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  • Hankins announces retirement plans

    by Staff, posted Monday, November 12, 2018 (7 days ago)

    RUSTON, La. (BP) -- David Hankins, executive director of the Louisiana Baptist Convention, announced his plans to retire during the pre-convention meeting of the convention's Executive Board in Ruston, La., Monday (Nov. 12).

    "At the close of this annual meeting, I will be giving Dr. Bailey, president of the Executive Board, official notice of my intention to retire," said Hankins.

    His retirement will be effective June 30, 2019.

    "The theme of this year's annual meeting is 'Marking the Next Generation,'" Hankins told the board. "I have great confidence in the future generation of leaders God will choose to lead Louisiana Baptists." Read More

  • Rocket scientist finds formula for church planting

    by Brian Blackwell/Baptist Message, posted Thursday, September 13, 2018 (2 months ago)

    HOUMA, La. (BP) -- NASA's Clifton Arnold is a rocket scientist with a successful formula for church planting.

    "You get them in the door with music, you keep them in the house with teaching," Arnold, who planted Kingdom Life Fellowship in Houma, La., in 2016, told the Baptist Message. "People go to churches where they like their worship style and their teaching is solid."

    When he is not preaching at Kingdom Life Fellowship, Arnold manages four NASA rocket propulsion test sites -- at Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, Miss., Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The sum of the some

    by John Kyle, posted Friday, September 07, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Little things, over time, can produce big results, John Kyle writes, especially in the number of times an empty soul hears the Gospel. Read More

  • Bapt. mission teams stuck but safe in Haiti

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, July 09, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    PORT-AU-PRINCE (BP) -- About 200 Southern Baptists on mission were trapped in Haiti after violent riots closed airports, sources told Baptist Press, but at least one team plans to return home today (July 9).

    "The Woodland Community Church (Bradenton, Fla.) and The Glade Church (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) team arrived safely at the airport in Port-au-Prince this morning! They are scheduled to return home to the U.S later today," the Bradenton church posted on its Facebook page this morning. "Thank you for praying for this incredible group during their extended stay in Neply" about 20 miles outside of Port-au-Prince. Read More

  • La. Baptists urge prayer, 'aggressive going'

    by Brian Blackwell/Baptist Message, posted Wednesday, November 29, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo by Philip Timothy/Baptist Message
    BATON ROUGE, La. (BP) -- The time for a spiritual harvest has arrived, Louisiana Baptists were reminded during the 2017 LBC Annual Meeting Nov. 13-14 at Istrouma Baptist Church.

    Amid the largest statewide evangelism effort by Louisiana Baptists on record, 873 congregations have signed on through Nov. 15 to participate in a commitment to "pray for every home and share Christ with every person."

    After two years of developing a strategy, enlisting churches and piloting methods, a strong push will take place in 2018 for concentrated prayer and intentional soul-winning. The cooperative effort includes a diversity of mass evangelism strategies as well as one-on-one evangelism approaches: multi-church crusades, door-to-door outreach, one-on-one evangelism, single-church revivals and other activities which leverage compassion ministries to share about the love of Christ. Read More

  • Campus shooting prompts call for prayer

    by Baptist Message staff, posted Wednesday, October 25, 2017 (one year ago)

    Grambling State BCM Facebook photo
    GRAMBLING, La. (BP) -- An early morning shooting Wednesday (Oct. 25) at Grambling State University -- that left two men dead, one of whom was a student at the school -- has prompted a call for prayer from Louisiana Baptist Convention Executive Director David Hankins.

    "The brokenness of our world sadly continues to be on display, as we learned from the shooting on the Grambling campus," Hankins told the Baptist Message. "Our hearts are grieved for the families of the victims. Read More

  • La. Executive Board concludes study of ERLC

    by David Roach, posted Friday, May 12, 2017 (one year ago)

    The Louisiana Baptist Convention's Executive Board has concluded a study of "issues of concern" related to the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Read More

  • La. Baptists highlight soul-winning emphasis

    by Staff/Louisiana Baptist Message, posted Tuesday, November 29, 2016 (one year ago)

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP) -- During their annual meeting highlighting a statewide soul-winning emphasis for 2017-2018, Louisiana Baptists heard various ministry reports that included disaster relief efforts following record flooding in the state. And Louisiana messengers defeated a motion for a 2018 move toward a 50/50 Cooperative Program split with Southern Baptist Convention causes.

    Messengers also referred a motion regarding concerns with the SBC's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission to the Louisiana Baptist Convention's Executive Board. Approximately 600 messengers registered for the state convention's Nov. 14-15 meeting that was held at Calvary Baptist Church in Alexandria. Read More

  • Louisiana flood response to include associations

    by Josie Rabbitt, posted Friday, August 19, 2016 (2 years ago)

    BATON ROUGE, La. (BP) -- Local Baptist associations are poised to play a major role in the ongoing response to the south Louisiana floods.

    As the worst U.S natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy continued to close roads and keep thousands of people out of their homes, associational directors of missions from Louisiana said in an Aug. 15 conference call with the North American Mission Board they are prepared to help coordinate donation of personal items for flood victims and recruit volunteers to be trained in disaster relief. Read More

  • SBDR deploying 4 kitchens to south Louisiana

    by Joe Conway, posted Wednesday, August 17, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo by John Swain/NAMB
    ALPHARARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- The death toll in south Louisiana's unprecedented flooding has risen to 11, and at least 40,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed. In response, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) is deploying volunteers, equipment and resources to the affected area, including four kitchens in Baton Rouge, Hammond, Lafayette and Walker.

    The American Red Cross has requested four kitchens which each have capacity of 10,000 meals per day. All four DR teams deploying have twice that capacity. Additional support is expected given the scope of the disaster and the long-term nature of the relief work to be accomplished. Read More