For years the Holy Convocation has been held in Memphis, Tennessee. Seems only right since COGIC history is rooted in Memphis, headquarters resides there, and convocation in Memphis has simply grown to be an expected tradition. The Convocation has also brought the city of Memphis a whopping $35 Million to the town on an annual basis. You would think that they would cut us some slack on the hotel fees!
The initial decision to move the Convocation for 2010 from Memphis, Tennessee to St. Louis, Missouri was initiated by our very own, Presiding Bishop, Charles E. Blake, Sr. Pastor, because of hotel fees and other accumulated associated costs.
Although the overall goal of the COGIC Convocation, according to Superintendent Dickerson Wells is to, “continue to be spiritual renewal, education and training of its delegates,” many of our delegates gave a sigh of relief when it came to the advantage of hosting the Convocation at the renowned America Center. At the America Center all of COGIC’s activities will be held in one centralized location instead of having to use Memphis’ the Temple of Deliverance COGIC, FedEx Forum, Pentecostal Temple, and the Cook Convention Center. St. Louis has also offered hotels at $120 per night, discounted parking at the hotels, as well as discounted meals in the hotels and the America Center.
Even though there has been a wide array of rumors and speculations on whether or not headquarters would make a pioneering leap to Los Angeles, headquarters will still remain in Memphis.
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Friday, November 6, 2009
Posted by Bishop Charles E. Blake at 4:57 PM