SBC annual meeting sees increase in messengers attendance
Jul 1, 2014
By BP STAFF
The Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting drew 5,294 messengers to Baltimore from the nation’s 45,000 Southern Baptist churches.
The unofficial total is a three percent increase from last year’s meeting in Houston, which drew 5,103 messengers. Official numbers will be released later in June and the numbers do not include guests or children.
Messengers have not gathered in Baltimore in 74 years, when 3,776 met here in 1940.
SBC Registration Secretary Jim Wells said the results were encouraging after the attendance in Houston was “way, way down.”
“I thought we’d be up a little bit (this year) because it was a (SBC) presidential election year and a new destination,” Wells said. “I think people really liked being on the harbor.”
The state with the largest delegation was Virginia at 497. Florida had 288.
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