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 for a total of four content breakout session times during the annual meeting.
Breakout sessions for Missions Monday, November 11, will be listed soon.
Below is a list of planned breakout sessions for Tuesday afternoon, November 12:
The Gospel Dilemma: The Letter to Philemon
Philemon is the only letter of Paul that is addressed concurrently to individuals—primarily Philemon—and the church that meets at his house (vv. 1-2). Contrary to traditional interpretation, the focus in this letter is not on the pros and cons of slavery as an institution. Rather, it is about the crisis the gospel creates in Philemon’s life. As a believer, Philemon can no longer live simultaneously in the old realm in which he is master over a slave, and in the new realm of brothers and sisters “in Christ.” Like Philemon, the gospel confronts us with the ultimate reality: “For in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith…There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:26-28). Don’t miss this new perspective on the Letter to Philemon!
led by Daniel Dapaah, Associate Professor of Divinity, John Leland Center for Theological Studies, and Associate Pastor, Parkwood Baptist Church, Annandale, VA
Making Good Preaching Better
Preachers and laypeople who are occasionally called upon to preach or to give a testimony will benefit from this breakout session on the basics of good preaching and guidance on ways to take the next step forward in making one’s public speaking more effective. The importance of a devotional life and a devotional approach to the Bible are foundational to Spirit-filled preaching. Ways to choose a text and how to create an outline from the text that makes the message clear is also essential. Good preachers become better when they build on the basics and come to understand and embrace the importance of the affective or feeling or emotional element that preaching needs in order to have an impact on the congregation. For example, in good preaching a person in the pew learns about hope, but better preaching happens when the person in the pew leaves the service filled with hope.
led by Dr. William H. Smith, President, John Leland Center for Theological Education
“Lobbying” is Not a Dirty Word
Hear a report on the lobbying efforts opposing Senate Bill 1502 during Virginia’s legislative session in February. If passed, SB 1502 would have authorized public schools to teach the Old and New Testaments as an elective. Then learn about ways to effectively lobby your legislators and how to join a lobbying network for religious liberty among Virginia Baptists.
led by Shelton Miles, BGAV lobbyist; Jonathan Davis, Pastor, Beale Memorial Baptist Church, Tappahannock, VA; and David Bailey, David Bailey Associates
The Art of Neighboring
“The Art of Neighboring” is the book that NorthStar is following in helping churches with their outreach efforts to their communities. It is a simple system that anyone in a congregation can use to reach others for Christ and invite attendance.
led by Michele Husfelt, NorthStar Church Network and Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC)
Virginia is a state with many people from other countries and other cultural backgrounds who are both naturalized citizens and aspiring citizens. They have needs, and many churches may have more to offer to them than they have thought about in the past. This session offers ideas regarding their needs and ways to assist.
led by Lily Dobson and Hector Velasquez, NorthStar Church Network
African-American Fellowship of Virginia: Orientation (facilitated by Robert Lee)
An introduction to the ministry of the African-American Fellowship, who we are, and what we’re doing in advancing our Father’s Kingdom. In this session we discuss our history with Virginia Baptists and ministry opportunities that we currently offer such as Preaching Camps, Associate Pastors Training, and a Church Leadership Conference. We are also involved with glocal mission projects.
led by Robert Lee, Fairwood Agape Baptist Church, Portsmouth, VA
Coaching: So What’s The Big Deal? Why Every Pastor and Church Leader Needs a Coach
So what’s the big deal about coaching? How can you benefit from a coaching experience and relationship? Several Virginia Baptist pastors and leaders have cultivated intentional relationships with a leadership coach, and you can also. Come and learn how you might benefit from exploring a coaching relationship this next year. Also, see how you use coaching skills every day, and how you can learn to take a coach approach in key relationships with other leaders in your church.
led by Ken Kessler, BGAV Empower Coach
What Jesus Taught About Evangelism
In this breakout we will take a look at John chapter 4 and the principles our Lord taught us about sharing our faith as he talked to the woman at the well. Those same principles apply in our witnessing encounters today.
led by Roger Roller, BGAV Minister in Residence for Evangelism
Drawing the Net: How To Offer An Effective Invitation
The invitation time is one of the most important parts of the entire worship service. It is when people respond to the Word of God and make life-changing decisions. When offered clearly and boldly, it can be a powerful tool. In this session you will learn effective ways to draw the net, which can lead to greater response at the end of your message.
led by Roger Roller, BGAV Minister in Residence for Evangelism
How Faith Grows: Children Grow and Develop According to God’s Design
If we could better understand how children are learning, growing, and thinking, how might that affect our approach to nurturing them in their faith? Join us for a discussion of childhood development, including cognitive, moral, and faith development theories, which will help us to better meet the learning needs of the children God has placed in our care.
led by Kim Eskridge, BGAV Minister in Residence for Children’s Ministry
Baptist Women in Ministry—Tell the Story
We will tell our stories of ministry to encourage one another as we all seek to tell God’s Story.
led by Nancy Hauser, AtHome Care Hospice; and Nancy Stanton McDaniel, Virginia Baptist Women in Ministry (VBWIM)
The Latino Network Presents: Lessons From the Past that Help Us Plan for the Future
led by German Prado, Iglesia Bautista la Hermosa, Alexandria, VA
Christian Life Commission Presents: Addressing the Opioid Crisis
Dr. Farmer wants to take you through the history of one church’s calling to be a part of the solution to the opioid crisis within the state of Ohio. As they ventured out with this program in 2008 they were certain of three things: Jesus is the ultimate answer for the addict; the local church is called and empowered to minister to the drug addict in the name of Jesus; and this crisis touches every family in their city, inside and outside the church. These certainties drove them to begin the work. Over the next ten years, the church began to shape a program that has transformed and continues to transform the lives of hundreds of opiate addicts and their families. Dr. Farmer’s hope is that through this presentation other churches might find the inspiration they need to begin their own work in their own towns. If not God’s people, then who?
led by Rick Farmer, Bluefield College
Creating a Discipleship Culture
In this breakout session we will explore ways that we can create a culture of discipleship in our churches. The focus will be on creating an organic approach to discipleship rather than many of the traditional approaches to discipleship which are program based, institutionally shaped, and volunteer driven. This session is designed to encourage fresh conversation and new insights concerning the original mandate to make disciples.
led by Brian Williams, BGAV Field Strategist
Youth Need Issacharites
Too often in today’s world we spend a lot of time and energy looking for the next “thing” to attract teens to our churches and are frustrated when they don’t show up or the turnout is small. Maybe what they need are “Issacharites.” Together we’ll discover how understanding the times will transform how we do ministry with students.
led by Danny Quirin, BGAV Minister in Residence for Youth Ministry
Foster Care and the Church
Virginia has over 5,200 children who are in the foster care system through no fault of their own. Of these children, on any given day, over 850 are legally free for adoption and are waiting for their forever family. The rest of the children need a loving, safe, and supportive foster family to care for them while they wait to go home to their biological families. Believing the answer to the foster care crisis is the Church, how can we create a place and ministry to step into these hard places and change the narrative?
Wrapping around foster and adoptive families is critical to their success. We’ll talk about how to come alongside those in the foster/adoptive community and serve them in ways that point to the provision, love and care of Jesus and how to become a ministry that your community relies on to provide practical resources, support, and hope while stepping into the lives of vulnerable children and families.
We will look at how 80 area churches in Richmond are working together and how your church might be able to use some of the tools and connections available to all of us to bring a foster care ministry to life in your context.
led by Katie Vance Lucas, longtime children’s minister
Financial Solutions for Shrinking Church Budgets
Many factors result in church budgets that do not keep pace with church expenses. We will consider steps to not only do more with less, but to reverse shrinking church budget capacity.
led by Jeff Cranford, BGAV Minister in Residence for Church Finance
What You Can Expect from Deacons
led by Tom Stocks, BGAV Minister in Residence for Deacon Ministry
Sunday School as Strategy
led by Allan Taylor
Have you selected a book of the Bible to study in depth this coming year? Consider exploring with Bob Moore the riches of Jeremiah.
led by Bob Moore, BGAV Field Strategist
Executive Board & Budget Dialogue
Do you have questions of the BGAV Executive Board and/or about the 2020 budget? Come meet with BGAV leadership for a discussion and dialogue.
led by David Washburn, BGAV Treasurer; and Executive Board
led by Craig Waddell, BGAV Partnership and Short-Term Volunteer Coordinator
Revitalizing the Church
Has your church begun to plateau or decline? Come join me as we discuss revitalizing your church. We will examine some of the causes and solutions for your church to move forward. Every church should seek some type of renewal every three to five years.
led by Tony Brooks, BGAV Field Strategist
Has your teaching in Sunday School become monotonous? Would you like ideas to get class members excited? Come join me as we discuss creative teaching methods in Sunday school! We will examine the best ways for your students to learn and creative learning approaches.
led by Tony Brooks, BGAV Field Strategist
led by Welford Orrock, BGAV Kairos Initiative
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