Greensboro to host 2006 SBC meeting
February 22 2002 by Steve DeVane , BR Managing Editor

Greensboro to host 2006 SBC meeting | Friday, Feb. 22, 2002

Friday, Feb. 22, 2002

Greensboro to host 2006 SBC meeting

By Steve DeVane BR Managing Editor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting is headed to North Carolina for the first time since 1916.

The SBC Executive Committee unanimously endorsed a proposal to hold the 2006 meeting in Greensboro. The plan is expected to be approved by messengers to this year's meeting in St. Louis.

Convention planners also considered Charlotte for a future meeting, but decided that facilities there are not adequate for the event.

Bruce Martin, pastor of Village Baptist Church in Fayetteville, was chairman of the Executive Committee workgroup on convention arrangements.

"I'm thrilled and excited that the convention is coming to North Carolina," he said.

SBC officials said the meeting could have a local economic impact of $8 million to $10 million.

The Executive Committee also decided to hold the 2005 meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Kansas City, Mo., was also under consideration.

Convention planners especially liked the open, airy feeling of the Greensboro Coliseum, which is well known as a host of the ACC basketball tournament. They were also attracted to 120,000 square feet of exhibit space right off the facility's main floor and the nearby War Memorial auditorium which could hold the Women's Missionary Union meeting.

The workgroup and a subcommittee also unanimously endorsed the proposal.

Rental for the coliseum will be free, but the SBC will have to pay set-up fees, electricity costs and some other expenses.

The Greensboro Coliseum will hold 22,000 people. Less than 15,000 messengers have attended each annual meeting since 1995. About 9,600 attended the 2001 meeting in New Orleans.

Convention planners said Charlotte's bid to host the SBC meeting was hurt because its facility would only hold 14,000, with about a third of those being blocked from the view of the podium during show-of-ballot votes.

The last time the SBC met in North Carolina was the 1916 meeting in Asheville.

In other action at the Executive Committee meeting, committee members honored Ann Frazier, who died Jan. 1. Frazier served as secretary of the Executive Committee.

"Ann was recognized as one of the most influential Christian women in the world," said Bruce G. Coe, chairman of the Executive Committee and pastor of First Baptist Church in Chandler, Ariz.

C.J. Bordeaux, pastor of West Monroe Baptist Church in Monroe, lost a bid to replace Frazier as secretary. The committee elected Marty Odom, a realtor from Edmond, Okla., as secretary.

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