Entries by Lane Corley

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 & […]

Why Block Parties?

One intentional form of community outreach is the evangelistic block party. Recently I was asked if block parties are effective or just something else to add to a long list of things that keep Christians busy, without bearing fruit. Here’s a few reasons why I think block parties are a great tool in the outreach […]

A Look at the Gospel in Louisiana

Where in Louisiana do we need new churches? The infographic below shows there are still parts of our state that are without significant evangelical presence. The top five least evangelical areas include St. James Parish – which shows up as one of the least reached counties in North America! See how many evangelicals live in […]