Carey Baptist Association
JENNINGS – According to Pastor Mike Landry, “things are hopping” for Jesus at Bethel Ministries.
“We have a huge fall festival planned for October 25th,” Landry said. “We’ll probably have seven or eight fun jumps, inflatables; a rock wall.”
He’s expecting a crowd.
In years past, “We’ve had as high as 1,000” people attend, he said. “We’ve put a lot of effort and finances” into the planning of the festival.
Seeds that have been planted and watered by his congregation are being reaped monthly.
“We had several saved and baptized last month,” Landry said. “We had three saved this month.”
Because of hurricane damage, Landry and congregation members decided to advertise in the paper that they would help clean up yards.
“We’ve done eight so far,” he said.
While doing clean-up, he and his members tell people about Jesus and his love. They plan on doing a lot of clean-up ministry during the Thanksgiving holiday. The communities of Hackborn and Cameron were hit very hard by the hurricanes. This is where his congregation members will work.
“It’s a great opportunity . . . to share the gospel,” he added.
The church also runs Bethel Christian Academy, a Christian school for children in grades kindergarten through 12th.
“We have 260 students,” he said.
Agape Baptist Church
Eastern Louisiana Baptist Association
DENHAM SPRINGS – Pastor Bullard Jones said, “Everything relates to our relationship to Christ.”
He and about 30 from his congregation are going through a Bible study series called “Empowering Kingdom Growth” to change the entire focus of the church’s budget from a maintenance-focus to a ministry-focus.
“I felt we had a great week,” he said.
The last Friday of the month, his congregation will hold its annual Fall Festival. Part of the night will be devoted to sharing the gospel with everyone who attends. Jones said they get a lot of children from the local area to attend.
“We’ll run anywhere from 50 to 90 (kids),” he said.
After the evening is over, church members visit the families who attended the festival. If they don’t have a church family, they will be invited to attend Agape Baptist Church, but no matter if they have a church family or not, Jones said they will be asked to “Consider Jesus.”
Usually, Agape members are well received by local people.
“We try to build a good relationship with the community,” Jones said.
During VBS this past summer nine children accepted Christ, and Jones was able to baptize five adults this past year.
Though Christmas seems like it is still a long way off, Jones said the members recently organized a choir to sing during the holiday season.
“We’re seeking to be involved in where He wants us to be involved,” he added.
North Rapides Baptist Association
PINEVILLE – Discipleship Baptist Church is a small rural congregation with lots of history according to Brother Gregg Griffin.
“We had homecoming this past Sunday (October 12th),” Griffin said. “It was great.”
During the homecoming, people were reminded of their church’s history which dates back to 1886.
That same Sunday, a family of seven joined the church. History and young families are just two of the characteristics that give the church life.
“I believe churches have personalities for a reason,” Griffin said.
His congregation has some very old members and some very young families. Two of the deacons had fathers who were deacons. One faithful member is 91 years old, and according to Griffin, she knows where she’s going and people just have to get out of her way.
Besides having regular Sunday Morning, Sunday Evening and Wednesday Evening services, the church’s ladies group is really active and VBS this past summer was well-attended by the local community.
“And we’ve had two baptisms,” he added.
Griffin applied to the church last Spring and has been preaching there for the last four months. On October 14th he will be voted in permanently as the new pastor. Prior to being at Discipleship he had been a church planter for ten years south of Pineville.