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Student Ministry Opportunities

Mission Madness

We’re so excited about Mission Madness 2018, a weekend retreat for youth groups interested in mission service, worship, fellowship, and fun!

This year, Mission Madness will be in TWO locations, to give you more options and schedule flexibility.

2018 Dates and Location:

Waynesboro: March 16-18 at First Baptist Church, Waynesboro

Richmond: April 13-15 at Central Baptist Church


Registration for Mission Madness is now CLOSED

Example of Mission Madness Schedule

Friday Night
7:00…..The Madness Begins! Group Leaders Register. Food, Activities, & Fellowship.
8:30…..Madness Gathering/Vespers
10:00…..Return to Hotels
11:30…..Rest for Saturday Madness

8:30…..Gather with Mission Groups
9:00…..Travel to Mission Sites
1:00…..Lunch Break
4:30…..Return to Host Church. Sort & Clean Madness Supplies. Church Groups Reunite.
6:30…..Supper & Fellowship
9:00…..Church Group Time
10:30…..Return to Hotels
11:30…..Lights Out

Sunday Morning
8:30…..Closing Devotional Service
10:30…..Load Vans & Check Out

Student Testimonials

I have been attending Mission Madness with my youth group, Chester Baptist Church, since the eighth grade. This year was by far my favorite. I walked into this Mission Madness with my usual excitement and left with so much more. This years Mission Madness helped change my heart. My mission site this year was unlike any other mission site I have had in the past. It had the most work, the best people, and stuck with me far after the weekend was over. This year we helped clean out a family’s house whose kitchen caught on fire. We cleaned the entire kitchen out, took inventory, tore down cabinets, and even helped clean up the yard. What I found so unique about this experience is that we were actually working with the people that this happened to. I found that the missions you are doing becomes a lot more personal when you experience it with the person you are doing the mission work for. At one point, we were all taking a break because we were waiting for someone to bring us trash bags. Even though it didn’t feel like we were doing much then, we were doing so much more than it seemed. During that time I was able to sit and talk with the people who lived in the house. Even during this tragic time in their life, it was as if nothing ever changed. You could see the love in this family poured out for all to see, and it was beautiful. To see kindness, strength, and love in a situation like that was inspirational and gave me hope. I walked into the mission site hoping to spread God’s light. What I quickly realized is that His light was already there. It is weekends like Mission Madness that teach me the most. These retreats never fail to fill my heart and nurture my soul. My experience at Mission Madness this year gave me a better outlook on life and a sense of hope for the future. For that I am forever grateful.

-Houston Blake, Chester Baptist Church

Youth Retreat 2017

During the weekend of October 6-8, students and chaperones from around Virginia will gather at Eagle Eyrie for CBFVA’s Fall Retreat. During this time students will worship together, engage in fellowship together and take part in breakout sessions centered on the theme of Beloved Community. 

Students will be challenged to examine and identify the communities to which they belong and wrestle with how these communities are or can be beloved.  We will wrestle with questions like: How do the communities you belong to build you up? How do these communities support you and engage you? What are your responsibilities in building beloved community? And how do you invite others into your beloved community?

We will also have time to hang out, play games, eat around tables and build s’mores around the campfire. For more information about this youth retreat please visit our website ( or contact Mark Snipes at


CBF Young Adult Network

The CBF Young Adult Network exists to connect young Baptists (post-college up to age 35) of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship by providing regional and national events, mission and learning opportunities, as well as resources of interest to young adults or those who minister alongside young adults.