Baptist World Alliance
Eron Henry, Associate Director of Communications
Neville Callam, General Secretary
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November 15, 2011

For Immediate Release

Baptists gather in Lagos, Nigeria

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Lagos (BWA)--Scores of Baptist leaders and delegates from across Africa are gathering in Lagos, Nigeria, for the Assembly of the All Africa Baptist Fellowship (AABF), which runs from November 16-20.


The AABF is one of six regional fellowships of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) and has the second largest membership in the BWA, comprising 9.4 million members in more than 35,000 churches, or approximately 22 percent of BWA membership.


The regional body facilitates communication, network and partnership amongst Baptist churches in Africa in order to promote evangelism, discipleship, leadership development, the planting of churches and the development of strategies for cooperative social action. It comprises four sub regions, Eastern Africa region, Central Africa region, West Africa region and South Africa region.


The assembly is held every five years, the last in Nairobi, Kenya, in October 2006. It consists of worship, fellowship, study, training, as well as decision making sessions.  Each sub region, along with other auxiliaries of the AABF, will make presentations during the five days of assembly meetings. There will be a vote on a new constitution and the election of a new executive to lead the regional body over the next five years. Both Paul Msiza of South Africa and Harrison Olang from Tanzania, AABF president and general secretary, respectively, will not be seeking re-election into office.


BWA General Secretary Neville Callam will participate in the meetings, including being the keynote speaker at the closing service where the new AABF leadership is to be installed.


Two conferences will be held prior to the start of the assembly. A Theological Educators Conference will be held on November 15 and a Bread of Life Conference (BOL) specifically for leaders and delegates from Francophone Africa will be on November 15 and 16. Bread of Life is an international evangelism training program sponsored by the BWA.


The BOL conference will be led by Callam, Emmett Dunn, and Eron Henry, BWA staffers from its international offices in Virginia, in the United States.