The National Baptist Congress is returning to Dallas next month for its 108th annual session — its second gathering here since 2008 and third since 1987.
About 12,000 people are expected to attend the six-day session June 8-13 at the downtown Sheraton Dallas Hotel, 400 N. Olive St. Dr. Anthony Sharp of Tabernacle of Praise Baptist Church is the host pastor.
The congress focuses on teaching faith group leaders and members how to be more effective in sustaining and increasing their operations. Adult and youth divisions also participate in fellowship, worship and entertainment activities, and Sunday School and Baptist Training Union development.
The first congress was held in 1906. It is sponsored by R.H. Boyd Publishing Corp. of Nashville, which provides training and study materials for black churches. Boyd Publishing founder Richard Henry Boyd was a former slave who lived in Texas for a while, attended Bishop College in Marshall and helped organize black churches around Texas. Boyd’s great-grandson, Dr. T.B. Boyd III of Nashville, is the company’s president and chief executive.
Activities will include sightseeing, a fashion show, a play, drill teams and an oratorical contest with $8,000 in prize money, including $3,000 for first place. Late-night worship services will begin at 10 p.m. and feature speakers such as Dr. Curtis Wallace and Bishop Ray Campbell, both of Dallas, and the Rev. D.L. Winkley of Mesquite.
For more information, visit rhboydpublishing.com or call 1-800-382-6772.
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SOURCE: The Dallas Morning News