Music Cornerstone Of Southern Baptist Worship


Even the ladies were up on the roof helping to build Pine's Church on Randall Place.

The year was 1978 when the small Southern Baptist congregation began meeting in the old school in Pine and decided to build a church.

Retired folks would come and work all day and people with careers would help out in the evening after their regular day ended.

The trusses were made on-site by a group of about 20 members. An assembly line was put together -- one person would bring the pieces over, one person would glue, one person hammered nails.

The people put their love into the structure.

"It's amazing what people with a positive direction can do," said Cliff McCrum, the church's founding pastor. "The congregation was a real dedicated group of people."

And they still are.

Locally the church strives to practice acts of benevolence in the community, whenever and wherever they see a need.

They mobilize to help out where they can, using the skills they have, asking themselves, "What is to be our emphasis and focus as God leads?"

As one project stops, another begins.


Pastor John Lake

For instance, a parishioner began a sewing ministry, making clothes for school children. The ministry became so sophisticated that children were measured and able to pick out the fabric they wanted for their clothes.

The ministry has since gone worldwide as the seamstresses makes items for a group of missionaries going to Thailand.

Children's church and Sunday school take place on Sunday. The latter concentrates on lessons for older children. Younger children get to make a craft while they learn about people and their roles in the bible.

The children are currently practicing the song, "Yes, Jesus Loves Me" while making masks to hold up as they sing in front of the congregation.

"Depends what week you show up," said Pastor John Lake of the music played in the church. "This week it might be a very up-tempo bluegrass sound with a guitar and a banjo. Next week it could be a piano and an organ and a vocalist with a very traditional hymn. You just cannot pigeonhole us, because there are many great ways to worship through music."

Pastor Lake said that Southern Baptists are conservative in theology and they consider the bible to be the inerrant word of God.

"There is a major emphasis in teaching the bible and teaching people to teach the bible." Pastor Lake said. "We are unique in that we are a small congregation in a fairly transient community. Our goal is that they be trained so when they make a move they can be a valuable person in whatever congregation they next worship in."

A bible passage that Lake returns to quite often is Colossians 1:9-23. Lake said, "It talks about the nature of Christ; who he is, what he has done for us."

Southern Baptists are unique, according to Pastor Lake, because they are "autonomous and self-governed. However, we have joined in cooperation with other like-minded churches for the support of missions."

Member of the congregation at The Church on Randall Place strive to follow in His footsteps.

This story is a another part of the Roundup's continuing series on churches in Payson and the Rim country and how they add beauty and grace to our community.

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