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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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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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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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EDITORIAL: Herramientas al alcance de todos

Como parte de mis experiencias de acabar de mudarme a otro estado, están: construir una nueva casa, hacer nuevos amigos, descubrir una nueva ciudad, aprender nuevas rutas de…
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Islamorada Church On Mission at Home and Abroad

First Baptist Church Islamorada is living on mission at home and abroad through ministries in their own community and a partnership with Las Brisas Iglesia Bautista in Cuba.…
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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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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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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…
Read More...

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…
Read More...

EDITORIAL: Herramientas al alcance de todos

Como parte de mis experiencias de acabar de mudarme a otro estado, están: construir una nueva casa, hacer nuevos amigos, descubrir una nueva ciudad, aprender nuevas rutas de…
Read More...

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,…
Read More...

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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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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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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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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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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Islamorada Church On Mission at Home and Abroad

First Baptist Church Islamorada is living on mission at home and abroad through ministries in their own community and a partnership with Las Brisas Iglesia Bautista in Cuba.…
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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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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 Mariana, 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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VBS Training Brings Hope During Rebuild

On October 10th Hurricane Michael made landfall with wind speeds sustained at 155 miles an hour. Over 5 months later and Panama City and the surrounding areas are still living in…
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BCF Hosts West Region Evangelism Conference

With the registered trademark of “Changing the World Through the Unchanging Word®,” it should come as no surprise that The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville places a…
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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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Sharper Ministry Conference 2019

February 23, 28 & March 7, 14  Sharper! offered at multiple sites throughout Florida. Staying honed and always ready to be used by God can be difficult as the challenges…
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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…
Read More...

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…
Read More...

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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Proactive protection key for church staff and members

As the #MeToo movement sweeps the country bringing evil acts to light, church leaders need to be aware that the Church is not immune. Harassment and abuse can be devastating to a…
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Florida Baptist Association celebrates 175 years

With a genesis that predates the Southern Baptist Convention and the Florida Baptist State Convention, the Florida Baptist Association is celebrating its 175th anniversary this…
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Food trucks open doors for ministry opportunities

Thomasville Road Baptist Church in Tallahassee is using food trucks on Wednesday night as a way of engaging and building relationships with their community. “You meet a lot of…
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Life change behind bars

An incredible moving of the Spirit has been taking place in the Madison Correctional Institute in north Florida. Jay Hartranft, the prison chaplain for the facility, has witnessed…
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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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Fueled Sports Ministry Provides Significant Outreach in Glen St. Mary

“I need some help with my life and marriage. Would you come talk to me and my husband?” This question was posed to Pastor Chas Rowland at the close of a soccer game on the grounds…
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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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Revitalization is Happening at Oceanway Church NSB!

Pastor Daniel Deig describes New Smyrna Beach as your “classic beach town.” And located three miles from the beach is Oceanway NSB, a church that has recently undergone transition…
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Church Replant is Starting Over, Refocusing, Narrowing In

Pastor Garry Taylor Jr. has a history with this church; he previously served at Tabernacle as youth pastor for 10 years, left for six years, and was called back as lead pastor in…
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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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Mount Horeb BC becomes Norwood Community Church

One Florida Baptist church that has been a bastion of faith in its community for almost 95 years will continue its journey under a new name. Mount Horeb Baptist Church in…
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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,…
Read More...

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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USVI Men’s Conference and Marriage Seminar, It Begins with Healing

Strengthening men and strengthening marriage were the focuses of the recent USVI Men’s Conference and Marriage Seminar, both held March 22-24 at  Cruz Bay Baptist Churchin St.…
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Spiritual Evening of Inspired Preaching at Evangelism Conference

The Central Florida Regional Evangelism Conference was held on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Calvary Baptist Church of Winter Haven. The event theme ‘Who’s Your One?’, sparked raw and…
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Honoring Church Leaders in Local Ministry and Beyond

The North American Mission Board (NAMB) recently sponsored two luncheons for pastors, staff and missions leaders in the Central Region of the Florida Baptist Convention. These…
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Essentials Training – Guiding Christian Educators of all Ethnicities

Jeffery Singletary, Regional Catalyst for the Central Region of the Florida Baptist Convention, is excited to announce the Central Florida Region’s multicultural initiative to…
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Pastor Date Night Supports and Encourages Ministry Couples

To ensure the health of the church by going straight to its foundation, LifeWay Christian Recourses held a Pastor Date Night on Thursday, January 31st for the Central Region of the…
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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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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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Putting Faith into Action on LOVE NAPLES Saturday

For over 700 people, March 30th was no ordinary Saturday. This large number wasn’t the amount of people that showed up for a Children’s ministry event or a concert at First Baptist…
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Sarasota Church Has a New Home

“We are seeing God move. People being saved and baptized,” said Want. Due to the growth and the desire to have their own space and freedom to serve more people, they began praying…
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Right Beside FBC Nokomis

Tucked away in a small beach community along the Gulf Coast of Florida, is Pastor Paul Warriner of FBC Nokomis. Because of some unfortunate events, Warriner knows first-hand how…
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Sharper Ministry Conference | Southwest Florida

Over 30 pastors, wives, and staff gathered at First Baptist Church Naples on Thursday, March 7th for the Southwest Regional Sharper Ministry Conference. The smell of coffee and…
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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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New Building Brings New Growth

First Baptist Church Fort Ogden, originally tucked away a few curvy miles down Hull Avenue, now boasts a new building right on Highway 17 in Arcadia. On their Celebration Sunday,…
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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…
Read More...

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…
Read More...

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…
Read More...

EDITORIAL: Herramientas al alcance de todos

Como parte de mis experiencias de acabar de mudarme a otro estado, están: construir una nueva casa, hacer nuevos amigos, descubrir una nueva ciudad, aprender nuevas rutas de…
Read More...

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,…
Read More...

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…
Read More...

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…
Read More...

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…
Read More...

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…
Read More...

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…
Read More...

Islamorada Church On Mission at Home and Abroad

First Baptist Church Islamorada is living on mission at home and abroad through ministries in their own community and a partnership with Las Brisas Iglesia Bautista in Cuba.…
Read More...

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…
Read More...