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
As you know, we canceled the Annual Congress of Christian Education, scheduled for April 27—May 1, 2020, due to COVID-19 restrictions. By conducting our Annual Congress of Christian Education virtually this year, via the ZOOM conferencing platform, we are sending a message that God’s people will always find a way to worship Him regardless of the circumstances.
This year’s theme for our Congress of Christian Education is “Christians United to Save America.” We are facing challenges today that are threatening the very fabric of our democracy. All of us hate to admit it, but America is a sick nation, contaminated by corruption in high places, infected by white supremacy, and political divisiveness. God is calling us to save America with the formula He has provided in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
I hope we will discuss in our Congress classes, what will the post coronavirus church look like? LifeWay researchers’ findings reveal exciting opportunities and some devastating challenges that will significantly alter church life as we know it. The researchers surmise that some churches will not survive the aftermath of COVID-19.
Now, more than ever before, we need to come together, pray, study, seek God’s guidance, and strategize how we can save America, our churches, communities, and our lives.
We have strategically scheduled just one class per night except on Friday night and Saturday morning, to allow participants to enroll in multiple courses. Each course is only two hours, except for the COPP certification course.
Please understand that each School of Congress conducts different courses each year. For instance, if you enrolled in the School for Trustee Ministry last year, you will have a different curriculum this year. You are encouraged to review each school and chose the course or courses you want to take.
What we learn and decide to do individually and collectively as a convention and congress could very well make a difference in our country, our churches, families, and homes.
President Leroy Gilbert, Ph.D.
President, Congress of Christian Education, NCBC