Why Should a Church Grow?

It’s been my life–thinking about church and what makes church better. I grew up in a family that loved church and did their best to make it better. I think about church all the time. Therefore, it was natural when I wrote a post several weeks ago about how churches grow. The post was specifically about how a church can break …

Living Differently

If you want life to be different, you have to do something different. It’s not rocket science. It’s not something that only I could come up with. My guess is that your normal fourth grader could come to the same conclusion. If that is true, then why do we keep doing the same things over and over expecting a different …

My Goals for the Louisiana Baptist Convention

Last week, I was elected President of the Louisiana Baptist Convention, a position that should enhance my work through First Baptist Church and not detract from it. My primary responsibility will be to help plan and preside over the annual meeting of the Louisiana Baptist Convention. I also will become an ex officio member of the boards and agencies of …

First Baptist Welcomes Louisiana Baptists!

This week marks an historic first both for Louisiana Baptists and for First Baptist Church. For the first time the Louisiana Baptist Convention will meet in St. Tammany Parish. We are thankful to have the Convention meet in our facility. The Convention of Louisiana Baptists began in 1849. It took 55 years (1904) before there was any Baptist church in …

Destination: Inheritance Capital Campaign Draws To A Close

This month concludes the three year journey and adventure of Destination: Inheritance. Three years ago this month we began the capital fundraising campaign to add a 20,000 square foot addition to The ROC as well as the addition of a basketball pavilion, sand volleyball courts, and soccer/softball fields. All of that has been concluded. We only lack the addition of …

Why Deacons?

Each year First Baptist Church elects twelve men to serve as deacons for a two year period. These twelve men join the previous twelve elected to make up the deacon body of First Baptist Church. At FBC deacons have the responsibility to jealousy guard the unity of the church and lead it to health. Deacons contact new attendees, visit the …

Deacon Election

Each year First Baptist Church elects twelve deacons to serve a two year term. The deacons are called by the church to help in pastoral ministry and to model consistent Christian living before the congregation. Pastors (also known as elders and bishops) and deacons are the two scriptural offices in the church. Therefore, those who serve as pastors and deacons …

Answering God’s Call: New Series Begins October 8th & 9th

What is the most important principle for Christian growth and sanctification? In order to grow, you must begin to serve. The second principle is similar. The one who teaches is the one who learns. This only makes sense. Serving means that you give what you have received. Most people simply don’t receive until they begin to give. The person who …

Transfromational Church!

I hope that you have seen the words and heard about the Transformational Church survey. Transformational Church is simply an attempt to make First Baptist Church as effective as possible. We want you to experience the power of God in your life. We ultimately want to touch the whole community with the transforming power of the Gospel. Transformational Church comes …

Got A Bucket List?

What do you have on your Bucket List? You know, the things you want to do before you “kick the bucket.” Last week, I received an email from a woman who talked about her bucket list. Last spring, we had another woman attend one of our worship services who had a visit to our church on her bucket list. What’s …