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Baptist General Association of Virginia

“There’s a natural beauty in a big, huge, family table that says, ‘You’ll be included here,'” explained Verlon Fosner, director of the Dinner Church Collective, a stream of the Fresh Expressions movement. He and his wife, Melodee, work together to help churches reach isolated people in their communities by establishing “dinner churches” – a type […] Read More

Baptist groups are preparing to mobilize to help victims of Hurricane Irma, even as efforts to assist folks recovering from Hurricane Harvey continue. As with Hurricane Harvey recovery initiatives, much of the Baptist relief efforts related to Hurricane Irma will begin following the immediate work of first responders. The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship announced on Sept. […] Read More

Baptist groups are working to assess needs and to formulate relief plans as Hurricane Harvey continues to pour water into an already-flooded southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. Texas Baptist Men (TBM), which partners with the Baptist General Convention of Texas and the Southern Baptist Convention, has relief and aid initiatives already underway. These include providing […] Read More

Short-term mission teams are often criticized. Those who question this approach can cite plenty of evidence: projects left undone, harmful things said or done by volunteers, concepts of superiority and privilege that ooze from team members, undue stress created when demands of the volunteers exceed the capacities of the receiver, and on and on the […] Read More

Our unanimous vote Sunday night to expand our ministry partners to include three new partners, and especially the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV), is a significant and substantial decision. Others may interpret our action in any number of ways. What I want to do for you is to be clear about why we did […] Read More