The I-12 Corridor includes Livingston, Tangipahoa, St. Tammany Parish, & Washington Parishes. Three Baptist Associations cover this area- Northshore Baptist Association (Hammond/Ponchatoula, Covington/Mandeville, Slidell) & Eastern Louisiana Baptist Association (Denham Spring, Walker area), Baptist Associations of SE LA (Franklinton, Bogalusa, Amite). It’s been one of the fastest growing in Louisiana over the last few years. Estimated population of these three parishes combined is now 505,587. Population has grown an estimated 7% over the last 5 years. Some great work happening on Louisiana’s I-12 Corridor through Church Planting. Still more is needed. Here’s some of the latest data:
- Population of Northshore Baptist Association area: 367,799 (7% increase since 2010).
- 1 church for every 4,485 residents on the Northshore.
- Only 3.1 % of the population of NSBA attends worship in a SBC Church.
- Only 1.8% of the population of NSBA attends Bible Study or small group in a SBC Church.
- Churches have grown by 2.3% over the last five years, but not as fast as the population growth of 7%.
- Evangelical Population of the I-12 Corridor: 25%
- 270,000+ unaffiliated with any denomination or church.
- 1 church for every 2,995 residents in Livingston Parish.
- Only 4.8% of the population of Eastern LA Association attend worship in a SBC church.
- Only 2.8% of the population of Eastern LA Association area attend Bible Study in a SBC church.
Planters, Partners needed.
Pray for our current planters in this area:
- Elltore Austin, Still Water Northeast, Hammond
- Joey Beeson, Walker Community Ministries, Walker
- Sam Cirincioni, The Field Church, Mandeville
- Cameron Gober, The Way Church, Livingston
- Louis Husser, Boots N Saddles Cowboy Church, Folsom
- Derek Kitterlin, Barker’s Corner Mission, Mandeville
- Larry Lucas, Faith Baptist Church, Franklinton
- Marvin Mercado, Iglesia Agua Viva, Pearl River & Iglesia Bautista Buenas Nuevas, Slidell
- Cedric Murphy, Body of Christ Church, Baker
- Miguel Rodriguez, Nueva Vida en Cristo, Bogalusa
- Ramon Rodriguez, Fuente de Agua Viva, Natalbany & Vida Nueva, Ponchatoula
- Jeffrey Smith, Genesis Church, Baker
- Matt Smith, Connect Church, Covington
- Kirk Strawbridge, Bridge Church Covington
Several more great works starting over the next several months, including a new Burmese church in Mandeville & Celebration Church’s 7th Campus in Mandeville/Covington area.