BGAV Blog

Kathryn Eckler: Meditations from Vienna – A Pledge Actualized

Working with Projekt: Gemeinde is a true adventure. Each day brings a surprise. My summer has been filled with church retreats, construction projects, church leadership meetings, meal preparation, and wholesome conversations with people from all over the world. This mission experience is one where everyday occurrences become extraordinary. The primary goal of the projects here in Vienna is to “live …

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Two Concord Baptist Churches, One Mission Together 

The two deacon leadership groups began to meet later in 2016 and decided that a shared ministry was the perfect place to begin expressing our unity in Christ.

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Greg Soult: Freedom

The freedom in the Lord is that we are set free to follow him.  In turning back to our old way of life we become slaves again to the very thing that has set us free.

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Eliza Green: Helpless

When we hear the word ‘mission,’ most people have a very clear image of what that looks like in their mind. That view is not wrong or bad, but as soon as I stepped out of the airport In Bucharest, I learned that it can also be very different than what we expect. I thought that I knew what it would …

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Sara Amos: Innocence in the face of darkness

At first glance, Sam seems to be your average six year old boy, full of energy and enthusiasm. It won’t take you long, however, to notice his hands. Sam’s fingers are fused together in several places and one of his thumbs is malformed. Once you observe the unusual shape of his hands it will be hard not to continue to notice them. But there …

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Ed Jordan: Former Enemies Can Become Friends

Isaiah 32:8 (ESV) states: “But he who is noble plans noble things, and on noble things he stands.” People who are noble in character and values are able to rise above past grievances and to treat others with reverence and respect. They are gracious people, treating others as people of worth. These attitudes and actions promote rebuilding responsible relationships.

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Fred Anderson: Shepherd of the Past, Steward of the Future

Fred Anderson, we as Virginia Baptist express our gratitude to you for preserving and protecting our past, and for being a steward of our future. Thank you for being such an integral part of our secret wealth as a man rich in character and a true servant of God.

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Church Planting Update: Kairos Community in Lancaster, CA

Through V3/BGAV, we have been able to fund these new church plants and have grown in equipping our leaders for mission and spiritual formation. We baptized nine adults in 2016 and would love to double that number.

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Ken Kessler: Coaching New Sunday School and Small Group Leaders

How do you handle a new leader in your Sunday School? Every year, we develop new leaders to help us in Sunday School. How familiar do these ideas sound?

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Christine Sine: 6 Tips to Ensure Spiritual Growth Over the Summer

Some of you know that I am a passionate gardener, and as I think about the summer it is garden metaphors that come to mind. If we have worked diligently through the spring, sown liberally, fertilized effectively, mulched deeply and weeded aggressively, then summer is a season of little work. Our most important priority is to enjoy the beauty we have created and admire the growing bounty. Our most important priority is to enjoy the beauty we have created. Maybe summer in our churches should be viewed in the same way.

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Verlon Fosner: How to Build a Church for the Hungry and Lonely

Over on the Fresh Expressions blog recently, Vernon Foster asks "Ever notice how much of Jesus’s ministry is done at a table?" One of the key passions of the Dinner Church Collective is to share the model of ministry that has worked to serve communities. Foster shares resources to help start this model in local communities.

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Ed Jordan: When the Lights Go Out

In Ecclesiastes 11:1 (The Message) we read: “Be generous: Invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns.” Cast your bread onto the waters, and in good time, that investment in providing for the needs of others will return back to you as well.

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