February 2012

2012 Evangelism Conference: Jenkins -- People are seeking something more

By Karen L. Willoughby, Managing Editor

[img_assist|nid=7891|title=Deep in Prayer|desc=Before each session, people in attendance were invited to gather in small groups to pray and seek God during the annual Evangelism Conference, which took place on the campus of Louisiana College.|link=none|align=left|width=640|height=424]PINEVILLE – Every session, and nearly every speaker, at the 2012 Louisiana Evangelism Conference resulted in streams of people prostrating themselves at God’s altar.

“I think people are hungry for revival, for a fresh work in their life,” said Wayne Jenkins, director of evangelism and church growth for the Louisiana Baptist Convention, after the Jan. 23-24 event that took place in Guinn Auditorium on the campus of Louisiana College.

“More than 30,000 people and more than 500 churches participated in the 21 days of prayer and fasting that took place before the Evangelism Conference,” Jenkins continued.  “I think that played a big part in the response too. People are tired of the same-old, same-old. They want something more, something deeper than the surface religion they’ve been experiencing.”


Louisiana College forges ahead with eye on the future

By John Willie, Louisiana College Communications

[img_assist|nid=7901|title=New Student Housing|desc=n architectural drawing depicts what a student quadrangal located off College Drive on the Louisiana College campus will look like upon completion. The project, which will be in four phases and will help meet the need to house a growing student population.|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=376]PINEVILLE – Louisiana College’s Vision 20-20 exists to carry out the college’s mission to change the world for Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit at home and abroad. The school’s goal is to awaken and train students to “Go and Teach” in whatever field they are called in. As part of this, the LC Board of Trustees recently launched the Joseph Willis Institute For Great Awakening Studies.

The mission of the Joseph Willis Institute is to educate the present and future generations of spiritual leaders on the historical and biblical principles of the great Christian revivals that have significantly impacted Western civilization, culture, and church growth around the world.

The Willis Institute will be housed at Louisiana College giving pastors, students, educators, researchers and other interested persons access to historical documents lectures, and audio and video recordings.


Mulberry Baptist -- Small church making a Big impact

Special to the Message

[img_assist|nid=7903|title=Making an impact from Houma|desc=Hank Babin playing music from his iPhone for a very impressed crowd during a recent trip to Haiti.|link=none|align=left|width=640|height=480]HOUMA – In the far-away town of Houma, there is a small Baptist church called Mulberry, which recently hosted one of the most sophisticated online fundraisers eBay Giving Works has seen.

In an effort to help fund their third trip to Haiti to build homes for earthquake victims, Mulberry Church members decided to auction off the donated items that were flooding in from their generous community.

Since there were no resources to host a physical auction event, the group figured it ought to go big and take the auction online to eBay.


2012 church compensation survey is under way

By Staff, Baptist Press

DALLAS (BP) – The 2012 Compensation Survey of ministers and staff at Southern Baptist churches is underway at www.guidestone.org/CompensationSurvey.

The deadline for completion is May 31.

Each completed survey helps participating churches obtain an accurate baseline of data regarding compensation among similar-sized churches in their state convention.


Survey: Pastors unconvinced on evolution, split on earth’s age

By David Roach, Baptist Press

[img_assist|nid=7906|title=LifeWay Research on Evolution|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=364]NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – Pastors overwhelmingly believe that God did not use evolution to create humans and think Adam and Eve were literal people, according to a survey by LifeWay Research.

The survey of 1,000 American Protestant pastors, released Jan. 9, also found that ministers are almost evenly split on whether the earth is thousands of years old.

When asked to respond to the statement, “I believe God used evolution to create people,” 73 percent of pastors disagree, with 64 percent strongly disagreeing and 8 percent somewhat disagreeing. Twelve percent each somewhat agree and strongly agree. Four percent are not sure.


N.M. convention forms Glorieta committee

By John Loudat, Baptist New Mexican

ALBUQUERQUE (BP) – The Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s Executive Board has followed up on a resolution adopted at the convention’s annual meeting in October authorizing the creation of a committee to “explore the future and possibilities of Glorieta,” LifeWay Christian Resources’ conference center near Santa Fe.

BCNM messengers, at the annual meeting in Farmington, resolved to “strongly urge the Southern Baptist Convention and LifeWay Christian Resources to insure that Glorieta continues its vital ministry to the people known as Southern Baptists now and well into the future or until Jesus returns.”

The resolution was New Mexico Baptists’ response to a decision in September by LifeWay trustees to begin offering only summer events for students and to pursue “viable options for the disposition of the property. ...”


Duson Community Hub has space for more

By Staff, Baptist Message

DUSON – Reaching out with God’s love to people through compassion ministries is of growing interest to the leaders and members of Duson Baptist Church.

“It’s the ministry Jesus Christ did himself as he walked the streets – he had compassion on the least of these,” said Toby Ryder, Duson pastor for the last two years. “Compassion ministries and evangelism go hand-in-hand. Often people who need compassion ministries also need the gospel of Christ.”

Jeremy Touchet is youth pastor and director of what the church calls “Community Hub.” In a former warehouse next to the church parking lot houses several ministries:


First Patterson kids gather a 'lottie' pennies

By Staff, Baptist Message

[img_assist|nid=7910|title=Pennies for Lottie Moon|desc=Lottie Reasoner stands with some of the dozen or more youngsters from First Baptist Church of Patterson. At her suggestion, the children collected pennies to raise money for missions. The $268.69 they acquired was part of the $2,178 raised for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions – more than double the church’s $1,000 goal.|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=480]PATTERSON – At least a dozen youngsters at First Baptist Church of Patterson, Gulf Coast Baptist Association, badgered their parents, grandparents, friends’ parents, neighbors and anyone else they came across for their pennies.

After all, what can you buy for a penny? “Penny candy” now costs a nickel or a dime. Bubble gum now comes in dollar-size packs. Penny loafers? Are they even made anymore? Yes, Google.com says, but they can cost $100.

“But if we put our pennies together, we can do a lot,” said Lottie Reasoner, an active member involved in missions at First Patterson. She suggested to the children that they find all the pennies they could, to give to missions.


Louisiana Milestones

By Staff, Baptist Message


Kenneth (wife Ruth) Everett died Jan. 26. He was retired director of missions in Webster/Claiborne Baptist Association.

Beau Colle, new as director of missions for Delta Baptist Association.

Brandon (wife Christine) Gill, new as pastor of Eastern Heights DeQuincy; to be ordained at 2 p.m. Feb. 11.


State rankings place Louisiana as No. 1 pro-life state

By Margaret Johnson, Pro-Life Louisiana

Baton Rouge – Released in mid-January, Americans United for Life (AUL) has ranked Louisiana as the most pro-life state in their annual “Life List.”  AUL’s “Life List” ranks all 50 states based on the way each deals with a comprehensive list of life issues, ranging from abortion to euthanasia. 

Benjamin Clapper, Director of Louisiana Right to Life, stated the following: “Since 1970, Louisiana Right to Life has worked diligently to ensure that Louisiana law protects human life as much as possible.  AUL’s ranking recognizes this great undertaking, and the success we have achieved in defending life at our state legislature.”

 “Specifically, we have made great strides over the past five years to reach this No. 1 position.  Our legislation has been cutting-edge, and it is saving lives today.”