The Louisiana Baptist Message is a voice of and to Louisiana Baptists.
We exist to inform and equip members of our community of faith to fully participate in the cooperative ministries and missions that define our fellowship of churches at the local, state and national levels. Likewise, we represent the work of our churches to other like-minded faith communities within the Southern Baptist family and to the public at large. The Baptist Message helps our churches to share their values and beliefs to the world.
There were a number of attempts to establish a newspaper to serve our churches, including the Louisiana Baptist in 1855, and even an effort to recognize the Mississippi Baptist Record as the official media outlet for Louisiana Baptists. However, in 1885 messengers to the state annual meeting asked the denomination to create a newspaper of its own. A committee reported to the 1886 Convention that “a paper as a private enterprise, meeting the demands of our denomination and having the active cooperation of all Baptist in the state, can be made a success.” Subsequently, the Baptist Chronicle was launched and adopted by messengers in 1887 as Louisiana Baptists’ official newspaper.
In 1919, the state Convention purchased the newspaper and soon changed the name to the Baptist Message.