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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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Try Something New! Apply for a Micro-grant to Start a Fresh Expression of Church

Fresh Expressions is an international movement helping church leaders create new kinds of church among people who are not yet part of any church. Fresh Expressions got its start in the US through the visionary leadership of the BGAV—in fact, Fresh Expressions US wouldn’t exist without the BGAV. Since 2011, Fresh Expressions US has been following the Spirit and building a movement across the country. We’ve led events in 22 states and formed partnerships with 16 different groups. Now we’re sowing back into BGAV churches who want to start fresh expressions of church.

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Meet Our Ministers in Residence

When you’re a BGAV church, there are many, many resources available to you! Is your church urban, suburban, or rural? Do you have 50 active members, or 1,500? Are you struggling financially, or are you experiencing financial growth? Are there certain ministries in your church that you’d like to start or strengthen?A Minister in Residence might be just what you need to get some expert help and advice for your church.

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Four Areas in Which Sunday School Should Help Parents

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (Matthew 19:14 NIV)Our culture is rapidly changing. We all know the statistics that the younger the generation, the less they attend church. What are some of the major needs as we try to reach children?

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via V3: Building Church Diversity

The easiest way to enter diversity would be to start with a community that is such. Easier said than done. How we gather is a reflection of our relational networks. Dominant groups, such as white evangelicals, boast the dubious distinction of having the least diverse friendship networks. We tend to hang out with people who look the same as us.

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Those Pesky Weeds!

Do you realize that just like there are literally competitive and aggressive weeds that grow in our gardens, our spiritual lives also get infested with spiritual weeds too? Spiritual weeds must be dealt with quickly, lest they choke out our spiritual lives.

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Meet Roger Roller: Minister in Residence for Evangelism

I would like to see each church have a goal for the number of baptisms they hope to reach in a calendar year, and that goal needs to be a challenging one.I would like to see pastors reclaim an excitement for reaching the lost people in their communities. I hope to be a resource for any churches struggling in the area of evangelism.

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via Will Cumbia, Venturer: Partnering with Croatian Baptists in Ministry with Refugees in Bosnia

After taking a wrong turn on the highway, we changed course and decided to go to Bosnia. That’s what happens in this part of the world: you can take a wrong turn and casually decide to go to a different country.I was driving with Elvis, the Program Development Advisor for Croatian Baptist Aid. We had intended to visit a refugee center outside of Zagreb, Croatia, but we were now headed towards a refugee camp in a small town just across the border in Bosnia.

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Choosing Wisdom or Folly

It seems like our world is becoming more and more polarized, yet life is always full of decisions which require us to choose to walk down one path or the other.  Some of these poles include good or evil, love or hatred, and wisdom or foolishness. These choices occur in many different spheres, or areas, of our lives. One area is in our character development, another is in building or tearing down our personal well-being or the contents of our lives.  

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via Source of Light Center: Making an Impact

This is a rerun of an interview of Pastor Ronel Mesidor from a couple of years ago (with a few updates). Interviewed by Bradley Rhodes, lead singer of Melodime and co-founder of Now I Play Along Too, Northern Virginia

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Sunday School/Bible Study and the Two Year Principle

In Missionary Sunday School, David Francis discusses the Two Year Principle for Sunday School and what to do about it. So what is the Two Year Principle? An adult Sunday School class is highly unlikely to grow past the attendance it achieves in its first two years. The 20 percent principle applies after that. You will gain and lose twenty percent of a class each year. If you have 20 people in the class, you may lose up to four persons and then gain up to four new persons. So why is all of this significant?  

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John Leland Center Offers Graduate Certificate Programs

BGAV received the following information from the John Leland Center for Theological Studies, one of our educational institution partners:The following Graduate Certificate Programs are designed to be completed in two years (part time) or one year (full time). These programs are offered to those students who have completed their baccalaureate degrees.

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