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Lost in Louisiana’s Metros

Louisiana has nine Metropolitan Statistical areas, which includes all of our major cities and 34 of our 64 parishes. 82% of the population of Louisiana lives in one of these Metro areas. These are not all urban areas. Extremely rural parishes including Union and Grant are included in these areas.

So how are we doing at reaching Louisiana’s Metros? 

Combined – Link with Metro by Metro Breakdown

  • 3,655,086, live in Louisiana’s Metros
  • 76.5% are potentially spiritually lost
  • 26.2% or 957,829 are evangelicals
  • 3.1% or 111,486 attend a SBC Church
  • There are 956 SBC churches in our Metros, which means there is 1 church for 3,823 residents.

Data on each Metro area individually:

By Population: 

Metro Population
New Orleansincludes Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, St. James 1,167,866
Baton Rougeincludes Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana 802,484
Lafayetteincludes Lafayette, St. Martin, Acadia, Iberia, Vermilion 426,897
Shreveport-Bossierincludes Bossier, Caddo, De Soto  398,594
Houma-Thibincludes Lafourche, Terrebonne 208,178
Lake Charlesincludes Calcasieu, Cameron 199,607
Monroe – includes Ouachita, Union 176,441
Alexandria – includes Grant, Rapides  153,922
Tangipahoa  121,097

By Potential Lostness: 

Metro Lost % Lost
Tangipahoa 98,743 81.5%
New Orleans 921,058 78.9%
Baton Rouge 615,413 76.7%
Shreveport-Bossier 301,040 75.5%
Monroe 132,834 75.2%
Lafayette 316,971 74.2%
Houma-Thib 153,567 73.8%
Alexandria 113,342 73.6%
Lake Charles 143,782 72.0%

By Evangelical Population: 

Metro Evang % Evang
Houma-Thib 22,651 10.9%
Lafayette 61,335 14.4%
New Orleans 186,390 16.0%
Tangipahoa 34,691 28.6%
Baton Rouge 241,123 30.0%
Lake Charles 61,906 31.0%
Shreveport-Bossier 189,528 47.5%
Alexandria 73,499 47.8%
Monroe 86,706 49.1%

By SBC Attendance and Churches: 

Metro SBC Attenders % SBC  SBC Churches Church to Population
Houma-Thib 2,477 1.2% 29 1 / 7,179
Lafayette 6,653 1.6% 60 1 / 7,115
New Orleans 24,473 2.1% 191 1 / 6,114
Baton Rouge 22,194 2.8% 192 1 / 4,709
Tangipahoa 4,450 3.7% 60 1 / 2,018
Lake Charles 8,221 4.1% 64 1 / 3,119
Shreveport-Bossier 17,764 4.5% 146 1 / 2,730
Monroe 13,438 7.6% 99 1 / 1,782
Alexandria 11,816 7.7% 115 1 / 1,338

Lost in Louisiana

Jesus said he came “to seek and to save the lost” Luke 19:10

The Baptist Faith and Message says that it “is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and every church of the Lord Jesus Christ… to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ.”

Being spiritually lost is described in the Bible as being alienatedfrom God, guided by the flesh, perishing, under wrath, and many more terrifying descriptions for the present and eternal life of an individual. Followers of Christ must be committed to follow His example and command to seek and save the lost.

One of the assumptions that kills the mission to the lost is that we think most people are already saved or have a church they attend. Below is a compilation of Parish by Parish data that shows how many are potentially lost, how many evangelicals there are, and how many attend southern baptist churches across Louisiana.

The tool used calculates Spiritual Lostness by:

  • # of non religious adherents + cults
  • # of Christian adherents (all denominations including Roman Catholics) minus 60% of total (using Barna’s figure that 60% of people that claim to be Christian, do not profess to believe in Christ as a means of salvation)
  • Add 60% to non-adherents + cults = number of lost individuals
  • Also shown is how many may be reached by a non-traditional or new church. 50% of the lost say they would attend church if invited. So, 50% would not. These are the radically unreached.

Yes. You can probably poke holes in the data, or you can say, “What if this is true?” – “What will it take to reach that many people in my community?” “Is my church able to reach the lost as it is?” “What am I doing to change these numbers?” If you could start a movement to reach thousands of lost in your community or region or the state, what would it to look like?

  • SBC Attendance numbers are from 2018 Annual Church Profile Data.
  • Population figures are from the 2010 Census. We’ll be looking forward to updating this with new 2020 Data in the very near future.
  • Data on Adherents is mostly from The Association of Religious Data Archives – thearda.com.

 

Lostness Across Louisiana

  • Parish by Parish LINK (includes populaton, evangelical population, SBC attendance, church to population ratio)
  • Louisiana Worksheet LINK 

 

  • Estimate shows that 76% of Louisiana may be spiritually lost. That is over 3.4 million!
  • 28% of Louisiana’s population are evangelicals.
  • 26% are Roman Catholic.
  • 41% are none’s or non-affiliated.
  • Only 3.5% of Louisianians attend an SBC church. Less than 8% of the population are resident members of an SBC church.

If you add all these numbers to the fact that baptisms, worship attendance, and Bible Study attendance are all down and at historic lows for Southern Baptist in Louisiana, it points to our need of a movement of God to turn the tide of lostness in our state. Revitalization? Yes! Crusade Evangelism? Yes! Sunday School Growth? Yes! Church Planting? Yes! We need all hands and all ideas on deck!

How goes it in your Parish? 

Here are Parish by Parish Worksheets on Lostness throughout Louisiana –

  1. Acadia Parish
  2. Allen Parish
  3. Ascension Parish
  4. Assumption Parish
  5. Avoyelles Parish
  6. Beauregard Parish
  7. Bienville Parish
  8. Bossier Parish
  9. Caddo Parish
  10. Calcasieu Parish
  11. Caldwell Parish
  12. Cameron Parish
  13. Catahoula Parish
  14. Claiborne Parish
  15. Concordia Parish
  16. De Soto Parish
  17. East Baton Rouge Parish
  18. East Carroll Parish
  19. East Feliciana Parish
  20. Evangeline Parish
  21. Franklin Parish
  22. Grant Parish
  23. Iberia Parish
  24. Iberville Parish
  25. Jackson Parish
  26. Jefferson Davis Parish
  27. Jefferson Parish
  28. Lafayette Parish
  29. Lafourche Parish
  30. LaSalle Parish
  31. Lincoln Parish
  32. Livingston Parish
  33. Madison Parish
  34. Morehouse Parish
  35. Natchitoches Parish
  36. Orleans Parish
  37. Ouachita Parish
  38. Plaquemines Parish
  39. Pointe Coupee Parish
  40. Rapides Parish
  41. Red River Parish
  42. Richland Parish
  43. Sabine Parish
  44. St. Bernard Parish
  45. St. Charles Parish
  46. St. Helena Parish
  47. St. James Parish
  48. St. John the Baptist Parish
  49. St. Landry Parish
  50. St. Martin Parish
  51. St. Mary Parish
  52. St. Tammany Parish
  53. Tangipahoa Parish
  54. Tensas Parish
  55. Terrebonne Parish
  56. Union Parish
  57. Vermilion Parish
  58. Vernon Parish
  59. Washington Parish
  60. Webster Parish
  61. West Baton Rouge Parish
  62. West Carroll Parish
  63. West Feliciana Parish
  64. Winn Parish

Multiply Louisiana Church Planting Update

A little update from my day job…. 

Louisiana Baptists Church Planting Advisory Council Meeting was held yesterday. The Council heard reports on New Churches across Louisiana, Church Planting Training, Compassion Ministry, and State Missions Offering allocations for Church Planting. Here’s a synopsis:

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  • 86% to our goal of 300 new churches from 2010 to 2020.
  • 33 projected church plants for 2020. Two churches started in January. Six new churches in process for February.
  • 57% of new churches started since 2010 have been non-anglo. 82 African-American, 35 Hispanic, 12 Asian, 18 Other.
  • In the pipeline for 2020 – 8 new Hispanic churches, 2 Portugese, 2 Asian (Burmese and Cambodian).
  • 64 churches started in North Louisiana (25%);193 in South Louisiana (75%), including 70 new churches in New Orleans or 27%.
  • 3,749 Baptisms in church plants and replants since 2010 – 14.5 per church plant. (includes first 3 years of ministry)
  • 13,977 Commitments to Christ reported by new churches since 2010 – 54 per church plant. (includes first 3 years of ministry)
  • Because of the generous giving of Louisiana Baptist Churches to the Georgia Barnette State Mission Offeringin 2019, we were able to increase supplements to church plants and replants by over $10,000 per plant and give each current church plant in Louisiana a bonus at the end of 2019.

Pray for Louisiana Church Planters who are on the front lines of reaching people and meeting needs in our state.

Connect with Louisiana Baptist Church Planting here – MultiplyLA.com. On Facebook, check out our Multiply Louisiana Facebook Group.

Multiply Lake Charles

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Lake Charles is projected to be one of the fastest growing communities in Louisiana for years to come. Oil and gas and chemical manufacturing are booming and have only slowed down slightly with drops in oil prices. Carey Baptist Association and Director of Missions Bruce careyassocBaker serve this area, representing Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jefferson Davis Parishes. Planters and partners are needed to reach a growing population and a key area for our state for years to come. Check out some data on this area:

  • Population of Carey Baptist Association: 241,662 (up 3% since 2010). Calcasieu, Jefferson Davis, and Cameron Parishes.
  • Worship Attendance in 72 SBC churches: 9,128 Only 3.8% of the population worshipped in a SBC church on any given weekend in 2018.
  • Bible Study Attendance: 5,227 (down 20% since 2010). Only 2.2% of the population attended Bible Study in an SBC church on any given weekend in 2018.
  • 72 SBC churches for a church to population ration of 1 to 3,356 residents. Our state average & our goal for each association is 1 to 2,850. NAMB suggests 1 to 2,000 as a good mark. 12 new churches would be needed to get to 1 to 2,850 in the Lake Charles area.
  • 57 SBC churches in Calcasieu Parish for 1 to 3,563. 10 churches in Jefferson Davis Parish for 1 to 3,158.
  • Only 10 non-Anglo SBC churches for 1 to 6,714 church to non-anglo population.
  • Evangelical Population: 59,161 or 24% of the population.
  • Those with No Religious Affiliation or None’s: 65,878 or 27% of the population. So there are now more None’s than Evangelicals.
  • Roman Catholic Population: 83,950 or 35% of the population.
  • Mainline Protestant: 11,157 or 5% of the population.
  • 7,302 students currently attend McNeese St. University.
  • 63% of Carey Association churches are under 100 in attendance. 38% under 50 in attendance.
  • 28% of Carey Association churches with zero baptisms in 2018.
  • Projected Job Growth is 2.5% in 2020 and 3.1% in 2021.

Pray for planters and partners.  

Yes, There Are Towns in Louisiana without a Southern Baptist Church!

Louisiana has 304 Census Designated Areas, noted as cities, towns, and villages by the Census Bureau. A few years ago, out of curiosity, I did a little digging into how many of these might not have a Southern Baptist Church. I knew of a few, but didn’t expect that number to total almost 100! Now, if you’ve ever looked at this list, you won’t recognize many of these places unless you are from there. A few even have a population of less than 10! The Missions and Ministry Team has sought to keep this list updated and add it to the numerous things that play into good church planting strategy and missiology for Louisiana. 

Not all of these places necessarily need a new church. Some of these towns have active churches near them. It’s not the objective of the Louisiana Baptist Mission and Ministry Team to start churches, just to say we did. If it’s a strategic need and if God calls his people to go; we will assist in starting a church in these geographic locations. 

Not all of these places are without evangelical witnesses. We are not saying that all of these places are without the witness of an evangelical congregation. We celebrate the work of evangelical partners who are seeking to reach our state and we’re happy when we find that a community has an active witness of the Gospel in its midst. When we find that little to no active gospel witness is present, the priority rises. 

Not all the places in Louisiana that have a church are saturated with the Gospel. A more shocking statistic than the number of communities without a Southern Baptist Church is the low percentage of people that attend the Southern Baptist Churches that are already in existence. Most parishes across Louisiana, have less than 10% of the population attending SBC churches on any given weekend. Many areas, even across the south, have too few churches to reach even 30% of its population with the gospel.   

Louisiana’s need for new churches in no way compares with the need in other parts of North America. The fact that Louisiana has towns with no SBC churches has challenged me to remember pioneer areas across North America and the world with zero access to a gospel advancing community of believers. As a missionary friend says, “As you go to the church of your choice this weekend, remember those with no church to choose.” Let the reality of Louisiana’s need, remind us of the unfinished task before us in carrying out Christ’s Great Commission.     

How can we respond to places with no church? 

  1. Pray! Pray for laborers (Luke 10:2). Pray for open doors (1 Corinthians 16:9). 
  2. Take a vision tour. In 2020, our team will be conducting one day Vision Tours and Windshield Surveys in many of these towns with no SBC Church. Email me at lane.corley@louisianabaptists.org and let me know if you’d like to help with these tours. 
  3. Adopt a town to pray for and plan to reach out through a day of prayer walking or other outreach event. Let us know if you’d be interested in reaching out in a city or town without a church. 

Where are these towns? Here’s a list of the top 50, listed by CDA / Town / City or Village, Parish, Association, and Population. Check out our Engage Map for and interactive look at locations of Louisiana Baptist churches, church plants, and target locations for new churches – https://www.engagemap.org/louisianabaptists/EngageMap.

  1. Terrytown – Jefferson – NOBA – 24,216
  2. Bayou Cane – Terrebonne – Bayou – 21,173
  3. Estelle – Jefferson – NOBA – 16,791
  4. Gardere – East Baton Rouge – BAGBR – 11,229
  5. Woodmere – Jefferson – NOBA – 11,114
  6. Timberlane – Jefferson – NOBA – 10,655
  7. South Fort Polk – Vernon – Vernon – 9,293
  8. Oak Hills – East Baton Rouge – BAGBR – 8,980
  9. Old Jefferson – East Baton Rouge – BAGBR – 8,283
  10. Galliano – Lafourche – Bayou – 7,650
  11. Eden Isle St. Tammany NSBA 7,631
  12. St. Gabriel Iberville BAGBR 7,094
  13. Meraux St. Bernard NOBA 7,073
  14. Village St. George East Baton Rouge BAGBR 6,802
  15. Inniswold East Baton Rouge BAGBR 6,772
  16. Vacherie St. James BAGBR 5,689
  17. Chackbay Lafourche Bayou 5,647
  18. Grambling Lincoln Concord Union 5,184
  19. Elmwood Jefferson NOBA 5,037
  20. Eastwood Bossier NWLA 4,547
  21. Richwood Oauchita NELA 3,378
  22. Buras-Triumph Plaquemines NOBA 3,358
  23. Lutcher St. James BAGBR 3,345
  24. Brusly West Baton Rouge BAGBR 2,721
  25. Chauvin Terrebonne Bayou 2,682
  26. Abita Springs St. Tammany Northshore 2,584
  27. Bayou Gauche St. Charles NOBA 2,557
  28. North Fort Polk Vernon Vernon 2,432
  29. Edgard St. John the Baptist NOBA 2,315
  30. Rosepine Vernon Vernon 2,235
  31. Garyville St. John the Baptist NOBA 2,225
  32. Boothville-Venice Plaquemines NOBA 2,220
  33. Montz St. Charles NOBA 2,140
  34. Labadieville Assumption Bayou 2,092
  35. Henderson St. Martin Evangeline 1,885
  36. Belle Rose Assumption Bayou 1,837
  37. Paradis St. Charles NOBA 1,616
  38. Ama St. Charles NOBA 1,361
  39. New Sarpy St. Charles NOBA 1,203
  40. Cullen Webster Webster-Claiborne 1,133
  41. Paincourtville Assumption Bayou 1,070
  42. Empire Plaquemines NOBA 1,054
  43. Leonville St. Landry Acadia 1,042
  44. Rosedale village Iberville BAGBR 983
  45. Grand Coteau St. Landry Acadia 964
  46. Supreme Assumption Bayou 859
  47. Parks village St. Martin Evangeline 831
  48. Mermentau village Acadia Acadia 815
  49. Killona St. Charles NOBA 815
  50. Convent St. James BAGBR 711

 

Louisiana’s Healthy AND Growing Churches – 2018

Dr. Bill Day, Church Growth and Evangelism Professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, defines a Healthy and Growing Church as a church that has had:

  • 10% growth over a 5 year period.
  • At least one baptism per year in that period.
  • An attender to baptism ratio of 15:1.

I like this formula, because it helps us see that not every church that is a healthy church is a growing church. And not every church that is growing, grows by evangelistic growth. This formula cuts through the pack to get to the healthy, evangelistic, growing churches. It is also a formula that includes smaller membership churches that often get left out of the lists that are only based on the biggest numbers.

You can see my reports on Healthy and Growing Churches in Louisiana in 2016 Here and Here. And 2017, Here.

2018 Data is in, and we’re currently collecting the Annual Church Profiles for 2019. Here’s a look at Healthy and Growing Churches among Louisiana Baptists in 2018:

  • 150 Louisiana Baptist churches, or 9%, grew by 10% growth between 2014 and 2018. That’s down from 161 in 2017 and 163 in 2016.
  • Only 60 Louisiana Baptist churches, or 4%, were healthy AND growing churches between 2014 and 2018; with 10% growth, 1 baptism per year, and a 15:1 attender to baptism ratio.

Where are these churches?

  • 19 are in south Louisiana, 41 are in north Louisiana.
  • 24 along I-20, 17 in Central LA, 5 in SWLA, 9 on the I-12, 1 in New Orleans, 4 in Baton Rouge.

How old are these churches?

  • 3 are less than 10 years old
  • 3 are 11-25 years old
  • 8 are 26-50 years old
  • 20 are 50-100 years old
  • 26 are 100+ years old

What’s the size of these churches?

  • 5,000+ – 1
  • 1,000-4,999 – 0
  • 500-999 – 4
  • 250-499 – 11
  • 100-249 – 23
  • 1-99 – 21

Who are these Churches?

Top 25 Churches with the largest % growth between 2014 and 2018:

  1. United Outreach, Shreveport – grew by 68% from 90 to 280, baptizing 126 between 2014 and 2018.
  2. Heflin, Heflin – grew by 67% from 100 to 300, baptizing 56.
  3. Gandy, Florien – grew by 53% from 53 to 70, baptizing 79.
  4. Unity, Cotton Valley – grew by 49% from 57 to 112, baptizing 138.
  5. Christ’s Community, Denham Springs – grew by 44% from 423 to 750, baptizing 417.
  6. Grawood, Keithville – grew by 44% from 192 to 340, baptizing 98.
  7. Fellowship on Airline, Gonzales – grew by 44% from 95 to 170, baptizing 28.
  8. Midway, Ponchatoula – grew by 44% from 20 to 36, baptizing 18.
  9. Bethany, Bethany – grew by 41% from 62 to 112, baptizing 89.
  10. Newton, Delhi – grew by 41% from 50 to 85, baptizing 98.
  11. Trinity, Hammond – grew by 40% from 90 to 150, baptizing 26.
  12. Bethel, West Monroe – grew by 40% from 45 to 75, baptizing 25.
  13. Old Zion Hill, Independence – grew by 39% from 200 to 330, baptizing 97.
  14. First, Castor – grew by 39% from 55 to 90, baptizing 23.
  15. Memorial, Monroe – grew by 38% from 40 to 65, baptizing 29.
  16. First, Pine Prairie – grew by 35% from 163 to 250, baptizing 37.
  17. Oak Forest, Leesville – grew by 34% from 56 to 85, baptizing 52.
  18. Lighthouse, Shreveport – grew by 33% from 40 to 60, baptizing 40.
  19. First, Robeline – grew by 33% from 170 to 255, baptizing 227.
  20. Celebration Church, Metairie – grew by 32% from 5,233 to 7,656, baptizing 2,764.
  21. Bethsadia, Many – grew by 30% from 35 to 50, baptizing 57.
  22. Unity, Oak Grove – grew by 29% from 100 to 154, baptizing 193.
  23. Open Door Fellowship, Coushatta – grew by 28% from 90 to 125, baptizing 73.
  24. Mangham, Mangham – grew by 27% from 110 to 150, baptizing 35.
  25. First, Holden – grew by 27% from 62 to 85, baptizing 33.

Churches that Added the Most People between 2014 and 2018:

  1. Celebration Church, Metairie, added 2,423 people.
  2. Christ’s Community, Denham Springs, 327 people.
  3. Heflin, Heflin, added 200 people.
  4. United Outreach, Shreveport, added 190 people.
  5. Grawood, Keithville, added 148 people.
  6. Old Zion Hill, Independence, added 130 people.
  7. Addis, First, added 127 people.
  8. His Church, Pineville, added 126 people.
  9. First, Pine Prairie, added 85 people.
  10. First, Robeline, added 75 people.

Top 10 Baptisms by these churches from 2014 to 2018:

  1. Celebration Church (SBC), Metairie – 2764
  2. First, Haughton – 425
  3. Christ’s Community, Denham Springs – 417
  4. Philadelphia, Deville – 370
  5. His Church, Pineville – 311
  6. Addis, First – 277
  7. First, Robeline – 227
  8. Unity, Oak Grove – 193
  9. Trinity, Many – 149
  10. Unity, Cotton Valley – 138

Do you think your church should be on the list? Remember the criteria:

  • Does your church have 5 years of history?
  • What is the ratio of attendance to baptism? Must be 15:1.
  • Did your church turn in an Annual Church Profile all of the 5 years?
  • Did your church baptize at least 1 person each year?
  • Did your church grow by 10% over the 5 year period?

Email me for a copy of the full report and list of churches on this list, along with all the churches that grew by 10% over the last five years in Louisiana – lane.corley@louisianabaptists.org.

Rural Ministry Today

This year, our Louisiana Baptist Missions and Ministry Team held 10 weeks of Summer Network gatherings across Louisiana, and we tried to hit some of our more rural areas and associations. Though 75% of Louisiana is considered Urban by the Census Bureau. A few observations about ministry in Rural Louisiana in 2019:

  1. There is a growing shortage of pastors. There are associations in our state with 20-25% of their churches without pastors.
  2. There are more retirees entering the ministry. We met several amazing men who had retired from secular employment and are now pastoring churches! We also have several planting churches! How about ministry as an ENCORE career.
  3. Rural Pastors are finding innovative ways to meet the changing ministry environments they are in. Addiction, homelessness, poverty are major issues in rural areas, just as in urban areas, and on the minds of pastors. Churches are finding ways to address these. Encouraging.
  4. Rural Pastors are heroes. They do it without fanfare or abundant resources. I have been inspired by the enthusiasm of young and old pastors in rural areas this summer. Their church of 40 people may seem insignificant, but in a community with 600 people, they are a mega church!
  5. Relationships among churches and among pastors are lifelines for the stresses of ministry in rural areas. Associational coaching networks are forming. Pastors with education are mentoring pastors who did not have the opportunity. Encouraged by the kingdom mindset across our state.
  6. Smaller, rural churches have suffered from transfer growth as many older Christians choose to drive out of their community to a larger church in another town. Heard this observation several times from rural pastors this summer in relation to the struggle to find mature Christians to lead. There are seasoned Christians giving up on the small, local church.
  7. Rural communities are attractive to families and are growing in population and income level. From younger retirees to families that want more space and don’t mind a 45 minute to 1 hour commute daily, demographics are changing in many of our rural areas.

I am a product of rural churches. These churches gave me a great foundation of faith. Ministry looks differently, may move slower, but continues to be fruitful for life change and making disciples. Praying for our Rural pastors and churches.

Start Something!

2019-You-Wanna-Start-Something-HeaderRecently I was with a group of church leaders and the issue of reaching the lost came up. One of the leaders asserted that it seems the churches are all going after the same people, while the truly lost in our communities have little outreach to them. He’s absolutely right. Many of our standard church outreach activities are white noise to the growing number of NEVER churched in our communities. Maybe its time to Start Something new to reach the lost in your city.

  • When was the last time you assessed your community for the real needs of people?
  • When was the last time you thought about the unchurched in your town and how to bring the gospel to them?
  • When was the last time you asked hard questions about the effectiveness of your churches ministry in making contact with the lost?
  • When was the last time you looked at the demographics around your church?

This years Missions and Ministry Summer Luncheon tour will focus on these questions. We want to learn about your community and highlight some needs that may be great avenues for sharing the gospel. We want to talk about starting some new fights with modern day issues affecting people in our state. Join the Missions and Ministry Team at one of our Summer Luncheons across Louisiana in June and July.

Register for a luncheon HERE.

Love Louisiana: Terrytown

TerrytownMy only experience in Terrytown and that of many others I’ve spoken with is driving through on the way to fishing destinations south of New Orleans. Terrytown is currently at the top of our list of places in Louisiana that need a new church.

12 Quick Facts about Terrytown:

  1. It’s located on the eastern side of Jefferson Parish on the West Bank of the Mississippi River.
  2. It is a part of New Orleans Baptist Association.
  3. It’s name came from the original developer of residential homes in communities south of New Orleans. He had a daughter named Terry, so yep, he got to name it. Terrytown!
  4. Population is listed at 23,319. The zip code of 70056 shows a population of 41,330.
  5. It is one of the most densely populated areas in Louisiana.
  6. Poverty rate is high: 26%. Compared to 20% across all of Louisiana and 15% across the U.S.
  7. Terrytown is very diverse: 36% Black, 32% White, 24% Hispanic, 5% Asian.
  8. To note the growth in diversity in this area: In 2000, Terrytown was 50% white, 34% black, and only 9% Hispanic.
  9. Crime is high: Violent crime is 50% higher than the national average and about 40% higher than the state average. Property crime is 37% higher than the national and state averages.
  10. There is currently no Southern Baptist Church in Terrytown. And relatively few evangelical churches. Pray with me for a new church or three in this diverse community.
  11. Jefferson Parish is Louisiana’s 2nd largest parish with 439,000 residents. Best numbers show the religious makeup as 15% evangelical, 33% catholic, and 46% nones.
  12. If these % are true of Terrytown, then there are 3,498 evangelicals, 7,695 Roman Catholics, and 10,727 people unaffiliated with any church.

Let’s pray for Terrytown!

What other interesting facts do you know about Terrytown? Interested in helping reach out and plant a church in this community?

2018 Church Planting Update

Louisiana Baptists have planted 22 Churches so far in 2018. 

  • 6 in North Louisiana, 16 in South Louisiana
  • 6 in New Orleans
  • 13 non-Anglo. 8 African-American, 3 Hispanic, 1 Asian, 1 Multi-Ethnic

Since 2010:

  • 234 Churches Planted
  • 56 in north Louisiana, 178 in south Louisiana
  • 61 in New Orleans
  • 128 non-Anglo. 70 African-American, 31 Hispanic, 10 Asian, 17 Other

Our goals have been to plant 300 churches by 2020; to plant more in south Louisiana where 70% of the population lives; at least 20% of plants in New Orleans where 20% of our population lives; and to plant more non-Anglo churches, increasing the diversity in Louisiana Baptist life.

Highlights:

  • Since 2010, Church Plants have reported 13,208 Professions of Faith and 3,536 Baptisms. Church Planting continues to be one of the best ways to evangelize communities. 
  • Since 2010, churches have been planted in 100 of Louisiana’s 304 cities and towns and 41 of Louisiana’s 64 Parishes.
  • Now, RePlanting is ramping up, with 25% of last years new works being replants and 40% this year.

66 churches away from our 2020 goal of 300. With each new church comes new brothers and sisters in Christ, new fronts on meeting real needs in communities, and more glory for our great God as the gospel bears its fruit across Louisiana.

You can be a part:

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