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Winter 2014 Issue

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Ready for Ridgecrest!

The BCA planning team is very excited about this year's workshop April 9-12 at Ridgecrest in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina! We have a great lineup of speakers and activities for our annual gathering. This year is particularly noteworthy because we will be celebrating 60 years of BCA. Our theme is "With Purpose." As Christian communicators we have a responsibility -- and for most of us a calling -- to help mobilize fellow believers and communicate messages that really matter and can impact our world for Christ.

We'll kick off the event Wednesday evening with an easygoing cookout and campfire where everyone will have the opportunity to catch up with old friends, meet new members and enjoy their surroundings and the get-away-from-it-all feel of Ridgecrest.

On Thursday morning we'll hit the ground running with a new format that features a media panel of personalities who will cover a variety of media-related topics and issues that matter to Christian communicators. Among those on the panel: Warren Cole Smith, associate publisher of WORLD Magazine and author of "A lover's quarrel with the evangelical church;" Todd Starnes of Fox News & Commentary and author of "Dispatches from Bitter America;" and Roman Gabriel III, a radio host for Sold Out Ministries who has covered Super Bowl week for about 20 years and is a former NFL quarterback. Trennis Henderson, who was program chair of a fantastic meeting in Little Rock last April, will keep the speakers on their toes with questions and a fast-paced discussion. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions as time allows. Following a panel discussion, we'll split up into workshops led by several of our panelists.

Later that afternoon we will jump right into this year's mission project that we hope will change the way you look at missions and help you discover more ways to reach out to the many different cultures in your neighborhood and city.

On Friday morning we'll head to Samaritan's Purse in Boone to take a tour of the facility and learn how this organization continues to impact lives around the world. When we get back, we'll get together for a final affinity group discussion, which has always been a popular session that gives everyone an opportunity to vent, share ideas and talk about ways we can do our jobs better.

That evening, we'll gather for our annual awards banquet to recognize some of the fantastic work of fellow BCA members. Don't forget  the deadline for getting your entries in for the competition is right around the corner, January 31!

Trust us; you won't want to miss this year's BCA event. See you there!

-Shawn Hendricks and Polly House, your program co-chairs

2014 mission project: Getting to know you

Who do you know?

Southern Baptists in North Carolina, where BCA's 2014 workshop is being held, have been asking themselves that question a lot lately. They've been trying to focus attention on building relationships with people who do not know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.

In North Carolina, the population continues to reflect a growing diversity, with about 280 different languages spoken in the public school system.

The state's growing diversity provides churches an opportunity to reach the world with the gospel without leaving the state. Yet, in order to engage the people of the world God is bringing to North Carolina, those people groups must first be identified.

The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, in partnership with local churches and associations, is working on a pilot project to help identify different people groups living in North Carolina's metropolitan areas. Volunteers talk with people and try to learn who they are and where they are from. The information they collect is entered into a database, and when the project is completed, the people group data will be available to local churches.

During the upcoming workshop at Ridgecrest you will have opportunity to see firsthand how the project works and how you can be involved in your state and community. The mission project this year, which will be Thursday afternoon, is all about helping you reach lost people and share the gospel where you live.

This year's project has great potential for impact beyond the workshop; it's a project that will give you something to take home for greater engagement than a one-day, one-time event.

During the mission project time you will learn how to better identify and reach people from different people groups as well as take some time to prayerwalk for different people groups in the Asheville area.

Please plan to join to be a part of this year's mission project!

A New Look for BCA

The BCA Task Force served cake, distributed coffee mugs and unfurled a banner to reveal the organization's newly designed logo Saturday, April 20, during the 2013 BCA business meeting, all the while congratulating Brooke Zimny from Ouachita Baptist University for her award-winning design.

The process began with the 2012-13 Task Force focused on addressing the BCA website design to consider a possible redesign. As the group began this discussion, it quickly came to our attention that if we had any ideas of updating the current BCA logo, we should address that issue before embarking on a new website redesign.

Brooke and René ZimneyWe invited BCA members to enter a logo-design contest, submitting their recommendations for a new logo. Shawn Elledge provided a savvy elevator-door graphic design to accompany the contest, and Cam Tracy managed the entries and created the voting site. We received 20 new logo ideas.

Members also had the opportunity to indicate if they prefer the current logo or prefer one of the new choices submitted in the contest. In response, 50 members indicated they preferred to select a new logo, and 20 members preferred to retain the current logo.

Of the 20 new logo ideas submitted, the five receiving the most votes were submitted by Brooke, Scott Heit from Union University in Tennessee, and Michael Prather from PratherDesign, Inc., in Kentucky - with Brooke Zimny submitting three of the top five designs.

The Task Force then re-evaluated the three designs which received the most votes, requesting variations from Brooke and Scott. The final design selected by Task Force is also the design which received the most votes by the BCA membership.

Brooke is assistant director of communications for Ouachita Baptist University. A 2008 summa cum laude graduate of Ouachita, she was named the universitys Overall Academic Achiever, Ouachita's highest academic honor. Following graduation, she completed the Columbia Publishing Course at Columbia University in New York before returning to work full-time at Ouachita, where she also studied graphic design. She has completed work toward a master's degree in communications from Johns Hopkins University. In 2011, she was named one of "20 to Watch in 2011" by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Tri-Lakes edition. Her husband, René Zimny, also serves on the Ouachita communications team. The couple owns and operates Zimny Media (www.zimnymedia.com).

The 2012-13 BCA Task Force included the following members:

  • Cam Tracy, web development agent, Union University (TN) / BCA historian and webmaster
  • Scott Barkley, production editor, The Christian Index (GA) / 2012-13 BCA communications VP
  • Shawn Elledge, graphics consultant, NAMB (GA)
  • Ishmael LaBiosa, media specialist, Innovative Faith Resources (VA)
  • Russ Rankin, corporate communications, LifeWay (TN) / 2012-13 BCA president
  • Margaret Dempsey-Colson, BCA executive director (GA)
  • Julie McGowan, news and media relations director, Oklahoma Baptist University (OK)

Life and legacy of photographer Don Rutledge celebrated

The 2013 Wilmer C. Fields awards banquet during the annual BCA workshop offered opportunity for BCA members to celebrate not only exceptional accomplishments of their communications colleagues but also the life and legacy of photographer and beloved BCA member Don Rutledge, who died Feb. 19 at his home near Richmond, Va.

Rutledge's influence on generations of Southern Baptist communicators was lauded at the banquet in a moving video, "He taught me how to see," by Dan Beatty, director of digital strategies for the International Mission Board.

Traveling throughout the United States and to more than 140 countries over more than 40 years, Rutledge captured quiet moments of humanity and mission ministry in poignant and BCA-award winning photographs taken for the Home (now North American) Mission Board and later for the Foreign (now International) Mission Board. His images inspired millions of viewers to understand, pray for and participate in missions.

"A great portion of the important ideas I teach grew out of the influence Don has had on my life. Each year students leave Union with an ability to see beyond the surface and with the desire to make others more aware because of the impact of Don's life and work. They leave more prepared to introduce their world to Jesus Christ," said Jim Veneman, communications professor at Union University and newly elected president of BCA.

For more on the life and legacy of Rutledge, go to http://www.commissionstories.com/features/view/photographer-don-rutledge.


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