September 2010

Keith: Sunday School training leads to discipleship

By KAREN L. WILLOUGHBY, Managing Editor

 NEW ORLEANS/LAFAYETTE – Training is vital for a vibrant Sunday School, says Sean Keith of the Louisiana Baptist Convention’s Evangelism/Church Growth team.

“Sunday School is the largest lay-led organization in our churches, and if they are to be effective, the leaders need to understand their roles and responsibilities,” said Keith, the LBC’s Sunday School/Discipleship strategist. “Our role [as teachers and class leaders] is to make disciples; that’s from beginning to end. We have to think holistically.


Foundation's Wayne Taylor leads by example

By KAREN L. WILLOUGHBY, Managing Editor

ALEXANDRIA – Financial investing is just one way of being a good steward of your resources, says Wayne Taylor, Executive Director of the Louisiana Baptist Foundation.
Taylor, celebrating fifteen years with the Foundation, said his parents taught him to tithe and instilled in him the need to be a good steward in every aspect of his life. He also learned from them the importance of family.

He learned at Calvary Alexandria “that it was my choices that determined my life.

“It’s a God-given responsibility to take care of your family,” Taylor said. “I love [my children] and I want them to have lots of opportunities to be the best at what God has planned for them.”


Cenla churches plan homeless awareness event

BALL/DEVILLE/PINEVILLE – A car wash to raise money to help minister to homeless men, women and families in the Alexandria/Pineville area has been set for Sept. 18 at Advance Auto on Highway 28 E in Pineville.

“Many people don’t know there are a lot of homeless people in Alexandria, some of them living under the bridge,”  said Rita Huffman of Kingsville Baptist Church in Ball.


Vacation Bible School strengthens churches

STATEWIDE – Nearly all the state’s 1,597 churches that affiliate with the Louisiana Baptist Convention hosted a Vacation Bible School this summer, and there was something special about each one.

Following is a smattering of information from the reports that came in:
VBS was combined with a soccer camp at New Hope Baptist in DeQuincy. During the time set aside in VBS for recreation and camp, New Hope VBS practiced soccer skills.





Sellers Maternity Ministries was founded in 1920 as the Baptist Woman’s Emergency Home in New Orleans.

The ministry became affiliated with the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1933 and the name was changed to Baptist Women’s Home.

The ministry was renamed Sellers Baptist Maternity Home and Adoption Center in 1961 in honor of Dr. Thomas B. Sellers, a New Orleans obstetrician who had volunteered his services there for 33 years. On July 31, 1964, the Sellers Home placed its 1000th baby for adoption.


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Port Barre Pastor's story a testament to God's work

By QUINN LAVESPERE, Message Summer Staff Writer

PORT BARRE – First Port Barre Baptist Church Pastor Benji Richard is a man who has seen both the depths of depravity and the fullness of God’s love.

Nearly eight years after being saved, Richard has realized his dream of becoming pastor in his hometown of Port Barre, leading First Port Barre to spiritual triumphs through the blessings and work of God.