Jerry Vines Blog
I don’t remember my earliest trips to church. My earliest recollection of church attendance was to Tabernacle Baptist Church in Carrollton, Georgia. It was there I was taken to pre-school, grew up in Sunday School and came to Christ at the age of nine.
My home church was organized in 1899. The auditorium where I worshiped was built in 1914. The building seated 1400 people. Doesn’t sound too impressive in these days of mega-auditoriums. But, in 1914 the population of my home town was barely over 5,000. The membership was only 210 and the choir loft in the structure would accommodate 110!
Talk about vision and a commitment to reach a town for Christ!
The building was designed after the Baptist Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA, which was modeled after the Moody Church in Chicago, which was designed like Spurgeon’s Tabernacle in London.
So, I started off in a church with solid roots in good church construction and great evangelistic vision. I think my early years worshiping in the Tabernacle shaped much of my evangelistic, Bible preaching, church building ministry.