Posted: 11/14/16 at 10:22pm.
Roanoke, VA – The 193rd Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) began Monday afternoon with several breakout sessions and a powerful worship service.
Led by Rev. Barry Green, the adult choir of Bonsack Baptist Church presented “A Shepherd’s Heart – The Ministry of a Believer,” a musical presentation featuring singing, an orchestra, handbells, and readings Monday evening.
Chris Cadenhead, senior pastor of Bonsack Baptist Church, opened the worship service in place of President Nancy Stanton McDaniel, who is unable to attend the meeting due to family concerns.
“It is a privilege to host our Baptist brothers and sisters in our home,” Cadenhead said.
After the musical presentation, Upton offered an interpretation on the meeting’s theme, “The New Way.” He reminded Virginia Baptists of the heritage from which we come, musing that “the BGAV is comprised of churches that are weeks old and churches that were formed when Virginia was ruled by a monarchy.”
“Remember the courage of those before us, they led with faith, fortitude, and sacrifice,” he charged the congregation. “We must remember who we are and whose we are; this is the first step of the new way!”
Earlier in the day, attendees had an opportunity to attend one of several breakout sessions, including sessions about preaching, disaster response, refugee ministry, church websites, and women in ministry.
Nearly 100 pastors came to the Virginia Baptist Pastors’ Conference for an interactive workshop focused on church health led by Bill Wilson. Other groups met as well, including the Korean Fellowship, African American Fellowship, and more.
The meeting continues Tuesday morning at 8:45 am with the first business session.
The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) is a cooperative missions and ministry organization that consists of over 1,400 autonomous churches in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as churches from Seoul, South Korea, Toronto, Ontario, the District of Columbia, and the states of California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia.