Church Planting is at the Heart of George Bullard’s Ministry
Download Our Family Story -- Church Planting - George Bullard, 11.18 Church planting can work when church planters start churches. But[...]
Captured By Vision Insight 001 By George Bullard
Vision is a movement of God that is memorable rather than a statement of humankind that is memorized. Vision is[...]
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[...]
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[...]
Is Your Congregation into Alleviating Poverty or Eliminating Poverty?
Every Sunday School class, missions group, women’s group, men’s group, and youth/student’s group in every congregation who does something to[...]
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[...]
The World in Our Backyard – Columbia Metro Connection – Episode #016
Welcome back to the Columbia Metro Connection, a podcast where you can go to get valuable, relevant, and quality resources[...]
A Lay Leader’s Hopeful Perspective on Local Church, Associational Work
Buck Williams is hopeful. He’s optimistic about the local church and its ability to share the gospel, and he’s hopeful[...]
The Nations Have Come To Us – Columbia Metro Connection – Episode #015
Welcome back to the Columbia Metro Connection, a podcast where you can go to get valuable, relevant, and quality resources[...]
Vision in a FaithSoaring Church Should be Covered in Prayer
George Bullard spoke at Samford University in Birmingham, AL on FaithSoaring Churches on October 9, 2018. Here is an article[...]
Gospel Saturated Communities – Columbia Metro Connection – Episode #014
Welcome back to the Columbia Metro Connection, a podcast where you can go to get valuable, relevant, and quality resources[...]
Know Your Church; Know Your Mission Field – The Columbia Metro Connection Podcast – Episode #013
 Welcome back to the Columbia Metro Connection, a podcast where you can go to get valuable, relevant, and quality resources[...]
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[...]
Samuel Hernandez’s Winding Road, Listening to the Lord, Led to Bi-vocational Ministry in Columbia
Download this story:  Samuel Hernandez, 08.06.18 Samuel Hernandez has been pastor of Columbia’s Iglesia Hispana Dios es Amor for 18 years.[...]
Planning for Your Church’s Financial Future – Columbia Metro Connection – Episode #012
Welcome to the Columbia Metro Connection, a podcast where you can go to get valuable, relevant, and quality resources for[...]
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[...]
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[...]
Bill Wright Sees Networking as Essential to 21st Century Kingdom Ministry
Download this story:  Bill Wright, 07.03.18 Bill Wright’s South Carolina Baptist roots go deep, serving in local churches and on staff[...]
Has the Multi-Site Movement Been Good for US Churches?
George Bullard’s Perspective on the Dave Travis National Church Intelligence Poll #1 -- July 16, 2018 Dave Travis--pictured here--who has been connected[...]
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[...]
Ten Mistakes That Churches Make When It Comes to First Time Guests
Wise counsel from Greg Atkinson of WorshipImpressions.com who was our February 2018 Vision Tuesday speaker. You may also check out[...]
First Time Guest Gift Ideas
Wise counsel from Greg Atkinson of WorshipImpressions.com who was our February 2018 Vision Tuesday speaker. You may also check out[...]
Essential Communication Pieces for First-Time Guest Success
Wise counsel from Greg Atkinson of WorshipImpressions.com who was our February 2018 Vision Tuesday speaker. You may also check out[...]
Four Ways to Welcome and Connect with Guests After a Big Event
Wise counsel from Greg Atkinson of WorshipImpressions.com who was our February 2018 Vision Tuesday speaker. You may also check out[...]
An Endorsement of Captured By Vision — a Book by George Bullard
Today I received an amazing unsolicited endorsement of my latest book today--I must share--from a pastor in Michigan who is[...]
The Columbia Metro Connection eNewsletter — June 6, 2018
A Message from George Bullard, Director This past Sunday I had a great opportunity to be with two churches meeting for[...]
Quarters for Jesus — A Compassion Revolution Story
September 22nd and 29th CMBA is sponsoring Inasmuch Days which help congregations to be involved in a compassion revolution. Inasmuch[...]
Urban Ministry – Columbia Metro Connection – Episode #011
SUBSCRIBE:  iTunes| RSS | Stitcher | TuneIn Radio | Google Play      The Columbia Metro Connection is sponsored and supported by the Columbia Metro Baptist Association and the almost[...]
ReBranding & ReLaunching Your Church – Columbia Metro Connection – Episode #010
Welcome to the Columbia Metro Connection, a podcast where you can go to get valuable, relevant, and quality resources for[...]
Chart of Ten “R”s for Plotting a New Congregational Course
Radical Transitions and Changes When Congregations Fully Surrender to God's Empowering Vision Download the chart: The Ten Rs Chart, 05.14.18 Tuesday,[...]
Resurrection — Replanting as a New Congregation
One of the Ten “R”s for Plotting a New Congregational Course Download this post and make copies for use in[...]
Reinvention — Restarting as a New Congregation
One of the Ten “R”s for Plotting a New Congregational Course Download this post and make copies for use in[...]
Redirection — Changing the Focus of Your Congregation
One of the Ten “R”s for Plotting a New Congregational Course Download this post and make copies for use in[...]
Reconciliation — The Merger of Congregations
One of the Ten “R”s for Plotting a New Congregational Course Download this post and make copies for use in[...]
Redemption — Joining with A Congregation of Potential
One of the Ten “R”s for Plotting a New Congregational Course Download this post and make copies for use in[...]
Providing Food and Water to the Nations – Columbia Metro Connection – Episode #009
Welcome to the Columbia Metro Connection, a podcast where you can go to get valuable, relevant, and quality resources for[...]
Moderator Dan Griffin Celebrates the Spirit of Cooperation as CMBA Family Week of Prayer Takes Place May 20-27
Columbia Metro Baptist Churches-in-Association will celebrate the CMBA Family Week of Prayer May 20-27. This annual emphasis is set aside[...]
Reception — Becoming a Location Partner
One of the Ten “R”s for Plotting a New Congregational Course Download this post and make copies for use in[...]
Contrarian Strategies for Congregational Movements
By George Bullard It is dangerous to be away from a regular routine for too many days. (I am at[...]
Relocation — Moving to a More Promising Location
One of the Ten “R”s for Plotting a New Congregational Course Download this post and make copies for use in[...]
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[...]
Reproduction — Planting New Congregational Expressions
One of the Ten “R”s for Plotting a New Congregational Course Download this post and make copies for use in[...]
Replication — Launching Multiple Congregational Campuses
One of the Ten “R”s for Plotting a New Congregational Course Download this post and make copies for use in[...]
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[...]
Safety & Security in the Church – Columbia Metro Connection – Episode #008
 Welcome to the Columbia Metro Connection, a podcast where you can go to get valuable, relevant, and quality resources for[...]
Spears Creek Baptist Church Looking for Student Pastor
Spears Creek Baptist Church, Elgin, SC, is seeking God’s direction for a Student Pastor. The Student Pastor will be called[...]
Temple Zion Baptist Pastor Andre Melvin Oversees Columbia International Prison Program
Listen to the podcast with Rev Andre Melvin, Temple Zion Baptist Church -- http://www.columbiametro.org/podcast-005/ Andre Melvin, pastor of Temple Zion Baptist[...]
Multiplication of Worship and Music Leaders for Congregations
There exists a current need, and a growing future need, for high quality worship and music leaders for various types[...]
Seeing in the Dark – Columbia Metro Connection Episode #007
 Welcome to the Columbia Metro Connection, a podcast where you can go to get valuable, relevant, and quality resources for[...]
Revitalized Rosewood Church is ‘Evidence of God’s Plan for His Kingdom in Southeast Columbia’
On September 10, 2017 Rosewood Baptist Church in Columbia SC undertook a relaunch and rebranding of the 80-year-old institution. The[...]
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[...]
Apartment Life – The Columbia Metro Connection Podcast – #006
 Welcome to the Columbia Metro Connection, a podcast where you can go to get valuable, relevant, and quality resources for[...]
St. Andrews Pastor Publishes Devotions for Those Struggling with Depression as He Did
In 2008, things began to change for pastor Ronald “Dee” Vaughan. Ministry had become burdensome, and that was a change[...]
An Iron-Barred Mission Field – The Columbia Metro Connection Podcast – Episode #005
      Welcome to the Columbia Metro Connection, a podcast where you can go to get valuable, relevant, and quality[...]
For Andre Rogers, Three Ministry Endeavors Work Together for Kingdom Effectiveness.
Andre Rogers serves as Columbia Metro Baptist Association’s Congregational Multiplication Ministry Mobilizer. He assists with church planting and sometimes with[...]
Crooked Run Baptist Church is a Smaller Membership Church with a Kingdom Sized Vision
Listen to the podcast with Rev. Tommy Hutto, pastor, Crooked Run Baptist Church -- http://www.columbiametro.org/podcast-003/ Crooked Run Baptist Church, in Fairfield[...]
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
Developing High Quality Security Plans for Churches
Security in churches is a crucial issue for many, if not all, churches. So much so that our Vision Tuesday[...]
Secrets of a Secret Church Shopper – The Columbia Metro Connection Podcast #004
      Welcome to the Columbia Metro Connection, a podcast where you can go to get valuable, relevant, and quality[...]
In Church Planting It Should Be Pull Not Push, and Receive Not Send—Part Two
Continuing from part one, I have certain convictions I want to test. In some I am a contrarian to the[...]
In Church Planting It Should Be Pull Not Push, and Receive Not Send—Part One
This is my 54th year to be involved in planting new congregations. I helped my parents plant a congregation when[...]
The Search for Best Practices for the Multiplication of Congregational Expressions
I am traveling Sunday, February 25th to Orlando, FL for the Exponential church planting and multiplication conference. They claim it[...]
A Smaller Membership Church with a Big Missional Vision – Columbia Metro Connection #003
  Welcome to the Columbia Metro Connection, a podcast where you can go to get valuable, relevant, and quality resources for[...]
Did You Know Your Church Owns the CMBA Churches-in-Association?
No one expects you as a busy and committed leader of your congregation to think every day about the fact[...]
Following Up on Christmas Season Guests in Your Congregation
Greg Atkinson will be the Vision Tuesday speaker for CMBA on February 20th. He leads the emphasis known as Worship[...]