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, […]
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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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 […]
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 […]
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% […]
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. […]
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