In 1991, when the Florida State Association of Free Will Baptists moved from local churches to hotels or conference centers for its meetings, the attendees balked.
“We had a lot of our pastors and people who were totally against it,” says Rev. Randy Bryant, CMP, executive director of the association. “They did not feel that you could effectively worship in a setting like that.”
Bryant's organization first made the switch to nonchurch venues with its annual state associa