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10 Reasons to Attend the BGAV Annual Meeting in Fredericksburg


The 190th Baptist General Association of Virginia Annual Meeting in Fredericksburg is less than a month away. Time is running out to secure group discount rates at area hotels. We would love to see you in next month!

Still undecided about coming? Consider the following 10 reasons to come to the BGAV meeting this year:


  1. BGAV Governance Committee Recommendation
    If you haven’t heard, this is kind of a big deal. Messengers will vote on a recommendation offered by the Governance Committee that would significantly alter how the Baptist General Association of Virginia will be governed. The Religious Herald has more details.
  2. New BGAV/VBMB Treasurer
    Rev. David Washburn, pastor of First Baptist Church, Waynesboro, has been nominated to succeed Eddie Stratton as Treasurer. Messengers will vote on the nomination. Learn more about David via the Religious Herald.
  3. Outgoing BGAV/VBMB Treasurer
    Eddie StrattonEddie Stratton has faithfully served Virginia Baptists for 12 years. He has led us in both good times and tough times. Come greet him one last time as our Treasurer and help us say “thank you”. The Religious Herald recently published a great article about Eddie.
  4. Childcare offered
    New for 2013, child care is offered nearby at Salem bap for only $5 per child. That’s right, $5. That includes both days (and food!). Childcare is offered 8am – 8pm on Tuesday and 8am – 12pm on Wednesday. Register online or contact Karen Rackett at karen.rackett@vbmb.org or 800.255.2428, ext. 2243.
  5. Rev. Dr. Ross Clifford
    We are very excited to have Rev. Dr. Ross Clifford as our keynote speaker. Hailing from Australia, you will be truly blessed by his messages. Over the last few months, we have published a Q&A series with him. Check it out!
  6. 50th Anniversary of the Virginia Baptist Male Chorale
    Guest_Male-ChoraleThis special and unique choir has blessed Virginia Baptists and beyond for half a century. The Male Chorale is a choral group committed to providing an excellent musical experience for its members and audiences which will glorify and honor our God and share the good news of Jesus Christ throughout Virginia and the world.
  7. Fill the Bag!
    Fill your messenger bag at the nearby Wegmans supermarket with the printed shopping list on your bag and bring it back to the Conference Center for distribution. Food will be distributed in the area by Fredericksburg Baptist Church. Each filled bag will be replaced with a new one so you can take this idea back to your local church and implement it in your community!Want to get a head start? Download the grocery list (PDF).
  8. Historic Fredericksburg Trolley Ride
    Kairos InitiativeCome learn about the Kairos Initiative Collegiate/Young Adult ministries and take a free trolley ride through historic Fredericksburg! Hear about religious liberty in Historic Fredericksburg, and visit the Center for Faith and Leadership (a Virginia Baptist Collegiate Ministry) at the University of Mary Washington. The Trolley Ride departs at 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. in front of the Conference Center. Seats are limited. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before scheduled departure time in order to secure a seat.
  9. Tons of Breakout Sessions
    Tuesday afternoon come and learn about new ministries and new approaches to share the Gospel. All breakouts will be held in the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center unless otherwise indicated as Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites, or Hampton Inn. Check them out!
  10. Fellowship & Fun
    Come and meet new people from all over Virginia and beyond. Reconnect with old friends. Virginia Baptists are a family – nothing can replace the handshakes, hugs, and side conversations that happen when families meet face-to-face.

Need more info? Visit bgavconnect.com for registration details.