Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church

"A Praying Church Can Do Anything"



It is the mission of Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church to be a teaching, preaching and worshiping congregation in the praise of the Almighty God through Jesus Christ.  While witnessing and welcoming all of God’s children to come together in the spirit of love and fellowship to experience the spirit of excellence in Christian Education of children, youths and adults for a maturation of faith, justice and peace in every aspect of life.  And, it is our prayer that all people will be touched and transformed by the liberating power of God’s Holy Spirit.

It is very clear from the early founding fathers of this church, over a century ago, who were slaves, believed that “A praying Church Can Do Anything”, it’s still what our duty is today.  It has not changed.

 The life of the church is the highest life, and its job is to pray.  Its prayer life is the highest life, the most fragrant life, the most obvious life. "For mine house shall be called a house of prayer for all people" (Isaiah 56:7), says our God.



A Praying Church Can Do Anything





Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church Guidelines for Commitment to Prayer:

1. As a praying church, we believe in the supreme importance of prayer, and therefore there is a spontaneous desire to pray. 

            After Peter and John had been imprisoned and released they joined the Christians in Jerusalem and reported on all that had happened (verse 23). When the Christians heard Peter’s and John’s report, they prayed (verse 24), recognizing that prayer was fundamental.   

2. As a praying church, we believe our eyes of faith and expectancy are towards the Lord (verse 24).

            We, as Christians, turn our eyes away from man and from our problems, for it is the Lord who can solve every problem, and who is in control of every situation.  The eyes of a praying church are always upon God who is:-

  1. 1. The omnipotent Lord (verses 24, 28). God is the all-powerful creator and sustainer, the One who knows the end from the beginning. and who has His great plan of campaign which no-one can hinder.
  2. 2. The omniscient Lord. Verse 25 tells us that God has spoken, and verses 26-27 tell us that He has spoken not only through the prophets and in His word, but primarily in His Son (Hebrews 1:1).
  3. 3. The omnipresent Lord (verse 29). God sees all, and waits to intervene and accomplish His will in answer to the prayers of His people.

3. As a praying church, we believe there is an overwhelming desire to obey the Lord’s commission to evangelize the world.

            See how they prayed (verse 29)!  ‘Lord, help us to get on with the job of proclaiming the gospel!’   Our church has the overwhelming desire of its members to always pray and to be a beacon for souls to be born again into the family of God. 


4. As a praying church, we believe faith demands miracles.

            When prayer is exercised God breaks in with His supernatural acts, His ‘signs and wonders’ (verse 30).  The fact is that when the Church prays miracles really do take place. Souls are saved, and even desperate people are converted.


5. As a praying church, we believe the Holy Spirit to manifest His presence and power

            Prayer is the secret of every Pentecostal outpouring; – and it can happen again, and again, and again!  After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. (Verse 31)


6. As a praying church, we believe the church has the mighty power in the preaching of the gospel.

            After they had prayed (verses 31, 33). People were struck down by the power of the Word and multitudes were saved – all the believers were one in heart and mind. (Verse 32). But, behind preaching was the vital intercession of the praying church. Through the preaching of the gospel it has always and only been in answer to the prayers of God’s people. Conviction and conversions follow the preaching that is backed by a praying church.

7. As a praying church there is great grace in the lives of God’s people.

            Verse 33 says, “Much grace was upon them all”; the word ‘grace’ is the operative word here. It means ‘Christ-likeness’, “unmerited, underserved, favor of God, and was seen in four ways:-

  1. 1. There was the grace of unity (verse 32).
  2. 2. There was the grace of renunciation (verse 32).
  3. 3. There was the grace of fellowship (verse 32).
  4. 4. There was the grace of giving freely (verses 34-35).

          And, we further decree, we will do our part, God helping us, to continue to make certain that
“A Praying Church Can Do Anything”.

the bell

A former slave holder, gave a bell from his plantation to be used as a call for members to come to worship.  This same bell sits at the front of the church today as a reminder of  of our rich history and of those who came before us.  Three years later, 1868, the church was formerly established and named Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church.