Letter from the Moderator
Released: Friday, August 09, 2013
August 9, 2013
The Virginia Assembly of Independent Baptists (VAIB) began in the heart and mind of a small group of Independent Baptist pastors in 1977. The Assembly came into being for the specific purpose of protecting religious liberty in the Commonwealth. Some of the first issues that the Assembly faced were taxation of churches and the licensure of church ministries. Over the intervening years, God has given the Assembly many victories dealing with moral and freedom issues on behalf of the Independent Baptist Churches, their ministries, and their families. The Assembly has a regular "watchdog” voice before the Virginia General Assembly. It also maintains consistent communication to nearly 500 Independent Baptist Churches throughout the Commonwealth. A highlight each September is the Annual Meeting where preachers and “people in the pew” come together to hear preaching and to be addressed concerning issues of importance. At that meeting, legislative guests are often honored and special forum speakers address legislative issues as well.
The 37th Annual Meeting is scheduled for September 19-20, 2013, and will meet at Clover Hill Baptist Church, 3100 Courthouse Road, Richmond, Virginia. Along with Eddy, Jack, and the steering committee, I want to encourage you to attend. The theme this year is “Be of Good Courage,” based on Joshua 1:9. Dr. David Gibbs, Jr., with Christian Law Association, will be the featured speaker. Although we have been disappointed by many decisions made during this presidential administration, here in Virginia, we have witnessed some victories. Sometimes we become discouraged in our watch and our defense of the faith. But I must say there is still much to rejoice in and we can certainly “be of good courage.” Our day of ministry is exciting!
There is much to do, and we must not lose hope. Please make plans to attend, and bring another pastor with you. Encourage your church folks to come as well. Let me also challenge you to prayerfully consider bringing a special offering to help with the expenses of the meeting. There is a great cost for this type of meeting, and since your church benefits tremendously from the work of VAIB, would you not encourage them to help bear the load?
I appreciate the work you are doing for the Lord in the Old Dominion. “Be of good courage,” and make plans now to attend the Annual Meeting.
God bless you,
Pastor Lloyd V. Donica