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The term "Missionary Baptist" originated in the early 1800's during the rise of the modern missions movement, which was a movement among Baptists (as well as other Christian denominations) to organize para-church institutions for the promotion and funding of evangelism, Bible and literature publication, schools, charitable and social work, and other religious causes. This movement created extensive controversy among Baptists, drawing harsh criticism from those who considered these new institutions subversive of traditional Baptist polity. Those who opposed the innovations became known as anti-missions, and those advocating them as missionary Baptists. Many of the "missionary Baptist" churches and associations eventually adopted the epithet "missionary" into their official names, and, what started as a descriptive term became a new religious denomination - Missionary Baptists. However, the name never became universally used among the advocates of the missionary institution. This photo of Mount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, located on the corner of 1255 East 69th Street and Hooper Avenue, shows a simple single-story white building with a brown roof and gray trim. Several steps lead to the main entrance, which has a large sign above the glass doors that reads "Mt. Chapel Missionary Baptist Church - Pastor, Edward Plump", and a white cross directly above it. The steeple is half hidden on the right side of the church, and it also has a white cross on top; a black security fence surrounds the entire church. Residential homes are on the left, as well as behind the church. Verso on photograph states that prior to becoming Mount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, this was formerly known as Church of the Lord Jesus Italian. Photo dated: December 2005.
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00071820 Jeff Allen Houses of Worship Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection; GPC_b84_f3_i57 CARL0000075011 http://188.8.131.52/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/120870
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