‘Pastoral Leadership’



Why Deacons?

Each year First Baptist Church elects twelve men to serve as deacons for a two year period. These twelve men join the previous twelve elected to make up the deacon body of First Baptist Church. At FBC deacons have the responsibility to jealousy guard the unity of the church and lead it to health. Deacons […]

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Quotes You Can Use

“Amos answered Amaziah, ‘I was neither a prophet nor a prophet’s son, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees. But the Lord took me from tending the flock and said to me, “Go, prophesy to my people Israel” ‘ ” (Amos 7:14-15). “There are only two kinds of men: […]

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If You Want to be Good at Public Speaking . . .

If you want to be good at public speaking, I have three words for you. Practice, practice, practice. If you prefer, you can change the words to  Work, work, work. I prefer to think of work as your writing or outlining the speech and practice as how you get ready for the delivery. Very few people […]

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My Most Popular Post for September

Being new to blogging (I went public with my blog on June 1, 2011), I have a great interest in what makes a good post. Obviously, a good post has to be well-written and pertinent to whatever is taking place in your life. If it doesn’t fit “where you are,” it can be very well […]

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Preparing to Speak Well

In this series on public speaking, I have written several “tips” and “secrets” (http://waylonbailey.com/2011/08/tips-for-becoming-a-better-public-speaker/) of speaking well in public, but I really know of only the following secret. Work hard and prepare well. Public speaking is difficult. It requires hard work and good preparation. Next week, I will write about oral preparation. Today, I want to […]

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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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Verse of the Day

[BOOK I Psalms 1–41] Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. — Psalm 1:1-2 (NIV)