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Hispanic pastors gather for Challenge 2025 vision

The Tour de Florida stop in the southeast region of the state culminated with an evening of worship and a paella dinner as approximately 100 Hispanic pastors and their wives…
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Pastores hispanos se reúnen para la visión del Desafío 2025

El Tour de Florida paró en la región sureste del estado culminando con una noche de adoración y una cena de paella con aproximadamente 100 pastores hispanos y sus esposas reunidos…
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‘Tour de Florida’ brings Challenge 2025 to Southeast Florida

"Tour de Florida” arrived in the state’s Southeast region where nearly 80 pastors gathered to learn more about the Challenge 2025 vision during a rally at First Baptist Church in…
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Immokalee First Seminole Church displays heart for all people

Tucked away on a Seminole Indian Reservation, sits Immokalee First Seminole Baptist Church that seeks to reach “every nation, every tribe, every people and every language” with the…
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Mt. Dora Hispanic youth refresh their connection with God

Nearly 100 teens and young adults unplugged from their daily lives and refreshed their connection with God during the Iglesia Bautista Lake Saunders’ fourth annual Process Camp.
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Ocala church–17th oldest in state–celebrates 175th anniversary

Back in 1844 when Fellowship Baptist Church first opened its doors, Ocala was not yet a city, Florida was not yet a state and the Southern Baptist Convention had not yet been…
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First Baptist Church at the Mall prepares for future as Lakes Church

One of Florida Baptists’ leading congregations has changed its name to respond to its rapidly changing community. Lakes Church, formerly known as First Baptist Church at the Mall,…
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Lake Wales church stresses the importance of group retreats

The opportunity to fellowship and receive guidance in the name of the Lord is priceless. Just ask the attendees of First Baptist Church in Lake Wales' annual Men’s Retreat.
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FBC Bradfordville fast-ramps its CP giving

Bradfordville First Baptist Church voted unanimously Dec. 8 to increase its Cooperative Program giving to 10 percent in 2020. That's up from 1 percent the year Ronny Raines arrived…
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Church Helps Make Christmas Dreams Come True

“It’s so good to see my kid be a kid again” was a recent comment from a parent as she watched her seriously ill child make cookies with Mrs. Claus, create a toy with Tinker the Elf…
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Gift of Hope | Giving and Receiving the Gifts of Christ

More than 700 needy families with 1,600 children were able to celebrate the Christmas experience while hearing the gospel story through Gift of Hope, a ministry sponsored by a…
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Tragedy offers church planter ministry opportunities

Fire alarms began sounding in the three-floor Le Club Apartments building in South Miami on Wednesday night, Dec. 11 while church planter John Michael Gibson and his wife Brittany…
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Hispanic pastors gather for Challenge 2025 vision

The Tour de Florida stop in the southeast region of the state culminated with an evening of worship and a paella dinner as approximately 100 Hispanic pastors and their wives…
Read More...

Pastores hispanos se reúnen para la visión del Desafío 2025

El Tour de Florida paró en la región sureste del estado culminando con una noche de adoración y una cena de paella con aproximadamente 100 pastores hispanos y sus esposas reunidos…
Read More...

Immokalee First Seminole Church displays heart for all people

Tucked away on a Seminole Indian Reservation, sits Immokalee First Seminole Baptist Church that seeks to reach “every nation, every tribe, every people and every language” with the…
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Mt. Dora Hispanic youth refresh their connection with God

Nearly 100 teens and young adults unplugged from their daily lives and refreshed their connection with God during the Iglesia Bautista Lake Saunders’ fourth annual Process Camp.
Read More...

Ocala church–17th oldest in state–celebrates 175th anniversary

Back in 1844 when Fellowship Baptist Church first opened its doors, Ocala was not yet a city, Florida was not yet a state and the Southern Baptist Convention had not yet been…
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First Baptist Church at the Mall prepares for future as Lakes Church

One of Florida Baptists’ leading congregations has changed its name to respond to its rapidly changing community. Lakes Church, formerly known as First Baptist Church at the Mall,…
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Lake Wales church stresses the importance of group retreats

The opportunity to fellowship and receive guidance in the name of the Lord is priceless. Just ask the attendees of First Baptist Church in Lake Wales' annual Men’s Retreat.
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FBC Bradfordville fast-ramps its CP giving

Bradfordville First Baptist Church voted unanimously Dec. 8 to increase its Cooperative Program giving to 10 percent in 2020. That's up from 1 percent the year Ronny Raines arrived…
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Church Helps Make Christmas Dreams Come True

“It’s so good to see my kid be a kid again” was a recent comment from a parent as she watched her seriously ill child make cookies with Mrs. Claus, create a toy with Tinker the Elf…
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Gift of Hope | Giving and Receiving the Gifts of Christ

More than 700 needy families with 1,600 children were able to celebrate the Christmas experience while hearing the gospel story through Gift of Hope, a ministry sponsored by a…
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Tragedy offers church planter ministry opportunities

Fire alarms began sounding in the three-floor Le Club Apartments building in South Miami on Wednesday night, Dec. 11 while church planter John Michael Gibson and his wife Brittany…
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Christmas surprise: SW Florida churches pay families’ medical debt

Over the next couple weeks, many southwest Florida residents will not only receive wrapped gifts from friends and family, they will discover a Christmas surprise--a bright yellow…
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Pensacola churches grieve, respond after deadly shooting

Pensacola Baptist churches are grieving as they bring comfort, hope and love to their community after a gunman began shooting at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, killing…
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Addicts find recovery and salvation in local churches

At age 15, Kelly Hancock was hitting bars regularly in the South Florida’s Southwest Ranches community where she was raised. Today, after 23 years of sobriety, she proudly tells…
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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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Ocala church–17th oldest in state–celebrates 175th anniversary

Back in 1844 when Fellowship Baptist Church first opened its doors, Ocala was not yet a city, Florida was not yet a state and the Southern Baptist Convention had not yet been…
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FBC Bradfordville fast-ramps its CP giving

Bradfordville First Baptist Church voted unanimously Dec. 8 to increase its Cooperative Program giving to 10 percent in 2020. That's up from 1 percent the year Ronny Raines arrived…
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Gospel Singer, Musician Enjoys New Role As Church Pastor

Bryant Thigpen has toured the country playing piano for southern gospel legend Naomi and The Segos. He’s won awards as pianist, guitarist and Christian humorist of the year. He’s…
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Missions conference connects Great Commission work around globe

Those attending the recent Global Missions Conference in Ocala got to learn about 16 organizations working throughout the world and how they might partner with them to further the…
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Quincy church plant impacts community with ‘Hallelujah Night’

Food, music, games, and candy--plus plenty of families--equal a great night of community outreach for New Destiny Christian Church in Quincy, Fla.
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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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Church Helps Make Christmas Dreams Come True

“It’s so good to see my kid be a kid again” was a recent comment from a parent as she watched her seriously ill child make cookies with Mrs. Claus, create a toy with Tinker the Elf…
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Church Experiences the Providence of God

Less than 10 years ago, 35 committed believers planting a new church in a clubhouse could never have imagined the providence of God that within a decade they would have a five-acre…
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Sanford church works to develop prayer culture

While on a mission trip to Wales in 2018, Alan Brumback, pastor of Central Sanford Church, spent an entire day prayerwalking a village alongside an International Mission Board, SBC…
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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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Mt. Dora Hispanic youth refresh their connection with God

Nearly 100 teens and young adults unplugged from their daily lives and refreshed their connection with God during the Iglesia Bautista Lake Saunders’ fourth annual Process Camp.
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First Baptist Church at the Mall prepares for future as Lakes Church

One of Florida Baptists’ leading congregations has changed its name to respond to its rapidly changing community. Lakes Church, formerly known as First Baptist Church at the Mall,…
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Lake Wales church stresses the importance of group retreats

The opportunity to fellowship and receive guidance in the name of the Lord is priceless. Just ask the attendees of First Baptist Church in Lake Wales' annual Men’s Retreat.
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Gift of Hope | Giving and Receiving the Gifts of Christ

More than 700 needy families with 1,600 children were able to celebrate the Christmas experience while hearing the gospel story through Gift of Hope, a ministry sponsored by a…
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Freeport, Grand Bahamas | Front and Center

Two months after Hurricane Dorian, devastation is still a present-day reality in Freeport, Grand Bahamas. The carnage is no longer front-page news, even though it may take the…
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Bell Shoals Baptist Church calls Corey Abney as lead pastor

Corey Abney has accepted the call as senior pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church, an 8,000-member congregation with five campuses in Tampa Bay.
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FBC Umatilla hosts Taking A Stand: Human Trafficking Conference

A conference designed to shed light on an industry making more money last year than Google, Nike and Starbucks combined--human trafficking—encouraged churches to take a stand…
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Athletes and families make life-changing decisions through ‘Huddle Touch’ ministries

Churches connecting with public schools are making eternal differences in the lives of students and their families across the state.
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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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Immokalee First Seminole Church displays heart for all people

Tucked away on a Seminole Indian Reservation, sits Immokalee First Seminole Baptist Church that seeks to reach “every nation, every tribe, every people and every language” with the…
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Christmas surprise: SW Florida churches pay families’ medical debt

Over the next couple weeks, many southwest Florida residents will not only receive wrapped gifts from friends and family, they will discover a Christmas surprise--a bright yellow…
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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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Hispanic pastors gather for Challenge 2025 vision

The Tour de Florida stop in the southeast region of the state culminated with an evening of worship and a paella dinner as approximately 100 Hispanic pastors and their wives…
Read More...

Pastores hispanos se reúnen para la visión del Desafío 2025

El Tour de Florida paró en la región sureste del estado culminando con una noche de adoración y una cena de paella con aproximadamente 100 pastores hispanos y sus esposas reunidos…
Read More...

‘Tour de Florida’ brings Challenge 2025 to Southeast Florida

"Tour de Florida” arrived in the state’s Southeast region where nearly 80 pastors gathered to learn more about the Challenge 2025 vision during a rally at First Baptist Church in…
Read More...

Immokalee First Seminole Church displays heart for all people

Tucked away on a Seminole Indian Reservation, sits Immokalee First Seminole Baptist Church that seeks to reach “every nation, every tribe, every people and every language” with the…
Read More...

Mt. Dora Hispanic youth refresh their connection with God

Nearly 100 teens and young adults unplugged from their daily lives and refreshed their connection with God during the Iglesia Bautista Lake Saunders’ fourth annual Process Camp.
Read More...

Ocala church–17th oldest in state–celebrates 175th anniversary

Back in 1844 when Fellowship Baptist Church first opened its doors, Ocala was not yet a city, Florida was not yet a state and the Southern Baptist Convention had not yet been…
Read More...

First Baptist Church at the Mall prepares for future as Lakes Church

One of Florida Baptists’ leading congregations has changed its name to respond to its rapidly changing community. Lakes Church, formerly known as First Baptist Church at the Mall,…
Read More...

Lake Wales church stresses the importance of group retreats

The opportunity to fellowship and receive guidance in the name of the Lord is priceless. Just ask the attendees of First Baptist Church in Lake Wales' annual Men’s Retreat.
Read More...

FBC Bradfordville fast-ramps its CP giving

Bradfordville First Baptist Church voted unanimously Dec. 8 to increase its Cooperative Program giving to 10 percent in 2020. That's up from 1 percent the year Ronny Raines arrived…
Read More...

Church Helps Make Christmas Dreams Come True

“It’s so good to see my kid be a kid again” was a recent comment from a parent as she watched her seriously ill child make cookies with Mrs. Claus, create a toy with Tinker the Elf…
Read More...

Gift of Hope | Giving and Receiving the Gifts of Christ

More than 700 needy families with 1,600 children were able to celebrate the Christmas experience while hearing the gospel story through Gift of Hope, a ministry sponsored by a…
Read More...

Tragedy offers church planter ministry opportunities

Fire alarms began sounding in the three-floor Le Club Apartments building in South Miami on Wednesday night, Dec. 11 while church planter John Michael Gibson and his wife Brittany…
Read More...