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% […]
About Lane Corley
Hello! I began working as a Church Planting Strategist for Louisiana Baptists in 2013. I'm honored to serve church planters around the state so that we can all lead people into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ. I love to enjoy the great Louisiana outdoors by gardening in the spring, hunting in the fall and playing catch with my two sons all year!
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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. […]
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 […]
This summer we held Church Planting Network luncheons across the state of Louisiana. Over 100 leaders attended the luncheons and were asked to share three things: Biggest Recent Win Current Greatest Challenge Best Resource The discussions were great and inspirational. God is truly doing some historic things across the bayou state. It was a great […]
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 […]
A common question I’m asked as a church planter and strategist is, “Why do we need new churches when we have so many already?” Stated in other, more direct ways: “We’ve got that area covered already, there’s no need for a new church.” “Planting a new church will make pastors in the area feel unappreciated […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 & […]
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