ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A former leader at Louisiana College and a group of pastors are organizing a new Baptist association. They say it will create a "second option" for Louisiana Baptists that would allow churches to keep most of their money on the local level.

Tim Johnson founded the nonprofit Southern Baptist Association of Louisiana.

Johnson tells The Town Talk (http://townta.lk/1BElabu ) "multiple" pastors also are involved but did not want to include their names for fear of retaliation from the Louisiana Baptist Convention.

The newspaper says LBC officials did not return requests for comments on Tuesday.

But Johnson is not asking churches to send their funds to his organization. Johnson wants them to keep what they would normally give to the LBC and use it for missions and evangelism at home.

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Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, http://www.thetowntalk.com

 

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