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Churches Getting Started

The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) was established in 1823 and it has always existed to “furnish the Baptist churches of Virginia a medium of cooperation for the propagation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and for the advancement of the Redeemer’s Kingdom by all methods in accord with the Word of God.”

The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) is a cooperative missions and ministry organization that consists of over 1,400 autonomous churches in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as churches around the country and around the world. As many of the 1400 plus Virginia Baptist Churches search for a minister, they contact us requesting candidates who are possible matches for their church. Candidates seeking a ministry opportunity contact us and provide self-reporting information. We do not verify a candidate’s information.

Each BGAV church has a profile already created for your church that includes basic information about your church. The search committee needs to work with the church to create a profile for the position you are searching to fill. You can print a copy of the questions you will be asked in completing the position profile here.

Each BGAV church has a field strategist assigned to them. Field strategists are BGAV staff that work to meet the needs of churches in your area, and among many other things, are trained to work with churches during the search process and to help train a church on how to create a search committee, create a profile for a new position, etc. Please contact Karen Rackett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will connect you to your field strategist for help in these areas or visit to connect with your field strategist.

Once you have created your position profile, your field strategist will be in touch. Before a match is run, they may want to have some conversation about the profile you have created to make sure everyone understands what you are looking for in this new position. Your field strategist will then run matches for you from within the system and send those to your contact.

We provide candidate names and résumés to churches based on information provided by the churches about positions they are seeking to fill and by potential candidates. Résumés are shared without checking a candidate’s references. After reviewing the résumés that we send, we recommend that the churches rank their top candidates and begin the interviewing process. Each church is responsible for verification, validation, reference checking, and background checks of each candidate.

The Steps are Easy To Begin:

  1.  Create Your Profile
  2.  Verify your church's general information to make sure we have up-to-date information
  3.  Add the information about the position you wish to list.

Once you list your position, we will review the submitted information and contact you with any questions. From that point we will match your position against the available Ministerial Candidates who have also completed their profile.


Churches - Get Started Now

Our Location

The Baptist General Association of Virginia's (BGAV) main building is located at 2828 Emerywood Parkway in Richmond, Virginia. We also have field strategists that are spread throughout the state, each focusing on a specific region in order to better assist our churches.


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