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GCR, Orlando boost attendance
Baptist Press
June 18, 2010
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GCR, Orlando boost attendance

GCR, Orlando boost attendance
Baptist Press
June 18, 2010

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.