Entries by Lane Corley

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 […]

Why Multi-site Church? 6 Benefits

Multi-site church development continues to be a great tool for multiplying and revitalizing churches. A few observations about current multi-site churches among Louisiana Baptists: Those churches have experienced a combined 30% growth in attendance since becoming multi-site. 80% have experienced growth in worship and small groups. Half have included a church merger or gifting of […]

5 Ways to Have Fun and Reach Out This Fall

Fall is a favorite time of year for all of us in the South as weather cools and football season kicks off. Fall also offers some great open doors for reaching out to the community through your church or small group. Here’s a few ideas for getting on the “Go…” (Matthew 28:19-20) this Fall: 1. […]

9 Keys to a Successful Church Revitalization

Earlier this year, I got to spend some time with leaders from First Baptist Church West Monroe and The Way Church in Denham Springs to talk about their successful church revitalization endeavors over the last few years. The Stories: Fairbanks Baptist Church in Sterlington, LA, had a history of decline and was struggling to keep […]

When We Can’t Go On: Scenarios for a Church in Need of Radical Revitalization

Many churches are experiencing dwindling numbers, changing communities and the need for drastic change. Sometimes the picture gets so dim that the remaining faithful are forced to make hard decisions about the future of their church. Here are three scenarios that can bear fruit for the kingdom when a church can’t go on as it […]

How to Baptize More People at Your Church 

People in the water being baptized serves as a highlight and significant spiritual marker in the life of an individual and a church. Recently, I polled a few of our highest baptizing church plants in Louisiana and found that they have 5 intentional practices that every church can do to increase baptisms: 1. Pray & […]