Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Joint Convention Session

Our BGCM staff have a very special privilege this week. We are hosting representatives from the three other conventions for a couple of days of sharing and collaboration. Staff members from the Baptist General Convention of Texas, the Baptist General Association of Virginia, and the District of Columbia Baptist Convention will be meeting jointly with our staff beginning Wednesday evening in the Kansas City area. The meeting lasts through noon Friday and will provide the opportunity for the leaders to share about their ministries and the needs of the churches they serve. We met for our first joint session a little over a year ago in Texas. We have the privilege of hosting this meeting here in Missouri.

I have found this type of meeting very helpful through the years. It is always good to get outside your own ministry field and hear reports of what God is doing in other places. We all tend to become a little provincial in our attitudes whether we serve a local congregation or within a denomination organization. In addition to some large group sessions, we will also have the opportunity to break into some small groups based upon our roles to share strategies and resources.

Obviously, the ultimate goal of our time is strengthen all our ministries as we share ideas and explore ways to collaborate for the sake of the Kingdom. I look forward to the opportunity to learn from others as we seek ways to more effectively serve churches.

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