Retreats

BMAV holds a Spring Conference and Retreat biennially, and the National Association of Ministry Assistants (NAMA) conducts their conference on alternating years. Our Fall Conference is held in September each year.

All administrative professionals in Christian organizations are welcome to join us and attend our conferences. You do NOT need to be a BMAV member to attend these conferences. 


Spring Retreat at the Beach!

March 7-9, 2018
Best Western Plus
2809 Atlantic Ave.
Virginia Beach, VA
757.428.5370

For a downloadable flyer, click here.

Cost
BMAV Members: $45
Non-Members: $70 (Join Now for $20.00 and Save!)

Registration deadline is February 22, 2018. Register here.

Lodging
The conference is being held at Best Western Plus.
Hotel rooms are available for $65 + taxes. (Rates based on single or double occupancy. Additional guests are $10/person/night.)
Rooms must be reserved by February 9, 2018. Mention Baptist Ministry Assistants of VA to get the special rate!

Call 757.428.5370 to make your reservation. (Please note, this number should be used instead of the 800 number printed on previous versions of the flyer.)

Meals
Hotel guests receive complimentary breakfast at the hotel, served between 6:00 and 9:00 am each morning.
Wednesday: Dinner provided.
Thursday: Lunch provided. Dinner on your own.
Friday: Lunch provided.

Speaker
Roberta Damon, author of Dear Mrs. Noah: Letters to Unnamed Women of the Bible

Roberta Damon holds a doctorate in marriage and family counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Her career includes missionary service in South Brazil, thirty years of counseling at First Baptist Church of Richmond, and staff at the International Mission Board. She has written various denominational publications both in English and Portuguese. She is the author of Relationship Skills, A Measure of Success, A Voice Beyond Weeping, and Theirs is the Kingdom. She is the wife one one, the mother of two and the grandmother of three.

Skills Shops
Church Security for Ministry Assistants
Tools to Make Your Workload Lighter
Getting Crafty

Conference Schedule
*Subject to change

Wednesday, March 7
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm     Registration
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm     Welcome & Prayer
5:30 pm                       Dinner (provided)
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm     Program & Speaker
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm     Fellowship

Thursday, March 8
10:00 am – 10:45 am Program & Speaker
10:45 am – 11:05 am Break
11:05 am – 12:00 pm Skill shop
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm   Lunch (provided)
1:15 pm – 2:00 pm     Program & Jazzercize
2:00 pm – 2:20 pm     Break
2:20 pm – 3:00 pm     Program & Speaker
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm     Skill shop
4:00 pm – 4:15 pm     Break
4:15 pm – 5:00 pm     Craft Time
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm     Dinner on your own
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm     BMAV Bazaar*
*Bring your crafts, hobbies and home businesses to display.

Friday, March 9
10:00 am – 10:45 am Program & Speaker
10:45 am – 11:15 am Office Q&A
11:15 am – 12:00 pm Sharing & Prayer Circle
12:00 pm                     Lunch
Conference concludes after lunch.

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2017 Report:

BMAV 30th Anniversary Fall Retreat: “Grateful”

BMAV celebrated its 30th anniversary as an organization at the Fall Retreat held at Mount Ararat Baptist Church in Stafford, VA from September 29-30, 2017. Attendees were treated to a 75-minute trolley ride of historic downtown Fredericksburg, VA on Friday and returned to a semi-formal banquet dinner. Becca Griffitts, Worship Leader at Mount Ararat, led us in worship at three different sessions. At our banquet dinner, Andrew Segre, Courthouse Campus Pastor at Mount Ararat, spoke and gave a message of “Work as Worship.” On Saturday morning, Bryan Jones, Associate Executive Director at NorthStar Church Network, delivered a message of encouragement to ministry assistants.

Attendees were encouraged to bring paper goods and feminine products to support S.E.R.V.E. BMAV came through, as usual, and provided 265 pounds of these items to S.E.R.V.E.

 

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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