Baptist World Alliance
Eron Henry, Associate Director of Communications
Neville Callam, General Secretary
Phone: +1 703 790 8980
Fax: +1 703 893 5160

August 1, 2010
For Immediate Release
Message of the 20th Baptist World Congress
Honolulu (BWA) -- The Baptist World Alliance released a message at the conclusion of the 20th Baptist World Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The congress, which ran from July 28 to August 1 at the Hawaii Convention Center, saw more than 4,000 registered delegates from 105 countries participating in worship, study, mission, and fellowship.

The message sought to capture themes and concerns arising out of the five days of gathering and drew heavily on the theme of the congress, "Hear the Spirit." It recognized, among other things, the "vital importance of living and leading" a life "in the anointing of the Holy Spirit," and the need "to share the power of the gospel of Christ to rescue those living without the hope of Christ."
Baptists at the congress committed themselves to spread "the truth of God in Jesus Christ as the hope of the world, develop greater familiarity with the teachings of Christ, cultivate a rich prayer life, bear witness to the Gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ," and "provide examples of godly living reflecting the values taught by the Lord of the church."
Baptists leaving the congress agreed to support "the values reflected in the UN Millennium Development Goals," including helping to remove "the scourge of poverty," supporting "efforts to provide universal education," and to "work for environmental sustainability."
The full text of the congress message can be downloaded at and read at