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Birmingham chosen as 2019 annual meeting sitecomment (0)

February 27, 2014

The 2019 Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting will be held in Birmingham, according to a recent decision made by the SBC Executive Committee (EC).

The EC approved recommendations of Birmingham as the 2019 site during its Feb. 17–18 meeting in Nashville, since the central Alabama city met the guidelines set in place by the convention, for example: a minimum of 3,000 rooms within 2 miles of the convention center, a convention center with a minimum seating of 16,000 and geographical proximity to a numerically significant Southern Baptist population.

Birmingham, Nashville and Indianapolis all submitted proposals to be considered as the 2019 site. The three cities were previously visited and later considered at the February EC meeting.

The Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex was proposed as the headquarter accommodations for the annual meeting.

The EC also decided it will consider a proposal to update the SBC constitution regarding qualifications for churches to send messengers to the annual meeting.

The EC decided to place the item on its June 9 agenda prior to the SBC annual meeting in Baltimore, Md., June 10–11, to allow Southern Baptists time to discuss the proposed change and provide feedback. The committee’s deliberations, then, will determine whether the proposed revision will be presented to messengers at the SBC annual meeting.

The proposal to amend Article III came as a motion from the floor at the 2013 SBC annual meeting — the 16th motion on this article in the past 35 years — to re-evaluate the minimum qualifications for seating additional church messengers at the SBC.

Article III currently states that churches in friendly cooperation with the convention can send one additional messenger for every 250 members or for each $250 per year “paid to the work of the Convention,” an amount dating back to 1888.

Under the new proposal to be considered at the June EC meeting each cooperating church that contributed to convention causes during the preceding fiscal year would automatically qualify for two messengers. 

Additional messengers would be recognized from a cooperating church by one of two options, whichever allows the greater number of messengers:

One additional messenger for each full percent of the church’s undesignated receipts through any combination of gifts through the Cooperative Program (CP), designated gifts through the EC for convention causes or to any SBC entity.

One additional messenger for each $6,000 the church contributes in the preceding year through the same combination of the CP, designated gifts through the EC for convention causes or to any SBC entity. The $6,000 figure was arrived at by adjusting for inflation and other factors since 1888. It is meant to be comparable to the $250 figure adopted 126 years ago.

The EC also:

  • approved the 2014–15 CP Allocation Budget of $188,000,000 for recommendation to the SBC during its annual meeting in Baltimore. The proposed budget maintains current allocations to the convention’s ministries.
  • affirmed the name Global Hunger Relief as the successor to the name World Hunger Fund for the SBC-approved fund.

The recommendations will be presented to messengers at the 2014 annual meeting. (BP, TAB) 

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