‘Pastoral Leadership’



“There’s No Substitute for a Full-time Dad”

“The difference between a ‘man’ and a ‘father’ is that the former shares his genes, but [the] latter gives his life” Craig D. Lounsbrough. “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you”–Exodus 20:12. ” ‘Honor your father and mother’–which is the first […]

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Why Faith Matters

“Nothing worth proving can be proven”–Alfred Lord Tennyson. “We walk by faith, not by sight”–2 Corinthians 5:7. “While we live in the present, it is hard to envision eternity. But one day soon, eternity will be all there is and we will be forever grateful that we chose faith”–Jim Denison. “Without faith, it is impossible […]

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Why We Must Pray

“God commands men to pray, and so not to pray is plain disobedience to an imperative command of Almighty God”–E. M. Bounds. “Prayer is both the thermometer and the thermostat of the local church; for the ‘spiritual temperature’ either goes up or down, depending on how God’s people pray”–Warren Wiersbe. “I desire, then, that in […]

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The Joy of Staying

I’ve had the joy of being a pastor at the same church for a long time – – 28 years and counting (hopefully). My wife and I both agree this has been the most joyful and rewarding part of our ministry. Though some people would disagree (I recently saw in print the railings of a […]

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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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A person finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how good is a timely word! — Proverbs 15:23 (NIV)