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Organized in 1877, the District of Columbia Baptist Convention (DCBC) consists of more than 150 churches in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.
Engaging Communities WorkgroupWhen: October 26, 2016 at 08:00 pm
DCBC 140th Annual GatheringWhen: October 27, 2016
Haiti Mission TripWhen: November 2, 2016 at 08:00 pm
Chapel & Staff MeetingWhen: November 9, 2016 at 09:30 am
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Empowering Congregations

  • Congregational Resources
  • Training
  • College of Prayer

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Equipping Leaders

  • Ministry Resources
  • Advisory Committee on Ordination
  • Lay Leaders

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Engaging Communities

  • Opportunities to Serve
  • Community Events
  • Johenning Baptist Community Center

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Advancing God's Kingdom

DCBC is committed to strengthening our member churches to advance God's kingdom.

We strive to support our member churches by providing ministry resources and opportunities for networking, fellowship, corporate worship and training, as well as by undergirding their programs and activities.

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    JULY 2016
    Rev. Starlette McNeill

    Prayer should not be treated as a commercial break from our regularly scheduled religious program. But, praying is tuning in. Prayer is the programming, the means by which we are rewired or reconnected to God. It is proof of our relationship with God and our citizenship in the kingdom of God.

    Prayer is the signal, our holy smoke sent to heaven.

    It is not simply the right thing to do. But, prayer is the only thing that we are doing as life with God can only be lived in conversation. Life with God is the sweet communion of words. As is true with human relationships, our spiritual life cannot survive if we do not talk to God.

    Prayer is the exchange of breaths; our vapor for God's eternal Spirit.

    Consequently, we can never get enough. Like breathing, prayer can only be non- stop, continuous, unceasing, without commercial break as the Church is lifeless without it.

    This month, I invite you to join me in praying for:

    ✤ The hearts citizens, pets, emergency personnel, county, city and state leaders of West Virginia who are recovering after heavy flood rains and loss of life;

    ✤ The comfort of the families affected by the recent mass shootings in the Viernheim, Germany and Orlando, Florida;

    ✤ The peace of the victims of the California wildfires, the loss of life, property and more than 60,000 acres of land;

    ✤ The courage and strength of all victims of campus sexual harassment and rape, again brought to light after recent charges were brought against students at Baylor and Stanford University;

    ✤ The sensitizing of the American populace to victims of sexual abuse, sexual violence and human trafficking;

    ✤ Students who have returned home and to your congregations in search of employment, enjoyment and spiritual reconnection;

    ✤ The encouragement and support of leaders, volunteers, children and their families during Vacation Bible School;

    ✤ The joy of summer missions leaders and volunteers who serve our communities, around the country and throughout the world;

    ✤ The hope of missionaries who are our hands and feet in poverty- stricken communities, tyrannical and war- torn countries;

    ✤ The emotional support of volunteers who serve our most vulnerable citizens in homeless shelters, senior living facilities and mental health institutions;

    ✤ The commitment of deacons who seek to care for the emotional, social and spiritual needs of their members in partnership with their pastor;

    ✤ The fidelity of trustees who ensure the financial health and well- being of houses of worship and related properties for the future spiritual life of generations to come;

    ✤ The vision of denominational bodies, their leadership, staff, volunteers and members as they seek to find new models for ministry and to serve across generations, cultures and theological convictions;

    ✤ The congregations that are in the cycle of grief after the loss of their pastor, a long- time member or a dream;

    ✤ Less finger- pointing of blame and more hand- raising for support in congregations that are in conflict or in competition within and without;

    ✤ The congregations that are facing tough decisions like staff and budget cuts, relocating or closing their doors;

    ✤ The congregations that share sacred space throughout the week and on Sunday mornings;

    ✤ The energy, passion and patience of new pastors, new leadership, new members at new church starts; and,

    ✤ The continued empowerment of Board of Directors, committees, work groups, staff, volunteers, pastors, clergy, ministry leaders and churches of the D.C. Baptist Convention as we seek to join hands with all of our member churches and to connect you with each other.


    Starlette McNeill, Minister to Empower Congregations
    District of Columbia Baptist Convention
    1628 16th St NW, Washington DC 20009

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    Baptist Women’s Ministries of the DC Baptist Convention invites area
    children’s groups to participate in helping others through the monthly
    Johenning Lunch project at Johenning Baptist Community Center,
    4025 Ninth Street SE, Washington DC.

    It’s a wonderful opportunity for a children’s Sunday School class or
    youth group to experience local missions. The day involves preparing and
    serving lunch to community families, engaging children in fun activities and
    encouraging dialogue. Some light setup and clean up are also needed.

    If this sounds like something your group would be interested in,
    for further details, please contact
    Carmen A. Gray at cgray@americomps.net or 202-590-9677
    or Gail Lacy at gail.lacy@dcbaptist.org or 202-265-1526.
    Space is limited.

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  • Minimum Wage to Rise

    Minimum Wage to Rise – July 1, 2016

    The minimum wage rate is set to rise July 1, 2016. The new rates will be as follows:
    • DC: $11.50 per hour. Download wage poster here.
    • MD: $8.75 per hour. Download wage poster here.
    • MD – Montgomery County: $10.75 per hour. Download wage poster here.
    • MD – Prince George’s County: Current rate is $9.55 per hour and will rise to $10.75 per hour on October 1, 2016.

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E3 Initiatives

Empowering Congregations

  • Congregational Resources
  • Training
  • College of Prayer

Engaging Communities

  • Opportunities to Serve
  • Community Events
  • Johenning Baptist Community Center

Equipping Leaders

  • Ministry Resources
  • Advisory Committee on Ordination
  • Lay Leaders
  • Women in Ministry
  • Worship Resources