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Learn how and when to remove this template message Alexander Reed, a leader of the Grace Baptist Church of Philadelphia , had heard Conwell preach when he visited him at Lexington, Massachusetts , and recommended that Conwell become a pastor for his congregation.
The official "call" was made on October 16, Conwell first preached there in the lower room of the basement, later deemed the Lecture Room, because the Upper Main Audience Room was yet unfinished. The church building was later dedicated by Conwell on December 3, The December 4, issue of The Public Ledger reported the following about the new minister and church: Dedication of a New Baptist Church services conducted by the Rev. Russell H. Conwell, late of Massachusetts. The church proper on the upper story is in the form of an amphitheater, and has seating capacity for between six and seven hundred persons.
It is finished with great taste and completeness. The ceiling is frescoed , the windows are of stained glass and the pews of hard wood and handsomely upholstered. The musical pastor often performed a solo piece during evening services.
Reverend Conwell was known to share an anecdote that during this time, he was asked to officiate at the funeral of a young girl named Hattie May Wyatt. She had lived near a church where the Sunday School was very crowded, and wanted to help the church raise funds to expand.
When she passed away from diphtheria , she had saved 57 cents to contribute to the cause. In addition, 54 of the 57 pennies were returned to Reverend Conwell, and he later put them up on display. On June 28, , a nearby house at the corner of Broad and Berks streets, referred to as The Temple because the property owner did not want the house to be called a church until the mortgage was fully paid, was investigated for purchase by the Wiatt Mite Society, which was organized for the purpose of taking the 57 cents and enlarging on them sufficiently to buy the property for the Primary Department of the Sunday school.
A few days later, the congregation agreed to purchase the lot. The first payment for the lot was the 57 cents. The property was conveyed to the church on January 31, In that same house, the first classes of Temple College, later Temple University, were held. The house was later sold to allow Temple College to move and the Baptist Temple now the Temple Performing Arts Center  to grow, and still more of that money went towards founding the Samaritan Hospital.
In September , at the Centennial celebration of the United States Constitution , money received from the Wiatt Mite Society was given "for the success of the new Temple". This was the first time the name "Temple" was used in place of the church name. The pastor was a speaker at a Christian Endeavor convention. Conwell was very impressed by the purpose and enthusiasm of the group. He later recommended the Christian Endeavor to the youth group of the church.
On September 10, , the Society of Christian Endeavor was finally organized. The Christian Endeavor youth groups continued to meet at the Church until the s. Charles M. Davis, a young deacon, approached the pastor with his desire to preach; however, Davis had little education and was without sufficient funds to continue his studies.
Conwell agreed to tutor him. Over the next few days, seven prospective students met with Conwell, and Temple College was conceived.
Ultimately, Conwell became Dr. Conwell, president of the college, now known as Temple University. Consequently, on March 29, , a contract was negotiated to build the new church. On February 15, , Conwell preached his last sermon in the old church at Marvine and Berks Streets. He preached the first sermon at the new building on March 1. Sixty people were baptized in the afternoon, and several addresses were given. The Rev. Hartman, the first minister, was present. The celebration continued throughout the week, and the church was filled to capacity for all of its services.
The new church later became known as The Baptist Temple. Conwell: Acres of Diamonds The original inspiration for "Acres of Diamonds", his most famous essay, occurred in when Conwell was traveling in the Middle East.
Huber Company of Philadelphia. This theme is developed by an introductory anecdote, credited by Conwell to an Arab guide, about a man who wanted to find diamonds so badly that he sold his property and went off in futile search for them. The new owner of his home discovered that a rich diamond mine was located right there on the property. Conwell elaborates on the theme through examples of success, genius, service, or other virtues involving ordinary Americans contemporary to his audience: "dig in your own backyard!
The men who get rich may be the most honest men you find in the community. Let me say here clearly That is why they are rich. That is why they are trusted with money. That is why they carry on great enterprises and find plenty of people to work with them.
It is because they are honest men. I sympathize with the poor, but the number of poor who are to be sympathized with is very small. To sympathize with a man whom God has punished for his sins Let us remember there is not a poor person in the United States who was not made poor by his own shortcomings The book has been regarded as a classic of New Thought literature since the s.
The school yearbook is entitled Acres of Diamonds.