The Georgia Baptist Mission Board is all about reaching people for Christ. We are an evangelistic people who for almost two centuries have demonstrated our consistent desire to lead people to faith in Jesus Christ and to use many means to do so.
One such function of our ministry that you may not be familiar with is our Tent Ministry. “Tent Ministry? What’s a Tent Ministry?” I’m glad you asked. We have three different sizes of tents that may be used by our churches to host outside evangelistic events. They are used many times throughout the course of the year. Perhaps your church would like to plan such an event for your community. We can help make that happen.
Let me tell you about the results of our Tent Ministry throughout 2015. It was a great year. The tents were used for wild game dinners, sportsman’s dinners, community revivals, Palm Sunday services, Easter services, church anniversaries, church family day (42 joined the church), Vacation Bible Schools, gospel singings, children’s camp, barbeques, youth rally, campus and home group outreach, church ingathering, harvest festival, fall outreach, agricultural fair, fall festival, music concert, church revivals, children’s camp cookout, and church plant worship services. Perhaps as you read through that list you may be prompted to plan such an event for your church or community.
The statistics for 2015 include attendance of 30,965 in the tents for special events. There were 703 salvations reported from the tent ministry for the year. There were 486 rededication decisions and 10 baptisms that took place under the tent.
I think you can see that this is a valued and often-used ministry by our churches and associations. I encourage you to think about planning an event for which you can use these beautiful tents. We will provide the guidance to put the tents up and take them down. Your people will love the unique environment of worshiping in the tent. People from the community may very well be drawn to a time of worship under the tent when they would not otherwise attend.
It was in a tent revival in Charlotte, North Carolina, when a 16-year-old boy by the name of Billy Graham gave his heart to Jesus Christ. We have all been amazed at how God has used the life of Billy Graham to touch millions with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Do it again, Lord!