NEW ORLEANS – With an emphasis on “frangelism,” Pastor Fred Luter led the 8,314 pre-Katrina resident members of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church to baptize 309 people in the 2004-05 church year.
By Karen L. Willoughby
NEW ORLEANS – With an emphasis on “frangelism,”
Pastor Fred Luter led the 8,314 pre-Katrina resident members of
Franklin Avenue Baptist Church to baptize 309 people in the 2004-05
Other leaders included Airline Baptist, Bossier
City, an 837-member congregation, with 128 baptisms; Lighthouse
Baptist, Shreveport, a 200-member congregation, with 58 baptisms; and
Crossroads Community in Kenner, a 108-member congregation, with 56
The evangelism team of the Louisiana Baptist
Convention Feb. 22 released tentative figures for baptisms in the
2004-05 church year. The “tentative” was because with the destruction
of New Orleans, many records were lost that might have changed final
totals, said Wayne Jenkins, evangelism team leader.
In all, 12,586 people are known to have made their
faith public by being baptized in Louisiana Baptist churches during the
2004-05 reporting year.
“We’re excited about what God has done through the
ministry of Louisiana Baptist Convention churches,” Jenkins said. “The
baptismal leaders continue to serve as examples and pacesetters for the
rest of us. With the multitude who have been ministered and witnesssed
to during the storms’ recovery time, I believe we will see a great
harvest in 2006.”
The evangelism team listed the top 10 in each of
four categories: 1000+ members, 500-999 members, 125-499 members, and
less than 125 members.
Numerically, the churches known to have baptized the
most, after Franklin Avenue, were First Baptist, West Monroe, with 279
baptisms; Donahue Family, Pineville, with 218 baptisms; First, Bossier
City, with 212 baptisms; and East Bayou, Lafayette, with 149 baptisms.
All are churches of more than 1,000 members.
A complete list of the top 10 churches known to have
led in baptisms in the 2004-05 church year is slated to appear in the
March 9 issue of the Baptist Message.