Many ministers often say that church is not about the building, but the fellowship, worship and praise. On Sunday morning, one Houston pastor practiced what he preached.
The congregation of First New Mount Calvary Baptist Church worshipped just beyond the railroad track underneath the trees, in their parking lot and right next door to their burned out building.
“You can praise God in your dining room. You can praise God across the track, on the track. You can praise God while you're in your car,” said Pastor T.B. Burleson during the service.
The church building on Gregg Street near Noble Street went up in flames early on Wednesday morning.
Houston arson investigators are trying to determine what caused the building to burn.
The pastor and members plan to rebuild, but will still gather together to rejoice in the meantime.
"It's not about the building. It's all about God and God wants us to keep our focus on him. If we take our focus off him, believe me world, we have nothing," said congregant Paulette Burleson.
"This is what God intended and so I'm thankful for whatever he gives to us," said congregant Robert Payton.
"We're going to get a tent this week and chairs," said Paulette Burleson.
First New Mount Calvary Baptist Church has quite a history in the Fifth Ward since 1917.
"We're trying to get our instruments back. We're going to put us a tent out here. I'm asking all the ministers of Houston not just to help us, but come preach out here," said Pastor Burleson.
While distractions may come and go and fire may even pass through, members say the church is here to stay.