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Tiny Glenwood Church has top ratio of baptismscomment (0)

July 2, 2009


About six miles southeast of Luverne in tiny Glenwood, there is a small wooden church. And people there have been getting wet.

Pastor Clarence Crowe didn’t know just how wet — at least comparatively — until he opened the March 12 issue of The Alabama Baptist and saw his Alabama-Crenshaw Baptist Association church’s name at the top of a very important list: “Ratio of Baptisms 2008.”

“That was the first I knew about it,” Crowe said, laughing. “And well, I was surprised.”

What he saw was that Glenwood Baptist Church, a congregation with maybe 30 members in a community of maybe 200, was No. 1 in the state in its per capita baptisms last year: 1 baptism to every 1.24 people.

What’s going on?

“I really don’t know,” Crowe said. “A lot of people have started coming in the last year. We’ve had maybe 17 or 18 join. We’re just preaching the Word of God.”

And on Sunday nights, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, things have been happening. People — the youngest was maybe “8, 9 or 10 years old” and the oldest “around 30” — have been getting buried in baptism and rising to walk with Christ.

Crowe isn’t questioning it. He’s just letting it wash over him.

“We’re just a real small church,” Crowe said.

“We’re not doing anything different from what we’ve ever done.” (TAB)

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