Tennessee Church celebrates over 1,000 baptisms in 4 months
Pastor Robby Gallaty said his church had baptized more than 1,000 people from 15 different states in the past four months after going through a year of “silence and loneliness.”
Gallaty, the senior pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee, Recount Faithwire that his church has baptized 1,048 people since December 20, after spending time with the Lord for 10 months. The pastor began by sitting with the Lord for 20 minutes, then 40 minutes, until he spent an hour to two hours a night with the Lord.
The church has also become a prayer church by setting up a 24/7 online prayer movement.
On Easter weekend, they baptized 201 people.
“I started to sit with the Lord for 10 months. Then, finally, on December 15, 2020, I am on the porch, and I hear as clear as day these words in my head, after a season of silence and solitude: “Spontaneous baptism”, would have declared the pastor. by CBN News.
However, the following Sunday, the church had its lowest service attendance since he began serving in Long Hollow five years ago.
The turnout was due to the growing number of COVID-19 infections at the time, but Gallaty said he was still confident in what God told him that many were ready for baptism.
Up to 99 people were baptized that day, he recalled, adding that as he sat outside his house that evening, God “showed me, ‘These are the big drops. rain, Robby, before the torrential downpour is coming. ‘ “
The pastor said he then shared his vision with fellow church leaders, and the following Tuesday, three days before Christmas, they held a baptism-only service. 81 other people showed up that day for baptism.
As Gallaty broadcast the service online, many later went to his church and two satellite campuses to be baptized, and at least two of them came from Maine, more than 1,300 miles away.
Gallaty pointed out that the revival he saw wouldn’t have been possible if he hadn’t faced the sin of his own life – pride, jealousy and arrogance.
“I went to the porch every night to sit with the Lord, thinking He was going to sort out the problems in my church,” he explained. “I was really frustrated. … I said, ‘Lord, you are solving the problems with my stick. I need you to solve the problems in my church. I need you to fix the deacons. I need you to fix the country. And this is what the Lord showed me. About two months later, God showed me, ‘The problem is not with your church. It’s not with your staff. The problem is you. You are the problem. ‘”
The church describe his mission as: “We exist to be disciples who make disciples of all nations.
that of the church website Gallaty said struggled with drug addiction for three years, which devastated his life. “Heroin and cocaine addiction at $ 180 a day forced him to steal $ 15,000 from his parents. rehabilitation treatments, Robby remembered the gospel shared with him by a friend in college and was radically saved on November 12, 2002. “