Congregation sees over 1,000 baptisms in less than 4 months as revival breaks out
A pastor says what started out as a simple prayer on his porch has turned into a movement from God that has seen more than 1,000 people baptized since the end of December.
Pastor Robby Gallaty of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn., Tells the Baptist press that it all started after the suicides of two close friends in the ministry, Pastors Jarrid Wilson and Darren Patrick.
“These two men preached in Long Hollow within six months of their deaths,” says Gallaty. “They were both sitting at my dining table. It made me realize that the last person to say it runs out or ministry is difficult is usually the one that runs out.
“The Lord allowed me to take an introspective look at my own life. I was tired. Tired of trying to keep people happy. Tired of trying to stop them from leaving. I went to my porch to pray to the Lord to fix the problems of our church and our country. God showed me that the problem… was me.
Gallaty says it started a season of just coming quietly to the Lord. For at least an hour each night he would sit on his porch to pray and Listen. “Every great movement of God begins with not moving,” he said.
On December 15, 2020, Gallaty said that God gave him an answer: “spontaneous baptism”.
Two days earlier, Gallaty’s church had its lowest attendance ever. He was already planning a baptismal service for December 20, so Sunday Gallaty announced that anyone else wishing to be baptized but not yet planning to do so could come forward. He says that by standing by the baptistery, it seemed for a second that not much would happen.
“Then all of a sudden you could feel the Lord move,” he said. “At the end of this first service, we had baptized 99 people. I came home and was sitting alone with God when He gave me a picture. This showed that these were the first big drops of rain before the torrential downpour.
Two days later, the church began baptism-only services and 81 people showed up. They continue to hold baptisms midweek as well as following Sunday worship gatherings. On Easter Sunday alone, 201 people decided to be baptized, and on April 13, they exceeded 1,000 baptisms since that first Sunday in late December.
“It is a true gesture of God. He gets all the fame, ”Gallaty said. “The Lord showed me that prayer brings about revival and that revival brings about prayer. It’s like adding logs to the fire.
“The biggest obstacle to a movement of the Holy Spirit is formality and structure. If God wanted to come into our service today, we wouldn’t have time for Him. [At Long Hollow] we still have a plan, but it’s all right if God cuts off the service. “