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The National Baptist Laymen's Movement of the National Baptist Convention U.S.A., Inc. was organized at the Forty-third Session of the National Baptist Convention in Los Angeles, California, in 1923.
The August 30, 1924 issue of the National Baptist Voice stated the purpose of the Laymen 's Movement:

"And wherever the Laymen's Movement is organized, the spirit of it will be to see that the pastor is well paid; and to foster and encourage by words and our money the institutions of learning that have made space for Theological Departments, so as to have a better educated ministry, better Sunday School Superintendents, teachers, and B.Y.P.U. workers throughout our denomination."

3/5/2011 Laymen's Nassau, Bahamas Evangelistic Ministry
Evangelistic Workers Needed  

Dear Friends:
Vice President, Mike Washington, Street Ministry Leader, Delester Jefferson, and Evangelism Leader, Dr. Alfred White are looking for volunteers to go with them to minister to our brothers and sisters in Nassau, Bahamas, during the weekend of Sept. 2-4, 2011. We will then get ready for a week of evangelism efforts in Orlando, during the Annual Session.
This effort coincides with the celebration of the 155th Church Anniversary of the St. Mark Native Baptist Church, where Dr. Carrington Pinder is the Pastor. 
The Guest speakers will be President Harold Simmons, Dr. Robert Baynham, President , Kansas State Convention, Dr. Jerry Young, V.P. at Large NBC USA Inc. and Dr. George Waddles Sr., President, Congress of Christian Education.
Round trip flights to Nassau from Orlando are $147 and from Miami $142. 
We will be lodging at the Breezes Bahamas Beach Resort at a rate of $99 per person double occupancy. These are all inclusive accommodations. 
The plans are to arrive on Thursday, evangelize in schools and neighborhoods on Friday, and Saturday. We need to know as soon as possible who will go with us so we can secure accommodations.
Please contact Mike Washington at or 248-670-6212

Thad Jones
General Secretary


2/1/2011  Congress Annual Session Housing Announcement
The housing forms are now available for the National Congress of Christian Education this coming   June 20 - 24, 2011.   
The session will be held in Indianapolis, IN. Our headquarter hotel will be the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. The hotel is one block from the Convention Center. Our deadline for designated housing is April 15, 2011. The rate is $159.00/night. The laymen have approximately 50 rooms. Please contact:
Bill Campbell 


Attention All Laymen!  January is Discipleship Drive Month

January is the month we ask all laymen and laymen supporters to register with our Discipleship Ministry.

We ask our officers, ministry leaders, state, district and local laymen presidents to secure a discipleship from the men and women of their organizations and churches.

The discipleship is $40.00 for adults and $25.00 for juniors.

We ask that they be mailed in or brought to the January Mid-Winter Board meeting.

Please Note:
1. This is the only meeting where the laymen directory, calendar and portfolio is given out.  These items are not mailed out. Someone must pick them up at the board meeting.
2. If you want person's names to appear in the 2011 directory, they must mail their discipleship to Brother Emerson Turner no later than 12-25-10.
        2427 S. Colleen
        Mesa, AZ 8510
3. If you need the multi-part discipleship form to sign up people, please email me your request that includes the quantity needed and your mailing address (

Should you have any questions please email.
Thad Jones, General Secretary

PS: Remember, if the discipleship is mailed in, someone must pick up the directory, calendar and portfolio in Nashville.

6/29/2010  Kansas City, MO - Dear Friends:

We have been afforded a grand opportunity by our National Congress of Christian Education.

We have been asked to teach, instruct and nurture the 3,000 to 4,000 boys and young men that attend the National Congress each year.

We are developing our plans and structure to meet and accommodate this need that we hope to implement in the next couple of years. We need your help. We need men who work with boys and young men between the ages of 9 to 18 years old.

Please share this with men in your church and associations that work with boys and young men. These men can be laymen or ministers.

These men must be:
Devoted to working with boys and young men
Live a committed Christian life
Willing to travel to the June Congress
Willing to finance their travel and lodging to the Congress
Willing to submit to the authority of the leadership team
This call is open to all men that meet the above qualifications.

The General Secretary, Thad Jones will be compiling the list of men willing to serve. Please have them submit their contact information by US mail, telephone or email:

Thad Jones
11403 E. 58th Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64133-3470
816-358-7691 Home
816-590-5443 Cellular
913-328-4225 Day

For more information, persons can contact:

Harold Simmons, President
816-898-6828 Cellular
913-334-5303 Office


Antonio Christian, V.P. Education Ministry
510-915-6429 Cellular
510-746-3313 Office
510-635-7122 Home

Thad Jones
General Secretary