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.


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.


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. The survey data can provide customized reports to administrators, personnel/finance committees and minister search teams to help them better determine adequate compensation for ministers and staff.


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.


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.


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.”


Louisiana Milestones

By Staff, Baptist Message Arivals/Departures 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. Barry Posey, new as pastor of Agape Denham Springs. Michelle Bruss, new as Mission Service Corps self-funded missionary, as assistant director at Baptist Friendship House in New Orleans. Director: Kay Bennett.


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.