Becoming disciples at VBC

Formation for the journey

Our spiritual formation as followers of Jesus Christ involves growing on the inward journey of individual spiritual growth and on the collective outward journey of mission and social justice.

We are called to grow in every dimension of our lives as Christ’s disciples: in daily work, home and family life, devotional practices, spiritual direction, home discipleship groups, and more.

Growing disciples at every stage of life

Recreation and fellowship

Thanksgiving dinner 2013 smallOne of the ways we get to know and support each other is through relaxing times of recreation, fellowship, and social activities. Our recreational opportunities, which are intergenerational and coed, bring us all together. Visitors are always welcome!


  • 50, More or Less group—older adults—has been active for many years, eating lunch together and going to plays, museums, and elsewhere.
  • Women’s Fellowship meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month for fellowship and relaxation in a church member’s home.
  • Men’s Fellowship meets at 7:15 p.m. on the third Monday of each month for fellowship and a discussion or short study.
  • The Pathfinders Young Adults Group is supported by Vienna Baptist Church, and meets locally.
Retreats at Lost River Retreat Center

Early in our history, camping and retreating became an important part of Vienna Baptist Church’s life and ministry. In 1980, we acquired the 43-acre Lost River Retreat Center in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia.

VBC ministries at LRRC include regular weekend experiences for various age groups: youth retreats, summer children’s camp, family camping, young adults, leadership planning, and adult silent retreats.

We also offer camping experiences to inner-city youth in cooperation with the Johenning Baptist Community Center, a ministry of the D.C. Baptist Convention. Lost River Retreat Center also provides its facilities at an affordable cost to numerous other groups for conferences and seminars, couples’ retreats, children’s camps, youth retreats, planning retreats, and reunions.