‘Pastoral Leadership’

You Must Give

“One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed”–Proverbs 11:24-25. “The Spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions, and the nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we must become”–Henry Martyn. “We’re used to hearing […]

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The Pastor’s Main Job

Except for several years when I served as a professor for a theological institution, I’ve been a pastor since I was eighteen years old (when I say that I usually smile and rhetorically ask, “What were those people thinking?”). One of the main things I have pondered over the years is the job that a […]

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Three Unbreakable Laws of Leadership

One of my main jobs is to lead the church. Some people would place leadership above preaching and teaching as the main responsibility of a church pastor. With that in mind, I want to share with you three laws which are “unbreakable.” Of course, anything can be broken. The following three laws can be broken, […]

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Learning to be Grateful

“How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child”–King Lear, Shakespeare. “Rejoice always. Pray constantly. And give thanks in all situations for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”–1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. “I can’t find anywhere in the New Testament where whining, complaining, or grumpiness is exalted“–Waylon Bailey. […]

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Thanksgiving is Good for You

“The more grateful you are the more likely you are to exhibit patience and self-control. College students who instituted methods for increasing gratitude such as keeping a gratitude journal slept longer and better. And couples who exhibit thankfulness tend to be more committed to each other and are more likely to remain in their relationships”–Jim […]

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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 fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. — Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)