‘Pastoral Leadership’



Churches and Security

Since last Wednesday, I have had numerous discussions about church and security. Last Wednesday was the day of the San Bernardino massacre. Some of these discussions have been long and involved; others have been only a few minutes of people lamenting the new situation in America. It’s not just churches that people worry about; it’s […]

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The Power of Humility

“The One who is infinitely holy and perfect in majesty has guaranteed that He will dwell with the humble. The humble have God’s approval, honor and grace. He lifts up and exalts us when we display genuine humility”–John Kincaid. “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he […]

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The Importance and Difficulty of Pastoral Leadership

Many parts of a pastor’s life are difficult. You can imagine what many of those difficulties are, but the most difficult and demanding is leading. Years ago Leith Anderson wrote about the three toughest jobs in America: the president of a major university (especially one with a major football program :), an administrator¬†of a hospital, […]

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Making A Difference

“You can do two things with pumpkin seeds. Eat them, an excellent source of protein, or plant them, and watch a successful seed bring back 100 more”–Seth Godin. “Write your name on hearts, not headstones. Write your epitaph on the lives of those you influence and it will be eternal”–Charles Spurgeon. “If we work upon […]

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Gratitude is a Muscle You Strengthen

“A person who celebrates only the big stuff will have only fleeting moments of happiness, at best. On the other hand, a person who feels grateful for the small things in life will be happy a majority of the time. Virtually everywhere they look, they will find cause for celebration”–Ron Nelson. “We do hereby Dedicate […]

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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 fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. — Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)