Entries by Jeff Ingram

Go VBS with GOLA

GOLA Vacation Bible School Teams is a ministry to help zero-baptism and low-baptism Louisiana Baptist churches have a successful VBS this summer. The teams of six college students each are chosen from Louisiana Baptist churches and Baptist Collegiate Ministries from across the state and are assigned to churches for a one-week VBS. There is no […]

Rethink Outreach with Small Groups

I wonder sometimes if anyone does outreach anymore. Many Sunday schools, small groups, and churches do not seem to place much priority on visitation, contacts, follow-up and outreach in general. Research continues to reveal that most churches (and their Sunday school/ small groups) are plateaued or declining in their enrollment, attendance and baptisms. Could it be, […]

Starting Groups That Reach, Teach, and Minister

New Classes and Groups are essential to a church’s ministry to reach, teach, and minister to people. New Classes and Groups reach new people more effectively than existing groups. This audio recording is of a seminar led by Rick Howerton, Discipleship and Small Group Specialist, LifeWay Christian Resources, in January 2015. This seminar will provide […]

Discipleship Strategies

Ready for a new discipleship strategy to take your ministry deeper in their walk with Christ? Take a look at Becoming, a church-tested strategy to help church leaders develop adult disciples who are also developing disciples. Becoming is a church-tested strategy for developing disciples of Jesus This biblical and simple approach describes the ‘extinguishers’ method for effective […]

2015 Baptist Doctrine Study Preview

If we ever needed to call the church to be holy it would be today! The six-session 2015 Baptist Doctrine Study, Called to Be Holy, establishes both the relevance and the possibility of biblically based holiness. Stating that every aspect of holiness begins and ends with Scripture. Also a great study for small groups anytime. […]


The purpose of GOLA VBS Teams is to serve as a catalyst to churches in the process of revitalization by implementing a successful VBS to discover prospects for the church. The church’s willingness to conduct adequate planning and follow-up of prospects is imperative. Assignments are made in early April and churches are notified of when, or […]

January Bible Study Previews

Deuteronomy: A Challenge to a New Generation Get a head start on the 2015 January Bible Study! It’s on Deuteronomy and your Bible study teacher is Dr. Waylon Bailey. Dr. Bailey is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, since 1989. He also served seventeen years as a professor at New Orleans Baptist […]

Boomer Seminar Resources

The Baby Boomer Generation, born 1946-1964, has always done things differently; and because they are 78 million strong in US population, they continue to have tremendous impact on the country. The Boomers changed churches in years past and continue to change the churches through music, ministries and passion for missions. However, the Boomers are not […]

When is VBS Really Over?

When is VBS really over? Friday afternoon or evening? How about when the last child and his or her family are enrolled in a Sunday School class? Make follow-up with prospects discovered during VBS a part of your planning now. Fast forward about three months. Can you hear a church leader say, THE SUMMER IS […]