Entries by Lane Corley

God Gave the Gift of PRESENCE

The story of Christmas is foundational for understanding Christianity in so many ways. God sent his very best, his own Son Jesus Christ – the God-man – on a daring rescue mission. In need of rescue was the human race including you and I. The mission included a display of love that led to the […]

Simple Holiday Outreach Ideas for Churches

Here’s a few simple holiday outreach projects that any church, small group, family, or individual can afford. I can testify that these make a big impact with a small investment of time and money. 1. Gift cards for ICU waiting rooms. At any given time in your community there are people reeling from traumatic events or devastating illness. Their families can be […]

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 […]

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. […]