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After fire destroys sanctuary, church finds new vision by linking arms with nearby church

After a blazing fire consumed Morningstar Baptist Church’s 60-year-old sanctuary in February, members stood unwavering in their mission to reach the community and watched as God…
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Retired Jacksonville pastor now helping raise up army of evangelists

After sharing the gospel with two young women in an outdoor marketplace during an evangelism training event in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and hearing them both profess faith in Christ, the…
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First Sebring leads 373 to Christ during 12 Hours of Sebring

While cars were roaring around the world-renowned Sebring International Raceway during the Twelve Hours of Sebring, members of First Baptist Church in Sebring were on a race of…
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Older urban Jacksonville church still doing gospel work

It was the first baptism in a decade to take place at the 74-year-old East Eleventh Street Baptist Church in Jacksonville--a young couple who wanted to be back in church. The wife…
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Elevate Church’s new sanctuary built to reflect its high mission

As the sun began its descent in the Miami sky on the cool, breezy Saturday before Easter Sunday, the Elevate Church family entered the newly constructed sanctuary through the…
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Judo Lessons at Church? Romeo Baptist Says Why Not?

As the pastor of a small rural church, Rob Hess is always looking for ways to engage his community. The church has hosted community yards sales, back to school bashes, a community…
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Church planter offers restoration and hope in downtown historic Sanford

When Arthur Gonçalves first met Adam, he was pushing a cart in downtown Sanford. When offered a meal and prayer, he accepted both and by the end of the night, he also accepted…
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From Cuba to U.S.: Irma Moss, Florida WMU president, reflects on life lessons amid upheaval

Irma Moss vividly remembers five or six Communist soldiers invading her family’s home in Cuba and whisking her father off to jail in the wake of the Cuban Revolution. That was more…
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Layperson passionate about sharing Christ in word and deed

Coming to Christ was difficult for Michael Chin Quee.  Not because he lacked the desire, but because no one shared the gospel with him or invited him to make a personal decision to…
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Robbin Kuder looks back on 45 years as Northwoods Baptist’s worship pastor

Robbin Kuder’s ministry as worship pastor at Northwoods Baptist Church in Tallahassee reflects the changing trends in church music over the past 45 years.
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Port St. Lucie church partners with ERLC to help women choose life

Driven by a mission “to build families by helping them discover and pursue God’s design,” Family Church Port St. Lucie has been instrumental in helping a local pregnancy service…
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Idlewild Baptist Church gives $38,000 to forgive student lunch debt accumulated during COVID-19

During a time when families are struggling and children are going hungry, students in Hillsborough and Pasco counties will continue to receive school lunches thanks to the…
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After fire destroys sanctuary, church finds new vision by linking arms with nearby church

After a blazing fire consumed Morningstar Baptist Church’s 60-year-old sanctuary in February, members stood unwavering in their mission to reach the community and watched as God…
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Retired Jacksonville pastor now helping raise up army of evangelists

After sharing the gospel with two young women in an outdoor marketplace during an evangelism training event in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and hearing them both profess faith in Christ, the…
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First Sebring leads 373 to Christ during 12 Hours of Sebring

While cars were roaring around the world-renowned Sebring International Raceway during the Twelve Hours of Sebring, members of First Baptist Church in Sebring were on a race of…
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Older urban Jacksonville church still doing gospel work

It was the first baptism in a decade to take place at the 74-year-old East Eleventh Street Baptist Church in Jacksonville--a young couple who wanted to be back in church. The wife…
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Elevate Church’s new sanctuary built to reflect its high mission

As the sun began its descent in the Miami sky on the cool, breezy Saturday before Easter Sunday, the Elevate Church family entered the newly constructed sanctuary through the…
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Judo Lessons at Church? Romeo Baptist Says Why Not?

As the pastor of a small rural church, Rob Hess is always looking for ways to engage his community. The church has hosted community yards sales, back to school bashes, a community…
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Church planter offers restoration and hope in downtown historic Sanford

When Arthur Gonçalves first met Adam, he was pushing a cart in downtown Sanford. When offered a meal and prayer, he accepted both and by the end of the night, he also accepted…
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From Cuba to U.S.: Irma Moss, Florida WMU president, reflects on life lessons amid upheaval

Irma Moss vividly remembers five or six Communist soldiers invading her family’s home in Cuba and whisking her father off to jail in the wake of the Cuban Revolution. That was more…
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Layperson passionate about sharing Christ in word and deed

Coming to Christ was difficult for Michael Chin Quee.  Not because he lacked the desire, but because no one shared the gospel with him or invited him to make a personal decision to…
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Robbin Kuder looks back on 45 years as Northwoods Baptist’s worship pastor

Robbin Kuder’s ministry as worship pastor at Northwoods Baptist Church in Tallahassee reflects the changing trends in church music over the past 45 years.
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Port St. Lucie church partners with ERLC to help women choose life

Driven by a mission “to build families by helping them discover and pursue God’s design,” Family Church Port St. Lucie has been instrumental in helping a local pregnancy service…
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Idlewild Baptist Church gives $38,000 to forgive student lunch debt accumulated during COVID-19

During a time when families are struggling and children are going hungry, students in Hillsborough and Pasco counties will continue to receive school lunches thanks to the…
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World Changers Moves to Florida

David Flatt was working as a student minister in the early 1990s when his senior pastor brought him a World Changers brochure--which he promptly disregarded.
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“Better Together:” new event to encourage youth leaders

Student pastor Matt Sawyer worked tirelessly to get his student ministry online in 2020 when the pandemic hit, so that they could stay connected and continue learning about God.
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Challenge 2025 Breakouts: A Time to Sharpen and Encourage Florida Baptists

The Challenge 2025 gathering at First Baptist Church Orlando kicked off with worship and an encouraging warm welcome by Tommy Green, executive director treasurer of the Florida…
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Challenge 2025 Gathering: Florida Baptists regather, refocus and pray for movement of God

While acknowledging “no one ever anticipated the challenges of this past year,” Tommy Green implored Florida Baptists to “stay on the wall.
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Pastor Views Vaccine Line as a Mission Field

Pastor Shelly Chandler was on his way to Walmart to pick up groceries Jan. 5, when he came upon a line of vehicles stretched along the side of the road. The line, he soon…
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Pensacola church offers hope through COVID-19 vaccines

Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola has become the site of life-sustaining hope for thousands of the most vulnerable in its community to receive COVID-19 vaccinations in the next…
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Mentoring the called: Pensacola pastor equips next generation church leaders

During Ted Traylor’s 30 years as pastor of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, his leadership has not only impacted the world, but generations to come as he mentors the next…
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Hunger rises as pandemic lingers; FL churches rise to meet the need

When Pastor Derrick Gerber delivered backpacks filled with food to children at a local elementary school over fall break, “One child mentioned that they had just used up their food…
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Prison Ministry from the Inside Out: How One Pastor’s Personal Prison Experience Gives Him A Heart…

Kory Gordon was introduced to drugs at an early age by his stepfather. By the age of 12 he tried his first pain medication and quickly became addicted. “That opened up the doors…
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Florida convention, BCF create scholarships for bivocational pastors

After arriving in the States from Colombia, Gabriel Vargas was washing dishes in a high-end Ponte Vedra restaurant when “Jesus Christ found me in 2003,” he said. “I was lost, He…
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Olive Church celebrates Traylor’s 30 years of bold ministry

Standing on the rooftop of Olive Baptist Church’s sanctuary with its iconic cross beckoning in the background, Pastor Ted Traylor boldly preached the gospel of the resurrection…
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Baptisms offer eternal reality in uncertain times

Baptism is a special act of obedience for those who choose to follow Jesus, symbolizing the death of an old sin-filled life, and the newness of life found in Christ. By its very…
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Judo Lessons at Church? Romeo Baptist Says Why Not?

As the pastor of a small rural church, Rob Hess is always looking for ways to engage his community. The church has hosted community yards sales, back to school bashes, a community…
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Robbin Kuder looks back on 45 years as Northwoods Baptist’s worship pastor

Robbin Kuder’s ministry as worship pastor at Northwoods Baptist Church in Tallahassee reflects the changing trends in church music over the past 45 years.
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Refresh Conference big on helping pastors of smaller churches

As a bi-vocational pastor of a small church in Starke, Joey Hay has a heart for pastors like himself.
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Challenge 2025 Breakouts: A Time to Sharpen and Encourage Florida Baptists

The Challenge 2025 gathering at First Baptist Church Orlando kicked off with worship and an encouraging warm welcome by Tommy Green, executive director treasurer of the Florida…
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Challenge 2025 Gathering: Florida Baptists regather, refocus and pray for movement of God

While acknowledging “no one ever anticipated the challenges of this past year,” Tommy Green implored Florida Baptists to “stay on the wall.
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Newly called pastors press on amid pandemic’s challenges

You can go online or watch the evening news to find out the latest numbers on the COVID-19 pandemic. What you won’t find there are stories about Florida churches continuing to…
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Black Creek Association’s ongoing renewal critical to the mission

Five years ago, Black Creek Baptist Association in Orange Park was without leadership and needed direction.
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Pastor O.E. Boals, 107, leaves legacy of faith, commitment to FL Baptist churches

During his 86 years of ministry at Southern Baptist churches in Florida, the Rev. Oliver Everett Boals led many to Christ with a simple philosophy that guided his life’s work: “You…
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High Springs pastor enjoys role as Abraham Lincoln

While the Rev. Greg Waltermire is not known for performing miracles, he has brought President Abraham Lincoln to life more than 200 times over the past five years.
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As associational strategist, Cannington serves as pastor to pastors

For his new role as associational mission strategist for the Taylor Baptist Association in Perry, Henry Cannington is leaning on his 30-plus years of experience as a church pastor.
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Faith Fellowship in Citrus Springs ready to reach millennials

Church planting is not for the faint of heart. It requires confidence in things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. It calls for faith.
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Camp Connexion 2020: Temperature Checks, Baptisms and Record-Breaking Attendance

When Pastor Chad Little baptized two sisters at his church recently, it was one more reminder of the amazing Camp Connexion held this summer at Pickett Lake Camp in Branford.
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Retired Jacksonville pastor now helping raise up army of evangelists

After sharing the gospel with two young women in an outdoor marketplace during an evangelism training event in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and hearing them both profess faith in Christ, the…
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Older urban Jacksonville church still doing gospel work

It was the first baptism in a decade to take place at the 74-year-old East Eleventh Street Baptist Church in Jacksonville--a young couple who wanted to be back in church. The wife…
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Church planter offers restoration and hope in downtown historic Sanford

When Arthur Gonçalves first met Adam, he was pushing a cart in downtown Sanford. When offered a meal and prayer, he accepted both and by the end of the night, he also accepted…
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Port St. Lucie church partners with ERLC to help women choose life

Driven by a mission “to build families by helping them discover and pursue God’s design,” Family Church Port St. Lucie has been instrumental in helping a local pregnancy service…
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Elkton Church adapts to needs of congregation and community during COVID

When South Woods Elementary School in Elkton closed this past April due to the pandemic, Anastasia Church Elkton was left without a place to worship. But by streaming services…
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Pastor tackles revitalization at New Smyrna Beach church

Even trials and tribulations caused by COVID-19 could not deter God’s plan to revitalize a struggling congregation in New Smyrna Beach.
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Challenge 2025 Breakouts: A Time to Sharpen and Encourage Florida Baptists

The Challenge 2025 gathering at First Baptist Church Orlando kicked off with worship and an encouraging warm welcome by Tommy Green, executive director treasurer of the Florida…
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Challenge 2025 Gathering: Florida Baptists regather, refocus and pray for movement of God

While acknowledging “no one ever anticipated the challenges of this past year,” Tommy Green implored Florida Baptists to “stay on the wall.
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Kingdom minded pastors serve two congregations simultaneously

While most pastors find it challenging to shepherd one congregation, Eugene Gregory and Jeff Burnsed are each being used by God to lead two churches to reach their communities.
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Church planter Robbie Neiman heralds the gospel in Ft. Pierce

When church planter Robbie Neiman launched Grace Church in Ft. Pierce three years ago, it was not his first venture in the church planting movement.
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Holiday Hill Baptist Church engages world at its doorsteps

With a stated mission “to intentionally engage the world with the love of Christ,” Holiday Hill Baptist Church is starting in its own backyard—literally.  
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Living nativity beckons Jacksonville’s westside community

More than 1,800 vehicles lined Jacksonville’s westside roads leading through a beautiful gate into a replica of the Holy Land. From the safety of their own cars, passengers saw the…
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Idlewild Baptist Church gives $38,000 to forgive student lunch debt accumulated during COVID-19

During a time when families are struggling and children are going hungry, students in Hillsborough and Pasco counties will continue to receive school lunches thanks to the…
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Mission-minded children shine God’s light to first responders

While living in the midst of a pandemic has left many folks feeling isolated and lonely, mission-minded youngsters in Fruitland Park are working to bring a sense of love and…
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Eight-year-old proves any age can impact missions

Eight-year-old Adison Bugbee raised more than $200 for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, proving you should never underestimate the next generation of world changers.
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Challenge 2025 Breakouts: A Time to Sharpen and Encourage Florida Baptists

The Challenge 2025 gathering at First Baptist Church Orlando kicked off with worship and an encouraging warm welcome by Tommy Green, executive director treasurer of the Florida…
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Challenge 2025 Gathering: Florida Baptists regather, refocus and pray for movement of God

While acknowledging “no one ever anticipated the challenges of this past year,” Tommy Green implored Florida Baptists to “stay on the wall.
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Instead of usual Christmas production, Florida church releases hope-filled film

Bruce Roberts knows what it’s like to be broken. When he was 8, his father killed his mother, then committed suicide. He’s a picture of the truth “that God is truly able to redeem…
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Churches adjust to a very COVID Christmas

Undoubtedly the pandemic has changed the way Florida Baptist churches worship, but it has not stopped them from sharing the love of Christ with a world in need.
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Sanders tapped as Tampa’s BCM director

Jay Sanders of Tampa will assume the position of Baptist campus ministry director at the University of South Florida as well as surrounding Tampa Bay colleges and universities,…
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Florida Baptists feed their communities 6M meals, spurring 1,055 professions of faiths

Nearly 700 Florida Baptist churches have delivered sustenance, hope and love while distributing 6,680,015 meals valued at $28,692,764 to communities facing hunger, unemployment and…
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Baptisms in the Wake of COVID-19 turn challenge into action

When FishHawk Fellowship in Lithia moved worship services completely online at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, church leaders admittedly did not have a strategy to encourage…
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State Board celebrates continued Kingdom ministry

Rather than a message of retreat, the State Board of Missions heard how the Florida Baptist Convention and its churches are moving forward, celebrating new opportunities to seize…
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First Lake Wales’ Back 2 School Bash … drive-thru style

Each year around this time First Baptist Church in Lake Wales is polishing the final details of the church’s “Back to School Bash”—an extravaganza to celebrate the start of a new…
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After fire destroys sanctuary, church finds new vision by linking arms with nearby church

After a blazing fire consumed Morningstar Baptist Church’s 60-year-old sanctuary in February, members stood unwavering in their mission to reach the community and watched as God…
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First Sebring leads 373 to Christ during 12 Hours of Sebring

While cars were roaring around the world-renowned Sebring International Raceway during the Twelve Hours of Sebring, members of First Baptist Church in Sebring were on a race of…
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Manatee County church thrives on mission to believe, belong, become

Nestled beside the mature palmetto trees of the region and strategically placed between US-19 and US-41 in Northern Manatee County, is a church tethered to the Word of God.  
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Challenge 2025 Breakouts: A Time to Sharpen and Encourage Florida Baptists

The Challenge 2025 gathering at First Baptist Church Orlando kicked off with worship and an encouraging warm welcome by Tommy Green, executive director treasurer of the Florida…
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Challenge 2025 Gathering: Florida Baptists regather, refocus and pray for movement of God

While acknowledging “no one ever anticipated the challenges of this past year,” Tommy Green implored Florida Baptists to “stay on the wall.
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Haitian church planter has heart to reach southwest Florida

Originally from a small community in southeast Haiti, Daniel Garcon has seen areas that desperately need the gospel – and he believes southwest Florida is one of them.
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Summit Church puts care for the vulnerable at forefront

Every man, woman, and child. This is not just another catchy tagline, it is the mission of Summit Church.
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Murdock Church brings Journey to Bethlehem safely to Port Charlotte

Year after year, Murdock Baptist Church looks for ways to share the message of Christ with their community of Port Charlotte, located one hour south of Sarasota. With a desire to…
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Immokalee layperson looks for ways to bless others

Domingo Gaspar remembers what it was like to be in need during the holiday season. Though a Fort Myers native, Gaspar and his family of six now call the rural, migrant town of…
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Changing lives behind bars in Desoto County

Incredible stories of life change have been taking place in the Desoto County Jail in southwest Florida. Over the past five years, Tommy and Sandy Simmons, both chaplains for the…
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SWFL pastors create team to encourage fellow pastors

During their association’s annual meeting this past year, four local pastors heard story after story of pastors who were hurting and in desperate need of encouragement. With a…
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Naples’ New Beginning Ministries, ‘game changer’ for SWFL

With an estimated 6.6 million unchurched people calling south Florida home, Irvin Stallworth and his wife Pamela are embarking on the exciting, unknown journey of church planting.…
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After fire destroys sanctuary, church finds new vision by linking arms with nearby church

After a blazing fire consumed Morningstar Baptist Church’s 60-year-old sanctuary in February, members stood unwavering in their mission to reach the community and watched as God…
Read More...

Retired Jacksonville pastor now helping raise up army of evangelists

After sharing the gospel with two young women in an outdoor marketplace during an evangelism training event in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and hearing them both profess faith in Christ, the…
Read More...

First Sebring leads 373 to Christ during 12 Hours of Sebring

While cars were roaring around the world-renowned Sebring International Raceway during the Twelve Hours of Sebring, members of First Baptist Church in Sebring were on a race of…
Read More...

Older urban Jacksonville church still doing gospel work

It was the first baptism in a decade to take place at the 74-year-old East Eleventh Street Baptist Church in Jacksonville--a young couple who wanted to be back in church. The wife…
Read More...

Elevate Church’s new sanctuary built to reflect its high mission

As the sun began its descent in the Miami sky on the cool, breezy Saturday before Easter Sunday, the Elevate Church family entered the newly constructed sanctuary through the…
Read More...

Judo Lessons at Church? Romeo Baptist Says Why Not?

As the pastor of a small rural church, Rob Hess is always looking for ways to engage his community. The church has hosted community yards sales, back to school bashes, a community…
Read More...

Church planter offers restoration and hope in downtown historic Sanford

When Arthur Gonçalves first met Adam, he was pushing a cart in downtown Sanford. When offered a meal and prayer, he accepted both and by the end of the night, he also accepted…
Read More...

From Cuba to U.S.: Irma Moss, Florida WMU president, reflects on life lessons amid upheaval

Irma Moss vividly remembers five or six Communist soldiers invading her family’s home in Cuba and whisking her father off to jail in the wake of the Cuban Revolution. That was more…
Read More...

Layperson passionate about sharing Christ in word and deed

Coming to Christ was difficult for Michael Chin Quee.  Not because he lacked the desire, but because no one shared the gospel with him or invited him to make a personal decision to…
Read More...

Robbin Kuder looks back on 45 years as Northwoods Baptist’s worship pastor

Robbin Kuder’s ministry as worship pastor at Northwoods Baptist Church in Tallahassee reflects the changing trends in church music over the past 45 years.
Read More...

Port St. Lucie church partners with ERLC to help women choose life

Driven by a mission “to build families by helping them discover and pursue God’s design,” Family Church Port St. Lucie has been instrumental in helping a local pregnancy service…
Read More...

Idlewild Baptist Church gives $38,000 to forgive student lunch debt accumulated during COVID-19

During a time when families are struggling and children are going hungry, students in Hillsborough and Pasco counties will continue to receive school lunches thanks to the…
Read More...