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Pastors encouraged to ‘Stay at It’

Barbecue, baked beans, coleslaw and encouragement were on the menu for the “Stay at It” luncheon sponsored by the Florida Baptist Convention (FBC), North American Mission Board…
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New Pastor Brings New Life to Caloosa

Known as the “city under the oaks,” the charming, quaint town of LaBelle has a new pastor who is dedicated to bringing new life and a new mission to Caloosa Baptist Church. When…
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BCF‘s role in a church planting legacy

The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville is committed to teaching students the importance of church planting, reaching the lost and serving wherever God leads.
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Haitian men renew strength at annual conference

More than 100 men gathered to sharpen their roles as leaders in their churches and more effectively tackle their roles at home during 2019 Haitian Men’s Retreat.
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Church perseveres to share True Life in Melbourne

It’s been a journey that has taken them through four moves, two renovations and many Sundays as a portable church tearing down and setting up chairs and equipment while creating…
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Miami Church Gifted Massive Space to Call Home

In a city like Miami where building space is a rare and expensive commodity, The Brook has been gifted a 27,000-square-foot facility to call home. The Brook, a family-centered,…
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Crawfordville church celebrates 150 Years with week of serving Community

For a big anniversary like its 150th, Lake Ellen Baptist Church in Crawfordville celebrated in a big way with a week of ministry outreach projects that included giving away $1,600…
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Resilience in the Wake of Disaster | Mt. Tabor Baptist Church

When a EF-2 tornado ripped their church and north Lakeland community, Mt. Tabor Baptist Church faced the disaster with an approach straight from Daniel 2; trusting in God’s…
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New pastor brings hope and a future to Vero Beach Congregation

VERO BEACH--While some locals have an expression that those who move to Vero Beach are either “newlywed or nearly dead,” Randy Fullerton moved there two years ago to give hope to…
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Bobby Bowden calls BCM students to a life of faith

Florida State University’s iconic football coach Bobby Bowden returned to the site of some of his greatest victories to challenge students to follow the Lord’s leadership in their…
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Local associations meeting needs for Kingdom gains

Associational leader is the most fulfilling role that Sean McMahon has held in nearly 40 years of ministry. "I absolutely love my job. I love what I have the opportunity to do,"…
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Student and Kid Ministers Encouraged and Equipped at Next Gen Retreats

Jordan Floro, student pastor at Hibernia Baptist Church in Fleming Island, admitted the past few months had taken a toll on him. “Between a busy summer and walking with families…
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New Pastor Brings New Life to Caloosa

Known as the “city under the oaks,” the charming, quaint town of LaBelle has a new pastor who is dedicated to bringing new life and a new mission to Caloosa Baptist Church. When…
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BCF‘s role in a church planting legacy

The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville is committed to teaching students the importance of church planting, reaching the lost and serving wherever God leads.
Read More...

Haitian men renew strength at annual conference

More than 100 men gathered to sharpen their roles as leaders in their churches and more effectively tackle their roles at home during 2019 Haitian Men’s Retreat.
Read More...

Church perseveres to share True Life in Melbourne

It’s been a journey that has taken them through four moves, two renovations and many Sundays as a portable church tearing down and setting up chairs and equipment while creating…
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Miami Church Gifted Massive Space to Call Home

In a city like Miami where building space is a rare and expensive commodity, The Brook has been gifted a 27,000-square-foot facility to call home. The Brook, a family-centered,…
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Crawfordville church celebrates 150 Years with week of serving Community

For a big anniversary like its 150th, Lake Ellen Baptist Church in Crawfordville celebrated in a big way with a week of ministry outreach projects that included giving away $1,600…
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Resilience in the Wake of Disaster | Mt. Tabor Baptist Church

When a EF-2 tornado ripped their church and north Lakeland community, Mt. Tabor Baptist Church faced the disaster with an approach straight from Daniel 2; trusting in God’s…
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New pastor brings hope and a future to Vero Beach Congregation

VERO BEACH--While some locals have an expression that those who move to Vero Beach are either “newlywed or nearly dead,” Randy Fullerton moved there two years ago to give hope to…
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Bobby Bowden calls BCM students to a life of faith

Florida State University’s iconic football coach Bobby Bowden returned to the site of some of his greatest victories to challenge students to follow the Lord’s leadership in their…
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Local associations meeting needs for Kingdom gains

Associational leader is the most fulfilling role that Sean McMahon has held in nearly 40 years of ministry. "I absolutely love my job. I love what I have the opportunity to do,"…
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Student and Kid Ministers Encouraged and Equipped at Next Gen Retreats

Jordan Floro, student pastor at Hibernia Baptist Church in Fleming Island, admitted the past few months had taken a toll on him. “Between a busy summer and walking with families…
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Igreja Batista de Paz welcomes community at Brazilian Tampa Day

A beautiful day of sharing God’s perfect word and celebrating the Brazilian culture, while loving everyone without exception was experienced when Igreja Batista de Paz (Peace…
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Pastors encouraged to ‘Stay at It’

Barbecue, baked beans, coleslaw and encouragement were on the menu for the “Stay at It” luncheon sponsored by the Florida Baptist Convention (FBC), North American Mission Board…
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Despite widespread destruction, Mexico Beach church sees God at work

Riding out Hurricane Michael’s 161 mph winds at their Mexico Beach home, Barbara and Bubba Harmon watched as the Category 5 storm’s nine-foot tidal wave rushed toward them,…
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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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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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Crawfordville church celebrates 150 Years with week of serving Community

For a big anniversary like its 150th, Lake Ellen Baptist Church in Crawfordville celebrated in a big way with a week of ministry outreach projects that included giving away $1,600…
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Local associations meeting needs for Kingdom gains

Associational leader is the most fulfilling role that Sean McMahon has held in nearly 40 years of ministry. "I absolutely love my job. I love what I have the opportunity to do,"…
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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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Church perseveres to share True Life in Melbourne

It’s been a journey that has taken them through four moves, two renovations and many Sundays as a portable church tearing down and setting up chairs and equipment while creating…
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New pastor brings hope and a future to Vero Beach Congregation

VERO BEACH--While some locals have an expression that those who move to Vero Beach are either “newlywed or nearly dead,” Randy Fullerton moved there two years ago to give hope to…
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Florida Baptist Financial Services welcomes new president

Florida Baptist Financial Services will welcome Rick Wheeler as the new president and chief executive officer January 2020.
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Team of Pastors Take Vision Trip to Ecuador

The mission trip really started before they left Florida. While waiting in the Ft. Lauderdale airport for their flight to Ecuador, a team of 10 pastors had a divine appointment…
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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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Resilience in the Wake of Disaster | Mt. Tabor Baptist Church

When a EF-2 tornado ripped their church and north Lakeland community, Mt. Tabor Baptist Church faced the disaster with an approach straight from Daniel 2; trusting in God’s…
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Igreja Batista de Paz welcomes community at Brazilian Tampa Day

A beautiful day of sharing God’s perfect word and celebrating the Brazilian culture, while loving everyone without exception was experienced when Igreja Batista de Paz (Peace…
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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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New Pastor Brings New Life to Caloosa

Known as the “city under the oaks,” the charming, quaint town of LaBelle has a new pastor who is dedicated to bringing new life and a new mission to Caloosa Baptist Church. When…
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Coffee, new churches and community ministry highlight Royal Palm’s annual meeting

The smell of SON Coast Coffee and sounds of laughter filled the worship center of Crossroads Baptist Church in Fort Myers as more than 200 people gathered Tuesday, Oct. 8 for the…
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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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New Pastor Brings New Life to Caloosa

Known as the “city under the oaks,” the charming, quaint town of LaBelle has a new pastor who is dedicated to bringing new life and a new mission to Caloosa Baptist Church. When…
Read More...

BCF‘s role in a church planting legacy

The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville is committed to teaching students the importance of church planting, reaching the lost and serving wherever God leads.
Read More...

Haitian men renew strength at annual conference

More than 100 men gathered to sharpen their roles as leaders in their churches and more effectively tackle their roles at home during 2019 Haitian Men’s Retreat.
Read More...

Church perseveres to share True Life in Melbourne

It’s been a journey that has taken them through four moves, two renovations and many Sundays as a portable church tearing down and setting up chairs and equipment while creating…
Read More...

Miami Church Gifted Massive Space to Call Home

In a city like Miami where building space is a rare and expensive commodity, The Brook has been gifted a 27,000-square-foot facility to call home. The Brook, a family-centered,…
Read More...

Crawfordville church celebrates 150 Years with week of serving Community

For a big anniversary like its 150th, Lake Ellen Baptist Church in Crawfordville celebrated in a big way with a week of ministry outreach projects that included giving away $1,600…
Read More...

Resilience in the Wake of Disaster | Mt. Tabor Baptist Church

When a EF-2 tornado ripped their church and north Lakeland community, Mt. Tabor Baptist Church faced the disaster with an approach straight from Daniel 2; trusting in God’s…
Read More...

New pastor brings hope and a future to Vero Beach Congregation

VERO BEACH--While some locals have an expression that those who move to Vero Beach are either “newlywed or nearly dead,” Randy Fullerton moved there two years ago to give hope to…
Read More...

Bobby Bowden calls BCM students to a life of faith

Florida State University’s iconic football coach Bobby Bowden returned to the site of some of his greatest victories to challenge students to follow the Lord’s leadership in their…
Read More...

Local associations meeting needs for Kingdom gains

Associational leader is the most fulfilling role that Sean McMahon has held in nearly 40 years of ministry. "I absolutely love my job. I love what I have the opportunity to do,"…
Read More...

Student and Kid Ministers Encouraged and Equipped at Next Gen Retreats

Jordan Floro, student pastor at Hibernia Baptist Church in Fleming Island, admitted the past few months had taken a toll on him. “Between a busy summer and walking with families…
Read More...

Igreja Batista de Paz welcomes community at Brazilian Tampa Day

A beautiful day of sharing God’s perfect word and celebrating the Brazilian culture, while loving everyone without exception was experienced when Igreja Batista de Paz (Peace…
Read More...