Entries by Lane Corley

150 New Churches

Today we celebrate a significant milestone for Louisiana Baptists: 150 churches planted since 2010! Our goal is 300 by 2020, so this puts us at the half way mark. Proud of our planters & their families who have risked much for the Gospel in some hard to reach Louisiana communities. Grateful for sponsor & sending […]

Give Georgia Barnette a Hug For Me!

Each year, Louisiana Baptist churches give over $1.5 million to the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering. 100% of this money goes to fund various missions projects throughout Louisiana. So far in 2016, 37% of last year’s offering has been disbursed and it is fun to watch this offering at work! Here’s some of what it’s […]

Basic Mud-Out Guide for Home Owners

The removal of wet debris from a flooded home is called mud-out because everything flooded is saturated with muddy water. The objective is to get the house cleared of all wet debris to discourage the growth of mold and to allow the structure to dry out as quickly as possible so reconstruction can begin. The following sequence of actions is suggested for your consideration:

On Failed Church Plants: How Many Are There and Why?

Fifteen. That’s the number of “failed” church plants we’ve recorded in Louisiana since 2010. 15 out of 138 churches planted. I tracked this number down because it’s one of the regular remarks I hear from people wanting to question or disparage the role of church planting in the ministry of the church. “Don’t most church […]

Portable Church: Advantages and Objections

A portable church has MANY advantages. I’ve been a part of portable churches for most of my ministry. Currently about 40% of our church plants in Louisiana are portable. There’s no need to be afraid of going portable in church planting or other ministries. Here’s why: 1. Energy Energy can be directed outside the walls, […]

Hot Louisiana Summer Outreach Ideas

Along with Vacation Bible School, summer offers us some great opportunities for outreach and seed planting in our communities. Here’s a few that I’ve tried or learned from other Louisiana churches: Water Bottles for Front Yard Lawn Mowers Fill a few ice chests full of ice cold water or Gatorade, then head out on Saturday […]

Breaking the 50 Barrier in Your Church

The vast majority of church plants start out with less than 50 people. Actually, 70% of our current plants in Louisiana started below 50. 35% (or 582) of all Southern Baptist Churches in Louisiana reported attendance below 50 in 2015. Having 50 people or less is not bad. In some communities, 50 is a big […]

Top 6 Places in Louisiana to Plant a Church

I like to call south Louisiana the back pocket of the Bible Belt. There are still many cities and communities in need of new churches in one of North America’s most unique cultures. Here’s the top places to plant a church in Louisiana. New Orleans Population: 956,000 Only 2.1% attend an SBC Church. Only 11% […]

10 Things Pastors of Evangelistic Churches Say

At this year’s Louisiana Baptists Evangelism Conference, I had the opportunity to facilitate a breakout with three men that lead churches with great evangelistic culture in Louisiana. Jacob Crawford – Life Point, Mansura Willis Easley – Christ’s Community, Denham Springs Checkerz Williams – Celebration, LaPlace These churches are responsible for 100’s of baptisms each year. […]

Louisiana Baptists are Multiplying!

What’s the impact of church planting? New commitments to Christ! Since 2010, new churches in years 1-3 have reported 8,839 commitments to Christ and 1,611 baptisms. New partners in cooperation! In the last two years, new churches in Louisiana have given $351,893 to the Cooperative Program and $70,457 to their local associations. Church Plants in […]