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Q&A with Ross Clifford – Part 3

The Rev. Dr. Ross Clifford will be the keynote speaker at this year’s BGAV Annual Meeting. Ross is currently the Past-President of the Baptist Union of Australia. He serves as Principal of the Morling College in Macquarie Park, New South Wales, Australia. A noted theologian and prolific writer, we are thrilled that he will join us this November in Fredericksburg. We posed …

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Monday Musings: May 13, 2013

A field guide to the Meeting Troll [Seth Godin] The meeting troll is a common creature, one that morphs over time and is good at hiding (snaring you when it’s too late to avoid him.) [Read the full post – Hat Tip to VBMB’s Welford Orrock for the link!] Is This Meeting Really Necessary? [Inc.] Here’s some steps to determine if …

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Tech Friday: Email Newsletters, Getting Organized, and Pinterest

Webinar: Top 3 Tech Trends Impacting the Church [Leadership Network] This looks to be a good (and free) webinar next Thursday, May 16 at 2:00pm. They’ll cover the latest information on Social Media Engagement, Mobile Implementation, and Crowd Mobilization. We registered as it looks to be good. (Hat Tip to VBMB’s Glenn Akins for the link!) Why Email Newsletters Won’t Die …

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Leadership Gathering recap in tweets, pictures, & video

We had a great Leadership Gathering at Eagle Eyrie this past weekend. We posted over 90 photos over at our Facebook account. There were also several folks who tweeted the event. Their highlights are below! http://storify.com/VaBaptists/leadership-gathering-of-virginia-baptists-2013

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Monday Musings: May 6, 2013

A Delightful Afternoon at Lakewood Manor [Hermeneutics in High Heels] Rev. Katie McKown, Pastor of Scottsville Baptist Church, visited Lakewood Manor this past Sunday. While at this Virginia Baptist retirement home, she encountered many Virginia Baptists! [Read the full post] The Secret Pain of Pastors [Church Leaders] …That’s the dream job. You can read the Bible all day, pray, play …

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Tech Friday: Google Glass, Grief on Twitter, and mobile Facebook

Why We Take Our Grief to Twitter [Relevant Magazine] Written in the wake of the tragedy in Boston, this article looks at how community was formed, or rather found, through Twitter. Grief, among other things, has the ability to reveal our commonality rather than our differences. From the article: Yet, the author points out that as quickly this phenomenen arrived, …

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Monday Musings: John Chandler, Welcoming Churches, Dying Churches, & Encouragement

The Discipline of the Writing Life – A Writers Write Interview with John Chandler [AndiLit.com] Our very own Dr. John Chandler released three new books. Learn more about John, his writing process, and his books in this excellent interview. [Read the full interview] Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 11 Things I Learned [Thom S. Rainer] I was their church consultant …

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Tech Friday: Facebook, Photography, Podcasts, & Text Messaging

Forget the DSLR, Your Smartphone Is All You Need [Mashable] This article is geared towards business, but the central point remains: your smartphone can take great photos. 3 Best Practices for Growing Your Podcast on a Budget [Church Tech Today] Interested in podcasting? Here’s a quick run-through of how to get going. 5 Innovative Ways Churches are Using Text Messaging …

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Good Stuff Happens in Panama

In a remote area of the Chirique province of Panama—deep in the mountains, deep in the jungle—a shelter now stands and the Gnabe people have a place for worship. The team of Virginia Baptists who volunteered to go work on this project experienced genuine community; they lived among the Panamanians, hiking through the mountains, sharing meals, working together, sleeping at …

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Monday Musings – Salaries, Warning Signs, Communication, & Hospital Visits

Pastors and Pay: A How-To Guide for Negotiating Your Salary [ChurchLeaders – h/t Ken Kessler] It seems awfully unspiritual to talk about pastoral remuneration, especially during the candidating process. After all, if the Lord wants you to minister somewhere, hasn’t he promised to provide for you? And didn’t George Mueller pray meals to the front door of his orphanage? Why …

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Tech Friday: Emergency communication, design inspiration, mobile, & Vine

Just a few headlines for this week: Your Church Needs a Platform to Respond to Tragedy  [Church Marketing Sucks] With the tragedies that have occurred this week in Boston and Texas, please give some thought about how your church will respond when tragedy hits closer to home. 25 Church Websites for Design Inspiration [Vandelay Design] Looking for a new website design? …

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A Consideration of the Governance Structure of the Baptist General Association of Virginia

The Governance Committee of the Baptist General Association of Virginia has issued a document titled “A Consideration of the Governance Structure of the Baptist General Association of Virginia”. This document is available here [PDF]. The committee members are: Jim Baucom, Committee Chair Don Davidson, Committee Vice-Chair Carl Johnson, BGAV President and Committee Secretary Glenn Akins, Staff, Ex-Officio Steve Allsbrook Dick …

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April Board Meeting recap in pictures and tweets

We’re wrapping up Day 2 of the April Board Meeting. We are incredibly thankful for this group of laity and clergy who are invested in the work of God’s Kingdom. Here’s a glimpse of the meeting viewed through the eyes of Twitter: (Note that the last tweet contains a link to 37 pictures posted over on our Facebook page.) “My …

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Tech Friday: WiFi in church (Part 2)

Last week we covered some of the basics of WiFi security for use in church. We concluded that the first concern is securing your church’s network; not doing so could lead to all sorts of bad things including data loss, financial loss, and criminal/civil liability. With that in mind, having a WiFi connection in church can be a great ministry …

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