GCR, Orlando boost attendance
    June 18 2010 by Baptist Press

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Interest in the Great Commission Resurgence helped fuel a great attendance resurgence at the 2010 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention June 15-16 in Orlando, Fla.

    This year’s unofficial messenger count was 11,070, compared to last year’s 8,790, SBC registration secretary Jim Wells told Baptist Press.

    Wells said a family-friendly convention site like Orlando was likely another big draw. If the unofficial count holds, this year’s messenger tally will be the third-highest total in recent years:
    • 8,790 in Louisville (2009)
    • 7,277 in Indianapolis (2008)
    • 8,630 in San Antonio (2007)
    • 11,639 in Greensboro, N.C. (2006)
    • 11,641 in Nashville (2005)
    In Orlando, host state Florida tallied 1,886 messengers this year, a huge jump over last year’s 393, and 600 more than the next-largest delegation — Georgia with 1,266.

    As for next year in Phoenix, Wells said he is anticipating a dip in attendance.

    The unofficial state-by-state messenger registration numbers show North Carolina with 829 messengers. Other states were: Alaska, 16; Alabama, 869; Arkansas, 332; Arizona, 30; California, 117; Colorado, 49; Connecticut, 5; Washington, D.C., 12; Delaware, 8; Florida, 1,886; Hawaii, 16; Iowa, 27; Idaho, 11; Illinois, 207; Indiana, 143; Kansas, 64; Kentucky, 670; Louisiana, 298; Massachusetts, 3; Maryland, 127; Maine, 2; Michigan, 59; Minnesota, 12; Missouri, 295; Mississippi, 447; Montana, 10; Nebraska, 8; New Hampshire, 6; New Jersey, 20; New Mexico, 38; Nevada, 39; New York, 52; Ohio, 169; Oklahoma, 285; Oregon, 2; Pennsylvania, 41; Puerto Rico 13; Rhode Island, 1; South Carolina, 630; South Dakota, 1; Tennessee, 868; Texas, 529; Utah, 10; Virginia, 361; Vermont, 8; Washington, 12; Wisconsin, 10; West Virginia 87; Wyoming, 15.

    Official totals for the 2010 annual meeting will be available at the end of June, Wells said.
    6/18/2010 5:26:00 AM by Baptist Press | with 0 comments




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