January Bible Study

Dr. Archie W. England

Dr. Archie W. England

Year after year, churches across the country discover that a great way to start the new year is with the annual January Bible Study. These short-term studies bring the entire church together around one biblical topic. And it isn’t just for January. In fact, it’s flexible enough to use any month, any day of the week, with any age group.

DR. ARCHIE W. ENGLAND is Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, occupying the J. Wash Watts Chair of Old Testament and Hebrew. He also serves as pastor of Grace Community Baptist Church





Weighed & Found Wanting (E4 Resources)

Steve Gaines Speaks at E4

Louisiana College hosted Steve Gaines, the Keynote speaker for E4.

Dr. Steve Gaines has been the Senior Pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee since 2005. Since 1983 he has pastored churches in Texas, Tennessee, and Alabama. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Preaching from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, as well as a Master of Divinity. He received his Bachelor of Science from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.

He presently serves as President of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Steve and Donna are both authors, and Steve recently published two books, Pray Like it Matters and Share Jesus Like it Matters.


“Standing for the Lord in a Culture Collission”
Lessons from Daniel


“When One Person Prays”
Lessons from Daniel

150 New Churches

Today we celebrate a significant milestone for Louisiana Baptists: 150 churches planted since 2010! Our goal is 300 by 2020, so this puts us at the half way mark. Proud of our planters & their families who have risked much for the Gospel in some hard to reach Louisiana communities. Grateful for sponsor & sending churches that have given of themselves to help new works start. Also grateful for Southern Baptist churches who have given generously to the Cooperative Program & state & national mission offerings to help provide resources & training for these 150 church plants. We look forward with great anticipation to the next 150! Join me in praying today for laborers, partners, & planters for the next 150 new churches & beyond!

Here’s a breakdown of the 150 that shows a bit of the impact of church planting in our state:

  • The 150 churches were planted in 75 Different Louisiana towns or cities,
  • 21 of the 32 Baptist Associations in Louisiana have been involved in church planting since 2010.
  • Church Plants engaged 13 different people groups in Louisiana since 2010.
  • The 150 churches included 31 in North Louisiana (21%) & 119 (79%) in South Louisiana where the majority of population is.
  • The 150 church plants include 58 Anglo (39%), 49 African-American (33%), 25 Hispanic (17%), 8 Asian (5%), 10 Multi-Ethnic by design.
  • 17 of the 150 (11%) churches planted were Multi-Site Campus Multiplication of other healthy congregations.
  • 20 of the 150 (13%) churches planted were RePlants located on Baptist properties that had been or were very near closure.
  • 12 of the 150 (8%) closed after 1 year.
  • 129 of the 150 (86%) received cooperative funding through the Louisiana Baptist Convention.
  • The 150 church plants have baptized at least 2,535 new believers. That’s 37 baptisms per month since 2010!

Praise God for the work He is doing through our church plants & our together giving through Cooperative Program & State & National Missions Offerings.

Too Many Churches?

Every now & then, someone comments to me that we are planting too many churches in Louisiana. My answer:

  • Church to Population Ratio. South Louisiana is well above national levels of church to population ratio with some communities, like the Lafayette area, near 1 church to every 10,000 residents. Our state goal is to get every association to our state average of 1 church to every 2,850 residents. Many north Louisiana communities are well below that. Church planting helps us close this gap.
  • Percentage of the population actually attending churches are sinking across our state. This reflects the fact that many churches are in decline &/or churches are not growing as fast as their populations. Church Planting is needed to help close this gap, create more capacity for evangelism, & reach every people group & population segment in our community.
  • 3%. Bill Easum has said that denominations & networks must plant 3% of their total population annually just to keep from being in decline. For us as Louisiana Baptists, with 1,600 churches, that would mean having a goal of 48 new churches each year. At that point our goal of 30 is quite conservative & reflects a priority to reach other areas of our nation with much lower levels of evangelical population.
  • Saturating Our Communities with the Gospel. Our Southern Baptist strategy & that of other Evangelical partners, has always been a SATURATION strategy. We’re committed to doing ALL we can to get the gospel to EVERY person in our communities. Church plants are evangelistic by nature & by necessity. Existing churches tend to grow less evangelistic over time. We need church plants in every community to stay on the evangelistic edge & saturate every corner of our state with the Gospel.

Check out these resources to help you get started on your church planting journey:

SEND Relief Cargo Trailers Available

NAMB is offering a new way for your church or ministry to lend a hand during disasters. You can purchase a SEND Relief cargo trailer.

Whether you are ministering to those you serve through evangelism block parties, participating in collegiate outreach, assisting in Disaster Relief or providing community food ministries, this trailer can be a beneficial tool to assist you in reaching those who need help and hope.

To purchase a trailer, complete this application.

This is a joint effort between NAMB and Louisiana Baptists to provide trailers to help with relief efforts across the state.

Churches Can Help Churches

More than 70 churches were affected by the recent floods in south Louisiana. Many of the churches are small, do not have flood insurance, and have been unable to meet. If your church would like to partner with one of the affected churches as part of the recovery process, please fill out the contact information below and someone will follow up with additional information.


Give Georgia Barnette a Hug For Me!

Each year, Louisiana Baptist churches give over $1.5 million to the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering. 100% of this money goes to fund various missions projects throughout Louisiana. So far in 2016, 37% of last year’s offering has been disbursed and it is fun to watch this offering at work! Here’s some of what it’s doing so far this year:

  • Supporting 74 church plants across Louisiana. $132,000 so far!
  • Supporting the work of 39 different Compassion Ministries and 3 Seaman Ministry Centers reaching out to international seafarer’s docking in Louisiana. $21,750 so far!
  • Provides funding for the Baptist Mission Builder program which mobilizes construction volunteers and provides contracting services for the building or renovating of first unit buildings for new churches across Louisiana. $27,800 so far!
  • Provides training and networking opportunities for church planters, disaster relief volunteers, and missions leaders across Louisiana, including camps for kids in RA and GA programs and missions conferences for elementary through high school. $64,000 so far!
  • Provides money for special evangelism projects and block parties across Louisiana.
  • Provides money for prison revivals and outreaches across Louisiana.
  • Supporting the work of collegiate ministry teams across Louisiana. $85,000 so far!
  • Supporting the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Extension at Angola. $30,000 annually.
  • Provides money for literacy training, multi-housing ministry, chaplaincy training, pregnancy resource centers, and inner city ministries. $38,000 so far!

Still close to $1 million to be dispersed this year for these and other ministries across our state! Grateful for the generosity of Louisiana Baptist churches who contribute to this offering that generates so much incredible ministry.

Last year a church planter who received support through Georgia Barnette texted me to say thank you and he said, “I’m going to give you a hug next time I see you.” I texted back, “Instead of that, give Georgia Barnette a hug for us both next time the offering rolls around.”

This year’s goal is $1.8 million. For the sake of the Gospel and ministries across our state, I hope you and your church plan on giving Georgia Barnette a hug this year too!

Basic Mud-Out Guide for Home Owners

The removal of wet debris from a flooded home is called mud-out because everything flooded is saturated with muddy water. The objective is to get the house cleared of all wet debris to discourage the growth of mold and to allow the structure to dry out as quickly as possible so reconstruction can begin. The following sequence of actions is suggested for your consideration:

  1. Look for hazards such as broken gas lines, structural damage and damaged electric systems. Other potential hazards may include contamination by chemical spills and overflowing of sewage systems.   Watch for snakes and insects that may be found in unexpected places.
  2. Be aware of personal health and physical limitations. People with respiratory or heart problems should approach mud-out work with great caution. Furthermore, flood conditions bring increased risk of tetanus and hepatitis. Wear protective clothing such as boots, coveralls, hardhat, gloves and facemask. A fiber face respirator with N-95 rating is normally adequate for dust and molds, but not for gas or chemical fumes.
  3. Open all doors and windows and use fans to help circulate air through the house. Try to prevent any additional damage to the home. If the roof has suffered damage, temporary plastic roof covering may be needed. Remember, the home can normally be restored to its previous or better condition.
  4. Prevent health hazards by removing perishable foods and any chemicals or medicine to safe areas where animals or children will not get to it.
  5. If the flood water was high enough to get the walls and insulation wet:
    1. Remove all damaged furniture and wet debris from the house. Separate it on the curb by type, as appliances, furniture, food, chemicals and dry wall (sheetrock).  Put insulation and miscellaneous items in plastic bags. Please be aware that many of your things can be saved if properly cleaned and restored.
    2. Remove the carpets and pads. These can be cut into manageable pieces with a box knife for safe removal. Some carpet cleaning companies can clean and restore carpets but the wet carpet pad has to be replaced.
    3. Remove the baseboard, window and door trim where the dry wall and insulation is wet and must be taken out. Drill 1” holes in the bottom of the wall between each stud to get air circulation.
    4. The dry wall and insulation should normally be removed about one foot above the high water level. Moisture Meters can be used to check the condition of the dry wall and insulation.
    5. Remove any wet items from fixtures or cabinets. Open all doors to cabinets. If the water level was only several inches, drill a 1” hole in the bottom of each cabinet so an air flow can me maintained. Leave permanent fixtures and cabinets for repair or removal by professional craftsmen. Dry wall and insulation behind or on the opposite wall of a fixture should be removed to allow the dry wall behind the fixture to dry.
    6. If the flood water only reached the floor level but did not get the dry-wall and insulation wet you may only need to roll the carpet and remove the carpet pad, as some carpet cleaners can clean and dry the carpet and replace the pad. Adequate ventilation will be needed to remove excessive moisture. See sub-item 3.
  6. When an area is drying, do not rewet it with a hose or power washer. Let the area dry out and then sweep up the remaining debris. Spray with a fungicide such as Shockwave. If it is not available, a mixture of one half cup of bleach per one gallon of water may be applied where the site is still wet and mold is growing, this may not affect black mold.
  7. Allow the house to dry out for several weeks before putting in new dry wall and insulation. The time required for adequate drying will depend on temperature, humidity and how well ventilated the structure is.

Louisiana World Hunger Offering

Food Insecurity.  It is a new term and one that many of us have never personally experienced.  But, 1 in 5 people in Louisiana are food insecure.  Food insecure means lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.  That means 20% of all people in Louisiana don’t have enough good food to eat.

That’s how the Louisiana World Hunger Offering  can help.  You can help to provide food for hungry people in Louisiana. When Compas- sion Ministry is established through the local church, churches can meet needs, build trust, share the Gospel and create a connecting point with a local church.

In other words, the box of food becomes a reason to establish a gospel-centered  relationship.  And all over Louisiana people are giving out boxes of food and giving Jesus to hurting people.

When you give to the Louisiana World Hunger Offering  20% of all the funds collected stay right here in Louisiana, and the remaining portion goes to Southern Baptist Global Hunger Relief to help feed people around the world.  100% of the funds collected are used to purchase food.

Thank you for reaching out to hungry people in the name of Jesus through your participation in the Louisiana World Hunger Offering.


In a land of plenty, it’s hard to come to grips with the fact that 1 in 5 people in Louisiana live in poverty – and many of them are children.

As Louisiana Baptists, we are called to care for the needy. The Louisiana World Hunger Offering enables us to visibly show the love of Jesus by providing resources that are used to feed people across our state.

Our goal this year is $330,000 – 20% of which stays in Louisiana to meet local needs. The remaining 80% goes to Southern Baptist Global Hunger Relief to help feed people around the world.

Will you do what you can to help meet this need? Although the offering is scheduled for October, you can collect it any time during the year.

While there are government programs to help feed hungry families, it is simply not enough.

The Louisiana World Hunger Offering will do what the government can’t- share the Bread of Life, Jesus, with all who come.

There are many other ways you can show compassion to the needy in your community. Please contact our office and allow us to work with you in establishing an ongoing effort in your area. Thank you for reaching out to hungry people in the name of Jesus through your participation in the Louisiana World Hunger Offering.

To get involved or learn more about compassion ministries, click here. You can also contact Jeff.Cook@LouisianaBaptists.org or join the Facebook group (Compassion Ministry of Louisiana Baptists).

New Offering Collection Idea!

Simply print the Can Label pdf below in black and white or in color. Cut the paper into two labels and then wrap the label around a clean 16 oz can. Now you can start collecting coins and folding money for the World Hunger Offering.

You could put the cans around the church. Each family could put a can in a prominent place in the home and collect loose change for a period of time. One church even has a city wide project of leaving a can on every door step in the city, and the entire city fills a can and brings the can to the church on a certain day.

This is a fun way to help the hungry. If your church thinks of another creative way to collect funds, share the idea on our Facebook group (search for the Compassion Ministry of Louisiana Baptists group on Facebook.com).



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He was a friend of mine that had struggled for years. Twice divorced, now alone…  I worked with this man for five years and I knew that he needed what I had.

Then a few days ago I got up the courage to invite him to Harvest. I really didn’t know how he’d react… How would I describe him? Cynical, hurting, a rough exterior.

But I just prayed, “Lord, I am trusting you to do something in this invitation.”

I couldn’t believe it! He said “yes”

And then there came the day, a few week after that. I got to baptize the one I thought didn’t have a chance.

These stories are just waiting to happen

Harvest was birthed in the heart of Gevan Spinney, Pastor of First Baptist Church Haughton. His passion is evangelism and he sense God’s leadership to gather key pastors, evangelists, Directors of Missions, and other leaders to pray and seek God in hopes that a statewide evangelistic strategy could be developed to see Louisiana experience a miraculous harvest of new believers.

How do we get there?

Three Goals

  1. Prayer: We will prayer for EVERY home in Louisiana.
  2. Synergy: We are asking God for 700 churches to work together to see the Harvest become a reality.
  3. Plan: We will create a strategy that is simple, customizable and transferable to any church, association or group.
    • Prayer Events and Strategies
    • Crusades
    • Simultaneous Revivals
    • Harvest Events

“The fields are white unto harvest!” – Matthew 4:19

Imagine a plan to equip and engage every church member was involved in Harvest.

This simple plan allows your members to see prayers answered.

They’ll be motivated to share in this great harvest we are praying will come to Louisiana.

It works through the church’s Sunday School or small groups strategy to disciple members so that they will become exactly what Jesus called His small group of disciples to be: harvesters!

Connect to the Harvest.

Pastors: fill out the form below and receive resources pertaining to the Harvest!


Project 3151 is designed to help promote evangelism through groups. Download the brochure below.

On Failed Church Plants: How Many Are There and Why?


That’s the number of “failed” church plants we’ve recorded in Louisiana since 2010. 15 out of 138 churches planted.

I tracked this number down because it’s one of the regular remarks I hear from people wanting to question or disparage the role of church planting in the ministry of the church.

Don’t most church plants not make it anyway?
History tells us that most church plants won’t be around in 10 years.
I’ve heard 80% of church plants fail.” (Don’t know where this number came from, but it has to have joined the ranks of the most quoted bad stats.)

So that means we have an 88% “success” rate in church planting in Louisiana since 2010. The North American Mission Board has reported a 68% success rate across North America. Not an 80% failure rate.

As a church planter, I hate using these words – “failed” and “success.” Here’s why?

  • You can’t fail in attempting something great for God. If you’re sharing the gospel, you might not get immediate results, but you plant seeds for the future. The word of God never returns void. In the context of church planting, that might mean you run out of time on financial sustainability, but you can look back and see seeds planted, people that were lifted, and deep lessons learned that led to spiritual growth and character development in the life of a planter and team. I don’t think God would call that a failure.
  • Defining success in church planting can be muddy waters. Successful church planting is evangelism that leads to the birth of a new congregation. Is it success, then, if a church plant stays open, but reaches very few new people through evangelism? Is it success if a church plant grows at the expense of other churches in town? Is it success if a church plant doesn’t impact the community around it through evangelism and people in the immediate area don’t even know it exists? Questions like these lead me to look back at my list of 15 and see a few churches that made the tough decision to close, but may have been more “successful” than some of the 109 that are still open. Self-sustainability is an important factor in church planting, but evangelism and reaching new people, should ultimately define our true success.

Why do Church Plants Fail?

Looking back at our list of 15 and a factoring in a few others that I’ve been involved with prior to 2010, here are the reasons for their failures:

  1. Character and Calling issues. 4 out of the 15 I mention closed because of moral failure or a deficiency in character in the church planter.
  2. Wrong Context and Culture. Another 4 in our list can be chalked up to the church’s strategy and focus or the church planter himself not being a good fit for the context and culture.
  3. Ran Out of Time. The other 7 just simply ran out of time before achieving critical mass or financial sustainability. Lots of factors could go with this one, including work ethic issues of the church planter (which may go back to character and calling), lack of partner development, lack of evangelism and team building, difficulty of the soil in the area (which may go back to context), etc.

These are all things that we can counter with good solid assessments of planters and partner churches on the front end, good equipping and networking opportunities for planters and their teams, and by building great partnerships to come around each new plant.

In Louisiana, we offer these opportunities as part of our Church Planting Networks. Connect with our Facebook Group to keep up with opportunities. Our Greenhouse Training is specifically designed to help a church planter in Louisiana design systems and strategies to get to self-sustaining status in five years.

Church Planting is a risky thing. Not failing every now and then may be a sign that we’re not pushing into the absolute hardest to reach areas.

The great axiom is “Failure is never final, it’s only feedback.”

If a church plant doesn’t make it, it usually leaves behind some changed people and we can say it’s cultivated the ground for something in the future.

Check out these resources to help you or your church to get started on your church planting journey: