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V3 Launches New Praxis Co-ops

We are excited for the start of our new Praxis Co-ops in Hampton Roads, Washington DC, and Los Angeles—each consisting of 12 community leaders from area churches—journeying together for 18 months around soul care, community formation, neighborhood transformation, and multiplication of discipleship groups.

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Surviving Betrayal

One of the most painful things we encounter in life is betrayal. Occasionally a person we trust does something that feels like betrayal, but they really don’t intended it that way. Less frequently, but more painful, is when we experience a trusted friend’s intentional plan to undermine or betray us. I think it is important for us to differentiate between premeditated betrayal and someone’s poor or selfish decisions which to us feel like an act of betrayal. In both cases trust is broken, which lies at the heart of betrayal. In both cases, the betrayer forfeits trust.

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2019 Pastor’s Conference: Renew Through Prayer

Join fellow ministers and be encouraged and equipped to renew your personal walk with God in and through prayer at this year's Pastor's Conference. The annual event will precede the BGAV Annual Meeting and will take place from 12:30pm - 2:45pm on Monday, November 11, 2019, at Bonsack Baptist Church in Roanoke, VA.

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Overcoming Rejection

There is a lot of thoughtless rejection circulating today. Rejection—even that which is only perceived as rejection—hurts us deeply. As children, we probably all experienced rejection to some degree. It starts early. Remember how you felt if you were the last one chosen to be on the team? Or not being asked to the prom?  

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Overcoming Distractions in Ministry

We easily get distracted from this single-minded focus. So many things, along with selfish desires, clutter the landscape of our daily walk. It’s critical to be anchored in—and focused on—the mission and goals the Lord has set before each of us. I want to offer a few tips to keep your head in the work.

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Revitalize Your Sunday School, Step 4: Train Your Leaders

Training/continuing education is expected in most jobs. Sunday School teachers, small group leaders and others who share from God’s Word have a big responsibility to help others discover faith in God and put it into practice (life transformation). I suggest that what happens in their classroom/small group meeting may have a more lasting impact than any profession!

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Facing Criticism

This week I received a newsletter with a section summarizing Philip Warner’s “The Secret Pain of Pastors,” posted by www.churchleaders.com in 2018. The seven “unique” problems pastors face were suggested as: criticism, rejection, betrayal, loneliness, weariness, frustrations, and disappointments.

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via Fresh Expressions: Turning What You Already Have Into a Fresh Expression

“Tell me, what do you have in your house?” Sometimes people look at me like I have three heads when I share with them what it means to start fresh expressions of church. For some, it’s because the whole idea is difficult to wrap their minds around, but others just don’t know where to start. “Where do you get pioneers?” “How do we decide what to do?” “How can we budget for starting something new?” It can feel very overwhelming. But before I jump in and try to provide answers for those questions, I usually go to scripture. But the scripture I go to isn’t my means of stalling or lightening the mood. It’s also not a theological explanation or proof-text. It’s a question.

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Revitalize Your Sunday School, Step 3: Give it the Attention it Deserves

The third step to revitalize our Sunday School is giving Sunday School and discipleship the attention they need to flourish with mature disciples who then disciple others to be mature disciples. Whatever we choose to do in life with excellence requires our attention. Whether it is in school, the workplace, our family, our health, or our spiritual growth, they require our attention. When we are attentive, we are aware of what is needed. When we are aware, we begin to set goals and make action plans to succeed.

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Time for a Change

We live at a time in history when change is continual. Perhaps life has always been changing at this pace, but I doubt it. Change has always been happening, but the pace seems to have escalated. Awareness of rapid change occurs because of our access to instant, constant announcements of changes. It seems that before we can even process last week’s changes, we are bombarded with two more weeks of change to process. 

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Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2019 BGAV Annual Meeting!

Posted: 9/16/19 at 3:30pm. Registration is now open for the 196th annual meeting of the BGAV, which will be held November 11-13 in Roanoke, VA. Together with our Virginia Baptist family we will explore this year’s theme “Renew,” based on Romans 12:2, with our guest speaker, Scot McKnight. This year’s meeting features Missions Monday with missions-focused breakout sessions, an on-site …

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Encountering Hope in Your Valley of Trouble

I have been reading the book of Hosea, one of God’s Old Testament prophets. It is an interesting read, because the family life of Hosea was a living parable of the people of Israel’s relationship with God.

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