‘Pastoral Leadership’



Why I Need A Prayer List

I have a prayer list I keep in the “Notes” app on my iPhone. My prayer list is a precious commodity and a valuable tool for my ministry to the people of my church and my region. Here’s why I need a prayer list and why I think you need one as well. First, my […]

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This is How You Should Pray

“Thou art coming to a king, large petitions with thee bring. For His grace and power are such, none can ever ask too much”–John Newton. “I am the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it”–Psalm 81:10. “Then the word of the Lord came to […]

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Who’s Coming to Church Sunday?

I’ve been an interested observer of the church all my life. Even before I became a preacher and a pastor, I was fascinated by the church and how it functioned. That brings me to Easter Sunday and who will be in church and who won’t. This question is on my mind because our pastoral staff […]

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Four Essentials for Sermons

Like almost all pastors, I am enamored with the whole idea of preaching. Preaching is God’s plan. Paul laid out the conundrum for us. It is by the foolishness of preaching that God works among us. “Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he […]

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What to Fear and What Not to Fear

“That I’ll do something or say something that will bring some disrepute on the gospel of Christ before I go”–Billy Graham, speaking of his greatest fear. “What was most surprising to us . . . was how completely disarming he was. We were struck by his humility, the gentleness, the quiet, confident grace. He seemed […]

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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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May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. — Romans 15:5-6 (NIV)