We are a Church with automatic IRS 501c3 approved status since 2001 yet exempt from IRS report requirements.
About Layman Lessons
We currently (2018) procure and provide food (and bottled vitamin water) in God’s name for HIS glory, to FEED OVER 4 MILLION MEALS ANNUALLY to relieve the human suffering of the Homeless & Needy in Tennessee and a dozen other states from our exclusive network of local and national food donors, including Jakes Produce national network and our exclusive Nashville partnerships with the 700 Club, Feed The Children, Midwest Food Banks, among others.
ANY CHURCH OR FAITH BASED GROUP IN AMERICA CAN RECEIVE SEMI TRAILERS FULL OF FREE DONATED FOOD/DRINKS…just pay the freight costs and pledge that only God of the Holy Bible gets GLORY OR CREDIT and ONLY the TRULY POOR & NEEDY will receive every bite of food or drinks donated through Layman Lessons Church.
Layman Lessons Ministries began in 2000, by Nashville Businessman Louie Johnston Jr., as Founder, Director, and when soon called of God into full time unpaid ministry became ordained Minister Louie Johnston Jr. of Nashville, TN, as Mr. Johnston quickly says “in spite of me, because I am of all men on earth the least qualified man to lead any Christian ministry.” Since its founding, all that God has done through Layman Lessons has been done with NO PAID STAFF, including Louie Johnston Jr. who has always been a primary donor, never taken a dime for personal use or gain.
Layman Lessons Ministries soon acquired Welcome Baptist Church/Rescue Mission Inc in Shelby, NC, a Church the IRS approved as a 501c3 on September 11, 2001, with identical mission as Layman Lessons Ministries to form “Layman Lessons Church and Welcome Baptist Church”, registered with the Secretary of State in both NC and TN, operating under the EIN 56-2209129, as a Church serving in North Carolina and Tennessee.
Tennessee outdoor Church services started weekly in January, 2001 in downtown Nashville locations, using a Mobile Stage, tables and chairs for 150 homeless, a Mobile Clothing Store on a school bus, and feeding a hot banquet meal of donated food from his network of local restaurants and food stores, after the Church service concluded…this all volunteer Layman Lessons Church Ministry Team has served Homeless and Hopeless constantly since 2001. After 12 consecutive years of Louie Johnston Jr. led weekly Street Church ministry feeding hot meals and having outdoor Church services, often in extreme heat and cold weather, over 8,770 documented Homeless souls had given their hearts to Christ, and less than 100 of those remained on the streets of Nashville, TN.
“Layman Lessons” began as a series of Christian books by Author Louie E. Johnston Jr., as “Lessons” straight from the Bible for every “Layman”. It grew from 2000 from personal ministry by Author, Founder, Funder, and Director Louie E. Johnston Jr. (see www.LouieJohnston.com). Louie has over 30 years experience serving people with Addictions, Homelessness, and serious Mental Illness, a unique combinations of skills from the Spiritual perspective, but as an MBA is also a nationally known expert in “best industry practices” in Behavioral Healthcare, designing and implementing State of the Art computer systems for Mental Health organizations that insured those best practices are followed. (see www.BlueWingUSA.com)
Layman Lessons obeys God’s 5 priorities for every Christian, to Feed the Hungry, Clothe the Naked, Shelter the Homeless, Preach God’s Word, Train Disciples! Louie invested years in street ministry with Teen Challenge prior to Founding Layman Lessons Ministries.
His documentary “Operation Compassion,” seen on Fox network, interviews Homelessness on the streets in Nashville, TN.
Layman Lessons’ sole Mission and Purpose is to “be the hands and feet of our God Jehovah of THE Holy Bible”, serving God’s unconditional love to Feed the Hungry, Clothe the Naked, Shelter the Homeless, Preach the Gospel (Good News), Train Disciples. Since 2001 we have done so in multiple cities and states, through our Rescue Missions, supervised shared housing, and through unique open air “Mobile Homeless Church” Street Ministries.
We also Preach the Gospel and Train Disciples internationally through our Streaming Videos on our websites, www.LaymanLessons.
Layman Lessons…where nobody gets paid to do God’s work!