Pastors push to get annual Christian event back in Bluff City - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Pastors push to get annual Christian event back in Bluff City

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Pastors are making an effort to get the Church of God in Christ Holy Convocation to return to the Bluff City.

"My goal is to bring the holy convocation back to Memphis," Pastor David Allen Hall said. "As a member of the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce, a founding partner...."

Hall submitted a letter to Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland to get the Christian event back to Memphis and said tens of thousands of people flock to the convocation annually in St. Louis.

"This is the headquarters of the Church of God in Christ and the church no longer has its convocation here after more than 100 years," Hall said.

With the high amounts of tourists spending money, he believes having the convocation in town could bring millions of dollars to Memphis businesses. But, that's only if city officials create more competitive venues to attract major events such as the convocation.

"Maybe we could look at the Coliseum, as a new parking venue for a new Liberty Bowl which would be a dome stadium - that could attract football, soccer possibly," Hall said.

In the letter, Hall said the city could "pay the two current bond issues on the FedExForum and the Pyramid," which would create more money for renovations.

City of Memphis spokeswoman Arlenia Cole agreed that the annual event would be financially beneficial to the city.

However, the renovations needed would be excessive for the city to make.

"With respect to the FedExForum and the Pyramid, it's not financially feasible to do what was suggested for a couple of reasons," Cole said in a statement. "The city of Memphis is not liable for the debt on either building because it is 'self-liquidating.'"

The city estimates a new domed football stadium would cost at least $1 billion.

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