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From Chaos to Collaboration: An Ant’s Story

Have you ever watched ants when they find food? Within a short period of time, one ant becomes an army of ants. They look really erratic—almost frantic and chaotic. They crisscross here and there, going one way and then changing directions. They move very quickly, sometimes doubling back on their path.

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via Fresh Expressions: Is God Tapping on Your Shoulder?

Most pioneers feel inadequate. But they also feel an unrelenting instinct that SOMEONE needs to come alongside THESE PEOPLE and connect with them. They know the church needs to break out and join in the mission of God already in motion in the community. They feel that they have little to offer, but they become open to offering it anyway.

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In Report, Upton Focuses on BGAV’s Present and Future

“We’ve got hard work to do, but it begins with our own spirit,” said John Upton, Executive Director, as he concluded his message to the BGAV Mission Council. This year, Upton focused his Executive Director's report on how the BGAV has evolved over its nearly 200-year history in order to respond to the ever-changing needs of its churches and to plan strategically for a future that brings new challenges and opportunities.

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Strengthening Sunday School Through VBS and Music/Sports Camps

Most of our churches still have Vacation Bible School in the summer. Some of our churches have sports camps, music, arts, and other types of camps to reach children in the community. These are all great events, and they give you a chance to show God’s love to children and to share God’s word with them and their families. What do you do after the event is over to continue to “train up a child?”

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Sharing Your Treasures

Do you realize that your life is a treasure chest?Many of us spend our whole lives dreaming of someday acquiring treasure. Why do we do this? Because treasures are valuable, they endure, and because with them we can make life better for us and those we love.

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District Fellows Visit and Learn About Virginia Baptists

District Fellows on their RVA tour (photo credit: Tia Enis) Posted: 6/10/19 at 12:20pm. Post by Tee Feyrer. Recently, I and the rest of the District Fellows from The District Church in D.C. had a wonderful visit to Richmond to meet with folks at the BGAV. We have been generously supported by the BGAV and are so thankful for your …

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The Best Book Ever

They say that familiarity breeds contempt; the more we are around someone or something, the more we fail to notice the value of that person or thing. We take many of the people and things that we have become familiar with for granted.One of the things we take for granted is the existence of the Bible, which God has given and preserved, so we can understand God, life, death, salvation, and wisdom through its contents.   

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Start the Fresh Expressions Journey this Summer!

Calvary Baptist in Bowling Green is one of many churches around the country engaging their local community beyond the church walls. They’ve launched The Well House, a community gathering space for people who aren’t being reached by regular church programming.

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KLI Retreat Offers Space for Young Leaders to Discern God’s Call

The Kairos Leadership Initiative (KLI) gathered in May at a beach house in the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a healthy mix of theological conversation, reflective group discussion, and of course a little recreational time in the sun. This retreat is the apex of every KLI program year, providing the most consecutive time together as a group as well as more content related to vocational discernment.

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BGAV Ministerial Scholarship Recipient: Stephanie Van Leeuwen

Through Cooperative Missions offerings, the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) provides scholarships and ministerial education funds for eligible Virginia Baptist students who need aid in financing their education. BGAV Scholarships and Ministerial Education Funds can help students earn an undergraduate degree, pursue undergraduate or graduate education in preparation for vocational ministry, or access training and continuing education opportunities.

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via Will Cumbia, Venturer: KMI Introduces Young Leaders to focus:refugees

Seven students from across Virginia and two seminary students as leaders made up the KMI 2019 team. Just like my trip to Romania four years ago was in support of BGAV missions partnership with Romania, this year's team came to support the new BGAV missions partnership, focus:refugees. The team engaged with two of our partners in Europe, spending four days in Austria and six days in Croatia and Bosnia. As with all Kairos trips, it was a blend of serving, learning, and building relationships.

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