‘Pastoral Leadership’



A “Must” for Good Public Speaking

I want to give you one, essential tool for good public speaking. Being able to speak well in public demands hard work, practice, and attention to the details. It also has a hidden part that makes all the difference in good public speaking. Begin well and end well. You will get only one chance at […]

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The First Step in Learning to Speak in Public

Somewhere along the way, I heard that public speaking is the greatest fear that most people encounter. In fact, public speaking for most people is more fearful than death. That led someone to say that if you had the choice of dying or doing the eulogy for someone, you would choose to be the one in […]

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Tips for Becoming a Better Public Speaker

Nothing ever terrified my father like speaking in public. It didn’t matter what the occasion demanded. Any words in front of a group brought on sheer terror. He prayed in church and served as mayor of our small town, but it didn’t matter. Having to speak to any group created real fear. For this reason and the fact […]

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Goals for Renew and Refresh

First Baptist Church has graciously allowed us to take time away during July to rest and refresh. The church allows us to determine when we take the time away. They only had one requirement when they instituted the policy–don’t be gone during the height of hurricane season! I appreciate those who will be leading the […]

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Why Your Church Should Have a Parent/Child Dedication

Have you considered having a Parent/Child Dedication in your church?  We’ve done this for years in a variety of ways. We have Parent/Child Dedication three times a year–at Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and early in December.  We place the dedication around traditional family times.  Prior to participating in Parent/Child Dedication, we require the parents to attend […]

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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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Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. — Colossians 3:15 (NIV)