Walking New Trails

Cost: $250

Each participating church pays only $250 to cover the expenses of Walking New Trails. This fee covers everyone from your church
Register by Friday, February 23.


8:30 AM – Registration and Fellowship
9:00 AM – Opening Session
9:15 – 10:00 AM – First Breakout Sessions
10:15 – 11:00 AM – Second Breakout Sessions
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM – Third Breakout Sessions
12:00 PM – Dismiss

9:15 – 10:00 AM – First Breakout Sessions

Get Ready to Walk! – Connecting with God and others – facilitated by Cadance Tyler, Kairos Initiative, Baptist General Association of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia (BGAV)
Our connection to God, Christian community, and those outside our church walls are three important relationships in our Christian journey. This breakout will look more deeply at these relationships in Scripture, and it will help you develop a plan to create a balance between the three in your life.

Training Trail Leaders – Equipping deacons to minister – facilitated by Dr. Tom Stocks, Congregational Field Strategist, Southside Region, Baptist General Association of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia
Deacons are struggling on the trail because they may be working off assumptions….and pastors, YOU are too! Let’s have a conversation around expectations that are conscious, spoken, attainable, and agreed upon so that we can become better trail leaders.

10:15 – 11:00 AM – Second Breakout Sessions

Gear to Guide the Journey – Leading effective Bible studies – facilitated by Dr. Allison Collier, Associate Pastor of Christian Formation, First Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia
Go beyond the basics of Adult Bible Study and explore effective tips, tricks, and tools that will make you a more effective leader for all types of learners through in person and online small groups.  You will come away with some practices, resources, and helpful reminders to help you engage learners, create space for deeper conversations, and stay on top of what really matters.  You may also be helped by discovering new resources that other leaders have encountered.

Blazing New Trails – Reaching young adults and their families -facilitated by Welford Orrock, Kairos Initiative Coordinator, Baptist General Association of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia
Every generation churches face new challenges and opportunities to engage families with young children in worship and discipleship. How can you creatively adapt your practices to meaningfully invite young families into your church communities? This session will focus on addressing trends in church participation for young families and explore different approaches to the unique spiritual and relational needs they have during this season of life.”

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM – Third Breakout Sessions

Sharing Your Faith as You Walk – Engaging in conversational evangelism – facilitated by Mike Pumphrey, Coordinator and Missional Coach, V3 Movement, Norfolk, Virginia   
We are Christians because of the stories that we share.  Much of our story is a counter narrative to the stories of this world.  In this workshop we will discuss not only the importance of this narrative, but how we enter into relationships outside the church to share God’s Story (Gospel) in our place.  God is truly at work in our time! Let’s gain eyes to see and ears to hear as we share our faith.
Go Beyond Base Camp! – Motivating others to serve – facilitated by Rev. Steve Zimmerman, Founding Partner, Barnabas Partnership, Martinsville, Virginia

Getting others to join in the faith journey doesn’t have to be so hard. There are wonderful ways everyone can benefit when it comes to broadening your impact beyond your base camp. In our time together you will come away with important biblical principles, strategic steps, and practical approaches to make this process go much smoother.