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Church Remains Hopeful Despite Hurricane Setbacks

While not noticeable to all, the communion table in front of the pulpit at First Baptist Church in Ochlockonee Bay shows the signs of the two hurricanes that flooded the church in…
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Palm Bay Haitian congregation searches for lost souls

We are looking for lost souls; we focus on evangelism,” said Jnmarc Molme, pastor of Mount of Olives Evangelical Baptist Church in Palm Bay. “So many people are lost, we need to…
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Mark Weible Works to Encourage and Assist Pastors in Ocala-Marion County

Mark Weible is passionate about helping and encouraging pastors. That’s why he loves his new role as the associational mission strategist for the Marion Baptist Association in…
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Tower collapse brings heartbreak and ministry for FLDR vols

The tragedy of the Champlain Tower collapse in Surfside has left the South Florida community in shock.
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Orlando First lay leader to be nominated as FBSC second VP

Florida Baptist layperson John Bozard will be nominated by his pastor David Uth to serve as second vice president of the Florida Baptist State Convention when messengers gather in…
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Connect, grow, serve: mission of Southwest FL church

Helping families connect with God, grow in godliness, and serve the world is precisely what New Life Church is all about.
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Panhandle pastor to be nominated as first VP when FBSC gathers

Pastor Dwight Woods will be nominated as first vice president of the 2021-22 Florida Baptist State Convention by fellow Panhandle pastor Mike Orr when the meeting convenes in…
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A gang leader redeemed, a family radically transformed

The first time Ari Espinoza read a Bible he sat in a dark and lonely prison cell.
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East Orlando church moves to ‘next level’ of having building to call home

CrossLife East church saw significant growth in attendance, commitment and giving during the COVID-19 pandemic--one of the toughest seasons in ministry across the globe. While…
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New Moore Haven pastor brings evangelistic fervor to community

Located on the southwest banks of Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee River, the small town of Moore Haven was often called “Little Chicago,” in the days when riverboat traffic…
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Desperation, need for hope seen as chaplains arrive at Surfside condo collapse

A day after the 12-story Champlain Towers South Condo collapsed on itself, Pines Baptist Church Pastor Luis Acosta was as close to the smoldering rubble as authorities allowed.
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Pastor credits God for ‘miraculous’ recovery from carjacking injuries

When Matt Rouse stopped to give aid to a stranded motorist, he had no idea that it would almost cost him his life. He credits God for his survival and miraculous recovery from the…
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Church Remains Hopeful Despite Hurricane Setbacks

While not noticeable to all, the communion table in front of the pulpit at First Baptist Church in Ochlockonee Bay shows the signs of the two hurricanes that flooded the church in…
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Palm Bay Haitian congregation searches for lost souls

We are looking for lost souls; we focus on evangelism,” said Jnmarc Molme, pastor of Mount of Olives Evangelical Baptist Church in Palm Bay. “So many people are lost, we need to…
Read More...

Mark Weible Works to Encourage and Assist Pastors in Ocala-Marion County

Mark Weible is passionate about helping and encouraging pastors. That’s why he loves his new role as the associational mission strategist for the Marion Baptist Association in…
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Tower collapse brings heartbreak and ministry for FLDR vols

The tragedy of the Champlain Tower collapse in Surfside has left the South Florida community in shock.
Read More...

Connect, grow, serve: mission of Southwest FL church

Helping families connect with God, grow in godliness, and serve the world is precisely what New Life Church is all about.
Read More...

A gang leader redeemed, a family radically transformed

The first time Ari Espinoza read a Bible he sat in a dark and lonely prison cell.
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East Orlando church moves to ‘next level’ of having building to call home

CrossLife East church saw significant growth in attendance, commitment and giving during the COVID-19 pandemic--one of the toughest seasons in ministry across the globe. While…
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New Moore Haven pastor brings evangelistic fervor to community

Located on the southwest banks of Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee River, the small town of Moore Haven was often called “Little Chicago,” in the days when riverboat traffic…
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Desperation, need for hope seen as chaplains arrive at Surfside condo collapse

A day after the 12-story Champlain Towers South Condo collapsed on itself, Pines Baptist Church Pastor Luis Acosta was as close to the smoldering rubble as authorities allowed.
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Pastor credits God for ‘miraculous’ recovery from carjacking injuries

When Matt Rouse stopped to give aid to a stranded motorist, he had no idea that it would almost cost him his life. He credits God for his survival and miraculous recovery from the…
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Jacksonville pastor uses his BBQ sauce to reach souls

When stores in Northeast Florida receive a delivery of “Yulee BBQ Sauce” they’re getting more than a collection of sauces and rub with the tangy flavor that’s perfect for grilling.…
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Churches’ worldwide ESL ministry thrives due to COVID restrictions

Teaching others English as a second language is personal to Natalie Prim of Ocala. Her father was an immigrant who came to America in the late 1940’s and married her American…
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Panhandle pastor to be nominated as first VP when FBSC gathers

Pastor Dwight Woods will be nominated as first vice president of the 2021-22 Florida Baptist State Convention by fellow Panhandle pastor Mike Orr when the meeting convenes in…
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Florida Baptist family to celebrate ties that bind during 2021 FBSC meeting

Florida Baptists will gather to celebrate “Blessed Be the Tie” that unites the family of believers in Christ when the 2021 Florida Baptist State Convention convenes in Lakeland…
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Pensacola pastor to be nominated to lead Florida pastors’ conference in 2022

Jim Locke will be nominated by fellow Pensacola pastor Ted Traylor as president of the 2022 Florida Pastors’ Conference during this year’s pastors’ conference meeting in Lakeland.
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13 salvations during Holmes County Association’s “Evangelism Reboot”

After noticing a decline in baptisms during the past five years, Holmes Baptist Association hosted an “Evangelism Reboot” weekend to help church members refocus on the importance…
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Dual outreach and revival event refreshes Panhandle community

After a tough year of ministry, Pastor Cody Watson of Lake Mystic Baptist Church wanted to plan a special weekend to minister to the Bristol area.
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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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Church Remains Hopeful Despite Hurricane Setbacks

While not noticeable to all, the communion table in front of the pulpit at First Baptist Church in Ochlockonee Bay shows the signs of the two hurricanes that flooded the church in…
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Mark Weible Works to Encourage and Assist Pastors in Ocala-Marion County

Mark Weible is passionate about helping and encouraging pastors. That’s why he loves his new role as the associational mission strategist for the Marion Baptist Association in…
Read More...

Pastor credits God for ‘miraculous’ recovery from carjacking injuries

When Matt Rouse stopped to give aid to a stranded motorist, he had no idea that it would almost cost him his life. He credits God for his survival and miraculous recovery from the…
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Florida Baptist family to celebrate ties that bind during 2021 FBSC meeting

Florida Baptists will gather to celebrate “Blessed Be the Tie” that unites the family of believers in Christ when the 2021 Florida Baptist State Convention convenes in Lakeland…
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Gainesville church employs simple strategy to attract millennials

Looking to attract millennials to your church? You might want to take a cue from the Southwest Campus of Westside Baptist Church in Gainesville, where some 80 percent of members…
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A Church in a Skating Rink? Trulife Church Says Yes

A church at a skating rink might sound extreme to some. It’s definitely not what Pastor Mike Kirby originally pictured when he set out to plant a new church in Ocala in late 2019.
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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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Palm Bay Haitian congregation searches for lost souls

We are looking for lost souls; we focus on evangelism,” said Jnmarc Molme, pastor of Mount of Olives Evangelical Baptist Church in Palm Bay. “So many people are lost, we need to…
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Jacksonville pastor uses his BBQ sauce to reach souls

When stores in Northeast Florida receive a delivery of “Yulee BBQ Sauce” they’re getting more than a collection of sauces and rub with the tangy flavor that’s perfect for grilling.…
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Burmese pastor faithfully serves God at Jacksonville Emmanuel Baptist Church

They were a small group of Burmese believers, not yet an organized church, meeting weekly in an apartment in Jacksonville to worship and pray in their Falam dialect. And they were…
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Florida Baptist family to celebrate ties that bind during 2021 FBSC meeting

Florida Baptists will gather to celebrate “Blessed Be the Tie” that unites the family of believers in Christ when the 2021 Florida Baptist State Convention convenes in Lakeland…
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Jacksonville church instills hope, pride in forgotten Lackawanna community

In Lackawanna, as the name sounds, so is the neighborhood,” said Tony Belle, pastor of Genesis Missionary Baptist Church. “There’s a lot of lack in every capacity and a lot of…
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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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Orlando First lay leader to be nominated as FBSC second VP

Florida Baptist layperson John Bozard will be nominated by his pastor David Uth to serve as second vice president of the Florida Baptist State Convention when messengers gather in…
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East Orlando church moves to ‘next level’ of having building to call home

CrossLife East church saw significant growth in attendance, commitment and giving during the COVID-19 pandemic--one of the toughest seasons in ministry across the globe. While…
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Pastor of multicultural, multiethnic church to be nominated as FBSC president

Tampa pastor Paul Purvis will be nominated as the 2021-22 Florida Baptist State Convention president when the meeting convenes in Lakeland, Nov. 8-9, according to Alan Brumback,…
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Florida Baptist family to celebrate ties that bind during 2021 FBSC meeting

Florida Baptists will gather to celebrate “Blessed Be the Tie” that unites the family of believers in Christ when the 2021 Florida Baptist State Convention convenes in Lakeland…
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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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New Moore Haven pastor brings evangelistic fervor to community

Located on the southwest banks of Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee River, the small town of Moore Haven was often called “Little Chicago,” in the days when riverboat traffic…
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Florida Baptist family to celebrate ties that bind during 2021 FBSC meeting

Florida Baptists will gather to celebrate “Blessed Be the Tie” that unites the family of believers in Christ when the 2021 Florida Baptist State Convention convenes in Lakeland…
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Naples Family Church – Committed to Being “Simple and Small”

Like many other churches across the nation, COVID-19 threw plans out the window, leaving leaders of all kinds scrambling to adjust. Putting plans on hold and pulling audibles…
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First Sebring: cultivating environment of evangelism

In recent years, the city of Sebring has seen lasting ripples of the gospel wash through its community as First Baptist Church has cultivated an environment of evangelism that…
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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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Church Remains Hopeful Despite Hurricane Setbacks

While not noticeable to all, the communion table in front of the pulpit at First Baptist Church in Ochlockonee Bay shows the signs of the two hurricanes that flooded the church in…
Read More...

Palm Bay Haitian congregation searches for lost souls

We are looking for lost souls; we focus on evangelism,” said Jnmarc Molme, pastor of Mount of Olives Evangelical Baptist Church in Palm Bay. “So many people are lost, we need to…
Read More...

Mark Weible Works to Encourage and Assist Pastors in Ocala-Marion County

Mark Weible is passionate about helping and encouraging pastors. That’s why he loves his new role as the associational mission strategist for the Marion Baptist Association in…
Read More...

Tower collapse brings heartbreak and ministry for FLDR vols

The tragedy of the Champlain Tower collapse in Surfside has left the South Florida community in shock.
Read More...

Connect, grow, serve: mission of Southwest FL church

Helping families connect with God, grow in godliness, and serve the world is precisely what New Life Church is all about.
Read More...

A gang leader redeemed, a family radically transformed

The first time Ari Espinoza read a Bible he sat in a dark and lonely prison cell.
Read More...

East Orlando church moves to ‘next level’ of having building to call home

CrossLife East church saw significant growth in attendance, commitment and giving during the COVID-19 pandemic--one of the toughest seasons in ministry across the globe. While…
Read More...

New Moore Haven pastor brings evangelistic fervor to community

Located on the southwest banks of Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee River, the small town of Moore Haven was often called “Little Chicago,” in the days when riverboat traffic…
Read More...

Desperation, need for hope seen as chaplains arrive at Surfside condo collapse

A day after the 12-story Champlain Towers South Condo collapsed on itself, Pines Baptist Church Pastor Luis Acosta was as close to the smoldering rubble as authorities allowed.
Read More...

Pastor credits God for ‘miraculous’ recovery from carjacking injuries

When Matt Rouse stopped to give aid to a stranded motorist, he had no idea that it would almost cost him his life. He credits God for his survival and miraculous recovery from the…
Read More...

Jacksonville pastor uses his BBQ sauce to reach souls

When stores in Northeast Florida receive a delivery of “Yulee BBQ Sauce” they’re getting more than a collection of sauces and rub with the tangy flavor that’s perfect for grilling.…
Read More...

Churches’ worldwide ESL ministry thrives due to COVID restrictions

Teaching others English as a second language is personal to Natalie Prim of Ocala. Her father was an immigrant who came to America in the late 1940’s and married her American…
Read More...