Breakouts

New this year: As part of Missions Monday, we’ll have two breakout session times on Monday afternoon. Additionally, we will also have two breakout sessions on Tuesday afternoon following the 2:00pm Regional Meetings, for a total of four content breakout session times.

Please note that session assignments are tentative and may shift before our program guides go to print in mid-October. We will update the information below should anything change.

Monday, 3:00pm – Mount Vernon Baptist Church

Hunger Ministries – Robert Putt, Lynchburg Baptist Association

Join the conversation with one district association and one local church as they describe their ministry to the hungry in their area.  Then discuss avenues which your churches’ hunger-related ministry might get started or enhanced.

Immigration and Refugee Resettlement – Steve Blanchard, FBC Richmond 

Interested in learning how to reach the immigrant and refugee populations in your community?  Come listen to one church as they struggled, took a step of faith, and then were renewed by their outreach to refugee families in their community.  And then, discover how you can begin your own ministry in you church.

Global Disciples: The team is always bigger than you think! – Craig Waddell (BGAV)

God gives us the opportunity to work together in the wider community, both at home and with international friends. Sharing life with persons from other cultures opens up new perspectives for the Christian life and teaches us how to be good mission partners.  Come discover how to put this into practice in your congregation.

The Opioid Crisis in Virginia – Maria Lynn, Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church & Honesty Liller, CEO of the McShin Foundation

Opioids are killing people at an alarming rate across the Commonwealth.  Come and hear the facts about this crisis and what is being done to stem the loss and reverse this terrible trend.  Is there a role your church can play in helping with this?  You bet there is.

Religious Freedom and Persecution Around the World – Elijah Brown, General Secretary Baptist World Alliance

Religious freedoms around the world are being stripped away at an alarming rate.  Join us for an update on the “state of the world” and avenues that your church can take to help bring this situation to the attention of world leaders.

Fresh Expressions – Gannon Sims

FX is a great way for your church to reach beyond its walls and give life to new opportunities to reach people for Christ.  Come hear how Dinner Church might be one of the best things that your church can sponsor and then “set free”.

Race Reconciliation in your Church – David Bailey (Director of Arrabon)

Does your congregation need to have a discussion on race reconciliation?  Probably.  But how?  And why?  Join a discussion of how to approach this topic with your congregation and what steps you might take to begin a road to reconciliation.

Disaster Response in Your Church – Aaron Lee (BGAV)

When disasters strike, whether down the street or across the country, how will your church respond? Join Virginia Baptist Disaster Response leaders to discuss how your church can prepare to respond safely and effectively after a disaster, making a positive impact on the effected community.

Reaching your Community – Russell Goodrich, Cape Charles Baptist Church

There are a host of possibilities for your congregation to reach out to the surrounding community.  Join us for a dialogue about how one church on the Eastern Shore is making a difference and how your church might find new ways to stretch itself and move beyond its walls and into the community.

Monday, 4:00pm – Mount Vernon Baptist Church

Hunger Ministries – Robert Putt, Lynchburg Baptist Association

Join the conversation with one district association and one local church as they describe their ministry to the hungry in their area.  Then discuss avenues which your churches’ hunger-related ministry might get started or enhanced.

Refugees – Realities and Myths in Virginia – Kate Ayers (ReEstablish Richmond)

Join the discussion and learn just exactly what is happening in Virginia in the area of refugee resettlement and immigration.  Just how does a person immigrate to the United States?  How is a person granted refugee status?  Listen as leaders in refugee resettlement organizations share their experiences and answer your questions regarding this matter.

Global Disciples: The team is always bigger than you think! – Craig Waddell (BGAV)

God gives us the opportunity to work together in the wider community, both at home and with international friends. Sharing life with persons from other cultures opens up new perspectives for the Christian life and teaches us how to be good mission partners.  Come discover how to put this into practice in your congregation.

Baptist General Association of Virginia – Mission Development Opportunities – Dean Miller (BGAV)

A concise overview of the mission engagement opportunities offered through the BGAV.  International relationships, camps, disaster response, world hunger, and much more will be shared.  And participants input will be sought as to where we move from here!

The Opioid Crisis in Virginia – Maria Lynn, Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church & Honesty Liller, CEO of the McShin Foundation

Opioids are killing people at an alarming rate across the Commonwealth.  Come and hear the facts about this crisis and what is being done to stem the loss and reverse this terrible trend.  Is there a role your church can play in helping with this?  You bet there is.

Religious Freedom and Persecution Around the World – Elijah Brown, General Secretary Baptist World Alliance

Religious freedoms around the world are being stripped away at an alarming rate.  Join us for an update on the “state of the world” and avenues that your church can take to help bring this situation to the attention of world leaders.

Fresh Expressions – Gannon Sims

FX is a great way for your church to reach beyond its walls partner with the surrounding community to identify areas where people are simply not being reached with the Good News of Jesus Christ.  This “church” is definitely outside of the walls and is making a difference all across the country.

Race Reconciliation in your Church – David Bailey (Director of Arrabon)

How can your church be involved with conversations regarding reconciliation in your community?  Not just around issues of race but there are many other things that divide our communities in this day and age.  Should the church sit idly by or should the church be proactive in its approach to dialogue and reconciliation?

Disaster Response In Your Community – Aaron Lee (BGAV)

Who else will respond in your community after a disaster? Preparation and partnerships are key to effective responses. Join Virginia Baptist Disaster Response leaders as they host a panel of local government and nonprofit leaders to discuss how partnerships can make a difference after disaster.

Reaching your Community – Russell Goodrich, Cape Charles Baptist Church, Glenn Maddox (BGAV)

Sometimes churches believe that their community service is making a difference but, that service may be more of a benefit to the church than the community.  Join a discussion centered around a new partnership with a congregation on the Eastern Shore and how it is intentionally reaching into the community for a long term investment aimed at making life better for everyone involved.

Tuesday, 2:00pm – Mount Vernon Baptist Church

Regional groups will meet together from 2:00-2:50. Room assignments will be communicated in the Program Guide that you will receive when you register.

Tuesday, 3:00pm – Mount Vernon Baptist Church

How Jesus Approached Witnessing – Roger Roller, BGAV Minister in Residence for Evangelism

We will examine Jesus’ famous encounter with the woman at the well in John 4 and discuss the principles we can learn and apply to our own conversations with friends and neighbors.

The Dynamic Diaconate – Tom Stocks, Minister in Residence for Deacons, Senior Pastor, Bon Air Baptist Church, Richmond

In this session we will talk about bringing Deacons to the forefront of ministry.  Biblical deacons are leaders in service, but there are many ways a deacon body can function.  We will discuss the different approaches to diaconate organization, methods of ministry, and training that is available.  We will also look at examples of various deacon-led teams, ministries, and programs around the commonwealth.

Questions You Should Be Asking In Your Finance Committee – Jeff Cranford, BGAV Compensation Planning Specialist

Learn about different approaches to budget preparation. How frequently should a finance committee meet?  What questions should a finance committee be asking? How much money should a church keep in reserve?  Different congregations have different approaches to this question. Come and learn from what other congregations are doing. This breakout session will look at six congregations with budgets between 60,000 and 600,000.

Conflict in the Congregation:  Strategies for Dealing with Differences – Shelton Miles, Retired Pastor of First Baptist Church, Republican Grove

Life in community can be painful.  Yet conflict is simply a natural outgrowth of our humanity and it may well be that’s how we deal with conflict will be among the most consequential actions in our ministries.  Sometimes situations call for prophetic confrontation, sometimes compromise, sometimes even capitulation.  Come and learn from a seasoned pastor who has weathered many years of life in community and who still loves the people of God.

A Study of 1 Peter – Bob Moore, BGAV Field Strategist; Pastor Emeritus, Bonsack Baptist Church, Roanoke, VA

Have you selected a book of the Bible to study in depth this coming year?  Consider exploring with Dr. Moore the riches of 1 Peter.

Living Your Call in a Season of Affliction – Roger Austin, Pastor, Bridgewater Baptist Church

Have you experienced personal crisis while serving in ministry.  Have you endured a season where it was difficult to just put one foot in front of the other?  In this session Reverend Austin will explore the challenge of living out God’s call upon our lives in the midst of personal crisis.

Teaching Our First Freedom in a Relevant Way – Sponsored by the Religious Liberty Committee, featuring Amanda Tyler, Executive Director & Charles Watson, Associate Director of Education, of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

There is increasing confusion about what the term “religious liberty” means. For centuries, Baptists have defended religious freedom for all people and have fought against government establishments of religion. Churches have an important role in educating our congregations and others about the Baptist and American tradition of religious liberty. Leaders from the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty will share strategies on how to teach about religious liberty as a foundational freedom that preserves the independence of religious organizations and individuals and allows them to advocate from their faith-based perspectives. Note: this session is also offered at 4:00pm on Tuesday.

College Students and Young Adults living “with God for the world.” – Welford Orrock, Kairos Initiative Coordinator

The Kairos Initiative of the BGAV is a network of campus based and congregational collegiate and young adult ministries connected together for shared mission and shared learning to more effectively engage and mobilize the next generation of Christian leaders. The three main areas of emphasis for Kairos ministries are Building Community, Developing Leaders and Moving Missionally. This breakout will focus on how you can build collaborative connections between campuses, congregations and the broader community that invite students and young adults into discipling relationships that: confirm a deep experience of belonging, challenge towards spiritual and emotional growth and commission into an immediate and long-term expression of Christ centered living aligned with their identity, their gifts, their context and their call.

African-American Fellowship of Virginia – Orientation, facilitated by Robert Lee
An introduction to the ministry of the African-American Fellowship, who we are, and where we’re going. In this session we discuss our history, what we offer today (Preaching Camps, Associate Pastors Training, Church Leadership Conference, Missions, etc.) and advancing our Father’s Kingdom.

VBWIM: The Value of Connection and Community For Living Out Our Call as Women in Ministry

Facilitated by Rev. Nancy Hauser & Rev. Nancy Stanton McDaniel, come join a discussion on what it means for women in ministry to faithfully live out our call.

Executive Board & Budget Dialogue

Do you have questions of the BGAV Executive Board and/or about the 2019 budget? Come meet with BGAV leadership for a discussion and dialogue.

Small Church Ministry in the 21st Century – Jonathan Davis

Ministry in small churches and rural communities presents many unique challenges. With so many shifting dynamics in culture and church life, smaller congregations often feel neglected, and even struggle with low self-esteem. The Kingdom of God, however, is all about celebrating the big impact of the small. Come explore how God is calling your church to use the gifts you already have as a congregation – to move from anxiety and fear to thriving in faith!

Tuesday, 4:00pm – Mount Vernon Baptist Church

The Missional Sunday School – Tony Brooks, BGAV Sunday School Specialist

In this session we will think back to the original goals of Sunday School, discuss how different churches are structuring this program, and look at ways to make sure our Sunday School programs and classes are supporting the mission of the church.

Loving our Neighbors – Dee Witten, Northstar Church Network

Many people find the idea of “evangelism” intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be!  Evangelism can be an authentic, organic process of getting to know your neighbors.  In this session, we will talk about shifts in how churches are thinking about evangelism and ways to engage in authentic, biblical evangelism.  The techniques we will discuss work in churches of any size and any budget!

Special Needs Ministry – Mary Buckner

We will discuss the need for this area of ministry, examine practical issues for churches that are considering special needs ministry, and talk about how this ministry might look in terms of worship participation, Sunday School, and special programs.

Preaching Out of a Rut – Wayne Faison, BGAV Growth-Venture Staff Coordinator; Senior Pastor, East End Baptist Church, Suffolk, VA

This session will bring a reflection on the weekly routine of sermon preparation. Are you in a rut?  Consider some possible ways to alter your weekly preparation. In this breakout session, you will explore ways to develop the main idea of the sermon to communicate more clearly!

How to Select Your Next Study Bible – Bill Smith, Interim Associate Pastor, Memorial Baptist Church, Staunton, VA

Students of the Bible have as many as seventy-five different study Bibles available to them. Christianity Today has identified seven study Bibles as particularly helpful. This session will provide a review of study Bible options, including the Christianity Today list, and answer questions about ways to make a selection based upon translation, theological perspective, charts, maps and other helps.

When Words Fail:  Spiritual Care and Dementia – Kathy Berry, Chaplain, Westminster Canterbury of Richmond

This session will address the common challenge of caring for people with dementia.  What can you do when your loved ones lose the ability to practice their faith in ways that give them purpose, comfort, peace, a sense of community? With God’s help, we can help them. For the person with dementia and caregiver this seminar will explore practical tools for ministry in early, middle and late stage dementia.

When the Opioid Crisis Comes to Your Door – Tom Lynch, Pastor for Students and Family Life, First Baptist Church, Ashland, VA

What can a church do when the opioid crisis comes to your door? In this breakout session we will address ways congregations can respond to addictions close to our families and friends.

Ministry, Millennials and Money – Don Campbell

How do you deal with the changing stewardship patterns of an inter-generational congregation?  This breakout will deal with the differences between the generations represented in a growing church and will look at the impact of the social media and technology used in giving and steps a church can take to fund it’s ministries.

Teaching Our First Freedom in a Relevant Way – Sponsored by the Religious Liberty Committee, featuring Amanda Tyler, Executive Director & Charles Watson, Associate Director of Education, of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

There is increasing confusion about what the term “religious liberty” means. For centuries, Baptists have defended religious freedom for all people and have fought against government establishments of religion. Churches have an important role in educating our congregations and others about the Baptist and American tradition of religious liberty. Leaders from the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty will share strategies on how to teach about religious liberty as a foundational freedom that preserves the independence of religious organizations and individuals and allows them to advocate from their faith-based perspectives. Note: this session is also offered at 3:00pm on Tuesday.

A Future for our Latino Churches: Leadership Training for Multigenerational Hispanic Congregations – David Mangieri

The future of our Latino churches is multilingual, multigenerational and multiethnic. We need leaders who understand the dynamics of those who “live in the hyphen” between Latino and American, and know how to successfully share the gospel with them.

Creating a Youth Ministry that Sticks – Danny Quirin, BGAV Minister in Residence for Youth Ministry

We will look at ways in which we can engage and lead today’s students that moves them from a consumer mentality to a servant mentality where they stay connected to the local church into adulthood rather than checking out when they graduate.

BGAV Mission Development Staff

Come hear what’s happening with BGAV missions, including the latest on our Hurricane Florence response and some new partnership missions opportunities.

 

 

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