We praise God for the incredible week we experienced in beautiful Stavanger, Norway, as we gathered as a people on mission for this years Annual Gathering! Over 500 registrants from 82 countries united for worship, prayer, fellowship, and teaching.
Check out a recap of our time together below!

2023 Annual Gathering Recap

Opening Worship Celebration

The Gathering had a great start with a worship service led by our Norwegian sisters and brothers. The service culminated with a commissioning prayer based on the Seoul Covenant written more than 30 years ago.

2023 Annual Gathering Recap

General Secretary’s Global Leadership Council

We celebrate Rev. Regina Claas and her appointment to the General Secretary’s Global Leadership Council. We commend her many years of faithful service and invaluable leadership.
2023 Annual Gathering Recap

2023 Human Rights Award

On Tuesday, we presented Mona Khauli with the 2023 Denton & Janice Lotz Human Rights Award. Recognized for her 60+ years of faithful human rights advocacy, Khauli is a pioneer among us. Learn more about her ministry.

2023 Annual Gathering Recap

Global Baptist Mission Network Launch

We celebrate the launch of the Global Baptist Mission Network (GBMN) on Tuesday! With representation from all six BWA regions, inaugural membership includes 23 mission organizations from 17 countries. Click to learn more.

2023 Annual Gathering Recap

Welcoming New Members

The General Council unanimously approved eight new members, bringing total membership of the BWA to 253 Baptist organizations in 130 countries and territories. To find out more about these new members, click here.

2023 Annual Gathering Recap

Conversation with Miroslav Volf

Helle Liht, European Baptist Federation Assistant General Secretary, led a Q&A with renowned theologian Miroslav Volf on Tuesday evening. He encouraged us to “take what moves people and shed the light of the gospel on it.”

2023 Annual Gathering Recap

Regional Fellowships

On Wednesday, each region hosted a special session for its members to connect and plan for the future. At the condensed European Baptist Federation Council, new leaders were appointed and commissioned.
2023 Annual Gathering Recap

BWA Women on Mission Lunch

We enjoyed a wonderful time of worship, food, fellowship, and sharing on Wednesday. Hosted beautifully by Norwegian Baptist women, the room was full of life and love with 74 women from 27 countries.

2023 Annual Gathering Recap

Thank You

We are grateful to the Baptist Union of Norway for their support of the BWA Annual Gathering and the SENT Global Mission Summit. We were blessed by their incredible hospitality and the faithful service of their 40+ volunteers.

2023 Annual Gathering Recap


The General Council approved a resolution during the final session of the 2023 Annual Gathering recognizing the dignity of indigenous peoples and calling for justice. Click to read the full resolution.

2023 Annual Gathering Recap

The Week in Photos

We’ve captured the week in photos! Click to view.

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