Baptist World Alliance, BWA News Release

Baptist World Alliance to Convene Annual Gathering in July

Nigerian Baptists Welcome the Global Baptist Family to Lagos
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(FALLS CHURCH, VIRGINIA, USA – April 24, 2024) The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) will convene the 2024 BWA Annual Gathering in Lagos, Nigeria, from July 5-12, 2024. This annual event unites Baptists worldwide for a strategic time of prayer, fellowship, learning, and planning together.

As a reflection of the BWA’s diverse community, the Annual Gathering rotates each year to a location within one of its six regions. The 2024 event is a collaborative gathering with All Africa Baptist Fellowship (AABF) as well as the BWA’s two member partners within Nigeria – Mambilla Baptist Convention and the Nigerian Baptist Convention. The Nigerian Baptist Convention includes more than 9 million members, the largest convention within the global Baptist family. 

“The Baptist community in Nigeria is excited to welcome our sisters and brothers from around the world to Lagos,” says Israel Akanji, Nigerian Baptist Convention President and President of AABF. “Our team is working hard, and we eagerly await the opportunity to extend the hand of hospitality. We know this will be a powerful time together, and we look forward to how God will move among us.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in worship, Bible studies, regional ministry updates, and breakout sessions developed by 14 BWA Commissions. With meetings, meals, and accommodations all at the beautiful EKO Hotels and Suites in the heart of Lagos’ Victoria Island, participants will also have many opportunities for fellowship.

“On behalf of AABF – a family that comprises 80 Member Bodies with presence in 45 African countries – I welcome you to Africa and especially to Lagos,” said Elias Apetogbo, AABF General Secretary and CEO. “Come and connect with one another, the culture, values, food, and fellowship to cap a memorable gathering. We want to learn from you while you also return with loads of lessons and beautiful memories.”

Utilizing digital technology, live streaming opportunities, and on-demand content, the event will seek to connect all attendees whether they are participating in person or virtually.

“We are excited to partner with our Nigerian sisters and brothers for the 2024 Annual Gathering,” said Carolina Mangieri, BWA Director of Global Events and Fellowship. “Joining together both in person and virtually, this is a pivotal time for our global family to experience the unity we have in Christ. We believe attendees will leave inspired and equipped to further God’s global mission in their communities.”

Attendees are also encouraged to participate in pre-conference opportunities that include the 10th Baptist International Conference on Theological Education (BICTE) and the BWA International Humanitarian Action and Development Intensive Course. Held once each quinquennium, BICTE draws together Baptist theologians, theological educators and special guest speakers to address a specific theme. This year’s event will center on “Blessed Are the Peacemakers: Becoming Agents of Peace.”

The BWA International Humanitarian Action and Development course is a three-day introductory, multidisciplinary intensive course taught by global Baptist humanitarian aid professionals from leading international Baptist aid and development agencies who are committed to walking alongside the Church in times of crises. Registration for the course is available by application only.

To find out more about the 2024 BWA Annual Gathering or to register now, visit registration rates offered through April 30.


The Baptist World Alliance, founded in 1905, is a fellowship of 253 conventions and unions in 130 countries and territories comprising 51 million baptized believers in 176,000 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.

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