It’s All About Generations
Mar 16, 2014
"I see God raising up a new generation of leaders for the African American church, very fresh in their vision . . . and getting back to the core of who Christ is,” says Pastor Kevin James of New Community Bible Fellowship, cohost of this year’s AFAM National Congress on Discipleship. “But even with me seeing that, for the most part, the African American church is really in peril. We need more disciple-makers."
Held in Cleveland, Ohio, and cohosted with the Navigator AFAM Network, the general AFAM National Congress on Discipleship was held March 6-8, while the AFAM Collegiate Congress led student-specific sessions March 7-9. The Navigators registered 426 eager attendees, including 111 from the host church, 153 students from 16 schools, and 163 Navigator staff and laborers from across the country.
The purpose and theme of this year’s event was to “IGNITE a Movement of Disciple-Makers” among African-Americans in the church, on campus, in urban and suburban settings, among military personnel, and in the marketplace.
Congress messages, workshops, and tracks reflected the disciple-making theme, and workshop tracks included “Reaching the Marketplace for Christ,” “Reconciliation in a Racially Divided Society,” “Effective Discipleship in the Urban Church,” “Discipleship: A Movement of Life-Change in the Military,” and “Transforming Urban Communities Through Discipleship.” Presenters offered practical steps and coaching on how to “ignite a movement” in their communities and ministries.
“Momentum is building, especially in partnerships with the Navigator Missions,” says Navigators Senior Vice President and Associate U.S. Director Eddie Broussard, who says he’s thrilled by the increase in organizational collaboration with the AFAM Network. “This is a place where staff and the students they are reaching can come and be charged with vision.”
The aim of the congress is that a new wave of Christians will be equipped with the spiritual capacity and competency to accomplish the vision of “making disciples who make disciples.” If you are interested in hosting a mini AFAM Congress in your church, community, Mission, or Nav City, or would like more information about how the AFAM Network can help you, contact AFAM Network Executive, Kirk Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more on this year’s AFAM National Congress on Discipleship, read “Igniting a Movement of Disciple-makers” or listen to 2014 AFAM Congress audio recordings.