First Baptist Church Lafayette will host the 167th Annual Meeting of Louisiana Baptists on Nov. 10-11.
Pastors and laypeople primarily from central Louisiana gathered Oct. 22 for a special called day of prayer at Tall Timbers Conference Center. Pastors from Big Creek, Central Louisiana and North Rapides associations, along with Louisiana Baptist Convention President Steve Horn, led the prayers.
Frank Page, executive director of the Southern Baptist Convention shows how on his first Bible, another boy’s name was engraved on it, because he couldn’t afford a new one and that one had been returned to the store. Page was the featured speaker at the 125th annual Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge session held at Woodlawn Baptist.
George Guillory, pastor of Glen Oaks Baptist and parlimentarian of Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge, poses with Rev. Dr. Frank Page, CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention, at the 125th annual session of BAGBR.
Members and guests of Christ Church in Opelousas gather for a recent worship service. Launched on Sept. 21, the church is a plant of Christ Church in Lafayette that began a multi-site strategy to more effectively reach Acadiana with the Gospel. A supplement grant funded through some Georgia Barnette Offering funds is assisting Christ Church in Opelousas and others to further share the gospel.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

LAFAYETTE – Messengers to next week’s Louisiana Baptist Convention Annual Meeting will receive a challenge –­­ engage the next generation and every people group.

Louisiana Baptist Convention President Steve Horn’s prayer is that messengers will come away from the meeting, having accepted the challenge issued by the President’s 2020 Commission and ready to reach both groups with the gospel.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

WOODWORTH – Kenny Moore believes revival can come to America but that it must start within the heart of each person.

“True revival is when the word of God transforms our hearts,” said Moore, pastor of Carmel Baptist Church in Pineville. “Instead of trying to justify when we do ungodly things, revival needs prayer. And prayer that leads to revival needs humility, and a strong desire to say ‘God is all that I am, is all that I know, I am totally dependent on you.”

By Mark H. Hunter, Regional Reporter

BATON ROUGE – The executive director of the Southern Baptist Convention  exhorted the Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge to learn from the church of Ephesus and win more souls for Christ.

“I have to believe we are in the last days,” Rev. Dr. Frank Page said after reading Rev. 2:1-7, describing Christ’s declaration to the Church of Ephesus, to “repent” and “return to your first love” or else their lamp-stand will be removed.

By Bob Phillips, Director of Communications at Missouri Baptist Convention

The Lisbon earthquake of 1755 changed everything. In minutes, this thriving, affluent city was brought to its knees.


Roughly 50,000 people died. The sky turned black. Fires raged. Then tidal waves washed over the port, drowning hundreds more.

Monday Evening

November 10, 2014

President Steve Horn, Presiding

Benjamin Harlan, Worship Leader


5:15       Pre-Convention Music     Combined Choir and Orchestra

5:35       Call to Order       Steve Horn

               Prayer   Alexandra Flores

5:45       Presidential Appointments – Tellers Chair, Tellers, Parliamentarian

               Committee Reports:

               CredentialsChris Fuselier

               Order of BusinessJohn Carrigan

5:50       Special Music      Combined Choir and Orchestra


WHEREAS, many individuals and groups have had a part in planning, preparing and conducting the 167th annual meeting of our Louisiana Baptist Convention; and

WHEREAS, the messengers of this convention desire to warmly recognize and express appreciation to the following:

Dr. Stephen Horn and the staff of First Baptist Church, Lafayette, for their assistance with details and for providing the use of the facilities for this annual meeting; and


Ralph G. Parks is serving as transitional Pastor at Southern Baptist Church of Varnado.

Rocky Brown new as pastor at First Baptist Church Head of Island.

David Montgomery new as music minister at First Baptist Church of Livingston.

Eric Lefevers resigns as youth minister at Amite Baptist Church, Denham Springs.

Kirk Talley new as music minister at Colfax Baptist Church, Colfax.


By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Reporter

DEVILLE – Spend a few moments with Ricky Belgard and you’ll realize he doesn’t just talk about the importance of prayer.

He believes in the power of prayer and how five weekly prayer meetings at Philadelphia Baptist in Deville can result in supernatural results to further the kingdom of God.

By Kelly Boggs, Message Editor

The city of Houston’s decision to subpoena pastors’ sermons and other communications concerning a controversial “equal rights” ordinance reflects a misunderstanding of the First Amendment as well as ignorance about rules for non-profit organizations in relation to political activity.

Additionally, it shows a complete misunderstanding of the church’s role in society.

By Obbie Todd, Student Pastor at Zoar Baptist Church, Baton Rouge

“There was a breach in protocol.” That’s what Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, told the American public as he attempted to explain how the Ebola virus has now spread to 2 more victims in Dallas, Texas.

In the face of rising national panic, the announcement has elevated fears about current hospital protocols and their efficiency in preventing the spread of the virulent disease.

By Michael Foust, Editor, writer who writes about parenting, fatherhood at

Sometimes I wonder if we Christians have missed the mark when it comes to discussing dinosaurs. I think about this often because I have a 6 year old who, honestly, wishes he were a triceratops.

Too often we seem to get lost in arguments over the when and how – for instance, “did they live thousands or millions of years ago?” – and we fail to ask a more basic question: Why did God create dinosaurs?

By Mark H. Hunter, Regional Reporter

BATON ROUGE - Contrary to the conventional wisdom that the Southern Baptist Convention is primarily a “Southern white” organization, almost 10,000 of the SBC’s 46,124 churches are “ethnic” congregations.

“We are – by far – the most ethnically diverse convention on the face of the Earth,” Rev. Dr. Frank Page declared to the 125th annual session of the Baptist Association of Greater Baton Rouge held Oct. 14, at Woodlawn Baptist. Page is the president and CEO of the SBC, a title he described as “chief encouraging officer.”

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

As the year comes to a close, Louisiana Baptist missions efforts are reflecting on a fruitful harvest that has seen significant progress in churches planted along with baptisms and salvation decisions in those new church plants.

Through Oct. 29, Louisiana Baptist church planters have started 24 churches this year, eight more than last year’s total of 16. Those church plants this year have resulted in 1,302 decisions to accept Christ and 313 baptisms.

By Staff, Baptist Message

PINEVILLE – The story of the first Baptist pastor to preach west of the Mississippi River is coming to life this month.

Theatre Louisiana College is presenting the world premiere of Twice a Slave, a play about the life of Joseph Willis, who is said to have established the first evangelical churches west of the Mississippi River. These churches later became the foundation for the Louisiana Baptist Convention.

By Kelly Boggs, Editor

PINEVILLE – The Louisiana College Board of Trustees met in a special session Oct. 23 and voted to employee the Alston and Bird Law Firm of Atlanta, Ga., to assist the college with the Southern Association of College and School (SACS) accrediting process.

LC announced in June that SACS had placed the school on probation. The accreditation agency provided the specific reasons for the probation in a letter dated July 9. Six areas were cited by SACS that must be addressed if LC is to be removed from probation.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

LAFAYETTE – Pastors will be encouraged to fulfill their ministry during this year’s Pastors Conference.

Scheduled for Nov. 9-10 at First Baptist Church Lafayette, the annual gathering’s theme is “Fulfill Your Ministry,” based on 2 Timothy 4:5.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

LAFAYETTE – Eddie Wren will be nominated as president of the Pastors Conference, according to Joe Senn, pastor of Crockett Point Baptist Church in Winnsboro.

The pastor of First Baptist Rayville, Wren said if elected he will look forward to serving fellow Louisiana Baptist pastors. Wren is the only announced candidate for conference president.

LAFAYETTE – This year’s annual meeting of the Louisiana Baptist Convention will be held at First Baptist Church in Lafayette on Nov. 10-11.

In order for a church to participate in the business of the convention, they will need to elect messenger(s) to represent them. Messengers elected by their respective church are then able to register as messengers and participate in the business of the convention.

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer

LAFAYETTE – Joe Senn, pastor of Crockett Point Baptist Church in Crowville, is expected to be nominated for the office of second vice-president of the Louisiana Baptist Convention during this year’s LBC Annual Meeting.

Jim Wolfe, pastor of Ridge Avenue Baptist Church in West Monroe, plans to nominate Senn for the position. He is the only candidate that has announced for the position.

By Marilyn Stewart, Regional Reporter

With teenagers comprising nearly twenty-five percent of Louisiana’s population, reaching the “next generation” with the gospel is a priority, the Louisiana Baptist Convention President’s 2020 Commission reported.

The 2020 Commission Report, formulated by 400 Louisiana Baptist pastors, lay leaders and denominational workers, noted that the decline in attendance and baptisms over the last few decades comes almost entirely from children and youth age groups.

By Brian Blackwell. Message Staff Writer

ALEXANDRIA – Louisiana Baptists looking to expand their opportunities to be on mission will have an opportunity to preview the upcoming launch of Cast the Net, a missions mobilization website, during the Annual Meeting of the LBC in Lafayette next week.