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CBFVA/BTSR Luncheon

You are invited to participate in the annual CBFVA/BTSR luncheon during the BGAV on Tuesday, November 13, at 12:30 p.m. at Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Glen Allen (just two miles from Mt. Vernon Baptist Church). The cost is $20. The theme for the...

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Grace & Main Workday

Join us for CBFVA's Family mission day as we celebrate the good work that God has done through Grace and Main's Urban Farm this year. As we close down the farm for the Winter, we pray for an abundant harvest for the next season in Grace and Main's life and...

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France Mission Immersion Reflection

Finding the dark places in paradise France Mission Immersion Reflection By Mark Snipes, Associate Coordinator   In March, during our first Mission Madness weekend in Waynesboro, our Camp Pastor, Barrett Owen, preached a sermon about Jesus’ exchange with...

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Fall Retreat 2018

As Rachel Sciretti, Associate Pastor for Youth at Hampton Baptist puts it, “In fall, the earth is in the process of a sort of death - going inward, into the ground, into the "tomb" - for protection against the extremes of winter, conditions that do not...

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Call Weekend 2018

Your High Schoolers are invited to the mountains at Camp Crossraods, during the weekend before Thanksgiving, to consider together what it means to be “Called.” While we do talk heavily about our call to Christian ministry, we also consider what it means to be “called”...

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Holy Land Reflection

During a conversation one of my companions asked why I keep coming back. As I reflected on this question, I thought I would share why I go to the Holy Land and why I will continue to go back.

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Formed by God’s Mission

What shifts will be necessary for Fellowship Baptists to be shaped by God’s mission? Mission is the result of God’s initiative, rooted in God’s purposes to restore and heal creation. “Mission” means “sending,” and sending is the central biblical theme describing God’s...

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Birthing Theological Eyes

How can Fellowship Baptists encourage congregational contexts in which members practice theological reflection capable of examining embedded theology?

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Forming Together

If “forming together” is CBF’s Big Idea, how can congregations articulate how we seek to shape and form faith?

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Mission Madness Reflection: Houston Blake

Mission Madness Reflection by Houston Blake, Chester Baptist Church Youth Member   If you know me, then you know that Mission Madness has been a part of my life since I was thirteen. CBF Virginia has developed such a special place in my heart these past few years....

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Cant We All Be Christians Here?

“Let us be one.” In the Gospel of John, Jesus prayed that those who follow him be one like God and Christ are one.  Yet we know that human nature eventually creeps into the equation and inherently flawed human beings, with incomplete views and understandings of God,...

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Explosions of Fear or Love

Explosions of Fear or Love by Terry Maples, CBFVA Field Coordinator Rachel Platten was going through a tough time in her life when she penned the words to her big hit “Fight Song.” Apparently, this song was never intended to be heard by anyone else but the writer as a...

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The Price Families Pay

The Price Families Pay Greg Smith, LUCHA Ministries and CBF Global Missions Before traveling to El Salvador on our Mission Immersion Experience, our group of BTSR seminarians – five students and two adjunct instructors – was well aware of the immigration conversation...

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Bearing Witness

By Mark Snipes, CBFVA Missions Coordinator “Bearing Witness to Jesus Christ” was CBFVA’s theme for this past year. While there are many stories about how this theme was embodied in the last twelve months, there is one in particular that I would like to highlight. In...

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Rethinking Mission Engagement, Part 2

By Mark Snipes, CBFVA Missions Coordinator In Part 1 of this blog I talked about giving dignity and choice back to those we serve. You can find it on the CBFVA Blog. Today I want to think through the next step in missional faithfulness in light of understand the need...

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Rethinking Mission Engagement, Part 1

By Mark Snipes, CBFVA Missions Coordinator In reconsidering CBFVA’s 2018 missions focus, we came up with three statements that help us wrestle with new ways of talking about missions: 1) changing the scorecard for evaluating success, 2) reconsidering the equation, and...

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Dangers of Clinging to the Shore

Sailing into the Deep by Terry Maples I recently read the book Sailboat Church – Helping Your Church Rethink Its Mission and Practice by Joan S. Gray. A local congregation used the book to help members discern next steps on their journey of faith; they asked me to...

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Forming Faith During Advent

Forming Faith During Advent By Terry Maples I’m privileged to participate in a non-traditional study group at Central Baptist Church in Richmond. Our class is called Crossing Borders because of our willingness discuss beyond traditional Sunday school class lines....

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Invitation to Join the Conversation

Reclaiming and Re-Forming Baptist Identity By Terry Maples, CBFVA Field Coordinator Because I invested 27 years of my life in congregational education, I was extremely pleased with the phrases coming out of CBF’s 2015 branding campaign:  forming together and...

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