‘Pastoral Leadership’



We Can Take the Heat–But Not From You

Last week a promising young pastor who served a large church in California committed suicide. His death has rightly caused shock, concern, and grief among church leaders all over the country. We are immediately filled with questions. What was going on in his mind and heart? What was he going through? His wife has made […]

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What Would You Tell the Leaders of Your Church?

Sunday afternoon, Martha and I traveled to Pineville, Louisiana, to fellowship with and speak to the deacons of First Baptist Church. It was a great time. I know many people in that fellowship, and it was a joy to see them. Their pastor is a great leader who has done a good job leading the […]

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Why Churches Grow

Yesterday, I had the wonderful privilege of preaching for chapel at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. It’s always an enjoyable experience to preach in chapel, especially in the first week of classes when students are fresh and eager. After chapel, we had lunch with President Kelley and several faculty members. It was a warm informal […]

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Getting Along in the Church

Scripture is powerful, helpful, instructive, and interesting. One of the things that makes it interesting is how it is put together and what you find in different parts of Scripture. I find it interesting that the word “church“ is found only two times in the four Gospels. Both are found in the Gospel of Matthew. […]

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How to Face Criticism

There are so many things in life you can’t be sure of or ever know. Here’s one thing you can be very sure of. If you attempt anything significant, you will receive criticism. How will you handle it? How should you handle it? Jesus faced constant criticism from the most influential leaders of Judaism. As […]

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About Waylon

I am the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, a position that I have held since 1989.

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So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. — Hebrews 10:35-36 (NIV)