Posted on : Wednesday July 1, 2009

By Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–Baptist Press hosted its Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting blog again this year, and — for the first time — sent out Twitter updates about the meeting.

The blog, dubbed “Instant News,” is available at and provided readers the nuts and bolts of news about the meeting nearly instantly, seconds after events on the convention floor take place.

Additionally, the blog utilized Twitter this year. Subscribers to BP’s Twitter account ( received “Tweets” of the meeting’s highlights, such as the election of officers, the discussion over the proposed Great Commission Resurgence statement and the results of proposed resolutions. The Tweets provided only the highlights from the blog.

The blog and the Twitter account provided readers the basics of stories while Baptist Press’ reporters developed more in-depth reports.

“We have had great feedback from the first two years of the blog, and we believe the Twitter account provides readers another way to stay-up-to date in a timely way about the annual meeting,” said Will Hall, executive editor of Baptist Press.

Compiled by Michael Foust, an assistant editor of Baptist Press.

Samples of Twitter Entries during the SBC meeting

SBC annual meeting gaveled to close

June 24, 2009 – 9:24:00 PM

SBC President Johnny Hunt has gaveled the 2009 annual meeting to a close. Next year’s meeting will take place in Orlando, Fla. Read More…

Hammond: goal of every SBC church planting churches by 2020

June 24, 2009 – 9:21:00 PM

North American Mission Board President Geoff  Hammond concluded his moments ago and gave messengers an update on the God’s Plan for Sharing (GPS) initiative, which has launched and has a goal of seeing every Southern Baptist church planting churches by 2020.

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Registration at 8,790; Ky. leads way with 1,597

June 24, 2009 – 7:25:00 PM

The registration total has reached 8,790, Registration Secretary Jim Wells reported minutes ago. Kentucky leads the way with 1,597 messengers, with Tennessee (805) and Georgia (730) second and third, respectively.

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Mac Brunson to preach 2010 convention sermon

June 24, 2009 – 7:18:00 PM

Messengers moments ago approved a recommendation from the Committee on Order of Business that Mac Brunson, senior pastor of First Church in Jacksonville, Fla., preach the 2010 convention sermon. Michael Catt, pastor of Sherwood (Ga.) Church, will serve as the alternate.

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