MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Easter is just around the corner and many churches will be filled with people across Middle Georgia.
But one local church is packing them in by the thousands every Sunday, and is continuing to grow its membership.
Beulahland Bible Church has two locations and three services to handle the massive crowd. The main campus of the church is located at 1010 Newberg Ave. in Macon. The north campus church has two worship services, at 7:30 a.m., and 11 a.m. The south campus is located at 2368 Gunn Road in Byron.
Beulahland Bible church senior pastor, Dr. Maurice Watson, minsters at the Macon and Byron campuses every Sunday to more than 7,000 members.
He says there are several reasons for the church's growth including the sovereignty of God.
"Relevant biblical preaching, I believe always draws people," says Watson, "Secondly, dynamic worship, where the Holy Spirit is welcome to move anyway He wants to. Another thing is ministry that ministers to the entire family."
Watson says each of their three services are around 90 minutes long. He says they also have adequate parking to accommodate the crowds.
Nevertheless, the senior pastor of the mega church says the congregation size is actually irrelevant.
"God has anointed me and gifted me to be able to preach regardless to whether it's to 10 people or whether it's to thousands of people," he adds. Deacon Carl Lampley has been at Beulahland for eight years. He says serving in various ministries helps members to unite as a family.
"We go out and talk to and phone the sick and shut in," says Lampley. "We also minister to people in bereavement, and help the needy families in the area and where ever there's a need."
Pastor of discipleship, Greg Holt, says he is intrigued by the church's diversity.
"The message of the cross, and the message of Jesus Christ has no barrier in terms of who hears it," says Holt. "I mean, when you have people of different socio-economic backgrounds, education, whether they are married, divorced, or single it really draws you and help you see that the Bible breaks all barriers and that's really one of the things I really like about being here at Beulahland Bible Church."
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