2021 Virtual CongressAugust 1-5, 2021
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”
We pray you and yours are safe and still trusting God to see you through the Covid-19. While this horrific pandemic “roams to and fro” and continues to restrict in-person Congress, all Congress classes remain virtual, user-friendly, and easy to navigate.
Lecturers and lectures, instructors and information exceeded projected expectations during the initial Virtual Congress held on January 12-14, 2021. The Congress staff and faculty are excited and looking forward to sharing in the next Virtual Congress, August 1-5, 2021. We encourage all pastors, Sunday school teachers, Christian educators, and students to register for the 2nd Virtual Annual Session of the Progressive National Baptist Convention and the Congress of Christian Education as soon as possible. Your support and prayers are greatly appreciated.
Deadline for registration is July 16, 2021.
Stay safe, Stay in prayer, Stay in His Will and may the Love of God be with you until we meet again.
Rev. Dr. Felix G. Williams III
1. #127.64 Be Right: How To Be Right With God, Yourself, And Others (A Study Of Romans)
Every Follower of Christ needs to get back to the basics of their Christian faith and what better way to do that than by studying the book of Romans? If you are tired of all the wrong things in your life, in the lives of others, and in this world, then Paul’s epistle to the Romans is the book for you. The theme of Romans is the righteousness of God. In this letter, Paul tells us how to Be Right—with God, ourselves, and others, yet, in the midst of all of that important and life- changing information. This class will help the student understand the authors central theme of the “BIG IDEA” as they discover through the revelation of the scriptures the true meaning of “ the righteousness of God.” The book of Romans not only reinforces the fundamentals of the Christian faith, but it also declares the nature of God as both righteous and gracious. As it directs us to “Be Right” and “How to be Right with God, Ourselves and Others”.
2. #42 The Battle Plan For Prayer: From Basic Training To Targeted Strategies (A Bible Study Guide To The Motion Picture “War Room”)
This course will cover the core components of “The Battle Plan for Prayer” just like modern day soldiers prepare for battle the students in this class further learn how to “Strengthen Your Prayer Life”. The Battle Plan for Prayer begins with prayer’s core purpose, its biblical design, and its impact throughout history. The Student’s/future instructor will be guided scripturally through the fundamentals of how effective prayer works, inspired towards a closer, more intimate relationship with God, and shown how to develop specific prayer strategies for each area of life. “Inspired movie “War Room.”
3. #510.8 Being A Leader for God
Have you ever considered what exactly does it take to be a leader for God? This can be a challenge in our day today routine as individuals knowing that we function as ambassadors for Christ as we facilitate meetings, lead people, and manage projects? This course “On Being a Leader for God” covers numerous topics that are relevant to Christian leadership in this and every era, including obedience, faithfulness, character, maturity, ability, God’s authority, seizing opportunities, biblical images of successful leadership, listening, the difference between a boss and a leader, change management, organizational leadership, and vision. Pastors, deacons, church leaders, and lay people will find this class both engaging and transformative.
4. #127.204 Be Mature: Growing Up in Christ (James)
This course will lead you through this practical book with advice on how to overcome temptation, controlling the tongue, effective prayer, and how to practice what the Bible teaches. The central theme for the book of James is maturity. God wants us to grow up in our faith, and James tells us how to do it. This study will help you identify the requirements for Christ like living. If you are going to make progress in these areas, you will need a growing faith and dependence on Christ because as James claims, “Every good and perfect gift is from above.”
5. #127.211 How To Make The Best Of Times Out Of Your Worst Of Times: Be Hopeful
The journey towards hopefulness begins with a renewed understanding of the Epistle of 1 Peter; this course will help the student who has a personal knowledge and experience of suffering and persecution, as we examine our current world situation. We as, Christians in the Western world have enjoyed comfortable lives. Our brothers and sisters behind iron and bamboo curtains have suffered for their faith. Now there is every indication that the time is approaching when it will cost us to take a stand for Christ. The only “comfortable” Christian will be a “compromising” Christian, and his comfort will be costly. But God’s message to us is, “Be hopeful! Suffering leads to glory! I can give you all the grace you need to honor “Me” when the going gets tough!” The future is still as bright as the promises of God, so—be hopeful! If you can witness to this than 1 Peter has a message for you: “Be hopeful!”
6. #819.09 Embracing the Call to Be a Woman of Power and Influence (Modern Day Deborah’s)
This class is designed for the “Modern-Day Deborah’s” this class will help the Women of God, to understand that the Lord is extending a great invitation to them to become a part of His story and to effect history. He is calling ordinary women like you into His extraordinary work. Many who carry a Deborah anointing will be blessed with the gift of leadership. They will be women who have developed the character and ability to inspire and disciple the next generation to walk in the fullness of their call. This modern-day Deborah’s will have a lifestyle of prayer and worship that will cause a generation to return to their first love, Jesus.
7. #103.4 Effective Bible Study
This course is intended to provide a general introduction to critical study of the Bible. The modern, exegetical approaches will be examined, and related to, study of the Bible, considering its origins, forms, settings, and uses. As a result of this course the student should be able to begin engaging the Bible, conscientiously and critically, and begin to understand the ancient Israelite and Christian traditions in their respective contexts.
8. #131.9 Beware of Religious Imposters
There are dangerous people and dangerous doctrines abroad, and God’s people need to be “Alert”. The church is suffering from a false view of separation, as well as a false view of cooperation. Too often we are aiding the enemy and injuring the brotherhood by attitudes and actions that are contrary to God’s Word. Peter, John, and Jude can help us exercise discernment and detect the counterfeits that have secretly entered the church. They can also help us discover the false doctrines that these apostates are teaching, doctrines that today are passing for Christian truth. This course will help open the eyes of every person who is seeking God’s Truth in this Modernistic world of Apostasies.
9. #127.3.3 Be Courageous (Luke 14-24): Take Heart from Christ’s Example
“Encounter the ultimate profile in courage” It takes courage to walk out our faith. Courage to stand for what we believe. To set our standards on Biblical truth, not cultural trends. To pursue a life defined by integrity and character. And we find no greater profile in courage than in the life of Christ. This study follows our Savior as he faced opposition, challenged critics, and courageously chose to make the ultimate sacrifice. The class participants will explore the courageous life of Christ. You’ll be encouraged to trust God, and inspired to embrace fearless living.
10. #142.8 21st Century Tools for Evangelism: Social Media and the Church
Technology and social media is the new way of communicating. Evangelism requires that we meet the loss where they currently are and direct them to where they need to be in their walk with Christ. Evangelistic outreach has evolved from street ministry to mass meeting through social media. This class is intended to help the local church take on the new role of outreach ministry go beyond their local community.
11. #99.8 Stand: Rising Up Against Darkness, Temptation, and Persecution
In a frightening world, it’s tempting to question the promises of God. Yet one word rings out in Scripture as a call to God’s people: stand. From Moses at the Red Sea to Jesus with His disciples, stand is the call to believe God and hold fast to His promises. The participants will learn the importance of Standing and being faithful in a crumbling world. This class will address questions like: How do Christian leaders share God’s good news in a culture that wants to silence their voices? How do parents hold on to hope when their children are more in love with the world than with Jesus? How do Christians battle the voices of shame and insecurity? Stand offers inspiration and practical tools to stand in your faith, your convictions, and your trust in a God who never fails.
12. #913.9 Kingdom Life and Finances
In order for us to truly live a Kingdom life as God intended, we must understand the personal qualities and priorities that Jesus espoused. From qualities that promote righteous living; to behaviors that govern social interaction; to rules that regulate our corporate financial responsibilities; to directives concerning our personal financial obligations; Jesus left us with His instructions on how to live to prepare us for life in the Kingdom of heaven. This course covers all of these and includes special lessons about Kingdom finances, including personal financial planning for “dummies”. It is recommended highly for all Believers who understand the importance of walking in the fullness of His commandments and who want to take an introspective look at their lives to ensure they are living with the same priorities as He commanded us. It’s recommended for Believers who need a little help with their financial stewardship. Join us in this fresh look at an old topic.
13. #127.10.1 Be Rich (Ephesians): Gaining the Things That Money Can’t Buy.
“Too many Christians are living like paupers when Christ has made us rich! Isn’t it time we stopped living on substitutes (even religious substitutes) and started drawing on the riches we have in Christ? When Jesus Christ wrote His last will and testament for His church, He made it possible for us to share His spiritual riches. Instead of spending it all, Jesus Christ paid it all. His death on the cross and His resurrection make possible our salvation. He wrote us into His will, and then He died so the will would be in force. Then He arose again that He might become the heavenly Advocate (lawyer) to make sure the terms of the will were correctly followed!” This
class will help the participants understand “How Rich we are in Christ” by “Gaining things that money can’t buy.”
14. #126.8.4 The Ruth Anointing: Becoming a Woman of Faith, Virtue, and Destiny
There is Restoration after A Great Loss”. A broken heart can be mended. And lost dreams can become the greatest source of hope. But there is so much more to the story of Ruth. Ruth was not afraid to step out of her comfort zone and embrace new possibilities. She ventured past cultural limitations to discover a life of fulfillment. She was willing to risk it all and be stretched. For those who feel an affinity to this woman of God, it’s time to break boundaries and conquer new territories.
15. 127.12.1 Be Complete (Colossians): Become the Whole Person God Intends You to Be today
Do you hear too many voices telling you that I need something more than Jesus Christ? Or voices that want to judge you and rob us of the glorious liberty we have in Christ? Are they describing some exciting experience, some new doctrine, some addition to your Christian experience? But Paul affirms that what I need is appropriation of what I already have in Christ. “And ye are complete in Him.” How encouraging to hear Paul say: “Let no man beguile you, let no man spoil you, let no man judge you.” The fullness of Christ is all that I need, and all man- made regulations and disciplines cannot replace the riches I have in God’s Son who allows us to “Be Complete: Become the Whole Person God Intends You to Be today.”
16. #127.11.1 Be Joyful (Philippians): Even When Things Go Wrong, You Can Have Joy
Joy leaks. Have you ever noticed that? One minute you can be on top of the world, and the next minute in the pit of despair. To hold on to a joyful state of mind seems as pointless as trying to carry water in a holy bucket—it might work for a moment, but that is hardly enough. And yet the Bible exhorts us to “be joyful always” (1 Thess. 5:16 NIV). The book of Philippians is Paul’s personal manifesto on how to live a life full of joy.
17. #127.2.1 Be Diligent (Mark): Serving Others as You Walk with the Master Servant
Christianity is not a passive faith. It is a dynamic, proactive way of life where God’s love motivates us to ministry, to help those in need, and to serve those around us. And no one better illustrates this lifestyle than our Savior. The gospel of Mark shares the life, love, and ministry of Christ, who provides the ultimate example for those longing to actively serve others and God. This class encourages us to be diligent in kingdom work. You’ll be inspired to pursue a lifestyle of service, deepen your ministry, and put feet to your faith.
18. #127.3.2 Be Compassionate (Luke 1-13): Let the World Know That Jesus Cares
Have you heard? “The world still needs His love.” The life and ministry of Christ was marked by His overwhelming compassion for people. And His heart is the same today. As believers, we are called to be the hands and feet of Christ and extend His extravagant love to a broken world. Based on the book of Luke, this study examines the very heartbeat of our Savior, and explores how Jesus connected with hurting people in an authentic and powerful way.
19. #126.16.1 Be Determined (Nehemiah): Standing Firm in the Face of Opposition
God’s work has never been easy, and in these last days it is getting more and more difficult to serve. The Enemy is hurling his ammunition at us as never before and is setting his subtle traps where we least expect them. But the same great God who enabled Nehemiah to finish building the walls of Jerusalem will enable us to finish our course with joy and accomplish the work He has called us to do. There is no reason to quit or even to despair!
20. #127.19.1 Be Confident (Hebrews): Live by Faith, Not by Sight
Hebrews—written by Christians, to Christians, and for Christians—is loaded with spiritual truth accessible to any believer looking to grasp the importance of faith. Penned at a politically unstable time, Hebrews targets believers tempted to abandon their faith and slip back into the rules and regulations of Judaism. In our politically unstable day of “wars and rumors of wars” (Mark13:7), we can all understand the quest for stability. But there is only one source of rock solid security. There was a time for rules and sacrifices. Then Christ came as the perfect, spotless Lamb to atone for sin once and for all. This class will show you that by focusing on the reality of the unseen first, an overwhelming desire for intimate friendship with God will follow.
Congress of Christian Education
The Church of our Lord Jesus Christ is yet challenged with old enemies disguised in new ways that threatens the sacred foundation of which the Church was founded. Christian Education continues to be the bedrock of PNBC’s mission and vision to combat the forces of evil that has revealed itself on every level of human existence. PNBC continues to move forward in achieving and succeeding the standards that mobilizes our initiatives. These initiatives undergird PNBC’s charge and challenge of equipping pastors to lead their Churches in effective ministry and with the commitment of lifting our voices on behalf of the voiceless.
We believe by providing diverse, contemporary and engaging Christian Educational options for pastors, laypersons and Church members, our Churches can become stronger and more influential. The PNBC Congress of Christian Education is blessed to have such gifted and skilled instructors that provide relevant and innovative models of ministry.
Our redesigned education component offers workshops, skill shops and courses facilitated by pastors, educators, speakers, and leaders who are prominent voices of cutting edge thought and implementers of social change within the Black community. Providing seminary-based training for pastors and certification programs for laypersons is paramount of the program. The Christian Education program will continue to be shaped to ensure that laypersons and pastors are offered courses that lead to relevant and transformative ministry.
The purpose of the Congress of Christian Education is to be the workhorse and the workforce of promoting globally the Christian Education mission of PNBC Churches. Listed below are the Congress of Christian Education Committee Representatives.
President-At-Large – Rev. Dr. Felix G. Williams III (KY)
1st Vice-President-At-Large – Rev. Dr. Samuel Peoples (KY)
Dean – Rev. William McGee (MS)
Associate Dean – Rev. Dr. Randy L. Ware (NY)
Director General – Ms. Camille Burse (IL)
Assistant Director General – Deacon Henry Sellers (DC)
Secretary – Ms. Cheryl Reeves (SC)
Executive Director – Mrs. Wallette Stroud