Organizers open LCMS convention to more exhibitors

Organizers of the 63rd Regular Convention of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod are inviting companies and others offering products or services of interest to congregations, schools, and professional church workers to consider exhibiting their wares at the convention, to be held July 14-19 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

Exhibitors will have the opportunity to showcase their products to thousands of attendees, including pastors, teachers, other professional church workers, and lay members.

About 80 exhibitors — including LCMS agencies, auxiliaries, Recognized Service Organizations, and National Contract Program vendors — rented space at the last Synod convention three years ago in St. Louis, and this year’s organizers hope to increase that number by 50 percent.

“We see this as a great opportunity for convention attendees to discover new products and services to help them in their ministry,” said David W. Fiedler, executive director of the Synod’s General Services department and convention manager.  “Taking the convention out of St. Louis for the first time since 1992 brings a new energy to this event, and we hope to reflect that in the exhibit hall as well.”

Exhibitors must offer goods and services that are consistent with the Synod’s theology and practice, and are strongly encouraged to incorporate the theme of the convention — “One Message: Christ” — into their booths and giveaway items.

Exhibit fees range from $500 to $750 per 10-foot-by-10-foot booth and include one 8-foot table, two chairs, identification sign, carpeting, skirting, and draping.  The fees also include registration for two booth workers.  There is a $5 fee per person for additional workers.  Products may be given away and sold at exhibit booths.

Exhibitor registration is open through March 31.  For more information or to request registration forms, contact Tani Berner, LCMS Travel and Meeting Planning, at tani.berner@lcms.org or (314) 996-1148. 

Posted March 8, 2007 

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