Dozens of delegates are expected to be in Arkadelphia next week for the 84th Annual Session of the Southwest District Association Sunday School and Usher Board Congress of Christian Education.

Dozens of delegates are expected to be in Arkadelphia next week for the 84th Annual Session of the Southwest District Association Sunday School and Usher Board Congress of Christian Education.
The events will be held Sunday, July 8 through Thursday, July 12. It will be hosted by churches in the district’s fourth section at the Greater Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, located at 1600 Caddo Street, where Dr. Lewis Shepherd Jr. serves as the pastor, and at Peake Elementary School, located at 1609 Pine Street..
The theme for this year's Congress is “Envisioning the Future Exceptionally as We Lead Disciples For Christ.”
In conjunction with the Congress of Christian Education, Youth Revival Services will also be held. The Congress and Youth Revival began meeting together in July of 2013.
In addition to the number of delegates who will be in attendance, Congress President, Rev. Alvin Hunter, said the Congress Dean, Rev. Freddie Smith, is expected to award delegates a certified course card for attending classes and seminars each day. The course card is issued by “The Division of Christian Education Accreditation and Credentials Department” of the Sunday School Publishing Board in Nashville, Tennessee.
According to Hunter, the Southwest District Association consists of 51 churches ranging from Benton to Hot Springs to Texarkana. The Congress and Youth Revival rotates between Southwest District's four sections. Although it was scheduled to be hosted by section four, the event will be held in section one, which consists of churches in Arkadelphia, to accommodate more delegates.
"We have out grown the space in some of our churches, and Greater Pleasant Hill can still accommodate the large number of youth choir members who will be singing on Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights," said Hunter.
Events will begin Sunday at 7 p.m. with a Pre-Congress Musical held at Greater Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
A Ministers Prayer Breakfast will be held Monday at 7 a.m. at Gennesaret Baptist Church, located at 1751 Logan St.
After the official opening of the Congress at 9 a.m. Monday, classes and a Ministers' Enrichment Seminar will begin at 10 a.m. and end at noon each day.
Afternoon classes will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. A Lecture Series will be held from 3:45 to 5 p.m. with evening classes from 5 to 7 p.m. each evening. All classes will be held at Peake Elementary School.
Dean Smith will deliver the Dean's Address at 7:30 p.m. Monday, while Hunter will deliver the President's Address at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Youth Revival Services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.
According to Hunter, the purpose of the Congress is to promote Christian education in accordance with the teachings of the Holy Bible.
In addition, Hunter said the Congress aims to improve methods of training and equipping in the local church and for Kingdom Building.