From the Desk of the President of the Congress of Christian Education
for the National Capital Convention of DC and Vicinity
Rev. Leroy Gilbert, Ph.D.
Senior Pastor of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church
Washington, DC 20009
Because of your support and participation, our Congress of Christian Education is on the move. In 2017, we held our congress in a midsize church, last year our congress was held in larger church complex. This year, our Congress will be held at a school with ample rooms for classes.
I am immensely grateful for President McNeill for giving me the opportunity to serve our convention as President of the Congress of Christian Education, for the National Capital Baptist Convention of DC and Vicinity. I have truly enjoy serving under his inspirational and strategic leadership.
The theme for this year’s Congress is “Biblical Literacy Campaign: To Know, Practice, and Study God’s Word.” While 90 percent of Christians believe the Bible is God’s Word, the inspired, inerrant message to us, yet only 10% of churchgoers read the Bible daily. That means 80% of churchgoers don’t read the Bible daily. Several surveys indicate that churches in America have a Bible literacy problem.
Christians have a mandate from God not only to become a student of his word but also a doer, a practitioner of His word (James 1:22). Therefore, the Congress this year is based on the command of 2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
It is God’s will that we study and practice His word. He made this decree clear in Joshua 1:8, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
I am excited about the spiritual food that God has prepared for our spiritual consumption at our Annual Congress. Please come and participate and invite others to receive the blessing that God has prepared for your spiritual nourishment.
The purpose of our Congress is to assist churches and Christian workers with training, expertise, resources, and inspiration to change the world for Christ.
I know you will receive an anointed blessing as you participate and support the activities and events of our Congress.
President Leroy Gilbert,
President, Congress of Religious Education, NCBC