Incoming Louisiana College President Rick Brewer recently sat down with the Baptist Message and answered a series of questions before he officially takes office on April 7.
The Georgia Barnette Conference Center and Missionary/Volunteer Training Center, an 8,400-square-foot center, will house information about influential early-day Louisiana Baptists. This artistic rendering of the center shows the building in its early stages and the design likely could change.
The 2014 Louisiana Baptists’ Woman’s Missionary Union Mission Celebration and Annual Meeting featured a panel of missionaries among its many items on the schedule. This year’s mission celebration and annual meeting is scheduled for April 10-11 at Airline Baptist Church in Bossier City.
First Baptist Church in Bossier City recently held a dedication ceremony for Freedom Fields. Located near the church, these fields host Upward Sports and other events. (From left to right) Espy Moran, Jacob Hester, Scott Moran, John McConathy, Leroy Faith, Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker, David Shanks, First Baptist Bossier Pastor Brad Jurkovich, Jeff Paterson, Mark Rodie, Jarrod Love, Jerry Pipes, and Maj. Gen. Scot Vander Hamm.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

First of all, what would you like to say to the Louisiana College family, Louisiana Baptists and others with an interest in the college?

Listen, then learn, then lead. That’s my approach. I tell my students my rule of five. My rule of five every day is: I pray, I read, then I listen, learn, lead.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

WOODWORTH – A two-year effort to raise funds for the construction of the Georgia Barnette Conference Center and Missionary/Volunteer Training Center is nearing completion.

Through March 19, Louisiana Baptists have raised close to $1 million of the $1.2 million needed to build the facility located at Tall Timbers Conference Center in Woodworth. Once complete, the center will house information about influential early-day Louisiana Baptists and become a state-of-the art training facility for the future of missions in Louisiana.

By Message Staff

PINEVILLE – A team from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has found Louisiana College is in compliance with all standards except one, ‘external influence.’

The SACS-COC team made the decision during its exit interview after a one-day visit to LC on March 11, according to a news release from the school.

By Jerry Love, LBF Communications

In the past several years a relatively new “gift vehicle” has seen more use in providing gifts to Baptist ministry. 

The Donor Advised Fund offered by the Louisiana Baptist Foundation is designed to accommodate individuals who desire to make donations to one or more charitable institutions in a relatively flexible arrangement.  

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

PINEVILLE – Revival is sweeping across the Louisiana College campus, student Karen Wagley believes.

And a revival March 3-5 was a huge part of that happening.

By Chuck Lawless, Professor of Evangelism and Missions, Southeastern Seminary

Recently, I posted about burdens pastors often share with our Lawless Group consulting team. Others have since asked what we hear from church staff members.

In response to that request, here are topics of pain we often hear from staff. Again, I ask you to use this post as a catalyst to pray for your church’s staff members.

Lacking time with senior leadership

By Obbie Todd, Student Minister at Zoar Baptist Church, Baton Rouge

Nearly 200 years ago, in modern-day Myanmar, two fearful disciples of Jesus Christ made their way down to a muddy river to be baptized.

At night.

It was the only way these two men had agreed to be baptized was under the cloak of darkness, hidden from the condemning eyes of their Burmese brothers. After all, to be identified as ‘Christian’ in Southeast Asia was to risk social, financial, and mortal danger.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

BOSSIER CITY – Surrender, sacrifice and serve.

That’s not only the focus but the challenge for the upcoming Louisiana Baptists’ Woman’s Missionary Union Mission Celebration and Annual Meeting.

By Jerry Love, LBF Communications

So let’s pretend for a moment.

Pretend that you’ve actually put some thought into creating your estate. In other words you’ve drafted a Last Will and Testament (or a trust of some sort) and executed powers of attorney for financial and health reasons. 

Now, I know, based on statistics, only about 35-40 percent of you have actually done this. That’s why we’re pretending a bit.

By Staff, Baptist Press

ALPHARETTA, Ga., (BP) – Southern Baptists planted 985 new churches in 2014 – a 5 percent increase over 2013 church starts.

“This is very good news as we work toward diminishing the church-to-population deficit that steadily grew larger over the last century in the United States and Canada. It is also good because new churches, on average, reach people for Christ at a higher rate than existing churches,” said Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board.

By Staff, Baptist Message

A pastor and layperson are Louisiana’s representatives to the 2015 Southern Baptist Convention Committee on Committees.

SBC President Ronnie Floyd announced recently that Stewart Holloway, pastor of First Baptist Church in Pineville, and Diane Nix, a layperson from First Baptist Church in Covington, were among the members of the committee.

By Staff, Baptist Press

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (BP) – It was a bittersweet celebration for the few remaining members of Andrew Baptist Church as they met once more before handing the building keys, and their evangelism legacy in Bowling Green, to a multi-ethnic church plant a half-mile away.

“It has been a time of tears and a time of rejoicing,” said Peggy Sharer, an Andrew Baptist member for more than half a century.

First Baptist Church in Bossier City recently held a dedication ceremony for Freedom Fields. Located near the church, these fields host Upward Sports and other events.

The complex features three collegiate-sized athletic fields that are suited to host football, soccer and lacrosse games. The idea for a sports complex came from the church’s desire to continue its mission to serve families in the community.

ON THE MOVE

Erik Willie new as worship and youth pastor at New River Baptist Church, St. Amant.

 Jake Bondurant new as pastor at Trinity Baptist Church, Matthews.

 John Paul Cox new as pastor at University Baptist Church, Thibodaux.

REVIVAL

Center Point Baptist Church, Jonesboro: Revival, March 29-April 1, Sunday 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday-Wednesday, 7 p.m. Speaker: Terry Mims. Music: Charles Busby. Pastor: Joey Bignar.

LAGNIAPPE