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Meeting CHURCH Again for the First Time

Meeting CHURCH Again for the First Time

Meeting CHURCH Again for the First Time by Terry Maples, CBFVA Coordinator In his seminal work Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Marcus Borg describes his personal journey from understanding the Jesus he was taught about in Sunday school during childhood, his...

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

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...

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Faithful and True by Dayne Schoonmaker

Faithful and True by Dayne Schoonmaker

Dayna Schoonmaker is a Wake Forest University Divinity School grad, and she is the wife of Noel Schoonmaker, senior pastor at Second Baptist Church in Richmond. She wrote a series of devotions for her church during this season of quarantine. Now, she Dayna has written...

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Before and After Devotional by Dayna Schoonmaker

Before and After Devotional by Dayna Schoonmaker

Dayna Schoonmaker is a Wake Forest University Divinity School grad, and she is the wife of Noel Schoonmaker, senior pastor at Second Baptist Church in Richmond. She wrote a series of devotions for her church during this season of quarantine. Now, she Dayna has written...

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Easter is Coming . . . Isn’t It? by Art Wright

Easter is Coming . . . Isn’t It? by Art Wright

April 8, 2020   This week it has been hard for me to remember that we are in the midst of the most sacred time of the church calendar. Without our usual routine of gathering together physically for worship for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday, Holy...

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Resources from Michael Cheuk

Michael Cheuk, CBFVA's Moderator, has produced a resource for churches: A QUICK GUIDE of (mostly free) ONLINE TOOLS to DO CHURCH DURING THE PANDEMIC   LIVESTREAM SERVICES   How to Live Stream Your Services for Free...

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Devotionals for Quarantine

Devotionals for Quarantine

Dayna Schoonmaker is a Wake Forest University Divinity School grad, and she is the wife of Noel Schoonmaker, senior pastor at Second Baptist Church in Richmond. She has written a series of devotions for her church during this season of quarantine. They are excellent,...

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Preaching during the Pandemic: Five Passages  by Art Wright

Preaching during the Pandemic: Five Passages by Art Wright

March 24, 2020   Preaching should always be contextual. What in the world does it look like to preach in a pandemic, though? The world seems like it has turned upside down in the last couple of weeks. Most of us are wondering what the world will look like a week...

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Zoom with  Dr. Dan Bagby

Zoom with Dr. Dan Bagby

On March 26, CBFVA engaged Dr. Dan Bagby, long-time professor of Pastoral Counseling, to resource clergy through two different sessions:  1) Providing Pastoral Care During COVID-19, and 2) Clergy Self-Care During a Pandemic. We recorded the presentation portion of the...

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Money Matters

Money Matters

Financial Workshop for Clergy May 7, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (includes lunch) Huguenot Road Baptist Church – North Chesterfield   NOTE:  We may convert this timely workshop to an online experience if COVID-19 restrictions are still in place.   Three Sessions: 1 –...

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Pastors’ Roundtable

Pastors’ Roundtable

Senior Pastor Regional Conversations with Dr. Mike Smith NOTE: This event will be postponed if COVID-19 restrictions are still in place. CBFVA is committed to resourcing clergy and congregations. We are pleased to offer Pastors’ Roundtable, a unique opportunity for...

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CBFVA Donates Missions Trailer

CBFVA Donates Missions Trailer

In 2009, CBFVA made the decision to invest in a missions trailer. This decision was made to resource churches engaging in local mission projects and to haul tools for events like Mission Madness. At the time, there was not an affordable way to rent tools locally, so...

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Slow Down Lent Spirituality Blog Series #1 By Art Wright

Slow Down Lent Spirituality Blog Series #1 By Art Wright

Lent snuck up on me this year. I had been enjoying the Epiphany season in all of its light and glory, rushing through a typically brutal pace of life and teaching and writing and parenting, and then all of a sudden, we were observing Ash Wednesday. Before...

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Journey to the Cross

Journey to the Cross

Journey to the Cross, the devotional series for Lent, returns to d365 starting Ash Wednesday, February 26th and ending on Sunday, April 19th. This series features scripture, prayer, and meditative thoughts accompanied by gentle music. The ecumenical team...

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It’s The Lord’s Table

by Terry Maples, CBFVA Coordinator   A meaningful part of my work as CBFVA Coordinator is visiting partner churches across the state, and I make a concerted effort to participate in a variety of worship services during the Season of Advent. Something I witnessed...

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Reflecting on My Border Experience

Reflecting on My Border Experience

by Terry Maples, CBFVA Coordinator What I saw and felt the first week of December 2019 was heartbreaking, maddening, and inspiring all at the same time. CBF state and regional coordinators gathered for an immigration immersion experience on the Texas/Mexico border. I...

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Bridges for Hope Project

Bridges for Hope Project

Bluefield VA and WVA Bridges for Hope - A Mission Immersion Experience This mission immersion experience will take your group deep inside Appalachia life. During this customizable experience, your group will travel to Southwest Virginia and Eastern West Virginia to...

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