Isn't a convention a meeting and not a denomination? Technically,
the Southern Baptist convention exists for only two days a year,
at the annual gathering.
The rest of the year, denominational entities carry out the instructions
of the messengers to the Convention. The authority, then, resides
with the messengers elected by churches and participating in the
two-day meeting. Still, those churches and individuals who identify
with this enterprise typically call themselves Southern Baptist.