Ray Swift accepts position as Director of Pastoral Leadership Team

With a strategy to love, listen and lift up pastors, Ray Swift accepted the invitation of Louisiana Baptists Executive Director, Steve Horn, and the Executive Board to become the Pastoral Leadership Team Director for Louisiana Baptists. Swift, who currently serves as the Administrative Pastor for the First Baptist Church in Lafayette, will assume his new […]

What’s That Smell?

Don’t let the culture cause you to go soul-blind If you’ve ever been the parent of a teenage son, chances are you’ve walked into his room and experienced the unpleasant teenage funk- a mixture of body odor, dirty clothes and Flaming Hot Cheetos™. For some reason that odor, so thick you can almost see it, […]

Part 3 – Adapt Like Jesus

Note: this post is the third entry of a series entitled, “Rebuilding the Sunday School/Small Group Ministry in the Local Church.” Ministry can be an ongoing season of change due to expectations or needs of the people. Basketball players learn to pivot as they move the ball toward the basket. In ministry we have to […]

2021 ECON Recap

ECON 2021 compelled a large gathering of Louisiana Baptists to share Jesus and develop a strategy to do just that. Thanks to your gifts through the Cooperative Program, we were able to bring presenters from across the United States to inspire us to dream once again about what God could do in and through churches. […]

Sales Tax Exemptions for Churches

Are churches exempt from sales tax when purchasing items? In most cases, probably not. Perhaps the following questions/answers taken from The Louisiana Department of Revenue website will prove helpful: “Are sales to churches and nonprofit organizations subject to sales tax? Yes, sales to churches and nonprofit organizations are subject to sales tax unless they are […]

Building a Disciple-Making Ministry

Building a Disciple-Making Ministry

A book summary of “Building a Disciple-Making Ministry, The Timeless Principles of Arthur Flake for Sunday School and Small Groups” Compiled by Ken Braddy and Allan Taylor, LifeWay Press 2020 Churches, Sunday Schools and Small Groups are cautiously and slowly making a comeback after a difficult year of the COVID-19 pandemic. This short book revisits a […]

Part 2 – Creatively Engaging Small Groups

Note: this post is the second entry of a series entitled, “Rebuilding the Sunday School/Small Group Ministry in the Local Church.” “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison 2020 was a year that forced many churches—if not all—to […]

Religious Freedom During COVID-19 and Beyond

Religious Freedom Webcast Recap

This past week on January 11, 2021, Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company, GuideStone Financial Services and Louisiana Baptists hosted a webcast on Religious Freedom During COVID-19 and Beyond. The Brotherhood Mutual webcast panel included: Michael Allison, Vice President and Chief Counsel’ Steve Case, Assistant Vice President and Senior Corporate Counsel; and Kyle Johnson, Senior Corporate Attorney. […]