Published on September 25, 2018 by Bill Nunnelley  
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Noted church leadership coach and minister George Bullard will present a conference on “Becoming a FaithSoaring Church” at Samford University Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The conference is free to all ministers and lay leaders although registration is required.

Bullard will draw upon his 35 years’ work with congregations of all sizes, locations and denominations. He has identified characteristics common to “faith soaring” churches that help them adapt and respond to the changing cultural and religious landscape in which churches live today.

“FaithSoaring churches are captivated by the synergy of vision, relationships, programs and management,” said Bullard. “We’ll look at several characteristics and examples from churches that have discovered this kind of synergy.”

Each registered attendee at the Samford conference will receive a copy of Bullard’s book, FaithSoaring Churches. To register, go to The conference is scheduled for the Regions Room of Cooney Hall.

Samford’s Center for Congregational Resources will sponsor the conference as this year‘s James A. Auchmuty Lecture. Lunch will be provided free.

Bullard is an author and ordained minister who has been an adjunct professor at four seminaries and lectured at others. He serves as president and strategic leadership coach for The Columbia Partnership Inc. of Columbia, South Carolina, which seeks to transform the capacity of the North American church to pursue and sustain vital Christ-center ministry.

“We’re particularly pleased to host Dr. Bullard for the Auchmuty Lectureship this year,” said Michael K. Wilson, Center for Congregational Resources director. “Given the breadth of knowledge and experience he’s gleaned from working with churches, we knew it would be helpful to present a conference rather than a brief lecture. We think George will offer practical insights and tools that could be of real benefit to congregational leaders.”

The James A. Auchmuty Lecture is sponsored annually at Samford by the Center for Congregational Resources. Named in honor of the pastor emeritus of Shades Crest Baptist Church, the lectureship brings to campus guest lecturers and presenters who speak on topics of interest to congregational leaders and students preparing for congregational ministry. 

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.