The Founding Fathers Of The Met Experienced Financial Difficulties

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Introduction/ History Remembering one’s history is important in creating a productive and successful future. The Met does just that. During the early 1900s, the founding fathers of the Met experienced financial difficulties. These struggles helped orchestrate a new vision and inspired them to create an innovative PATH (prayer, attendance, tithes and offerings, and hospitable invitation), which continues today with nearly 1,100 members. The Metropolitan Baptist Church was established in 1917 by Rev. J.F. Kirsh in a small, North Tulsa house. In 1919, under Rev. J.W. Bryant, the church moved to a converted apartment building at 1018 North Lansing. Six years later, the church went bankrupt and the doors of the church were closed. In 1925, the church reopened under Rev. N.G. Randall. Pastor Randall worked to save the church while maintaining pastoral duties. In 1932, Rev. W.L. Anderson, Metropolitan’s fifth pastor, continued struggling with the church’s debt, as the nation endured the Great Depression. However, despite the hardship, church attendance still continued to grow.
In 1938, renovations began, church membership increased, and bills began to be paid on time, under that leadership of Rev. C.L. West. By 1941, the Met had developed a new structure that had offices, classrooms, and an apartment for the pastor. However, between the years of 1941 and 1969, the attendance grew even larger, which forced leaders to plan for a new building. In 1971, a down payment of $10,000…

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