Mission of the Annual Congress of Christian Education
Christian Education is facing tremendous challenges in this complex world where we have more people unchurched than churched. A recent research by Tom Rainer indicates that “Around 200 churches will close this week, maybe more. The pace will accelerate unless we make some dramatic changes.” Several surveys indicate that American churches have a biblical illiteracy problem. A survey by LifeWay reveals that only 10 percent of churchgoers read the Bible on regular basis.
Our Congress of Christian Education is intentional about our focus, “To know, practice, and study God’s word daily.” The purpose of Christian education is to sharpen the skills of mature Christian workers, and to prepare the next generation leaders who will shape the future. In Andy Stanley’s book, “Next Generation Leader: Five Essentials for Those Who Will Shape the Future,” Stanley makes the point, “Some leaders are unwilling to develop other leaders because it is too time consuming, and people often believe “if you want it done right, do it yourself.” We believe, if we don’t make a commitment to train future leaders, the pace of churches closing will become more critical. The word of God has saving power. God’s word if applied could very well save our lives, homes, churches, communities, and our nation.
What God said through the mouth of Prophet Isaiah is germane to us in this day and time. “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6). The aim of Christian Education is to make sure God’s people do not forget the word of God, and His divine path for our lives.
We declare and reaffirm that God’s mission for our Congress involves ministering to the spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional, educational, and environmental needs of people we serve.
Theme of the 2020 Annual Congress of Christian Education
The theme for this year’s Annual National Capital Baptist Convention, Congress of Christian Education is — “Christians United to Save America.” One common theme that emerges from those who have thought carefully about the decline of nations is that often it is the case that they collapse from within, instead of perishing from without. Thusly, in the British historian Arnold Toynbee’s (1889-1975) most famous work, A Study of History, 1934-1961, he examined the rise and fall of nations and concluded that “Civilizations die from suicide, not murder.” One of his more significant remarks is worth recalling: “Of the twenty-two civilizations that have appeared in history, nineteen of them collapsed when they reached the moral state the United States is in now.”
Other historians have remarked on the suicidal tendencies of nations. Will Durant (1885-1981), an American historian, made this observation: “A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within. The essential causes of Rome’s decline lay in her people, her morals, her class struggle, her failing trade, her bureaucratic despotism, her stifling taxes, her consuming wars.”
It is no secret that the United States is on a spiraling moral decline. The overall morals of the people have been changing steadily since the beginning of civilization. America, which was founded on a spiritual basis, has been turning its back on the morals that this very nation was established upon.
Many Americans feel overwhelmed, powerless and discouraged in the face of everything going on in America today. When you see the news stories you may feel like there is absolutely no hope left for America. There doesn’t seem to be any way for us to join back together as a strong country and progressively move forward.
God has put us on this earth at this period of time to be more than mere actors on the stage of life. I believe there is still hope for America. As the poet Charles Bukowski writes, “a spark can set a whole forest on fire.” Our country may be in deep trouble, but there is still something that can be done to remedy the problems.
Jesus refers to believers as “Salt,” and “Light” of the earth (Matt. 5:13). In this year’s annual session, we will explore how Christians may serve and give to the world “salt” to preserve America and “light” to direct America’s path.
The scripture that undergirds our theme this year is 2 Chronicles 7:14, “14if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” This is our mandate. The future of America depends on how we respond to God’s admonition in 2 Chronicles 7:14.
Let’s do it for the glory of Christ!
Why Should you Register and Attend the NCBC Congress of Christian Education, this year?
- We are in a spiritual warfare. We cannot allow the Devil and his emissaries to take over America.
- God’s plan can’t be fulfilled without you (Hebrews 11:40).
- Spiritual bootcamps are essential for spiritual warriors’ growth and effectiveness.
- A biblical campaign of knowing, practicing, and studying God’s word could very well save America and revitalize our churches, homes, and communities.
- You will be uplifted, inspired by the anointed faculty and instructors of the Congress.
- America, our churches, communities, and our lives are at an intersection. God wants us to be equipped and unified in the direction He has chosen for us.
- Whatever you learn at the Congress will bless your church, and the lives of those God sends your way, and prepare you “to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15-16).
- To inspire our church members to achieve greatness according to God’s purpose for our lives.
- To win America back to Christ by the study, proclamation, and application of biblical principles.
- To help leaders of the convention to interpret the Gospel of Christ in these challenges times to attract the unchurched and inspire the churched.
- To think outside the box to develop ministries, activities, situational learning experiences to win back our youth to Christ and to His bride the Church.