New to Convention

Are You New to NRB Conventions?

NRB Conventions are all about community, networking, teaching, and spiritual enrichment.

If this is your first time at an NRB Convention, make sure you attend the First Timer’s Orientation on Monday at 10:00 a.m. This and all convention programming takes place within the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.

Learn your way around the convention schedule, highlighting events that are a “must attend” for you. Ask questions, meet new attendees like yourself, and leave with a general idea of meeting locations throughout the hotel.

Additionally, you will have the opportunity to meet the Chairs of the various NRB Standing Committees (Church Media, Film, Intercollegiate, International, Internet, Radio, and TV) who will help point you in the right direction for your particular industry.

When you arrive at an NRB Convention you will be given the Official NRB Program Book. The size is small enough to fit in your pocket. You will find this an indispensable tool for your time at convention. Keep it handy! In this program book you will find:

  • Schedule-at-a-Glance
  • Highlights of unique events
  • General Information to help you plan your stay
  • A detailed day-by-day Convention Schedule
  • Complete list of Exhibitors along with a map of the Exhibit Hall
  • Autograph Booth Schedule
  • Booth Prize Drawing Schedule
  • List of Hospitality Lounges (see description below)
  • A general map of the hotel with NRB event locations

Convention Highlights

Keynote Sessions: Always fresh and all-inspiring, the internationally known speakers and artists at NRB Conventions will help you gain a fresh perspective on your Kingdom efforts.

Exposition: The NRB Exposition features around 200 exhibitors. The Exhibit Hall is packed with all the resources and services you will need to enhance your organization. Try out the latest technology … be exposed to new innovations … find must-have resources … experience them all in one place at the NRB Exposition. Details

Affiliates: NRB Affiliates host events from meal functions to receptions, and film screenings to musical performances. Make sure you check the convention schedule for details.

Hospitality Lounges: Located throughout the meeting rooms of the hotel, Affiliates are hosting Hospitality Lounges. Exciting things happen in these lounges. You may find a book signing, an ice cream social, short product demonstrations, or simply find information about some very well-known ministries.

Industry Reception

Immediately following the Thursday Evening Session, make sure you attend the reception hosted by the NRB Standing Committees – Church Media, Film, Intercollegiate, International, Internet, Radio, and TV. Networking and community building is central. You will enjoy:

  • Refreshments
  • Prizes
  • A time of relaxation, fun and fellowship

Convention Office & Contact Information

The Convention Staff at the Headquarters Office located in Manassas, VA, is here to help make your time at the NRB Convention a great experience. Let us know if we can be of assistance. During convention, the Convention Office is located in Delta Lobby A.

Patsy Smith:  Registration
Steve Cross:  Exhibit Hall, Sponsorships and Advertising
Beth Wakefield:  Meeting Space, Hospitality Lounges, Affiliate Functions, and General Convention Questions
Kenneth Chan:  News Media Center, News Media Registration

Hotel Information

The Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center is the official Headquarters Hotel.  Discounted rates are available to NRB attendees. Details

Or, if you prefer, you can call the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center at 877-491-7397. For the Inn at Opryland, call 800-901-4211.

The hotel covers a lot of area and you will do a lot of walking.  Wear comfortable shoes.  If you are staying at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, you will be given a hotel floor plan when you check in.  Additionally, you will have the floor plan in the Official Program Book (mentioned above).  The Hotel Concierge is located in the Cascades Lobby.

Membership Information

Should you be interested in NRB Membership, be sure to visit the NRB Member Center during convention for information.

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Contact: Judy Stephens, Member Services Assistant, 703-331-4510

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