Category Archives for "CMBA General"

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 resources for you and your congregation. 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 partner churches that support the ministry of the CMBA.   […]

Insight 072: FaithSoaring Churches Know Why They Do Why They Do

Congregations seeking to transform know why they do everything they do. They know what contribution every program, ministry, and activity make to the spiritual strategic journey of the congregation. How they speed transformation. They know how everything aligns with the vision of the congregation. Nothing is wasted. They have moved beyond business as usual—beyond doing […]

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 helping struggling congregations redevelop vitality and vibrancy. He also teaches homiletics and systematic theology at his alma mater, Columbia International University (CIU), and he is the pastor of Concord Fellowship Baptist Church, which he planted […]

Insight 071: FaithSoaring Congregations Are Embraced by a Solutions Focus

The book The Discipline of Market Leaders (Michael Treacy and Fred Wiersema, Perseus Books, 1995) suggests there are three foci for the marketing efforts of organizations. Best Price, Best Product, and Best Solution. A Best Solutions effort focuses on the needs of the people being served rather than how to provide cheap products, the best—perhaps […]

Insight 069: FaithSoaring Churches Engage in Discontinuous Action Following a Long Plateau

Congregations needing to transform are not necessarily declining in the number of people participating in the congregation. Many are simply plateaued. This means their average weekly attendance does not go up or down more than 10 percent over a three to five-year period. When a congregation has been plateaued for seven years or more, it […]

Insight 068: FaithSoaring Churches Make Transformation Everyone’s Responsibility

Congregations must move beyond the obvious trap of expecting the pastor to bring vision and to personally empower their transformation. The work of transformation is everyone’s responsibility. Yes, there needs to be a leadership community composed of at least 21 percent of the average number of active attending adults in the congregation present on a […]

Insight 067: FaithSoaring Churches Move Beyond Success or Significance to Surrender

Very few congregations transform by focusing on developing successful ministry projects. Some will see short-term significance by focusing on mission action. Generally, it will take full surrender to ongoing missional engagement for congregations to transform. Ministry projects are often short-term projects congregations want to do to a target group of people. Mission action involves mid-term […]

Crooked Run Baptist Church is a Smaller Membership Church with a Kingdom Sized Vision

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Listen to the podcast with Rev. Tommy Hutto, pastor, Crooked Run Baptist Church — https://columbiametro.org/podcast-003/ Crooked Run Baptist Church, in Fairfield County, is involved with a nearby elementary school, is starting a Sunday evening service for young adults, and participates in both local and international missions. It’s also a Fairfield County congregation that is 193 years […]

Insight 066: FaithSoaring Churches Have Radical Missional Engagement

Many congregations are internally focused. Congregations needing transformation should become externally focused. They need to think, plan, and act on radical forms of missional engagement. They need to take a journey requiring them to do something discontinuous in engaging their community context or a global issue where they can make a significant contribution along with […]