Baptist World Alliance, BWA News Release

Media accreditation for international Baptist congress in South Africa

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Media accreditation for international Baptist congress in South AfricaThe Baptist World Alliance is in the process of accrediting media personnel and professionals for the 21st Baptist World Congress in Durban, South Africa, which will take place from July 22-26, 2015.

Media accreditation application form can be downloaded here.

The Baptist World Congress, normally held every five years, is the largest international gathering of Baptist Christians. Several thousand participants from some 100 countries are expected in Durban. The 2015 meetings are the first to be held in Africa.

Keynote speakers are Peter Chin from South Korea, Donald Ndichafah from Cameroon, Dimitrina Oprenova from Bulgaria, Anthony Carroll from the Bahamas, Luiz Soares Silvado from Brazil and Joel Gregory from the United States.

Highlights will include the installation of Paul Msiza of South Africa as BWA president, the second African to be elected to the position; the presentation of the Congress Human Rights Award; and the launch of various new initiatives for 2015-2020.

Daily activities include worship, Bible study and group discussions that explore core theological matters related to Christian worship, mission, evangelism, spiritual enrichment and other ecclesial topics.

Global issues related to the environment and various justice concerns such as peacemaking, migrants and poverty, among others, will be examined.

Information on the congress is available on the BWA website at

The Baptist World Alliance, founded in 1905, is a fellowship of 266 conventions and unions in 134 countries and territories comprising 51 million baptized believers in 178,000 churches. For more than 100 years, the Baptist World Alliance has networked the Baptist family to impact the world for Christ with a commitment to strengthen worship, fellowship and unity; lead in mission and evangelism; respond to people in need through aid, relief, and community development; defend religious freedom, human rights, and justice; and advance theological reflection and leadership development.