SBC annual meeting slated for live Internet broadcast

NEW ORLEANS (BP)--For the third consecutive year, the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention will be broadcast in its entirety on the Internet.

The Internet broadcast will be produced on location at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans and will include both audio and video streams, said Chris Chapman, director of Internet services for the SBC.

"In cooperation with the North American Mission Board we have developed an informative and easy to use RealAudio player," Chapman said. "This player includes a convention schedule beside the viewing screen for convenient following of each day's events."

Access to the audio and video feeds is located on the annual meeting's website at www.sbcannualmeeting.org.

An added feature this year will allow churches with websites to provide a direct link to the SBC proceedings.

The use of cyberspace is "a great way to inform Southern Baptists who may not be able to come to the convention and also to spread the gospel message," Chapman said.

"Last year some churches set up a room in their church for viewing the webcast on a large projection screen or a large television monitor for members without Internet access," Chapman noted.

Churches with Internet capabilities can view the convention on television sets, Chapman said, noting, "Church members who don't have computers can watch the proceedings at their own church so long as the church has Internet access.

"We have had grateful comments from those who were not able to attend last year's convention but followed the proceedings via the Internet and were inspired by the preaching and music," he said.

In addition, viewers will also have access to archived video and audio excerpts of each annual convention since 1999 as well as proceedings, resolutions and news stories covering the SBC convention.


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