2012 AFAM Congress on Discipleship

The Navigators African American Congress on Discipleship has been growing strong for 10 years, but its roots go back 40 years.

“The seeds for this event were sown more than 40 years ago,” explains Congress director Rich Berry, “when God used an African American named Roy Briggs to minister to military personnel in the early 1960s.”

What keeps individuals coming back to the AFAM Congress year after year? Why did more than 400 people gladly give up their spring break vacations to participate this year?

Businessman Robert Yeldell, who led one of the workshops at the event, believes it’s a result of the compelling simplicity of the main message. “The Congress promotes a very simple message,” he explained. “Become a disciple and then make a disciple.” Yeldell observed participants throughout the event huddled one-on-one and in small groups coaching and sharing how discipleship can thrive and is lived out in their own lives and ministries.

The organizers of the Congress also believe that the African-American church plays a key role in the long-range sustainability of the discipling movement spawned by this event, so a significant part of the content was devoted to reaching into and working with the African-American church community.

Congress organizers want to make this experience available to anyone who wants to know Christ and grow as a disciple. That’s why they host smaller, local events, called "mini-congresses," all over the country that are affordable and provide easy access to the people they are trying to reach. The growth of the Congress over the last 10 years has been exciting to watch. What will God do over the next 10 years? Will you be a part of making disciples that make disciples?

For more information on hosting a mini-congress contact The AFAM Network, Executive Administrator. 

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