Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fall Revival with Don Hattaway

Dr. Hattaway
We are so blessed that Dr. Don Hattaway has agreed to be our Fall revival speaker.  Brother Don is no stranger to Emmanuel, having served as our senior pastor from November 1993 to February 2002.  He is currently the longest-serving pastor in church history.  It was my great privilege to serve as his minister of music for over half of that time.

Emmanuel experienced incredible days of expansion and renewal under Dr. Hattaway’s leadership. Emmanuel became known state-wide as a leader in Sunday School and evangelistic growth.  In the Fall of 2000, Brother Don led the church to embrace a vision to build our current sanctuary.  The growth and expansion we’ve seen since that time is but a continuation of the faithful foundation God used him (and those before him) to help lay.

For nearly 10 years now Brother Don has been the senior pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Cartersville  That church has also experienced wonderful days of revival and growth during Pastor Don’s tenure.  Brother Don also has a media ministry which can be accessed at

Our Fall Revival will begin on Sunday, October 2nd and continue through Wednesday night October 5th.  The choir will be singing in each service and there will be other special music as well.  You will not want to miss a single service!

My love for Don Hattaway is no secret.  It will be a delight to spend 4 days with him in October.  But more importantly, I want to spend those days (and my time between now and then) in the presence of God, asking Him to pour out revival on His people.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The GBC Needs a Church-Planting President

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In these days of increasing lostness in our state, Georgia Baptists need fresh visionary leadership. We need the kind of leadership that embraces various worship styles, multi-generational ministries, and a truly missional mindset. John Waters is that man.

Georgia needs a convention president that understands the importance of church planting…a president who doesn’t just TALK about it. A president that actually DOES it. Frankly, it’s time Georgia Baptists had a president who believes in and practices church planting. The army of faithful church planters across Georgia deserves to have leadership that understands church planting from personal experience.

Others may talk about reaching out and building bridges. John Waters and the folks at First Baptist in Statesboro are actually doing it. With a brand new contemporary church plant for Bulloch County called Southbridge Community Church, John Waters and his congregation are intensely committed to reaching a whole generation of people who would probably never come to a “First Baptist Church.” John Waters understands the issue is not bringing them to First Baptist. The issue is, bringing them to Jesus!

Hey Georgia Baptist church planters, there’s a bold new leader with fresh ideas and a missional mindset coming your way in November 2011. You may have never gone to the convention before. But this year would be a great start.

The GBC meets at North Metro First Baptist Church in Lawrenceville. The presidential election is Tuesday, November 15th.

Plan. Go. Register. Vote. And vote for John Waters.

It’s time to have a church-planting pastor as president of the Georgia Baptist Convention.

Go to for more information or check out First Baptist’s commitment to this new work at

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Outside Preaching Schedule

My first calling and my first love is to pastor Emmanuel Baptist Church.  Preaching 3x per week (most weeks I preach Sunday AM, PM and Wednesday PM) I will be in the EBC pulpit about 130 times this year.  But as the Lord leads I have the blessing from time to time to preach in other places.  If you are in the area I would be delighted to have you drop by one of these special revivals.

August 22
Awesome August Nights
Brandy Branch Baptist Church
Bryceville, FLA
Rusty Bryan, pastor

September 18-21
Fall Revival
First Baptist Church
Buford, GA
Matt Stacy, senior pastor

September 29
Guest Chapel Speaker
Truett-McConnell College

October 18
Guest Speaker
Women's Enrichment Center
Blairsville, GA

*This is a fundraiser for a pro-life organization. Bring your most sacrificial gift when you come!

October 20
Guest Speaker for annual meeting
Mallary Baptist Association
Meeting at First Baptist Church
Sylvester, GA

January 20, 2012
Real Evangelism Conference
Second Baptist Church
Warner Robins, GA

January 22-24, 2012
Upstate Bible Conference
Anniston, Aalabama

March 2, 2012
Annual Men's Conference
Centennial Baptist Church
Rutledge, GA
John Darsey, senior pastor

March 9-10, 2012
Real Evangelism Conference
First Baptist Church of Indian Trail
Charlotte, NC

March 23-24, 2012
Real Evangelism Conference
Wheeler Grove Baptist Church
Corinth, MS

Rick Coram's PowerLife Student Camps (June and July)

Rick Coram's PowerLife Bible Conference (July 13-14 at St. Simon's, GA)