On behalf of the leaders and staff of the D.C. Baptist Convention, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May God's peace, joy, ove and abundant blessings refresh, encourage and overtake you during this season and throughout the year.
The Baptist Building will close on Friday, Dec. 19 and re-open on Monday, January 5, 2015. Looking forward to partnering in ministry together in the new year!
Former DCBC Vice President Dies
It is with sadness that the D.C. Baptist Convention announces the passing of Hallem Williams, Jr., a dedicated servant of the Lord who served as vice president of the Convention from 2012-2013. Williams was a faithful member of Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. where he served for many years as a trustee. Professionally, Williams was the senior program manager for the Faith-Based Re-Entry Initiative being implemented by the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA), an independent agency of the federal government. This is work that he was passionate about and viewed as helping to build God's kingdom. His work was acknowledged when he was named administrator of the year for the District of Columbia by the National Forum of Black Public Administrators. He was also recognized by the WJLA-TV, the ABC television affiliate as Washingtonian of the week. We are grateful for his life and will continue to lift his family, friends and church family in prayer.
Emergency Response Training for Chaplains
The DC Baptist Convention Emergency Response Team will host a training for chaplains on January 10 and 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Heritage Baptist Church, 1740 Forest Drive, Annapolis, Md . 21401. Rev. Stephen Price, who is the Interim Pastor at Heritage and the DCBC ERT chaplaincy team leader will conduct this training. People of all backgrounds and skill levels are welcome, although those who already have some experience in psychology, therapy, mentorship or a similar discipline are especially encouraged to volunteer. If you’re interested in attending, contact ERT Coordinator Jennifer Perry at email@example.com to receive more information. If you’re unable to attend the sessions in January, please contact Jennifer to receive notice of the next training.
DCBC Values Statement
As a part of the Journey of 180 strategic planning process, the Denominational Affiliations/Partnerships Task Force recommended the following statement be adopted by the D.C. Baptist Convention as reflective of the shared beliefs and values of D.C. Baptists. This statement was approved for adoption by DCBC delegates at the 136th Annual Meeting and will be used as a guideline for future denominational affiliations and partnerships:
We believe that God has called us together under the Lordship of Jesus Christ to be in Christian community. While we are autonomous as local churches, we are interdependent and believe in the power of working together as a witness to Christ. Jesus affirms the diversity of our gifts and calls us to be in unity. We are many members but one Body—one Lord, one faith, one baptism.
We believe in:
• Sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ through acts of evangelism and social action
• Involvement in cooperative missions
• Believers’ baptism
• Priesthood of all believers
• Autonomy of the local church
• Separation of church and state
We will pursue clear, intentional, purposeful and mutually beneficial partnerships, relationships and networks with other bodies that affirm these values without differentiation to any particular denominational group.