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What Would You Tell the Leaders of Your Church?

Sunday afternoon, Martha and I traveled to Pineville, Louisiana, to fellowship with and speak to the deacons of First Baptist Church. It was a great time. I know many people in that fellowship, and it was a joy to see them. Their pastor is a great leader who has done a good job leading the […]

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Why I’m Happy to be at the SBC (and Why It’s Hard to be a Pastor)

Martha and I are enjoying a few days in Dallas at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention. We are enjoying this time of business and fellowship. Here’s why. First of all, we are enjoying seeing so many people we’ve known through the years and who do the kinds of things we do. At […]

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How to Do More and Have Less Stress

Yesterday, I had lunch with a number of fellow pastors. The subject of the meeting went something like this. How to do more with less stress. That subject was made for pastors, but it was also made for anyone in the human race. In a day in which our technology was supposed to make us […]

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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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Four Things A Pastor Never Wants to Teach His People

John Maxwell famously stated: “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” In churches, we know this to be true: a church becomes like its leadership. When the leadership is good, positive, and effective, the church grows in health and significance. When the leadership is weak and ineffective, the church suffers with unhealthy behaviors. What is it […]

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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)