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BGAV 'Living the Story' at 195th annual meetingGLEN ALLEN, Va. (BP) -- The Baptist General Association of Virginia continues the purpose of its 1823 founding to strengthen local churches and help them work cooperatively in ministry, Executive Director John Upton said at the BGAV's 195th annual meeting.
Cooperatively, churches can accomplish more than an individual congregation, Upton said at the Nov. 12-14 event hosted by Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Glen Allen, Va. "Living the Story" was the theme, based on 1 Corinthians 15:58.
New initiatives are underway to help churches meet the changing needs of congregants and communities, Upton said. Among them is a Fresh Expression outreach offering $500 micro-grants to 50 congregations willing to try a nontraditional approach to take church to people where they are. Read More
Responding to God's call focus of BGAVHAMPTON, Va. (BP) -- The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) focused on how individuals and churches can respond to God's call during literal and figurative storms of life at its 194th annual meeting Nov. 13-15 in Hampton, Va.
During evening worship Nov. 13 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, BGAV Executive Director John Upton set the tone by interpreting the event's theme, "God's Call ... Now What?" Upton invited attendees to consider the courage and excitement of the first disciples in Matthew 4:18-22, who left everything they knew to follow Jesus. Read More
BGAV focuses on 'The New Way'ROANOKE, Va. (BP) -- The Baptist General Association of Virginia heard a recounting of the association's history, approved a decreased budget and adopted a resolution denouncing "anti-Muslim rhetoric and bigotry" during its annual meeting Nov. 13-15 at Bonsack Baptist Church in Roanoke, Va.
The BGAV's 193rd annual meeting featured 654 messengers and 293 guests representing 292 churches from across Virginia and beyond. Read More
BGAV focuses on 'Church Today, Church Tomorrow'
RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- For the first time in more than 30 years, the Baptist General Association of Virginia met in a church location to hold its 192nd annual meeting. This year's attendance totaled 1,170, which consisted of 875 messengers and 295 guests from 360 churches, and together they gathered at Second Baptist Church, Richmond, the church where the 1,400-church organization first met in 1823.
The theme of the meeting was "Church Today, Church Tomorrow," and Monday night's opening event featured a panel discussion focusing on the future of the ... Read More
Governance shift approved by BGAV
RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- At its 191st annual meeting, the Baptist General Association of Virginia approved what many of those involved may be calling the most significant shift in its governance in nearly 100 years by voting on changes to its constitution/bylaws. The 1,400-church organization is seeking to become more strategic in a more timely and efficient manner while maintaining effective representation from its diverse members. Read More