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Birmingham Lands Southern Baptist Convention

SBC Executive Committee Selects Birmingham to Host 2019 Convention

Though the Democratic National Convention is at the forefront of many minds in Birmingham, the city is busy booking other conventions of notable size and prestige.

The Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau announced recently that the Southern Baptist Convention has selected the city to host their annual meeting in 2019. 

More than 9,000 delegates are expected to attend the convention which runs June 9-12.  SBC attendees will use more than 15,000 room nights over the course of the gathering.  The convention opens with a Pastors' Conference June 9-10, with the annual meeting following on June 11-12.  The economic impact of the convention is expected to exceed $ 6.7 million.

The Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, Alabama's largest meeting facility, will serve as headquarters.

"It is a privilege to receive the news that the Southern Baptist Convention has chosen Birmingham for this much-sought-after meeting," James H. Smither, president of the CVB, said. "The city is well-suited to host a meeting of this size and caliber, and we are pleased SBC officials recognize our capabilities."

Southern Baptist congregations have been established for nearly 170 years.  The SBC has grown to be a network of more than 50,000 churches and church-type missions, according to their website.  Each June, representatives, called "messengers," from churches that cooperate with and support the SBC convene for a two-day annual meeting.  During the annual meeting, messengers adopt the SBC allocation budget, elect trustees that govern the various ministries, receive motions from messengers, review bylaw revisions and received inspirational reports.

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