Traditional Baptist Churches

Due to their main locations being in the Southern United States, traditional Baptist churches were often built as wood frame buildings. This area of the world is not known for quarries, and buildings made with stone are costly. Rural areas, deep and dark with abundant forestry, chose wood as their main building material because of cost and easy availability. As the church spread to other areas of the world, wood was still a favored building material, and it has become a symbol of this religion all over the world.

Churches built of wood rather than stone are not necessarily less permanent or decorated than buildings of other faiths, and the Baptist church shows its roots in the interior. Many of the church buildings have been lovingly decorated by their congregations, and no reasonable expense has been spared. Churches in economically depressed areas may not have as many embellishments, but they do have all the basics.

Stained glass windows have long been a staple in building Christian churches, and the Baptists have kept this type of tradition in their church buildings. Modern churches have used innovation in this area to cut costs, but their windows are still beautiful. Stained glass has been replaced by flat panes with glass transfers, and this allows the congregation to have beautiful windows to enhance their church. Many of these glass decals are designed specifically for the congregation, and they often tell important stories of the faith and enhance the religious atmosphere for the congregation.

The Baptist Church continues to grow as it sends its missionaries to foreign countries around the world, and its members are very supportive of all churches within the faith. While it may be prohibitive to embellish new churches, tithing and donations are available to assist. The generosity of members, especially for missionaries, continues to grow as this branch of Christianity blooms.