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Winter 2014 Issue

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


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