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BLOG:  Presence by Terry Maples, CBFVA Coordinator

I could not believe my eyes or my ears! As I drove down the highway and switched to radio station 100.9 Jack FM (variety hits), I realized the format had changed. The name of the new format….wait for it….is Short Attention Span Radio. Nope, I’m not joking. A format...

Advocacy is the natural “next step” in Mission. 

Let’s say that you and your church go on a mission trip. On that trip, you learn about the inequality of hunger around the world. During your 10-day adventure, you get your hands dirty, you cry tears of sorrow for those living in these conditions and something inside...

Anxiety and Scripture by Dave Guion

This effort to look at anxiety through the lens of Scripture and psychology was born of conversations in Sunday School, correspondence with a seminary professor, Dr. Steve Stratton, and the lives of some of my counseling clients who identify as Christians and have...

BLOG: Inside Job by Terry Maples, CBFVA Coordinator

Have you noticed how many crime novel and movie plot characters there are on the inside of an organization helping criminals gain access to the valuables? Every time a bank is robbed, investigators automatically ask employees questions like, “Do you have huge debt?”...

Staff Evaluations During a Pandemic By Terry Maples, CBFVA Coordinator

Many churches designate autumn as the best season to do staff evaluations. How is this important task even possible during a pandemic? I believe unprecedented times demand a different process. As a vocational minister for three churches over a period of 27 years, I’ve...

Connected Mission in a Disconnected World

by Mark Snipes, CBFVA Associate Coordinator   In a world that looks and acts drastically different than it did three months ago, the way that the church goes about living out its mission in the world also looks drastically different.  Most churches thrive by...

Don’t Waste a Crisis by Terry Maples, CBFVA Coordinator

As I write this article, our world continues in lockdown mode in its effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The crisis seems far from over; the toll in terms of lives lost, jobs furloughed or cut, retirement funds pummeled, etc., is staggering. This pandemic is...