Thousands of employment seekers descended upon the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center on Thursday for the job fair portion of Donnie McClurkin's Perfecting Music Conference.
Some of the companies represented included T-Mobile, the Montgomery Police Department and Big Lots Distribution. More than 3,000 people attended the job fair, said the Rev. Terry Ellison of New Life Church of God in Christ, host church for the PMC.
Ellison said the large turnout was not expected, and it signified a great need in Montgomery.
He said local organizers might consider hosting more job fairs in the near future as "it (turnout) tells us that we need to do something on this on a broader scale."
McClurkin conceived of the conference to help equip ministers with the information they need to better lead their congregations, and to help budding gospel musicians and singers learn about the recording process and the business behind making records.
The conference continues today and Saturday with music workshops as well as a health fair scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the New Life annex at 5600 Carriage Hills Drive.