‘Pastoral Leadership’



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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What Should A Pastor Do?

What should be a pastor’s job description? Most churches attempt to write a job description for their pastor. It’s one of those ways of saying, “this is what we want you to do.” Churches often have difficulty determining what a pastor should do and how the pastor should function. It’s not only churches that often […]

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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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But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. — James 3:17-18 (NIV)