Baptist World Alliance, BWA News Release

Great Commission should be part of daily life

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Baptist World Alliance® General Secretary Neville Callam recently reaffirmed that commitment to the Great Commission should be taken as a given in the life of the Christian believer, and that this also includes bearing witness to Christ in one’s daily life.

Callam was speaking at the African American Fellowship and Evangelism Conference hosted by the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) in Lewisville, held July 17-19.

“The Great Commission rests on the unassailable conviction that the church’s mission to evangelize the world is part of the taken-for-granted, run of the mill, reality of the daily life of each Christian and of the Christian community,” Callam said. Describing this commitment as a “compelling obligation,” Callam insisted it is not one that can be “reasonably avoided” by preoccupation with personal ambition or distractions caused by the pursuit of creature comforts, or even by difficulties or challenges in one’s life.

The African American Fellowship is one of several ethnically based groups operating within the BGCT. Callam addressed the group at their opening banquet, held annually in honor of James W. Culp, Sr. Culp was the BGCT coordinator of the Black Church Development Division from 1982 to 2001. The number of historically African American churches affiliated with the BGCT grew from 80 at the start of his tenure to more than 700 when he retired.

Those attending the event included Michael Evans, president of the African American Fellowship, who presided, David Hardage, executive director of the BGCT, and Charles Singleton, BGCT African American Ministries director.

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© August 2, 2012

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.