The last time I attended the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia was about 1982. Dr. John Bisagno was preaching a revival as the Tabernacle’s new pastor tried in vain to resurrect the dying congregation. Of the 2,000-plus seats in the immense sanctuary with two levels of balconies, I think about 200 were filled that night.
The congregation disbanded and the magnificent building lay dormant until the Atlanta Olympics when the House of Blues opened a venue there. Today The Tabernacle is a gigantic rock-n-roll club with full bar, dancing in the aisles, and crowds of people. But the Tabernacle’s life as a church isn’t over yet.
In February, Passion City Church will hold its first public event there. It will be interesting to see how this works out, but I’m personally pleased that God will appear, even if for one night only, back at The Tabernacle.