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What Are You Waiting For?

Waiting seems to be woven into the fabric of Christmas. We wait for the season to begin, and then we count down the days left until Christmas Day. We wait in lines when shopping in stores, wait for parking spots at malls, and wait for planes or trains to arrive.

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Revitalize Your Sunday School, Step 10: Follow Up Fanatically

It is sad to say, but Walmart does a better job of welcoming people than many churches! They have assigned parking for people with disabilities and for expectant mothers. They have a greeter at each door. They smile and say, “Welcome to Walmart,” and provide stickers for children. Any employee is ready to help you find what you need. They smile when you leave and provide a warm goodbye. Following up with first-time guests at church and creating a comfortable environment is critical in this culture!

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The Missing Ingredient of Thanksgiving

Some of the best meals are somewhat simple in their contents, but when prepared with love and slow-cooked with time-tested techniques, they become the food of kings. Several months ago we watched a television show where the chef sought to discover the secret ingredients of traditional meals—sometimes still prepared over open fires, or slow-cooked. His discovery is summarized in this statement: “Time is the missing ingredient in our cooking today.” And there is much truth to this statement.

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Upton Celebrates and Challenges Virginia Baptists in Executive Director’s Report

During the Tuesday morning session of the 196th Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV), John Upton continued the meeting’s theme, “Renew,” in his executive director’s report. He thanked God for all he has done in this past year and for the exciting places he is leading BGAV in the future. Upton highlighted BGAV’s continued involvement in theological education, plans for the future of BGAV, and the ending of the “More Than Nets” missions partnership.

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BWA World Congress: Rio 2020

Virginia Baptists are invited to attend the quinquennial BWA World Congress wvwnt, Rio 2020, from July 22-26 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Thousands of Baptists from across the globe will gather for five days of worship, fellowship, communion, and service. There is no other event quite like it!

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Revitalize Your Sunday School, Step 9: Know Key Numbers

Numbers do matter! Ask sports teams about sabermetrics and analytics. Since 2001, when Manager Billy Beane of the Oakland As started using them to have a competitive MLB team, sports teams in the colleges and pros use numbers to increase their chances of winning. Sunday School specialists have been using certain numbers to increase the overall health of churches since long before 2001!

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Follow the Invisible God

When Jesus invites people to enter into a relationship with himself, he uses the words: “Come, follow me.” We often read over those words and miss the meaning of the word “follow.”

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BGAV Approves 2020 Budget

During the Wednesday business session of the 196th Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) Annual Meeting, messengers voted to approve the 2020 Cooperative Missions Budget budget of $9.1 million.

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BGAV Recognizes Jeff Cranford and Stephen Richerson with Resolutions of Appreciation

During Tuesday’s business session at the 196th Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV), Virginia Baptists recognized and honored William J. (Jeff) Cranford, II and Stephen Richerson, two men who leave a definite mark on Virginia Baptist life through their leadership and service. Through resolutions of appreciation, each was individually recognized before the gathered body of messengers.

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Northern Seminary and BGAV Announce Partnership to Train Church Leaders

Northern Seminary and the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) announce a new partnership to train the next generation of church leaders. As the BGAV’s seminary partner for distance education, Northern will deliver accessible theological education to students in Virginia via interactive live-streaming classes and local intensive gatherings. Students can complete degrees while still serving their local context or deployed overseas.   

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Tuesday’s Recap of the 2019 Annual Meeting

The first full day of the 196th Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) opened at 8:45am with President Richard Martin presiding.  Chris Cadenhead, pastor of Bonsack Baptist Church, brought warm greetings on the snowy Tuesday morning, before the Uptick Artists led a spirit-filled acoustic set of worship. Their own song, written to the tune of “Come Thou Fount” with words, “Sing a new church into being, one in faith and love and praise,” was a powerful and apt way to start a day focused on the theme of “Renew.”

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2019 BGAV Annual Meeting Kicks Off with Missions Monday

The 196th Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) kicked off Monday at Bonsack Baptist Church with a day focused on missions.“Missions Monday” started off with a gathering of Korean-speaking church leaders as well as the annual Pastor’s Conference.

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Revitalize Your Sunday School, Step 8: Enroll Your Guests

In a day when people are wondering about the chaos and challenges in our world and their personal lives, I believe we have GOOD NEWS to share and to show! All of us are called to encourage others to hear God’s Word and make disciples. How do we help each class member know their responsibility? Practice open enrollment and show them how!

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