Louisiana Missionary Baptist State Convention
Dr. C. S. Gordon, Jr., President

General Secretary Dr. Edward Alexander, Jr.

Laymen

                               BROTHERHOOD/ LAYMEN

Director: Charles Hunter

LAYMEN'S DAY OBSERVANCE

A day set aside for the men of the local congregation to conduct the entire worship service on the Second Sunday in October or a Sunday in October, is Louisiana Missionary Baptist Laymen’s Day Observance. The purpose of Laymen’s Day is to enhance the presence of men and boys by giving them an opportunity to participate by leading the worship service; thus, training the pew and bridging the gap between the pulpit and the pew.

We are asking each congregation to sponsor a "Louisiana Missionary Baptist State Laymen's Day Observance". If you have any questions, please do not hesitate contacting me.

Please let me know when your church family will hold their Louisiana Laymen's Day Observance.


Download Boys To Men Conference 2017 information
              


We, the Louisiana Laymen's Movement, an auxiliary of the Louisiana Missionary Baptist State Convention, Inc., have united together to demonstrate more fully the essential oneness of Baptist Men in the Lord Jesus Christ; to promote a Spirit of fellowship, service and cooperation among its members; to cultivate and transmit the Spirit of Stewardship

To serve as a fellowship and training of Baptist Men in Mission and other areas needed. The function of Laymen in our state and National Baptist Convention USA, Inc.; however, shall not be limited.  
  

        

                                         GOALS AND OBJECTIVE OF THE LOUISIANA BAPTIST STATE LAYMEN’S MOVEMENT
order that laymen may meet the demands, which God and the church impose upon them, they must organize themselves into meaningful, purposeful groups. These groups must have a firm foundation, purpose and a clear direction in formulating objectives. Dr. Jesse Jai McNeil describes the purpose of the Laymen’s Movement best in his book, "Men in the Local Church ."

PURPOSES 
    1. To enlist and coordinate the manpower of the local congregation for an effective performance of essential  
        Christian activities.
    2. To cultivate the Christian life of laymen through study, worship, fellowship and service. 
    3. To enlist unchurched men for fellowship in and service through the church and to bring unsaved men into vital relations
        with God in Christ through personal commitment to Him.
    4. To inspire men to support the total program of the Church in the local congregation, the community, the denomination 
        and the world.

The objectives of the Laymen’s Movement are suggested by its purposes. They are long and short ranged objectives and should be prioritized and carried out in conformance with each particular Movement’s needs. Each objective is progressive and as each Movement plans activities and programs designed to meet each objective they will find that the fulfillment of the task of service to God will be a lifelong task. 

 OBJECTIVES
1. To provide an organization through which a vital and meaningful fellowship among men of the local congregation may be prompted.
2. To provide an organized medium through which men of the local congregation may serve its purpose most efficiently and becomes a more vital part of its life. 
3. To enlist all the men in active Christian service to the Church through the local congregation.
4. To promote among men a more definite and intelligent understanding of the Christian faith and life and the meaning of the Church.
5. To keep men aware of their duty and obligations as member of the Church through the local congregation.
6. To foster in men an intelligent loyalty and devotion to the Church through the local congregation.
7. To cooperate with the pastor, officers and other organizations in developing and stimulating the work of the Church in the local congregation.
8. To promote Church attendance and the study of Christian literature, published and endorsed by our National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc.
9. To inspire men to support the financial program of the Church, both locally and nationally
10. To promote boys work in the local congregation.
11. To reach unsaved men with the Gospel and to win them to God in Christ through a personal commitment to Him.
12. To persuade unchurched men to renew their fellowship to the church through the local congregation and to strengthen their faith in its message and program.
13. To foster in Baptist men a vital and active concern in community welfare and betterment and to promote Christian race relations.
14. To inspire men to enter the fields of business, politics and the Foreign Service as a Christian vocation.
15. To promote the establishment of Christian homes and to guide the family toward fuller Christian development and cooperation.
16. To guide men in intelligent, effective Christian social action.

Many of these objectives may be broken down into  even more specifics ones. The committees working within the areas, in which they fall, should assume this responsibility for a more effective execution of their local Movement’s particular needs.

ORGANIZING A LAYMEN’S MOVEMENT IN YOUR CHURCH The distinctive characteristic of all groups is the element of productivity in achieving a desired goal. This is most readily identifiable need in the group. Most social systems have some task confronting them and exist primarily to carry out the task. Generally, it is that task which gives the group its reason for being. The laymen in the church have the task of taking whatever action is necessary and effective to strengthen the church and strengthen brotherhood in relationships in the church, community and in economic and social programs. 

Often people get so involved in the job that they neglect the other levels of need also operating in the group.

A second level of need, often hard to identify, is the relationships or maintenance need of the group. As members work at a task, they are constantly interacting with one another and changing their relationships both positively and negatively. If the task is ever to be accomplished and cohesiveness achieved, the group needs to build and maintain positive relationship between members. Christian men should keep their hearts pure and minds clean of thoughts in order to maintain and meet individual needs of their brothers in Christ.

A third level of need is personal or individual. Every person who enters a group brings with him specific needs, which arise out of his own previous background, history and experiences. These needs may often be hidden for a long time below the surface and may emerge in the form of unexpected heel dragging or blocking related to the task.

The mature group is one that considers all three levels of need and endeavors to offer satisfaction at each level. The contributions of laymen to the program of the Church can be made most effective through organizing men to combine their individual efforts and needs to achieve desired outcomes for oneself or for the group to which one belongs. The Laymen’s Movement is a vehicle through which laymen make their best and most effective contribution to the life of their church and the fulfillment of its purpose. 
Download Membership/Registration Form

 

Scholarships
The Layman movement funded a scholarship to a worthy Junior Layman in the amount of $4,000 this year. Our plan is to give this award annually.
Applicants must be
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                º A high school graduating senior 
                º A member of a church registered with LBSLM  
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Must use funds for undergraduate studies
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Must have a grade point average of 2.0 

            Click the link below to view and print scholarship application
           Aaron J. Cains Scholarship Application and Guidelines


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Louisiana Baptist Pastors

I need your help!
Please register your church with your Louisiana Laymnen's Movement at each conference and state convention. 
    A. $30 at each session 
    B. $120 for the year

2. Please encourage your boys, young adults, and men to register with the laymem. 
    A. $15 a year for the boys (must be registered over one year to apply for the $4,000 scholarship) 
    B.$30 a year for young adults and men.

3. Please support your "Boys to Men Conference".
Many thanks for your help and support!

CHARLES WAYNE HUNTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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