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Vision 2030: Bold goals for Louisiana Baptists

January 13, 2022. Volume 137 l Issue No. 1. To Report a news item or to buy an Ad, call Vision 2030: Bold goals for Louisiana Baptists By Brian Blackwell 2,000 by 2030. outcomes across the state, (increase the rate of new -- replant 125 churches message staff writer Known as Multiply Louisiana baptist Church affiliates connecting with (increase the rate of re- Louisiana Vision 2030, the Planting Strategist Lane the Louisiana baptist Con- planting from to , ALEXANDRIA, La. plan is an effort to plant, Corley said. vention from to per annually). (LBM) The Louisiana replant and revitalize year) -- plant 225 churches baptist church planting churches through multipli- BOLD PLAN -- save 125 churches (increase the rate of plant- team has a bold Vision to cation of disciples, groups, (slow the rate of closures ing from to , annu- increase the number of ministries and churches. The plan encompasses by 50 percent over the ally). state convention-affiliated Ultimately, the goal is four parts: next decade, from 25 to churches from 1,611 to to increase evangelistic -- connect 125 churches per year) See Vision 2030, page 13.

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1 January 13, 2022. Volume 137 l Issue No. 1. To Report a news item or to buy an Ad, call Vision 2030: Bold goals for Louisiana Baptists By Brian Blackwell 2,000 by 2030. outcomes across the state, (increase the rate of new -- replant 125 churches message staff writer Known as Multiply Louisiana baptist Church affiliates connecting with (increase the rate of re- Louisiana Vision 2030, the Planting Strategist Lane the Louisiana baptist Con- planting from to , ALEXANDRIA, La. plan is an effort to plant, Corley said. vention from to per annually). (LBM) The Louisiana replant and revitalize year) -- plant 225 churches baptist church planting churches through multipli- BOLD PLAN -- save 125 churches (increase the rate of plant- team has a bold Vision to cation of disciples, groups, (slow the rate of closures ing from to , annu- increase the number of ministries and churches. The plan encompasses by 50 percent over the ally). state convention-affiliated Ultimately, the goal is four parts: next decade, from 25 to churches from 1,611 to to increase evangelistic -- connect 125 churches per year) See Vision 2030, page 13.

2 Lee Strobel Christine Gill to headline named WMU. 2022 ECON strategist for By Brian Blackwell La. Baptists message staff writer By Philip Timothy COVINGTON, La. message managing editor (LBM) Lee Strobel, an atheist-turned-Christ fol- ALEXANDRIA, La. lower who authored the (LBM) Christine Gill did best-selling not go looking for the job;. book The the job came looking for her, Case for she told the baptist message . Christ, I learned about the will Brian Blackwell photo pending retirement of Janie headline [Wise, Women's Mission Pro-life supporters will gather for multiple marches around the state in January and February to declare opposition & Ministry strategist] in the 2022 to the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in 1973. Louisiana October when I was at a Five Life Marches' planned for Louisiana baptist minister's wife retreat at Evangelism Tall Timbers, Gill said. I. Lee Strobel Confer- remember ence, Jan.

3 Thinking to 24-25, at First baptist By Brian Blackwell marches to be changed to we must march united in myself who Church, Covington. message staff writer socially-distanced rallies defense of every precious would be Strobel, whose message in 2021. unborn baby with a strong able to do was cut short at the 2019 BATON ROUGE, La. Together for Life is commitment to support that job? . ECON at FBC Covington (LBM) Thousands of the theme for this year's moms, both now and in a When because of an area-wide Louisianians will stand events, which will once post-Roe Louisiana , Loui- they were power outage, said the together for life at five again bring together pro- siana Right to Life Execu- seeking ap- conference is a prime way pro-life marches scheduled life supporters of different tive Director Ben Clapper plicants, I Christine Gill to train Louisiana Baptists throughout the state in the denominations, ages and told the baptist message .

4 Didn't apply. to reach their community, coming weeks. ethnic backgrounds to de- Please march with us in My name, though, was given COVID-19 pandemic clare opposition to the 2022 and spread the word. to John Hebert, who reached See ECON, page 2 concerns caused the Supreme Court's Roe v. out to me and asked if I. The Life Marches will Wade decision that legal- kick off Jan. 22 with three would be interested in the ized abortion in 1973. The events: position, she said. I was current 6-3 majority ap- -- Participants will gath- shocked but excited to be pointed by Republicans to er for a candlelight vigil, 6 given this opportunity. this highest federal court , in Veterans Memorial I always have had a has led to speculation that Park at the Lake Charles heart for women and a call Roe v. Wade could be Civic Center for the march to missions, Gill continued. overturned. to the downtown court- So, when John called with As the Supreme Court house.

5 The news, I was shocked but reconsiders the unjust decision of Roe v. Wade, See Life Marches, page 6 See Gill, page 4. 2 LOUISIANANEWS. Alpine Christian School shaping next generation of leaders By Brian Blackwell munity. University and Northwest- message staff writer Alpine Christian School, ern State University, and a ministry of Alpine First have gone on to work in TIOGA, La. (LBM) baptist Church, welcomed such fields as computer sci- Sammy Morrow was se- its first class in 1987 and 34 ence, education, logistics, nior chaplain at Raymond years later has increased its operations and forestry. Laborde Correction Cen- pre-k to eighth grade stu- Twelve students at- ter, Cottonport, when he dent enrollments to 135 (an tend Alpine First baptist , received an invitation by increase from 95 in 2020). but the majority do not Pastor John Willie to serve The school uses the faith regularly participate in any as administrator at Alpine based Abeka curriculum, type of worship service Christian School.

6 Prayer and daily devotions outside the school's chapel Now in his second to build a solid biblical services. semester with the school, foundation for its student Each teacher views Morrow has embraced his body. their classroom as their role in shaping the next Morrow said he is mission field, Willie said. generation of Christian thankful for the alumni We have kids growing up leaders. who have been equipped in tough homes and we Brian Blackwell photo We're not educating with tools to reach their want to provide continued Sammy Morrow has seen God move at Alpine Chrisitian School, Tioga, children to one day get respective communities training to be Christ in the since he became administrator in the summer, 2021. a job, Morrow told the with the Gospel. Some classroom. Some of our baptist message . We're have received degrees students may have difficult educating children to take from Louisiana Christian circumstances they deal their stand for Christ in University, Louisiana State with at home, and we can the workplace and com- University, Louisiana Tech be that person who comes alongside a child and com- fort them.

7 Insurance for Churches Since 1916 ECON from page one state, nation and world for Christ. When I was at Billy Graham's funeral, the big question was, Who's the next Billy Graham,' . Strobel told the baptist Call message . I don't think it's just one person -- I. believe it's millions of contagious Christians who are equipped, motivated, Lori Ardoin & Paul D. Stewart See ECON, page 9. Louisiana Advertising Subscriptions: Change of address Display [boxed] and classified [words only] advertising must be in writing, Two weeks before change is desired, send baptist message and may be submitted by email, mail or fax. Individual: $14/year Group rates available new address (with zip code and street address). Call the and mailing label from this copy of the Louisiana Will Hall, Editor To the best of our knowledge, all ads in the Louisiana baptist message Louisiana baptist message baptist message . Periodicals postage paid in STAFF represent legitimate companies and offerings.

8 However, one should always at or Alexandria, Louisiana , and additional mailing exercise normal business caution in responding to ads. Fax: 318-445-8328. offices. Philip Timothy Rhonda Havens Brian Blackwell Managing Editor Advertising Director Staff Writer For all your advertising needs contact Rhonda Havens at the message POSTMASTER: Send address changes to PO Box 311. at or Alexandria LA 71309 the baptist message ,1250 MacArthur Drive, PO. JoAnne Timothy Box 311, Alexandria LA 71309-0311. Office Manager The Louisiana baptist message (USPS 042-860) (ISSN 0740-2104). Board of Trustees: partners with: Published biweekly Thursdays by the Louisiana baptist message , 1250 MacArthur Drive, Steve Arledge, Jeremy Blocker, Larry Evans, James Hester, Alexandria, Louisiana 71303. Les Colvin Jeff Coleman, Lonnie Gothrup, David Cranford, Mike Evans, Carolyn Grigg, Jimmy Watson, Dale Goodman. Copyright 2022 baptist message . All rights reserved Volume 137 January 13, 2022 Number 1.

9 January 13, 2022 l l Louisiana baptist message 2022 EvangelismConference 3. January 13, 2022 l l Louisiana baptist message 4 LOUISIANANEWS. Gill from page one To learn about mis- Church, where she taught sion trips to India, South sions is great but to be GA's and was involved in Africa and Botswana. able to actually go and do the Women's Ministry. It is one of my pas- missions gave me a whole Gill completed her mas- sions, said Gill. Missions excited. Collegiate Ministry direc- different perspective, said ter's degree from NOBTS and women's ministry has The forty-two-year-old tor with Louisiana Chris- Gill. in 2009 and completed the a special place in my heart former missionary with tian University, and so he Following her studies requirements to become and always will. I firmly the International Mission sought agreement among at Baylor, she was com- a licensed professional believe the women who Board of the Southern Louisiana baptist Conven- missioned as an IMB counselor in 2012.

10 Since teach and lead the youth baptist Convention was tion staff leaders about hir- journeyman and served, then, she has worked in are the backbone of our chosen to become the new ing the spouse of another 2003-2005, in Francistown, the mental health field in a mission effort in Southern Women's Missions and employee. The administra- Botswana. She dedicated variety of settings. baptist churches. They are Ministry strategist on Dec. tive council was unani- her time in Africa to shar- My getting this job the ones that lay the foun- 22 and began her ministry mous in their support. ing the love of Christ with has God's handwriting all dation and nurture it. with the Louisiana baptist Gill grew up in Mans- young people while edu- over it, said Gill. I really I would like to get Convention on Jan. 1, 2022. field, Louisiana and at- cating them about HIV/ wasn't sure I would get it younger women involved I spoke with WMU tended the First baptist AIDS prevention.


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