Retreats

Administrative Professionals in Christian organizations are welcomed to join us and attend our conferences. 

You do not need to be a BMAV member to attend these conferences.

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2017 Conferences:

NASBS National Conference “Portrait of Grace”

     April 26-28, 2017
     Hylton Greenville
     Greenville, SC

BMAV 30th Anniversary Fall Retreat: “Grateful”

     September 29-30, 2017
     Mt. Ararat Baptist Church
1112 Garrisonville Road
Stafford, VA 22556

For a downloadable flyer, click here.
Download the fillable registration form here.

Cost
Early Bird: $45 ($70*)
Regular Registration: $55 ($80*)
*Non-BMAV Member Price

Lodging
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Red Roof Inn & Suites for Friday, September 29.
Rate: $72 + taxes
Rooms must be reserved by August 29 to get this rate.

Red Roof Inn & Suites
153 Garrisonville Road
Stafford, VA
(540) 659-4330

Meals
The conference ticket price includes lunch and a banquet dinner on Friday, as well as lunch on Saturday.
Hotel guests receive complimentary breakfast at the hotel.

Group Outing
The conference ticket price includes a 75-minute trolley ride through downtown historic Fredericksburg, VA.

Service Project
Please bring paper goods and feminine products to support S.E.R.V.E.

Examples of needed items:

  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Feminine hygiene products (pads/tampons/liners)
  • Toilet paper

Dress
Dress for the conference is casual, with the exception of the Friday night banquet. Guests may choose to wear “Sunday best” attire for the banquet.

2016 Reports:

Fall Overnight Retreat Report:

We were blessed to spend time with 24 Ministry Assistants from around Virginia at Eagle Eyrie in Lynchburg, VA over September 22-23, 2016. Our theme of “Imagine…Me” was based on John 4:29b “Come see a man who knew all about the things I did, who knows me inside and out.” (The Message)

Our program included the following workshops:

“Father Knows All” (Psalm 139:1-4) by Rev. Rod Miller, Director of Eagle Eyrie Conference Center;
“Teaming Up…Ministry Assistant and Supervisor Working Together to Form the Most Effective Ministry” by Dr. Susan McBride, BGAV Team Coordinator for Congregational Field Staff;
““Creative & Intentional Communication in a Frenetic World” by Rev. Nathan White, BGAV Chief Marketing;
“A Boggled Mind” (Ephesians 3:20-21) by Rev. Kevin Moen, Concord Baptist Church in Ruther Glen, VA; and
“Organization Skills – Transitioning From the Workplace to Using the Same Skills in A Faith-Based Organization” by Mrs. Danette Moen, River City Faith Network

Attendees donated much needed supplies and cleaning items for Eagle Eyrie and brought teddy bears, which were donated to the Boonesboro Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company.

What a great couple of days to get away and spend time fellowshipping, networking, and developing friendships!

Spring One-Day Retreat Report:

18 Ministry Assistants from around the state of Virginia gathered at Chancellor Baptist Church in Fredericksburg for our one-day retreat on April 29, 2016!   Our special guests were Rev. Stephen Artis, Youth & Young Adults Pastor/Director of Youth and Young Adults of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church of Herndon, VA, and Rev. Eric Goforth, Pastor of Chancellor Baptist Church.  Rev. Artis spoke on “Grief Defined”, and Rev. Goforth spoke on “When Grief Enters the Church (our response)”.   The Hymn of Joy (often called Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee) was our theme song.  The lunch was catered by Butternut & Blue Bistro & Bakery of Spotsylvania, VA.  The attendees visited the local Fire Rescue #10 on Gordon Road to deliver cookies and have a Prayer Circle with the firefighters present.  This was a wonderful time of networking, developing friendships, learning, and ministering — as all our conference/retreats are meant to be!

Scripture:  “make my joy complete by being of the same mind maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose”  Philippians 2:2 NASB