Church Planting and Compassion Ministry Projects Continue Across Louisiana

The Louisiana Baptists Missions Support Committee met this week as part of the Louisiana Baptist Annual Meeting. The Committee heard reports from Missions and Ministry Strategists and approved financial supplements for 46 Church Planting and Compassion Ministry Projects across Louisiana for 2021. In the midst of a difficult year, still much historic kingdom work and great cooperation happening around the state. We are grateful for the Louisiana Baptist Churches that give to the Cooperative Program and the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering that make this work possible.

35 new churches were approved for supplement in 2021, bringing the total of new churches started since 2010 to 271.

The 35 new churches include:

  • 14 Replants or new churches started on a church property that was closed or near closure. Replanting has grown every year across Louisiana as churches reach the difficult decisions that come with long seasons of decline. Restarting or replanting these churches is a great option for every church in need of radical revitalization. Check out LouisianaBaptists.org/RePlantReady for more resources on RePlanting.
  • 23 non-anglo churches, including 14 African-American churches, 7 Hispanic churches, 2 Asian churches. Our desire to increase diversity of the churches in our convention, has led to 55% of new churches since 2010 being non-anglo. The goal of reaching every people group in our state with the gospel is coming to fruition through church planting.
  • 10 of the 35 meet in a space shared with another congregation. Sharing facilities is a great way to be a part of multiplying disciples, leaders, and churches.

We are looking forward to 2021. 21 new churches in the pipeline already. We are praying that the adversity of 2020, will lead to great growth and fruitfulness in 2021.

The Vision Thing

If there is one thing we as pastors and churches should be doing right now, it is clarifying the vision and mission for the future of our churches. Pre-covid 19, the decline in the SBC and in evangelicalism has been well documented year by year. In 2019, baptisms dropped another 20% in Louisiana, Bible Study attendance was below 100,000 for the third straight year, and more churches closed for good, bringing the total in Louisiana to 125 since 2015. Covid-19 may be fast forwarding our decline as churches slowly reopen with smaller crowds. Vision and visionary leaders are desperately needed for today.

In his book The Vision Driven Leader, Michael Hyatt lists the pitfalls of vision-less organizations. He says, without vision we…,

  1. Are unprepared for the future
  2. Miss opportunities
  3. Suffer scattered priorities
  4. Waste money, time, and effort

Here is the positive impact of 2020. The last eight months have helped us think hard about the future, consider new opportunities, prioritize ministries, and sharpen our focus. Now is the time to clarify the vision.

Are you crystal clear about the vision, missions, and values of your church? And are you communicating it in a clear and compelling way in this season of uncertainty?

Of course, Jesus has given us as church leaders a head start, with the global vision to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19-20). We can’t and shouldn’t try to improve on his vision. However, we can contextualize it for our church specifically and communicate it in a compelling and moving way to the people we lead.

How do I clarify the vision for my church?

  1. Get clear on the vision of Jesus for the world found in the Great Commission.
  2. Get alone with God and ask Him for a clear vision for your church and community.
  3. Jump ahead three to five years and imagine a better future for the people in your community through Great Commission obedience.
  4. Write a three to five paragraph script of what that future looks like in the present tense.
  5. Share that vision with your leaders as though you were inviting them on a journey.

Writing about your church in five years, try starting like this: “________ Baptist Church is filled with people who are new to faith in Christ.” What else can you imagine for your church and community?

For additional clarity on vision and writing a vision script, check out Michael Hyatt’s great book, The Vision Driven Leader: 10 Questions to Focus Your Efforts, Energize Your Team, and Scale Your Business.

If you’re ready to get more strategic as a leader in this new day, check out the Multiply Louisiana Cohorts, kicking off in 2021. Connect with a network of other pastors and ministry leaders who are honing their vision, developing a strategic plan, raising up leaders, and looking afresh at their communities and churches through historical and demographic data. Connect with an Informational Meeting for Multiply Louisiana Cohorts, here: https://louisianabaptists.org/get-strategic-in-2021-connect-with-a-multiply-louisiana-pastors-cohort/.

Get Strategic in 2021: Connect with a Multiply Louisiana Pastors Cohort

2020 has changed everything. Now more than ever, churches need strategic leadership to rebuild and revitalize ministries in our new normal. Over the last four years, churches and leaders have grown through networking and collaborating together through Multiply Louisiana Cohorts. These cohorts have brought together like-minded pastors and ministry leaders who are seeking to revitalize and replant churches, multiply leaders and groups, and sharpen or reshape strategies for reaching people in this new day. The Multiply Louisiana Cohort is a 10-month church multiplication and revitalization initiative for pastors and replant leaders. By joining the Multiply Louisiana Cohort you’ll be in on a monthly meeting with like-minded pastors led by seasoned practitioners, you’ll get six books and a notebook filled with ideas to grow your leadership and your church, a detailed demographic profile of your community, a 30-year profile of your church, and more.

Together we learn:

  • How to Lead Through Change
  • How to Manage Conflict
  • How to Empower Lay Leaders and Volunteers
  • How to Develop a Strategic Plan
  • How to Staff for Growth
  • How to Apply Research Data to Your Community (MissionInsite Demographic Profile provided for each participating church), and more.

Cohorts are kicking off in January of 2021. Get more info by connecting with one of these five informational meetings:

Or view a listing of all events here.

Pray for the Northshore Baptist Association

Associational Mission Strategist: Don Pucik

  • Covers St. Tammany Parish, south Tangipahoa Parish, and a sliver of east Livingston Parish.
  • Major cities are Hammond, Ponchatoula, Covington, Mandeville, Slidell.
  • 315,005 souls reside in the Northshore Baptist Association.
  • 21.8% of the population, or 68,587, are evangelicals.
  • 162,250 or 51% of the population are listed as none’s or non-affiliated with any church.
  • 10,666, only 3.4% of the population, attended the 93 SBC churches in the Northshore Baptist Associaton in 2018.
  • 26 new SBC churches have been planted in the Northshore Baptist Association since 2010.

Church to Population ratio is 1 to 3,387. 18 new churches would be needed to get to our statewide ratio of 1 to 2,850. 64 new churches would be needed to get to NAMB’s suggested ratio of 1 to 2,000.

Pray for the pastors and churches of the Northshore Baptist Association. Pray for people to hunger for the gospel. Pray for believers who will share the gospel with neighbors, friends, and family members. Pray for Church Planters, RePlanters, and Partnering churches to join the workers in the harvest on the Northshore.

Pray for the New Orleans Baptist Association

Associational Mission Strategist: Jack Hunter

  • Covers Orleans, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Bernard, and Plaquemine Parishes.
  • Major cities are New Orleans, Kenner, Metairie, Destrehan, Chalmette.
  • 912,024 souls reside in the New Orleans Baptist Association area.
  • 15.1% of the population, or 137,848, are evangelicals.
  • 427,562 or 47% of the population are listed as none’s or non-affiliated with any church.
  • 17,640, or 1.9% of the population, attended the 145 SBC churches in New Orleans Baptist Association in 2018.
  • 69 new SBC churches have been planted in the New Orleans Baptist Association since 2010.
  • Church to Population ratio is 1 to 6,290. 175 new churches would be needed to get to our statewide ratio of 1 to 2,850. 311 new churches would be needed to get to NAMB’s suggested ratio of 1 to 2,000.

Pray for the pastors and churches of New Orleans Baptist Association. Pray for people to hunger for the gospel. Pray for believers who will share the gospel with neighbors, friends, and family members. Pray for Church Planters, RePlanters, and Partnering churches to join the workers in the harvest in the Greater New Orleans Area.

Greenhouse Church Planting Training Moves Online

Louisiana Baptists have offered free training to church planters and replanters since at least 1999. These have mostly been in the form of two day retreats at our regional Baptist retreat centers with about 100 planting team members attending the training annually. In 2020, Covid-19 safety protocols have caused us to cancel three of this year’s four planned retreats. So, this Fall, we are moving our training online.

The Greenhouse Training is designed to give a church planter, replanter, or revitalization minded pastor the tools needed to design an evangelistic strategy for church growth and multiplication. It is divided into four sections: Cultivate – Plant – Harvest – Multiply. Sessions include: Mobilizing Prayer, Knowing Your Context, Counting the Cost for Sustainability, Vision and Mission Design, Evangelism Best Practices, Compassion Ministry and Evangelism, Systems and Ministry Design, Church Admin and Legal Issues, and Organizing for Multiplication.

While the training is designed for planters and replanters, anyone can attend. Find out more by signing up for Greenhouse Orientation on August 25th, Tuesday, 7-8pm on Zoom. Register HERE.

Email me at Lane.Corley@LouisianaBaptists.org for more information.

The Fall Schedule will be as follows:

Week 1 – Aug 25
Session 1: Multiplication Ready – Orientation to Louisiana Baptists Church Planting and RePlanting

Week 2 – Sept 1
Session 2: Establishing and Mobilizing Prayer
Session 3: Knowing Your Context – Discovering Evangelistic Opportunities in the Spiritual, Social, and Cultural Context of Your Community

Week 3 – Sept 8
Session 4: Counting the Cost – Establishing a Plan for Long-term Sustainability

Week 4 – Sept 15
Session 5: Vision – Mission – Values – Crafting a Vision Script for Evangelistic Growth and Multiplication

Week 5 – Sept 22
Session 6: Evangelism Best Practices for Planters and RePlanters
Session 7: Organizing for Evangelism

Week 6 – Sept 29
Session 8: Compassion Ministry and Evangelism

Week 7 – Oct 6
Session 9: Design for Disciple-Making – Moving People from Lost to Laborer

Week 8 – Oct 13
Session 10: Organizing and Managing the Congregation

Week 9 – Oct 20
Session 11: The Exponential Power of Multiplication
Session 12: Organizing for Multiplication of Disciples, Groups, and Churches

Discovery Bible Study Training

Discovery Bible Study is a tool used in disciple making and church planting movements around the world to evangelize the lost through simple Bible discussion. In today’s changing religious landscape, the lost may say no to church, but they have not said no to spirituality. The Discovery Bible Study process teaches you to lead lost friends to discover the Gospel backed by the authority of God’s Word and God’s Spirit. Connect with this free training and get equipped to use this process that has led to millions of new believers world wide.

November 2nd – November 30th / Monday nights 7-8pm.

Register below and receive the Zoom Link for the training.

Discover Bible Study Training - Registration

Pray for the Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge

Associational Mission Strategist: Tommy Middleton

  • Covers Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Point Coupee, St. James, Iberville, and West Baton Rouge Parishes.
  • Major cities are Baton Rouge, New Roads, Prairieville, Gonzalez, Port Allen, Gramercy, Donaldsonville.
  • 649,465 souls reside in the Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge.
  • 29.2% of the population, or 189,773, are evangelicals.
  • 246,142 or 38% of the population are listed as none’s or non-affiliated with any church.
  • Only 13,660, or 2.1% of the population, attended the 111 SBC churches in Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge in 2018.
  • 36 new SBC churches have been planted in the Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge since 2010.
  • Church to Population ratio is 1 to 5,851. 117 new churches would be needed to get to our statewide ratio of 1 to 2,850. 214 new churches would be needed to get to NAMB’s suggested ratio of 1 to 2,000.

Pray for the pastors and churches of the Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge. Pray for people to hunger for the gospel. Pray for believers who will share the gospel with neighbors, friends, and family members. Pray for Church Planters, RePlanters, and Partnering churches to join the workers in the harvest in Greater Baton Rouge.

Pray for Evangeline Baptist Association

Associational Mission Strategist: David Carlton
  • Covers Lafayette, Vermillion, St. Martin and Iberia Parishes.
  • Major towns are Lafayette, New Iberia, Abbeville, Youngville.
  • 404,977 souls reside in Evangeline Association.
  • 12.7% of the population, or 51,515, are evangelicals.
  • 141,696 or 35% of the population are listed as none’s or non-affiliated with any church.
  • Only 5,898, or 1.5% of the population, attended the 45 SBC churches in Evangeline Baptist Association in 2018.
  • 15 new SBC churches have been planted in Evangeline Association since 2010.
  • Church to Population ratio is 1 to 8,999. 97 new churches would be needed to get to our statewide ratio of 1 to 2,850. 157 new churches would be needed to get to NAMB’s suggested ratio of 1 to 2,000.
Pray for the pastors and churches of Evangeline Association. Pray for people to hunger for the gospel. Pray for believers who will share the gospel with neighbors, friends, and family members. Pray for Church Planters, RePlanters, and Partnering churches to join the workers in the harvest in Evangeline Association.

Pray for Carey Association

Associational Mission Strategist: Bruce Baker
  • Covers Cameron, Calcasieu, and Jefferson Davis Parishes.
  • Major towns are Lake Charles, Sulphur, Jennings.
  • 231,084 souls reside in Carey Association.
  • 29.6% of the population, or 68,425, are evangelicals.
  • 60,405 or 30% of the population are listed as none’s or non-affiliated with any church.
  • 9,334, or 4% of the population, attend the 73 SBC churches in Carey Baptist Association.
  • 12 new SBC churches have been planted in Carey Association since 2010.
  • Church to Population ratio is 1 to 3,165. 8 new churches would be needed to get to our statewide ratio of 1 to 2,850. 43 new churches would be needed to get to NAMB’s suggested ratio of 1 to 2,000.
Pray for the pastors and churches of Carey Association. Pray for people to hunger for the gospel. Pray for believers who will share the gospel with neighbors, friends, and family members.