The 103rd COGIC Convocation is wrapping up in St. Louis. It's the first time the event has not been in the city of Memphis, but what chance does the Bluff City have of getting it back?
As the 103rd COGIC Convocation comes to an end, those who attended have mixed emotions about the first ever Convocation not in the city of Memphis.
"It has proven to be a very positive move for this meeting."
However COGIC member Jennifer Jefferson said while she was there, the crowds seemed to be a bit smaller than those in the past here in Memphis.
"Some changes are good," said Jefferson. "But by it being not here where COGIC was founded and established by our Bishop Mason, I think that had a lot to do with it."
Greater Community Temple pastor, Bishop Brandon Porter, said the convention center in St. Louis had the set-up ready to go, and he was impressed with the way the convention center was near other venues.
"Everything is pretty much connected from one large center to a smaller facility and so on," Porter said. "You are just within a few steps from the next venue."
Despite the accommodations, one thing Jefferson said St. Louis does not have is the history of the COGIC church; it's a history that has many of the elder members flock to Memphis to see for themselves.
"I think a lot of people come from all over the U.S. just to visit Mason Temple and those are some important things that some of them come to see," said Jefferson. "Some of them thought that they didn't have many days left on the earth and they wanted to at least come to what is considered our Mecca or Jerusalem."
Also, when it comes to Memphis one thing is for sure, the Bluff City is king when it comes good food.
"One of the main complaints I heard was the food. I think the food is better in Memphis or people just know where to go get the food that they desire."
One thing most people can agree on is that they would like to see the Convocation back in Memphis.
"Memphis, whatever they are asking for you to do, whatever it takes to get it back here in Memphis, I think it really needs to stay here in Memphis."
According to Kevin Kane, President and CEO Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, "We're going to do everything we can do in the future when the opportunity arises itself to put a bid in to try to get them back in Memphis."
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