BGAV Blog

Christine Sine: 6 Tips to Ensure Spiritual Growth Over the Summer

Some of you know that I am a passionate gardener, and as I think about the summer it is garden metaphors that come to mind. If we have worked diligently through the spring, sown liberally, fertilized effectively, mulched deeply and weeded aggressively, then summer is a season of little work. Our most important priority is to enjoy the beauty we have created and admire the growing bounty. Our most important priority is to enjoy the beauty we have created. Maybe summer in our churches should be viewed in the same way.

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Verlon Foster: How to Build a Church for the Hungry and Lonely

Over on the Fresh Expressions blog recently, Vernon Foster asks "Ever notice how much of Jesus’s ministry is done at a table?" One of the key passions of the Dinner Church Collective is to share the model of ministry that has worked to serve communities. Foster shares resources to help start this model in local communities.

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Ed Jordan: When the Lights Go Out

In Ecclesiastes 11:1 (The Message) we read: “Be generous: Invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns.” Cast your bread onto the waters, and in good time, that investment in providing for the needs of others will return back to you as well.

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Shannon Kiser: Renewing a Reputation

On the Fresh Expressions US Blog, Shannon Kiser discusses her recent interaction with a dog kennel in need of a reputation renewal. In doing so, she asks, "But what if what actually shifts people’s perception of the church is the way we relate with the community?"

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A Heart for God

Johnny Almond writes that "To find real joy, we must trade society’s dissatisfying lifestyle for Christ’s restful way and exchange our vicious cycle for His victory celebration."

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Deb Sternke: Ministry’s Most Commonly Forgotten Secret

What I really needed was rest. When planting a church, one of the easiest things to be put on the back burner is the need for rest. It’s essential to take a break from our work. If we neglect this, we have the candle lit at both ends and will end up burning out.

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Six Ideas for Vacation Bible School

As your church plans VBS this summer, Charity Roberson offers ideas she has collected over the last few years that may be helpful in your planning.

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Eliza Green: Take off

Our trip to Romania is right around the corner. It’s been a long wait since applying for this trip in January. So much so, that it almost does not feel real. A few weeks ago, our whole team was able to meet and get to know each other in Richmond. Meeting my team and learning more about Romania has made …

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