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January 31, 2011

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BCF Ladies spend time with women in ministry during the "Ministry: Thriving or Striving" workshop.

The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville hosted a ministry workshop on campus partnering with the First Baptist Church of Callahan, Florida, Promised Land Retreat, Inc., and Talley Family Ministries. Selected alumni, graduating seniors, and students currently serving in churches were invited to participate and engage in dialogue with experienced ministry leaders, such as BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen, Reverend Todd Carr, and Dr. and Mrs. Lynn Hyatt.

The two day event entitled "Ministry: Thriving or Striving" was designed in response to the staggering numbers of individuals who experience profound difficulties in ministry and dropout within the first five years after graduation. Session topics included: accountability, family relationships, conflict management, ministry crises and "keeping the dream alive" in ministry. Sessions were designed to encourage young ministers to adopt a realistic approach to the questions that do arise in ministry without becoming disillusioned and quitting. According to Kinchen, "Leaders focused on Care Tactics rather than Scare Tactics."

Most of the small group discussions were conducted with the men and the women meeting in separate groups in order to discuss some of their unique concerns in the ministry setting. The leaders shared biblical truths from scripture and life experiences designed to help participants renew their strength in serving and plan future strategies for ministry.

"The dropout rate is simply far too high for folks in the first five years of ministry," stated BCF President Kinchen. "Anything that we can do to bridge the gap between expectations of congregations and ministers should be tremendously helpful in this pivotal time. We hope to conduct this workshop on an annual basis, inviting the participants from this year to join a new group next year. If we can all learn from each other, perhaps the dropout rate will begin to decrease."

For more information on the ministry programs offered at BCF, please call 800-328-2660 ext. 460.