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Hurricane Michael: One year later

Two days after Category 5 Hurricane Michael made landfall on Florida’s Panhandle on Oct. 10, 2018, Florida Baptists’ disaster relief volunteers were there. Headquartered at Hiland…
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Hurricane Michael: One year later

PANAMA CITY--Joshua Fidler walked across a field that had been covered for almost ten months by massive debris—“a void that used to be our sanctuary” when he saw a page that had…
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Church helps Tallahassee school celebrate success and new year

Looking to make an impact in its inner city community, members of Unity Baptist Church in Tallahassee sponsored a back-to-school project for a nearby elementary school, donating…
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Hispanic pastor dispels darkness in SW Florida

LEHIGH ACRES—More than half of all residents in Ft. Myers-Naples claim that they do not read the Bible, pray or attend a local church, which when combined with other criteria earns…
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Groups Still Matter | 2019 Central Florida Sunday School Conference

More than 400 participants gathered to increase their understanding of every facet in Sunday School ministry and to discover how to expand God’s word to the multitudes during the…
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Umatilla church hosts human trafficking conference

“Taking A Stand,” a conference designed to bring awareness, resources, preventative education and support opportunities to combat human trafficking, will be held Saturday, Nov. 9…
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Spanish congregation embraces English language community

Iglesia Bautista Northside in Hialeah, known as a church that loves its neighbors, is now embracing its community further by providing worship in English for those who don’t speak…
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The priority of marriage: date night for pastors, wives

Juggling work schedules, raising families, handling the demands of ministry, and managing finances are some of the hurdles that pastors and wives face when trying to carve out…
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Bradenton Church commits to help dying churches

The number is staggering. Experts estimate that approximately 1,000 local Southern Baptist churches close their doors every year. But through church revitalization, there is a way…
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South Florida church brings hope and help to the Bahamas

In the three weeks since Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas, Iglesia Real in Hollywood has sent 44 plane loads of much needed supplies to help people on the islands recover…
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Mobile dental ministry volunteer recognized for service

Bella Vista Baptist Church has found that serving people with their dental health needs can bring smiles to their faces and a difference in their eternities. 
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Women’s Retreat: UNSHAKABLE with God as our Savior

Florida Baptist women attending the annual Women’s Retreat at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center left armed with God’s tools: His unshakable foundation, His unshakable love and…
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Hurricane Michael: One year later

Two days after Category 5 Hurricane Michael made landfall on Florida’s Panhandle on Oct. 10, 2018, Florida Baptists’ disaster relief volunteers were there. Headquartered at Hiland…
Read More...

Hurricane Michael: One year later

PANAMA CITY--Joshua Fidler walked across a field that had been covered for almost ten months by massive debris—“a void that used to be our sanctuary” when he saw a page that had…
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Church helps Tallahassee school celebrate success and new year

Looking to make an impact in its inner city community, members of Unity Baptist Church in Tallahassee sponsored a back-to-school project for a nearby elementary school, donating…
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Hispanic pastor dispels darkness in SW Florida

LEHIGH ACRES—More than half of all residents in Ft. Myers-Naples claim that they do not read the Bible, pray or attend a local church, which when combined with other criteria earns…
Read More...

Groups Still Matter | 2019 Central Florida Sunday School Conference

More than 400 participants gathered to increase their understanding of every facet in Sunday School ministry and to discover how to expand God’s word to the multitudes during the…
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Spanish congregation embraces English language community

Iglesia Bautista Northside in Hialeah, known as a church that loves its neighbors, is now embracing its community further by providing worship in English for those who don’t speak…
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The priority of marriage: date night for pastors, wives

Juggling work schedules, raising families, handling the demands of ministry, and managing finances are some of the hurdles that pastors and wives face when trying to carve out…
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Bradenton Church commits to help dying churches

The number is staggering. Experts estimate that approximately 1,000 local Southern Baptist churches close their doors every year. But through church revitalization, there is a way…
Read More...

South Florida church brings hope and help to the Bahamas

In the three weeks since Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas, Iglesia Real in Hollywood has sent 44 plane loads of much needed supplies to help people on the islands recover…
Read More...

Mobile dental ministry volunteer recognized for service

Bella Vista Baptist Church has found that serving people with their dental health needs can bring smiles to their faces and a difference in their eternities. 
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Women’s Retreat: UNSHAKABLE with God as our Savior

Florida Baptist women attending the annual Women’s Retreat at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center left armed with God’s tools: His unshakable foundation, His unshakable love and…
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First Plant City demonstrates grace in community weddings

Following his teachings on the sanctity of marriage, Pastor Brian Stowe of First Baptist Church in Plant City, along with his church and community, threw the wedding of a lifetime…
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Hurricane Michael: One year later

Two days after Category 5 Hurricane Michael made landfall on Florida’s Panhandle on Oct. 10, 2018, Florida Baptists’ disaster relief volunteers were there. Headquartered at Hiland…
Read More...

Hurricane Michael: One year later

PANAMA CITY--Joshua Fidler walked across a field that had been covered for almost ten months by massive debris—“a void that used to be our sanctuary” when he saw a page that had…
Read More...

The priority of marriage: date night for pastors, wives

Juggling work schedules, raising families, handling the demands of ministry, and managing finances are some of the hurdles that pastors and wives face when trying to carve out…
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VBS continues despite tragedy of Hurricane Michael

Uprooted dead trees line the ground. Uninhabitable apartment buildings are empty. Street signs are missing. Businesses are closed. Families have vacated their homes. It might sound…
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FBC Milligan not Deterred by Church Fire

The Florida Panhandle has experienced many extreme weather conditions this past year. Nine months following the Category 5 hurricane that made landfall in Panama City, another low…
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Catch The Vision Tour Encourages Pastors, Sparks Partnerships

Six pastors from the west region of Florida had the opportunity to see the diversity and complexity of doing ministry in South Florida this May 20-22 through the North American…
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Official Notice: Nominations for State Convention Committees Open

A Committee on Nominations composed of pastors, laypersons, and church staff has been appointed by the officers of the Florida Baptist State Convention. Phillip Herrington, pastor…
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Once a Church Plant, Trinity Baptist Celebrates 75th Anniversary

This month Trinity Baptist Church celebrated their 75th anniversary. Located in the heart of Marianna, Florida TBC began as a mission of First Baptist Church Mariana in 1942. This…
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First Baptist Pensacola Celebrates Holy Week

With hearts prepared for Resurrection Day, 1,700 people came to celebrate the resurrection of the Risen Lord on Sunday at First Baptist Pensacola. Pastor Snyder said, “I do not…
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Panhandle readies for Easter 6 months into Michael recovery

Six months have passed since Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Gulf Coast leaving in its path destruction and despair, especially for the Panhandle communities. Much rebuilding and…
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The Best Excuse for Standing Up Your Pastor

Being inspired by the passion this deacon had for evangelism, Traylor was reminded that this deacon was not hindered by the day to day plans that consume many of our schedules.…
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Florida Baptists Represented in SBC’s Teller Committee

Stephanie Orr, member of First Baptist Church in Chipley and board member of the Florida Baptist Children’s Home will be representing Florida Baptists at the national level this…
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Church helps Tallahassee school celebrate success and new year

Looking to make an impact in its inner city community, members of Unity Baptist Church in Tallahassee sponsored a back-to-school project for a nearby elementary school, donating…
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Team Tallahassee ministers to student athletes, families and coaches

What started as a service project at one local high school has now expanded to include more schools as well as an annual dinner event that celebrates the positive role sports play…
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Ocala church covers schools with prayer, mulch

Armed with 40 backpacks full of school supplies, 80 bags of mulch, landscaping tools and prayer cards, about 120 members of First Baptist Church in Ocala set out on a hot Sunday…
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Faith Fellowship Ocala Off To Great Start

When First Baptist Church of Dunnellon began to pursue a new church plant, Pastor Russ Randall wanted to get 100 percent participation from members in launching the new church…
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Kids Donate Funds Raised During VBS To Florida Baptist Children’s Homes

Children from Hardeetown Baptist Church in Chiefland recently donated $631 raised during Vacation Bible School to help children less fortunate than themselves. The funds were…
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Hope Church Chiefland Sees Triple Growth in First Six Months

When the Rev. Jonathan Edmisten agreed to become interim pastor at a church in Chiefland, Fla., earlier this year, he had no idea this would be the church plant he had been praying…
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Rainstorm Stops Just In Time for River Baptisms

Despite the heavy rain that day, about 185 people representing three different churches gathered to witness 25 take part in believer’s baptism in the Suwannee River on a recent…
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Official Notice: Nominations for State Convention Committees Open

A Committee on Nominations composed of pastors, laypersons, and church staff has been appointed by the officers of the Florida Baptist State Convention. Phillip Herrington, pastor…
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Easter Baptism Brings Life Change

When Morgan McQueen rose up from the waters of the baptismal pool on Easter Sunday at Faith Baptist Church in Old Town, she was a changed person.“I can’t explain it,” she said. “I…
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Meet Dale Wiseman – Pastor, Mayor and Sheriff’s Deputy

Twelve to 16 hour days are not too uncommon for Dale Wiseman, the bi-vocational senior pastor at Bayless Highway Baptist Church in Starke. Wiseman works full time as a school…
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Starke Replant Off To a Great Start

Cornerstone Baptist Church in Starke held its first service on March 17 with some 87 people in attendance, a very encouraging number for this church replant. “We are pretty excited…
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Regional Evangelism Conferences 2019

Who's Your One | Regional Evangelism Conferences West Regional Evangelism Conference DATE: Monday, March 11, 2019 TIME: 4pm – 8pm LOCATION: Baptist College of Florida, R.G. Lee…
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The priority of marriage: date night for pastors, wives

Juggling work schedules, raising families, handling the demands of ministry, and managing finances are some of the hurdles that pastors and wives face when trying to carve out…
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Titusville’s The Grove Church draws community to Jesus

Assuring its community that “no perfect people are allowed,” in just eight short years The Grove Church in Titusville has grown from a team of 30 to a congregation of 1,200…
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First Baptist Jacksonville downsizes campus to more effectively serve the city

The historic First Baptist Church in Jacksonville plans to downsize its sprawling 10-block campus to just one beautifully designed block to cut expenses and more effectively serve…
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Partnering Church Celebrates Retiring SBC Missionaries

The faithful ministry of two missionaries that spanned more than three decades, service in war-torn African countries and sacrifices including the martyrdom of brothers in Christ…
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On Mission in Michigan: A Small Association Helping an Even Smaller One

Last October, three men from the Halifax Baptist Association (HBA) went on an expolatory trip to Bay Area Baptist Association (BABA) in Midland, Michigan. These three men included:…
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A Home Away from Home: Canaveral Port Ministry

A quarter of a mile from Port Canaveral’s cruise ship terminals and cargo ship docks sits the old Cape Canaveral post office, home for the past 22 years to Canaveral Port Ministry…
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Humbled and Thankful: Pastor Celebrates 40 Years

Sunday, June 30th, was a day of celebration at First Baptist Church Callahan's Pastor Lynn Hyatt was honored on his 40th anniversary as their senior pastor. A beautifully decorated…
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Stetson Baptist Church to Abolish Crippling Medical Debt

Stetson Baptist Church in DeLand, Fla., is clearing more than $7.2 million in crippling medical debt for 6,500 individuals and families who are at or below the poverty line in…
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Planting in Due Season: God’s Blueprint for Ormond Beach

Though Kyle Kwitowski was planning to devote his life as a church planter overseas, God redirected his plans in early 2016 while on a mission trip to South America. As part of his…
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Never Too Old: Planting a Refuge in Bunnell

While pastoring in North Carolina, the Lord spoke to David Vannoy through Genesis 35:1, where God told Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there...”  Vannoy believed that God…
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Sending and Sowing in Yulee

“While we have been a supporting church many times, Exchange Church campus is our first experience as a sending church,” says Lynn Hyatt, Senior Pastor of Callahan First Baptist.  …
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Stetson Baptist Packs 57,000 Meals for Hungry Children at Home and Abroad

Stetson Baptist Church in DeLand made a tangible difference in the fight against hunger this month by packing 57,000 meals for hungry children at home and abroad through the…
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Groups Still Matter | 2019 Central Florida Sunday School Conference

More than 400 participants gathered to increase their understanding of every facet in Sunday School ministry and to discover how to expand God’s word to the multitudes during the…
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Umatilla church hosts human trafficking conference

“Taking A Stand,” a conference designed to bring awareness, resources, preventative education and support opportunities to combat human trafficking, will be held Saturday, Nov. 9…
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The priority of marriage: date night for pastors, wives

Juggling work schedules, raising families, handling the demands of ministry, and managing finances are some of the hurdles that pastors and wives face when trying to carve out…
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First Plant City demonstrates grace in community weddings

Following his teachings on the sanctity of marriage, Pastor Brian Stowe of First Baptist Church in Plant City, along with his church and community, threw the wedding of a lifetime…
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Mission Team Ministers to Children, Adults in Oracabessa, Jamaica

Ministering to children at Vacation Bible Schools during the day and to adults at revivals at night on the island of Oracabessa, Jamaica.  That was the focus of a recent mission…
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Beyond the Pulpit, Endless Pastor Responsibilities

A pastor’s responsibilities extend far beyond the pulpit. Their role requires that they wear every hat, work every day, and be available every hour, while their tasks are…
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Honoring Hezekiah Walters

ving the loss of a loved one, particularly a child, we all question why? Why my child, why now, why is this happening to me, why did it happen like this? We will rely on family,…
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Dominica, WI Feeding of 5,000 Crusade – Emulating Jesus, Matthew 14:13-21

The Florida Baptist Convention, Florida Baptist Children’s Home and One More Child collaborated with and mobilized 40+ churches, both stateside and local, to facilitate the…
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Pastors & Wives Gala Celebration – Appreciating and Celebrating Ministry Leaders

Giving back to those who give as a profession, the Florida Baptist Convention, Central Region held the Pastors and Wives Gala Celebration at the elegant Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel…
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Testimonials: All in with Jesus Christ | Second Annual Hispanic Youth Retreat

The second annual Hispanic Youth Retreat was hosted by several Hispanic Churches on May 4, 2019 in Orlando. The retreat was held at Casa Portadores de Gloria (CPG), pastored by…
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Official Notice: Nominations for State Convention Committees Open

A Committee on Nominations composed of pastors, laypersons, and church staff has been appointed by the officers of the Florida Baptist State Convention. Phillip Herrington, pastor…
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In the Wild, Central Region VBS Training

“I love the VBS Trainings. It’s amazing to connect with other churches throughout the state. We had the chance to encourage and pray for each other as we get ready for the summer.…
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Hispanic pastor dispels darkness in SW Florida

LEHIGH ACRES—More than half of all residents in Ft. Myers-Naples claim that they do not read the Bible, pray or attend a local church, which when combined with other criteria earns…
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Bradenton Church commits to help dying churches

The number is staggering. Experts estimate that approximately 1,000 local Southern Baptist churches close their doors every year. But through church revitalization, there is a way…
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Sarasota Church Majors on the Gospel

Tucked away in the flourishing Gulf Coast city of Sarasota is a church that has dedicated itself to “majoring on the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
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Bringing Christ-Centered Education to a Rural Community

An air of excitement surrounded Southwest Florida students and their parents as they arrived at Fellowship Academy Aug. 20 anticipating a new school year in a new school.
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Rural Church Turning Heads and Making Disciples

Located about six miles outside of town stands a structure that was built in 1884, around three years before DeSoto County was even founded. With the population of Arcadia at a…
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Fort Myers Church Connecting People to Missions Through Coffee

Originally from Kentucky, Shawn Critser and his wife moved to Fort Myers Beach in June 2004 after falling in love with how “vibrant” the church was. Despite never aspiring to…
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North Naples Baptist Church: A Model of Church Revitalization

Having served in ministry for over 30 years, Chris Butler has been able to put his “heart for church revitalization” to good use over the last three years as the Senior Pastor of…
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Southwest Florida Pastor on Panel at SBC

On June 10th, at this year’s Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in Birmingham, over 100 people gathered at the Westin Hotel to hear a debate between Dwight McKissic, Senior Pastor…
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Crossroads Baptist Church Reaches Outside Their Four Walls

Summer Back Yard Bible clubs, Good News clubs, partnering with public schools, Friends in the Park (weekly Bible study and meal for the homeless), FCA, Midwestern Food Bank, Ride…
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Official Notice: Nominations for State Convention Committees Open

A Committee on Nominations composed of pastors, laypersons, and church staff has been appointed by the officers of the Florida Baptist State Convention. Phillip Herrington, pastor…
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Southwest Evangelism Conference Encourages Many

The Southwest Region of the Florida Baptist Convention (FBC) is one of the most diverse regions in all of Florida. It varies in ethnicities, religion, and financial makeup. These…
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Calvary Baptist Baptizes 86 on Acts 2:41 Sunday

Baptism stories are pouring in from all across our Sunshine state from churches who baptized new believers to faith in Christ on Acts 2:41 Baptism Sunday. For Acts 2:41 Baptism…
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Hurricane Michael: One year later

Two days after Category 5 Hurricane Michael made landfall on Florida’s Panhandle on Oct. 10, 2018, Florida Baptists’ disaster relief volunteers were there. Headquartered at Hiland…
Read More...

Hurricane Michael: One year later

PANAMA CITY--Joshua Fidler walked across a field that had been covered for almost ten months by massive debris—“a void that used to be our sanctuary” when he saw a page that had…
Read More...

Church helps Tallahassee school celebrate success and new year

Looking to make an impact in its inner city community, members of Unity Baptist Church in Tallahassee sponsored a back-to-school project for a nearby elementary school, donating…
Read More...

Hispanic pastor dispels darkness in SW Florida

LEHIGH ACRES—More than half of all residents in Ft. Myers-Naples claim that they do not read the Bible, pray or attend a local church, which when combined with other criteria earns…
Read More...

Groups Still Matter | 2019 Central Florida Sunday School Conference

More than 400 participants gathered to increase their understanding of every facet in Sunday School ministry and to discover how to expand God’s word to the multitudes during the…
Read More...

Spanish congregation embraces English language community

Iglesia Bautista Northside in Hialeah, known as a church that loves its neighbors, is now embracing its community further by providing worship in English for those who don’t speak…
Read More...

The priority of marriage: date night for pastors, wives

Juggling work schedules, raising families, handling the demands of ministry, and managing finances are some of the hurdles that pastors and wives face when trying to carve out…
Read More...

Bradenton Church commits to help dying churches

The number is staggering. Experts estimate that approximately 1,000 local Southern Baptist churches close their doors every year. But through church revitalization, there is a way…
Read More...

South Florida church brings hope and help to the Bahamas

In the three weeks since Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas, Iglesia Real in Hollywood has sent 44 plane loads of much needed supplies to help people on the islands recover…
Read More...

Mobile dental ministry volunteer recognized for service

Bella Vista Baptist Church has found that serving people with their dental health needs can bring smiles to their faces and a difference in their eternities. 
Read More...

Women’s Retreat: UNSHAKABLE with God as our Savior

Florida Baptist women attending the annual Women’s Retreat at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center left armed with God’s tools: His unshakable foundation, His unshakable love and…
Read More...

First Plant City demonstrates grace in community weddings

Following his teachings on the sanctity of marriage, Pastor Brian Stowe of First Baptist Church in Plant City, along with his church and community, threw the wedding of a lifetime…
Read More...