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Steve Perky Weekly Focus 2019-W-20
Weekly Focus 2019.W.20God's word does not return void, even on social media.I was reminded of this in a fresh way[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–The Third Sunday of May 2019
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, this weekend as I lead worship may I reflect on the transitions and changes[...]
Alice Drive’s Welcome Ministry Shifts from “What” to “Why”
Download this article -- First Impressions -- Alice Drive      Alice Drive Baptist Church members have welcomed visitors to[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–Mother’s Day Sunday, May 2019
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, on this Mother’s Day weekend help me share an authentic message from You that[...]
BCM Highlight – Panel Discussion – Columbia Metro Connection – Episode #027
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[...]
BCM Highlight – Jamie Rogers – Columbia Metro Connection – Episode #026
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The Kingdom Value of First Impressions
Download this article -- First Impressions - Mary Ann Sibley Mary Ann Sibley wants you to feel welcomed and included.[...]
BCM Highlight – Penetrating Darkness with the Light – Columbia Metro Connection – Episode #025
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[...]
Wes Church Believes First Baptist Can Leverage Its Unique Historic, Downtown Distinctives
Download this article -- Wes Church           Since becoming senior pastor at First Baptist Church, Columbia,[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–The First Sunday of May 2019
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, as I proclaim Your Living Word—Jesus the Christ—this weekend, I am reminded of Peter, full[...]
THE COLUMBIA METRO CONNECTION – WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2019
A Message from George Bullard, DirectorFirst Impressions – That Transition Zone Between Proactive and ReactiveThere are two types of congregations – proactive and[...]
Medical Missions & The Local Church – Columbia Metro Connection – Episode #024
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[...]
Collegiate Ministry in Columbia — Six Next Steps
Carolina BCM Next StepsDownload On Tuesday, April 23rd Jamie Rogers--Baptist Collegiate Ministries Director in Columbia--spoke at a CMBA Vision Day,[...]
How Churches Formally Connect with and/or Become Members of the Columbia Metro Baptist Association
CMBA, How to Connect Join, 01.01.19Download Church Network Connections and Church Members: The Columbia Metro Baptist Association desires to be[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–Sunday After Easter, April 2019
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, it was in the days after His resurrection that the disciples of Jesus finally[...]
Host an International Student through Carolina BCM . . .
. . . for periodic visits in your home. Sign up at https://www.carolinabcm.org/host-an-international-student. God is bringing the world to the[...]
Giving Strength to Churches Through Relationships – Columbia Metro Connection – Episode #023
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[...]
How to Transform the World Through Collegiate Ministry
Registration is required for the FREE lunch. Use this link to register: https://forms.gle/qDB48V8FGs3nE15i6. The April 23rd Vision Day Lunch and[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–Easter Sunday, April 2019
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, on this Resurrection Sunday may I proclaim with great clarity the central doctrine of[...]
Your Church and The Baptist Collegiate Ministry – Columbia Metro Connection – Episode #022
  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[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–Palm Sunday April 14, 2019
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem includes adoration for Him by the crowd.[...]
CMBA Moderator Ralphetta Davis Is Inspired by International Missions Experiences
Download this article -- Missional Partnerships -- Ralphetta Davis Columbia native Ralphetta Davis just returned from her second mission trip[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–First Weekend of April 2019
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, I wonder how much Jesus was aware at this point that in less than[...]
CMBA Changes Telephone Number and Mailing Address
Effective immediately, the Columbia Metro Baptist Association has changed its telephone number to 803.619.7110 and its mailing address to Columbia[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–The Last Sunday of March 2019
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, in the same way an angel led Philip to the Ethiopian eunuch, lead me to[...]
Gaining Traction in a Dying Church – Columbia Metro Connection – Episode #021
SUBSCRIBE:  iTunes| RSS | Stitcher | TuneIn Radio | Google Play       The Columbia Metro Connection is sponsored and supported by the Columbia Metro Baptist Association and the[...]
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[...]
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[...]
Hunger Ministry Grant Program Established
The Visionary Leadership Community of CMBA approved on March 19, 2019 guidelines for Hunger Ministry Grants to assist contributing member[...]
Mission House Sold. Minister and Missionary Grant Program Begun.
Mission House March 15th the CMBA Mission House was sold in favor of beginning a grant program for temporary housing[...]
Panel Discussion on Church Multiplication – Columbia Metro Connection – Episode #020
SUBSCRIBE:  iTunes| RSS | Stitcher | TuneIn Radio | Google Play       The Columbia Metro Connection is sponsored and supported by the Columbia Metro Baptist Association and the[...]
Steve Perky Weekly Focus 2019-w-11
Steve Perky Weekly Focus 2019.w.11A modern day version of the question, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" may be,[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–Third Sunday, March 2019
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, You are the one who stills the waters of turbulent storms in our lives.[...]
Health Kits Needed by April 30th
CMBA Health KitsDownload Collecting health kits is a mission project that any church can participate in. All ages can be[...]
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[...]
Brenda Sheets of St. Andrews Church Takes Annual Medical Missions Trip
Missional Partnerships -- Brenda SheetsDownload https://youtu.be/BjijybF6_Ro Brenda Sheets took her first mission trip to Honduras with St. Andrews Baptist Church[...]
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[...]
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[...]
Steve Perky Weekly Focus 2019-w-09
Steve Perky Weekly Focus 2019.w.10Digital Discipleship is a key part of my calling in vocational ministry. I enjoy discovering the[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–The Second Sunday of March 2019
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, in the same way an angel led Philip to the Ethiopian eunuch, lead me to[...]
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[...]
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[...]
A Church’s Commitment to Church Planting Sharpens an Evangelistic Focus
Download this article -- Multiplying Congregatons -- George Wright In 1907, the First Baptist Church of Columbia watched as the city’s[...]
Prayers for Pastors and Congregations–First Weekend of March 2019
A Prayer for Pastors:  O Lord, I do not want to make excuses about my sermon, but I am struggling[...]
Steve Perky Weekly Focus 2019.w.09
#TeaTimeThoughts from Steve Perky I don't know about you but one of the challenges I both experience personally and observe[...]
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[...]
Back to Basics at FRESH Church in Irmo
Dowload This Article --Multiplying Congregations -- Greg Dowey Karee Richardson says her church is like family. She and her husband[...]
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[...]
Steve Perky Weekly Focus 2019.w.08
#TeaTimeThoughts from Steve Perky I don't know about you but one of the challenges I both experience personally and observe[...]
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[...]
Prayers for Pastors and Congregations–Fourth Weekend of February 2019
A Prayer for Pastors:  O Lord, proclaiming Your Word is essential and a powerful force. I am reminded of the power[...]
CMBA Block Party Trailer is Available to Your Church!
As you start to plan your church’s 2019 community outreach events remember the block party trailer. The trailer is the[...]
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[...]
On 20th CMBA Anniversary Locklear Celebrates Relationships with Churches
Download Our Family Story -- Community Impact - Cathy Locklear In 1999, Cathy Locklear and her husband Eric had just welcomed[...]
Prayers for Pastors and Congregations–Third Weekend of February
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, on this weekend when many people are celebrating the three-day weekend that culminate in[...]
WMU Children’s Mission Day — Saturday, March 23, 2019
Women's Missionary Union in the CMBA is sponsoring a Children's Missions Day on Saturday, March 23, 2019, 10:30 a.m. to[...]
Church Plants Must Serve in the Community, Connect with People, and Be Involved with Other Churches
In 2001, Erik Estep was serving Fellowship Baptist Church in Lexington, had never thought about church planting, and on this[...]
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[...]
Midtown Fellowship: Two Notch—A Church Plant in the Inner City to Reach into Poverty
Midtown Fellowship’s downtown Columbia church plant began in 2007 with a Sunday worship gathering and intentional Life Groups to primarily[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
Prayers for Pastors and Congregations–Second Weekend of February 2019
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, proclaiming Your Word is essential and a powerful force. I am reminded of the[...]
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.[...]
Steve Perky Weekly Focus 2019.w.06
#TeaTimeThoughts from Steve Perky I don't know about you but one of the challenges I both experience personally and observe[...]
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[...]
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[...]
Church and Minister Tax Information for 2019
Annually churches and ministers benefit from the work of church and minister tax and law specialist Richard Hammar. His work[...]
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[...]
Steve Perky Weekly Focus 2019.w.05
#TeaTimeThoughts from Steve PerkyAs we learn more about this new culture in which we live and minster, I still experience[...]
Prayers for Pastors and Congregations–First Weekend of February
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, this is a challenging weekend for clarity around the message I need to share[...]
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,[...]
Prayers for Pastors and Congregations–Last Weekend of January
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, I do not want to make excuses about my sermon, but I am struggling[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
New Mailing Address for CMBA
The associational office will be moving at some point this year to offices within the North Trenholm Baptist Church facilities.[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–On the Third Sunday of January 2019
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, I am grateful for how you have gifted me spiritually to serve You and Your[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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,[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–On the Second Sunday of January 2019
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, one of my greatest joys as a pastor is to baptize someone who has come[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–On the First Sunday of January 2019
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, I thank You for the refreshment and opportunity for renewal of my faith in You[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–On the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, words like joy, hospitality, encouragement, and welcome come to my mind as I prepare to[...]
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.[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–On the Third Sunday of Advent, December 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, we rejoice in our relationship with you. We celebrate all day, every day the joy[...]
Special Prayer Requested for a Pastor, Wife, and Church
Previously we have highlighted for your prayerful consideration Rev. Jerry Lewis, pastor, Union Baptist Church who suffered a stroke 9.5[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–On the Second Sunday of Advent, December 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, on this second Sunday of Advent I consider the ministry of John the Baptist as[...]
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[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–On the First Sunday of Advent, December 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, so quickly the celebration of the American holiday of Thanksgiving moves into the Christian season[...]
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 Sampling of Christmas Programs and Events in Our Churches
Holly Jolly Christmas Festival: Here is a sampling of the Christmas programs and events in our churches for this Advent[...]
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[...]
A Wednesday Word from George Bullard for November 21, 2018
Ten Things for Which George is Thankful this Thanksgiving 2018
Christmas Dinner for CMBA Pastors and Staff Persons – Plus Their Spouses
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Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–On the Sunday Before Thanksgiving, November 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, I am eternally thankful for my relationship with You because of Jesus the Christ—the Living[...]
Temple Baptist Church Seeks a Part-Time Church Secretary
Temple Baptist Church in Columbia, SC, is seeking a part-time church secretary. The ideal candidate should have knowledge of Microsoft[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–Second Sunday, November 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, priority in life is so important. As a Christian my priority is You. There can[...]
The Annual Church Profile is Not a Report. It is a Planning Tool.
Recently I went to a doctor’s appointment and they handed me a clipboard with four pages of forms to complete.[...]
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[...]
SC Baptist Disaster Relief Situation Report November 3, 2018
Here is a  situation report from the SC Baptist Disaster Relief efforts for Hurricanes Florence and Michael: SCBC Disaster Relief Report,[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–First Sunday, November 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, time is the most precious commodity of the 21st century. We all wish for[...]
SC Baptist Disaster Relief Situation Report October 27, 2018
Here is a  situation report from the SC Baptist Disaster Relief efforts for Hurricanes Florence and Michael:  SCBC Disaster Relief[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–Fourth Sunday, October 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, as a pastor at times I am conflicted about my role. Books I read,[...]
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[...]
Coming November 1st: Live Preview of 2019 January Bible Study on Revelation Chapters One – Three
CMBA and the Lexington Baptist Association are sponsoring a workshop designed as an overview of January Bible study on Revelation[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–Third Sunday, October 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, I know in many respects I am Your under-shepherd to my congregation. I am their[...]
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[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–Second Sunday, October 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, there are days when I ponder with a certain degree of sadness that I[...]
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[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–First Sunday, October 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord,  may our worship style and content, and my message on Sunday remember that among the[...]
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[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–Fifth Sunday, September 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, among the things I pray will always characterize my congregation is Christian compassion towards[...]
Hear Ken Weathersby Speak at the Annual Family Reunion, Thursday, October 4th
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Hear the Valley Voices Sing at the Annual Family Reunion, Thursday, October 4th
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Spring Valley Has a High-Speed Cassette Tape Duplicator to Give Away
Do any churches still need a cassette tape duplicator? If that is you, then you are in luck. Spring Valley[...]
Shandon Needs Children’s Choir Robes for Their Singing Christmas Tree
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Blaney Baptist Church Daycare Seeking Child Care Worker
Blaney Baptist Church Daycare in Elgin is looking for a caring, compassionate Child Care Worker to serve in a part-time position.[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–Fourth Sunday, September 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, what a time for prayer and compassion! You, Jesus, taught us to pray so[...]
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
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CMBA Missional Leadership Community Votes to Sell Missionary House
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CMBA Missional Leadership Community Votes to Lease Office Building
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CMBA Pilots a New Process for Accepting Churches into the Association
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CMBA Update: What Has Happened Since July 1, 2017?
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Our One Priority Grants Reconfirmed by CMBA’s Visionary Leadership Community
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2018 SCBC Convention, WMU, and Ministry Partner Report
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So, Your Church is Not Holding Services Today! What Should You Do?
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Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–Third Sunday, September 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, it looks like we may not have our gathered worship service this Sunday. You[...]
Hurricane Florence Response: If You Want to Help, What Do You Do?
1. If you want to donate money (which is always so much better than donating commodities like clothes unless someone[...]
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[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–Second Sunday, September 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, I have so many questions posed to me about the healing power of God.[...]
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[...]
Serve Fair Workers at the South Carolina State Fair October 8th – 21st
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SC Baptist Convention is Looking to Fill Several Staff Positions — Check Them Out HERE!
The South Carolina Baptist Convention has the following staff positions available.  Benefits for all full-time positions include paid time off, retirement,[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–First Sunday, September 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, this is a season of the year when for many families it is difficult to[...]
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[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–Fourth Sunday, August 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, may my words and actions exemplify for my congregation the joy and excitement of living[...]
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 
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A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, our church location is becoming more diverse. People other than “our kind of people”[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–Second Sunday, August 2018
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The Columbia Metro Connection eNewsletter — August 8, 2018
A Message from George Bullard, Director As Your Church Prepares Its Budget for the Next Year . . .  . .[...]
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.[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–First Sunday, August 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, as people come to worship this weekend may they be looking for more than[...]
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[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–Fifth Sunday, July 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, when I preach and teach about people receiving salvation and then learning more and more[...]
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
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The Columbia Metro Connection eNewsletter — July 18, 2018
A Word from George Bullard, Director My mother-in-law, Jean Jenkins Boyd, lived a full and fruitful life. She died this[...]
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[...]
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[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–Third Sunday, July 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, just as Jesus sent out his disciples two-by-two to be a witness to the[...]
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[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–Second Sunday, July 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, I am grateful for the people who gather on this Sunday in our church[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–First Sunday, July 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, may we never take for granted the religious freedom we have in our country.[...]
Get Copies of Secrets of a Secret Shopper for $8.00 Each
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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[...]
The Columbia Metro Connection eNewsletter — June 20, 2018
A Message from George Bullard, Director Last week my wife and I got away to celebrate our 46th wedding anniversary. (I[...]
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[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–Father’s Day Sunday, June 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, on this Father’s Day weekend as a child of God, swirling around my head[...]
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[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–Second Sunday, June 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, this Sunday is a great time to celebrate our love for and appreciation of[...]
Outgoing BCM Director Andy Weems Applauds Work of CMBA Churches with College Students
Download this story:  Andy Weems and Collegiate Ministry As Andy Weems concludes five years of Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) service with[...]
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[...]
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[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–First Sunday, June 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, I am thankful this weekend for the arrival of summer. Most of all I am[...]
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[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–Last Sunday, May 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, as I proclaim Your written and Living Word this Sunday, may I be fully[...]
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[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–Pentecost Sunday, May 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, in many Christian traditions this Sunday is committed to the celebration of Pentecost. I[...]
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[...]
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[...]
The Columbia Metro Connection eNewsletter for Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Check out the eNewsletter for this week:   https://mailchi.mp/columbiametro/november_01_2017-1360001?e=8ea2020430. A Word from George Bullard, Director about three congregations he visited one[...]
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[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–The First Sunday of May 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, help me proclaim the words this weekend inspired in me by the Holy Spirit.[...]
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[...]
The Columbia Metro Connection eNewsletter for Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Check out the eNewsletter for this week:   https://mailchi.mp/columbiametro/november_01_2017-1298393?e=8ea2020430. A Word from George Bullard, Director Revitalization Rosewood Church is "Evidence of[...]
Kathy Jones Begins as Leadership Communities Ministry Mobilizer
Today, April 24th, we are glad to welcome Kathy Jones to the CMBA staff as our Leadership Communities Ministry Mobilizer.[...]
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[...]
Reflections on Church Safety and Security Learnings from April 17th Vision Tuesday Presentation
Church Safety and Security Learning #5 from April 17th Vision Tuesday: By the time first responders can get to your[...]
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[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–The Third Sunday of April 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, the politics of war can so easily creep into conversations around churches on Sundays.[...]
The Columbia Metro Connection eNewsletter for Wednesday, April 11, 2018
A Word from George Bullard, Director On Easter Sunday I had the joy of attending Relaunch Sunday at Earlewood 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[...]
The Columbia Metro Connection Podcast Are Posted Regularly. Sign Up to Automatically Receive Them.
The Columbia Metro Connection Podcast launched earlier this year. This is a regular podcast targeting ministers and laypersons of the[...]
Prayers Appreciated for a Very Busy Period from Now Through April 20th
The life and ministry of CMBA churches-in-association will be very busy for the next two weeks in preparation for and[...]
Vision Tuesday on April 17th Location Change–Will Meet at North Trenholm Baptist Church
Important Notes: (1) Due to strong interest and the need for a larger meeting space, the April 17th Vision Tuesday[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–The Sunday After Easter, April 2019
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, it was in the days after His resurrection that the disciples of Jesus finally began to[...]
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[...]
Respond by March 30th for Follow-Up to Greg Atkinson on Reaching/Keeping Church Guests
Respond by this Friday, March 30th using this link: https://goo.gl/forms/B4QY9wUHgQVYVM3M2. Greg Atkinson was our Vision Tuesday speaker on Tuesday, February 20th.[...]
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[...]
Vision Tuesday: Looking Ahead to April, May, and June
March 20th Vision Tuesday with Apartment Life is now set. Lunch has been ordered. It will take place Noon to[...]
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[...]
Listen to Craig Bailey and Zach Madsden Talk About Ministry in Multi-Family Housing with Apartment Life
Craig Bailey is pastor of First Church in Winnsboro. In two previous ministry settings he has observed and worked with[...]
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[...]
Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–Second Weekend of March 2018
A Prayer for Pastors:  O Lord, I know it is a small thing, but please help my congregation to remember[...]
Check Out the Easter Communications Guide from ChurchINK.com
Check out this Easter Communications Guide from ChurchINK.com. For more information contact them at Support@ChurchINK.com.  ChurchInk Easter Guide, 2018
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[...]
Follow-Up to Vision Tuesday with Greg Atkinson on Reaching and Keeping Church Guests
The speaker for February was Greg Atkinson of www.WorshipImpressions.com. He talked about reaching and keeping church guests. Everyone who attended[...]
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[...]
Prayers for Pastors and Congregations–Fourth Weekend of February
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, this has been a week where the right to bear arms and guns in[...]
Welcome Chelsea Wester as our Empowering Congregations Ministry Mobilizer
CMBA is pleased to welcome Chelsea Wester to our staff as the Empowering Congregations Ministry Mobilizer. This is a part-time[...]
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[...]
Prayers for Pastors and Congregations–Second Weekend of February
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, in the midst of seeking to praise and worship you this weekend, we are[...]
All Great Churches Have This Logo on Their Website!
CMBA Churches-in-Association: To show your membership in CMBA, add our logo to your website. Discover how and the choices at:http://www.columbiametro.org/our-congre…/family-member-logo/[...]
Are You on the Pastoral Staff of a CMBA Church? Do You Have a Personality?
The SC Baptist Convention is offering the opportunity for all “pastoral staff” of our churches to take the DISC Assessment[...]
Harmony Church, Elgin, Seek Part-Time Youth Director
Harmony Baptist of Elgin is seeking someone to work with our youth part time. We are looking for someone who[...]
Woodfield Park Seeks Part-Time Children and Youth Director
Woodfield Park Baptist Church, in northeast Columbia, SC, is seeking a part-time Children's and Youth Director. Approximately 8 hours per[...]
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[...]
Resources on Racism by Ant Frederick of Midtown Fellowship–Two Notch
On Thursday, January 18th Ant Frederick of Midtown Fellowship--Two Notch made a presentation on "Race, the Church, and the Gospel."[...]
30 People from 19 Churches Attend First Vision Tuesday
Tuesday, January 16th the first Vision Tuesday was held at the CMBA office sponsored by the association and Southern Mutual[...]
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[...]
Administrative Team Morphs into a Visionary Leadership Community, January 16th
Beginning this month, January 2018, the group providing regular guidance for the work and ministry of the Columbia Metro Baptist[...]
Baptist Collegiate Ministry January Update
Baptist Collegiate Ministry will be going to Puerto Rico during 2018 to serve the churches after the devastating hurricane that[...]