Pump Up Your Social Media

It’s difficult to navigate the digital landscape without understanding social media. Facebook currently has over 2.2 billion monthly users. That’s the population of China and India combined! However, newer platforms are emerging and pushing their way into competition with Facebook. With an expanding range of options, algorithms, and metrics, making your way through the social media world has never been more confusing.

Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to carve out your own piece of the social media pie. It begins by asking the 5 W’s.

  1. Who is our audience?
  2. Where are they? Which social media platform?
  3. What kind of post do they react and engage with most often?
  4. Why does are audience engage with these posts?
  5. When and how often should we post?

Start by asking these simple questions and you will be well on your way to boosting your social media.

We made a handy guide to walk you through some of these questions as well as a sample posting schedule.

2018 Annual Meeting Videos

The 2018 Louisiana Baptist Convention was held November 12-13 at Temple Baptist Church in Ruston, LA.

Watch below to get caught up on the great things God is doing in our state.

Monday Evening

Tuesday Morning

Tuesday Evening

Who Don’t You See?

We’ve all had the experience. You’re cruising down the interstate when the car slightly in front of you swerves into your lane barreling dangerously close to the side of your car. Your adrenaline races and you sit on the horn. He swerves away and gives you an apologetic wave or some other less friendly gesture. Either you have encountered a lunatic intent on driving you off the road or, more likely, a negligent driver who didn’t check his blind spot. Thus the expression, “I never saw it coming!”

If you’re really honest you’d have to admit that you’ve done the same. We all have! We’ve all neglected our blind spot and heard the all too familiar loud honk of a horn or the sickening sound of scraping metal and increased insurance premiums!

In a sense, all of humanity was born with blind spots. Jesus described those living outside of his divine light as having eyes that don’t see and ears that don’t hear.

Even David, a man recognized as being after God’s heart, acknowledged his blind spots, if you will. He called them “hidden faults” (Ps. 19:12). These were sins outside of his realm of awareness, but were sins nonetheless. Even though he could not, or chose not, to list them, they were there. They were real.

Jesus was particularly hard on religious leaders with blind spots. On more than one occasion He pointed out their blindness and their apparent contentment with it.

Unlike His creation, Jesus doesn’t have a blind spot. His awareness of people and His surroundings challenges those of us who claim to be his followers.

Jesus sees individuals amidst the masses.

Jesus feels – He never became calloused but instead, felt compassion.

Jesus calls us to get involved.

Luke reminds us of an occasion where it was late in the afternoon but the crowds were still hanging out with Jesus. The disciples, probably tired from a long day, urged Jesus to send them away so they couldget something to eat and find a place to stay. They were more than likely surprised by Jesus’ response,“You give them something to eat.” In other words, don’t just dismiss the crowd because you’re tired. Don’t take the convenient route and let them figure it out on their own. Don’t pretend you don’t see who’s right in front of you and their needs –you do something.

Who’s in your blind spot?

Who’s right in front of you but you want to dismiss them to fend for themselves?

The disciples said, “Send them away.” Jesus said, “You do something today.”

But what can we do? One strategy is Here for You.

Here for You is an attempt to do something for the masses who are right in front of us as well as those in our blind spots. It would easy to say, budgets are down, we’re already doing all we can. Let someone else address the needs. But Jesus is calling us to do something – now. Like those blind-spot moments on the roads, spiritual blind spots can be deadly. When believers knowingly, or unknowingly, fail to recognize the needs of the lost, the consequences are devastating.

Right now, Louisiana Baptists are seeing and connecting with people in the blind spots. Using current communication platformswe’re sharing the bread of life with those who hunger for more than this chaotic world offers. And Jesus multiplies the message to –not just 5,000 –but hundreds of thousands of people as they receive a gospel seed via their smart phones, tablets, televisions, and social media platforms. But we need help passing out bread to the spiritually hungry. Would you consider helping pass the bread?

Visit LouisianaBaptists.org/hereforyou and enter the password, luke1423. There you’ll find how your church, no matter how small or how large, can begin to share the Bread of Life with every person on a regular basis through Here for You.

Jesus sees the masses.

Jesus notices the individuals.

Jesus calls on us to do what we can.

Join us.

Special Call to Prayer

Special call to prayer from SBC President J.D. Greear

With the announcement of Dr. Kelly’s retirement from New Orleans Seminary, there are currently five (5) SBC entities searching for a new leader. In light of this reality, SBC President, Dr. J.D. Greear, has asked all Southern Baptists to join him in day of prayer and fasting on Monday, October 8. Specifically he requests we pray:

  • For wisdom for the search committee in assessing what is needed most for effective ministry in the 21st century
  • For boldness for the search committee in asking the difficult questions
  • For loving-kindness for the search committee as they interact with one another
  • For favor, that God’s face would shine upon us as a people—not for our sake, but that Jesus’ name would be known to the ends of the earth.

I know Louisiana Baptists will gladly join him, and our brothers and sisters across the country, in bringing these requests before our heavenly Father.

Thank you Louisiana Baptists for your prayers and participation.

A Culture of Crisis

Before cell phones do you remember the beeper?

It was a small device worn on your belt. When someone needed to get in touch with you they would call your beeper and their number would show up on your small, monochrome display.

I signed up for a service plan and told my family they could call any time and if it was an emergency, enter 911 after our home phone number. My youngest daughter took this to heart and every time she would call my beeper the display would light up with our home phone number followed by 91111111111111!

This meant a crisis was looming – at least in her mind.

Today we live in a crisis culture. Our news feeds are filled with crises…

  • Immigration crisis
  • Financial crisis
  • Humanitarian crisis
  • Healthcare crisis
  • Prescription drug crisis

The 24-hour news cycle magnifies almost every news story, accident, and social media post to “crisis level.”

Churches are not exempt from crisis. Over last 15-20 years we’ve experienced our own crises over issues like worship styles; hymns or choruses; hymnals or slides; pianos and organs or praise bands; traditional, blended or contemporary worship; your Sunday best or come as you are casual.

A quick review of our declining baptisms reveals an evangelism crisis. We’re either not sharing our faith or we are sharing and people are simply not responding as they once did. During the recent meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas it was interesting to hear several motions addressing our declining evangelistic endeavors.

I wonder if we’re seeing another crisis in the church. Let’s call it a crisis of complacency. We see the news, either on television or via our social media feeds and we are troubled, shocked or even saddened. We shake our heads, say a brief prayer and even make a quick online donation as we continue on our way.

When Jonah was running from God’s call to go to Nineveh, he hopped a boat heading in the opposite direction.  Exhausted from his efforts to escape God’s clear calling, he went below deck and dosed off.  While he slept, the sailors fought for their lives. They used all of their sailing skills to combat the elements, but the storm was so severe the ship was breaking apart. After doing all they knew to do, the captain went below and asked the slumbering prophet, “How can you sleep?”

In spite of his deliberate disobedience, Jonah at least gave an honest answer: “Pick me up and throw me into the sea and it will be calm. I know that it’s my fault this great storm has come upon you.”

I wonder if maybe, just maybe, we, those of us who profess to be followers of Christ, are at the core of some of the crises we face today. Please don’t misunderstand. I’m not saying everything that is wrong with our culture is our fault – but I am saying some of it could be.

We are the ones called to be salt and light.

We are the ones called to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.

We are the ones who are called to love one another in such a way that the world would know we belong to Jesus.

We are the ones called to go to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in.

Would things calm down, even just a little, if we awakened from our sleep and began to be obedient to what we know God has called us to be and do?

During one storm, the disciples were in the boat with Jesus trying to get to the other side of the sea. As the storm worsened, so did their fear. Things finally reached a point where they awakened Jesus and asked Him, “Don’t you care that we are about to perish?”

I wonder if our culture drives by our church buildings and asks the same thing.

Let’s not forget that we have the answer to life’s big questions. We know what to do – how to act, how to live.  And like Jonah, we know where we’re supposed to go – to the ends of the earth, to the highways and hedges. We’re just not doing it.

Each of us must ask ourselves the “why” question. It’s easy to look at the culture and try to pin the blame on Jesus, “Don’t you care …” The real challenge comes when we have to respond to His question, “Where is your faith?”

If we want to change our culture, if we want to calm some of the storms in our culture, we must seed God’s truth into people’s homes and hearts.

Only God’s truth can calm the storms that rock our culture.

Only God’s truth can bridge the divides Satan has created.

Only God’s truth can spread His love which can conquer a multitude of evils.

Here for You is an attempt to begin this process. By leveraging current communication platforms to creatively and consistently share God’s word, we can spread the seeds of truth which can begin to defuse our culture of crisis and allow our light to shine further and brighter as we walk with Jesus in loving obedience.

Behind each Here For You commercial are important, soul-waking messages that are simple and yet so needed today. Messages like:

It’s never too late to come back to God.

No marriage is too far gone.

God restores the broken parts of our lives.

You can get involved by visiting HereForYou.org and posting these 30 second slices of life on your social media pages and sharing them with friends. You can also invest in this effort by giving to the Here for You campaign and the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering. Bottom line – we need 300-400 churches to give $100 per month to this strategic initiative. This will provide the needed resources to empower this effort statewide.

We can’t avert every crisis, but we can look in the mirror of God’s word, confess any areas of disobedience that may be contributing to the chaos and begin to intentionally scatter the calming seeds of God’s truth

I believe this is doable. I pray you agree.

Reflections on a Half Century of Ministry

I made the decision. I am going to attend the fifty year reunion of my high school graduating class in a few weeks. As I read posts about this event on social media, I think everyone in the class must be having the same questions I do: (1) where did all the time go, and (2) who are all these senior citizens? I am passing/approaching the half-century mark in other areas as well. I preached my first sermon just over fifty years ago. The fiftieth anniversary of my wedding is a few months away as is that of my ordination to the ministry. There is something sobering about measuring life events in segments of fifty years.

As I look back on the past half century, I remember the aspirations I had at the beginning. It was my desire that my life and ministry would be faithful, fulfilling, and fruitful. Have I hit the mark? Others (and ultimately God) will be the final arbiters; but I hope that there is evidence of my having lived consistently with these aims.

Faithfulness

I remember sitting in a restaurant as a high-schooler while my dad had a cup of coffee with a colleague. At one point, the man said, “David, what are you going to be?” My dad answered for me. “David is planning to go into ministry.” There was an awkward pause. Then the guy replied, “Well, a lot of young guys think that for a while. But then they move on to other things.” So much for a word of encouragement. He probably thought he was just being a realist. But I have imagined a conversation from time to time where I would say to him, “Still here!”

I am thankful that, after all these years, I am still pursuing my calling. I make no claim of doing it perfectly and no one recognizes more than I that God’s grace has been operating vigorously to keep me from veering onto destructive, disqualifying paths. Any number of the seven deadly sins are always lurking nearby to trip me up so that Satan might sift me like wheat.

That is why, in my first few days as a pastor, I adopted my motto for ministry: “O Lord God of the armies of heaven, don’t let me be a stumbling block to those who trust in you. O God of Israel, don’t let me cause them to be confused.” (Ps 69:6, The Living Bible). While this prayer is admittedly defensive, it has reminded me of the value of faithfulness for the long haul. If you are on the front end of ministry currently, a great aspiration for you would be “to finish well.”

Fulfillment

I like what I am doing. I grew comfortable a long while back telling people (when they inquired about my occupation) that I am a Baptist preacher. They don’t always know what to say about that. One guy responded, “Well, I guess you get to work with a nice group of people.” Yes and no.

Ministry hasn’t always been easy, but it has always been fulfilling. In fact, for me, the more difficult assignments were often the most fulfilling. I do not mean to minimize the struggles some in ministry have faced. The circumstances can sometimes be grueling, even brutal. But I want to challenge my fellow strugglers to remember their high calling, to consider it joy to serve the Lord, and to be happy in their labor.

Ministry for Jesus ought to be satisfying. The satisfaction should come more from the what of your service than the where of your service. I find my ministry fulfilling because the cause is right. I find my ministry fulfilling because it is purposeful. I find my ministry fulfilling because it pleases God.  God’s ministers should say with Paul: I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

Fruitfulness

A psychology professor once taught me that there are two kinds of people: “get ahead” people and “get by” people. I have always wanted to get ahead–to achieve, to be successful, to be fruitful. (The caption on a picture of me and the other class officers in our senior yearbook reads: Climbing the Ladder of Success).

I applied the same drive to ministry. While we ought to avoid the excesses “get ahead” people can fall into (pride, self-sufficiency, misplaced priorities, burn out, etc.), there is nothing virtuous in laziness, lack of ambition, or being a slacker. God will evaluate our “fruitfulness.” Will it be gold, silver, precious stones or wood, hay, and stubble?

I want to be a good steward of my opportunities to bear fruit for the Kingdom. I look back thankfully on those individuals who came to salvation as we prayed together, on those families who renewed their commitment to God and one another, to those churches that sacrificed to be on mission, to those strategies that led to spiritual and numerical advance.

Carlos McLeod, the late Texas Baptist evangelism director, told of his boyhood days and picking cotton. When he was tempted to hide behind the plants and not do his work, he would remember that his father would be waiting at the end of the day to weigh the cotton he had picked. He didn’t want to disappoint his father by a paltry amount in his sack. Then, Dr. McLeod challenged us all: We have an eternal harvest to reap. Let’s not appear before the Father empty handed.

 

Thank you, Lord, for 50 years and counting. May God grant us all the gift of a faithful, fulfilling, fruitful ministry for Jesus sake!

4 Pivotal Steps for Pastors in Transition

We often think about Pastor Search teams vetting pastors, but for the pastor in transition, it is so important that a pastor vet a church. Wise pastoral candidates will not avoid this important step. Here are some common steps that some pastors take to learn more about a prospective church. But how?

  1. Seek the LORD diligently in prayer to discern whether He would have you consider the church. Every important move you make should be immersed in prayer.
  2. Research the prospective church thoroughly.
  • Read any documentation that is available: purpose, mission, vision, values, bylaws, etc.
  • Read about the staff, if any.
  • If a calendar is posted, review the activities. Is it current?
  • If newsletters or bulletins are archived, read some.
  • Is there a worship service video archive? If so, view some to get a feel for the worship.
  1. Make some key contacts:
  • Director of Missions for that area. Ask what he knows about the church. Stable? Strengths? Weaknesses? Troubled? Cooperative? Where did the last pastor go? Was he terminated? Pressured to resign?
  • Former pastor(s) to learn more about the church, his ministry, and his departure.
  • Former staff members to learn more about the church, the former pastor, and their respective departures.
  • State convention office to request a historical statistical report for the church and to ask what they may know about the church and the former pastor’s ministry.
  • Neighboring pastors to ask what they may know about the church and the former pastor’s ministry.
  • Neighboring businesses to ask what they may know about the church.

Again, seek the LORD diligently in prayer to discern whether He would have you consider the church.

Remember that ultimately, “the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.” (Acts 20:28)

  1. Be upfront about your questions and concerns. Don’t hesitate to discuss with the pastor search committee any concerns that may arise.

Excellence in The Big Easy

12 Things Franklin Avenue Taught Me about Doing it Right

This past weekend I had the privilege of presenting a keynote address and then leading two breakout conferences at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church’s annual teacher training event. You may have heard about this great New Orleans church – Dr. Fred Luter is the senior pastor and he is also the past president of the Southern Baptist Convention. This annual training event has grown year-over-year, and attendance at this year’s event was projected to be 800 people from 40+ churches.

The Sunday School Director, Minister Keith James, and the Assistant Sunday School Director, Valerie Burton, led an amazing event. Words will not come close to describing the atmosphere of excellence that I experienced, but I’m going to give it a try, anyway, and tell you where I experienced excellence. The people of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church absolutely knocked it out of the park last Saturday. I told them, and I sincerely meant it, that there is no way anyone, anywhere, will ever displace them as the place where excellence reigns. Here’s how they did it:

  1. There was excellence in communication. Prior to the conference, Keith James reached out to me with an invitation and clearly defined the parameters of my responsibilities. He followed up often, clarified questions I had, and continued to guide me through the pre-conference time. Once I landed at the airport and made my way to the hotel on Friday, I received a communication from Keith – he checked on me to make sure I had made it to town safely, and that all was well with the hotel they selected for me.
  2. There was excellence in printed materials. Keith and Valerie made sure that the conference brochure, a multi-page full-color piece, had clear directions for people so they were not confused about their conference and lunch options. Valerie even spent a few minutes before releasing conference attendees to their first workshop explaining the schedule, the people’s options, and other key pieces of information. It was all contained in the excellent conference brochure.
  3. There was excellence in the parking lot. As I pulled onto the church’s property that Saturday morning, I was greeted by two gentlemen who were directing traffic. 800 people were about to descend upon the church’s property, and these brothers in Christ were outside in the warm, muggy early morning hours guiding people to parking spaces. I was quickly directed to a secured lot where I parked and headed to the main entrance, only to be greeted by several others.
  4. There was excellence in the lunch hour. Two things really impressed me about the way Franklin Avenue managed the massive lunch hour. No, make it four things:  (1) the meal was excellent…boxed sandwiches from Honey Baked Ham (2) I was ushered to the front of the line and told to eat so that I had time to relax before my final workshop of the day (3) the praise team that led morning worship shifted gears and provided some beautiful singing while the rest of us ate lunch (4) the conference attendees were broken into two large groups and they ate at two different times to make sure everyone was accommodated. This was done through colored wristbands. Just excellent!
  5. There was excellence prior to the conference. No one could have prepared me to have a hostess attached to me, but she was great. Yoskia (I am sure I just butchered the spelling!) brought me a breakfast tray to their Green Room. It was there that I was able to eat a bite, review my notes, pray, and clear my head before going out to deliver the keynote. Her service to me was so greatly appreciated! That’s never happened anywhere I’ve spoken and trained before, and it was a humbling experience. She continually checked back with me, but didn’t hover. She was available, but did not overwhelm me. Great job!
  6. There was excellence during the conference. I had two wonderful assistants during the breakout conferences I led. Gabrielle (Gabby) and Leslie made sure my handouts were passed out to all of the participants. Gabby had a series of signs with numbers on them; she held up these “countdown” signs starting at 15 minutes before I was supposed to finish my presentation. Every five minutes, Gabby held up a new sign showing me how many minutes remained. This was so helpful and kept me right on track. It was a “little” thing, but made a big difference. And that’s where excellence takes place – in the little things.
  7. There was excellence in evaluation. After each of my workshops, Gabby came to the microphone and instructed the people to fill out the evaluation form while the conference was fresh on their minds. These eval forms help Franklin Avenue personnel know what to tweak for next year’s event. Some presenters will be invited back based on the evals, others may not. Conference topics may be adjusted. Without the evaluation forms, excellence would not be achieved year after year.
  8. There was excellence in the volunteer team’s dress. The volunteers were easy to identify in their matching t-shirts. If you had a question, you knew who to reach out to at the event.
  9. There was excellence in the pre-conference worship. The worship team had the place hopping! The music was uplifting, energizing, and prepared our hearts for the day as we worshipped the One whom we all serve.
  10. There was excellence in the technical support personnel. Normally I’m running a PowerPoint slideshow, speaking, juggling a microphone, and trying to teach or speak. Not so at Franklin Avenue! My PowerPoint was emailed to Keith James, who turned it over to his technical team. They loaded it into their software, and throughout the keynote address and two workshops, someone in the sound booth advanced the slides and kept right up with me as I spoke. What a relief that was not to have to try to juggle everything!
  11. There was excellence in the planning. Valerie Burton told the participants that the planning for this year’s event began the day after last year’s conference ended. Now that’s excellence! You start very, very early. You dream, plan and envision. Excellence is intentional.
  12. There was excellence in prayer. One hour before the conference began, volunteers gathered to pray for me, the other conference presenters, and the participants. The entire event was covered in prayer, and I saw Proverbs 21:31 lived out. That verse says, “The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but victory comes from the Lord.” The people at Franklin Avenue had prepared and prepared for this event, yet did not trust their own hard work and ingenuity. Instead, they cried out to God to bless the event and the guest speakers/presenters.

I am sure I missed some other ways that Franklin Avenue achieved excellence. I thought I used to put on good training events, but I was humbled this past weekend when I realized that my new friends at Franklin Avenue are at a level almost none of us achieve. Their example has raised the bar for me, and they have made me a better event planner because of their great example. I hope to be invited back some time in the future. I’d love to go back and invest in these dear brothers and sisters in the Lord. I love what they are doing, I love their pursuit of excellence, and I love their passion for training leaders.

Well done, good and faithful servants! I’m glad to know you and know of your great ministry.

Ken Braddy led hundreds of workshops and conferences around the country. He speaks to groups of pastors, church staff, and leaders of Bible study groups. He serves as manager of Adult Ongoing Bible Studies at LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, TN.

Who Will Care for These?

“Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:40). Jesus emphasized the care for the poor, needy, and estranged. He called us to care for those around us. As we care for others, we care for Him.

This past week a very disturbing but not unexpected report came out about the church habits of children with autism, ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, depression, and conduct disorders. The report indicated that the odds of a child with autism never attending religious services were nearly twice as high as children with no chronic health conditions. The odds were the same in all of the at risk areas.

Many of these children who are most in need of social interaction are those least likely to receive it.

By the way, studies show that children with chronic and persistent health conditions show improved mental and emotional health, higher self-esteem, and overall well-being when they attend church regularly. That is the kind of results we see for the population at large.

It simply does us good to attend religious services.

Why do these children not attend?

First, this is an invisible need. This population is unseen because of the difficulty of attending church and when they do attend they have a negative experience and don’t return.

Second, churches are not generally prepared for children with these kind of needs. I understand why. In reality, most churches have difficulty taking care of healthy children.

This kind of need is exactly what we learned when we began our Special Needs Ministry at our church. Families feel lost and uncared for. Many families feel that the church is telling them not to return. 

It is obviously time for church people to see themselves as ministers rather than spectators. We must look differently at the world and our response to it. We must become those who care for the hurting among us. “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.”

What can we do?

We can plan, prepare, and volunteer. And, we can pray to the Lord of the harvest that He would send laborers into His harvest.

Would you be that laborer?

Whatever Happened to Hope?

How do you explain an extraordinarily gifted and successful person who seemingly has it all and ends it all? Suicide confounds us, especially high-profile suicides.

When we hear that a famous chef, a popular designer or entertainer decides life is not worth living, it often leaves us feeling bewildered. By the world’s standards, they were successful. They had notoriety, money and all of the trappings of the “good life,” but if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find these high profile suicides are symptomatic of a larger problem.

According to a June article in USA Today, suicides are up 30% since 1999 – totaling nearly 45,000 people per year. In fact, suicides claim more lives than car accidents. First responders seem particularly vulnerable. A recent study indicated more firefighters and police officers die by suicide than all line-of-duty deaths combined. And we’ve all read too many posts relating to suicides attributed to cyber bullying.

Writing from a Roman prison, Paul identified the underlying issue when he reminded the believers in Ephesus of their former condition, “You lived in this world without God and without hope.” (Eph. 2:12, NLT).

In order to see examples of this lifestyle, spend a few minutes on social media or watch any number of popular programs, especially reality TV. You’ll see plenty of examples of what it means to be hollow and hopeless.

People give up when there is no hope.

People die when there is no hope.

Those who are left grieve when there is no hope.

Headlines today often reflect more than actual events. Frequently they describe and define a society living without God and without hope.

Solomon said it best, “A hope deferred makes the heart sick.” (Prov. 13:12). And today this sickness has gone viral.

What do you do? What can you do?

For those who claim to be Christ-followers, it’s tempting to throw up our hands and think, “Well, this is what God said it would be like in the last days so – come quickly, Lord Jesus!”

The good news is that God has given us an antidote for the virus. But will we share it?

We don’t need to be reactive people. Instead we need to be a proactive people. Be ready to respond. Be ready to give hope.

Here for You, Louisiana Baptists multi-media evangelism strategy, is a response. A response by you, Louisiana Baptists, to those living without God and without hope.

Instead of sitting around and complaining about the condition of the culture, we are going inside the devices people are using and the programs they are watching with the only thing that provides hope – truth, God’s truth.

As we continue to leverage current communications platforms to seed the truth of God’s word inside every heart and every home, we’re seeding the path to freedom. We’re pointing those without hope to the only God who provides hope.

When is the last time you took a proactive approach? Start now. Take a moment, go to www.HereForYou.org and share truth, share hope with your friends and family via social media.

Whatever happened to hope? Check your newsfeed, check your inbox and stay tuned. Lord willing, we’re taking hope statewide in February 2019.