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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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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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