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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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Treasure Hunt

Most of us dream of gaining an improbable treasure, which is why so many people buy lottery tickets. How might our lives change if we were suddenly richer than we ever imagined?     

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via Fresh Expressions US: What is Remissioning and How Could it Help Your Church?

The story of Wildwood’s decline is not unique. It is the new normal of US churches across the denominational spectrum. We live in a time coined “Post-Christendom,” “The Great Decline,” and the “Post-Christian United States.” We live on a new and uncharted frontier. The land of the so-called “nones and dones” the “de-churched and the no-churched.”

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You Are What You Choose

I recently attended a seminar led by futurist Matt Thornhill of the Institute of Tomorrow. One of the things he shared which captured my attention was a premise that tomorrow is made up of today’s choices; therefore, we shape tomorrow by the choices we make today.By way of illustration, think of a person’s transformation from being out of shape and overweight into getting back in shape and near to healthy weight. The idea or dream is perhaps the starting point to a new “you,” but many days and many consistent, purposeful, and disciplined decisions are required to get from here to there.

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