Baptist Churches Reaching Florida

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First Baptist, Orlando, serves Baptist College of Florida for 20 years

How do you celebrate a twentieth anniversary? For a mission team from First Baptist Church of Orlando, the answer is unexpected.
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Hispanic pastor spurred to greater mission involvement after trip to Spain

When pastor Victor Reyes traveled to Spain as part of a vision trip with the International Mission Board in September 2021, he went with an open heart and willing hands. Reyes,…
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Un pastor hispano anima a una mayor participación en las misiones tras un viaje a España

Cuando el pastor Víctor Reyes viajó a España como parte de un viaje misionero con la Junta de Misiones Internacionales, en septiembre de 2021, fue con el corazón abierto y las…
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Celebrating Florida Baptist history

Carolyn Calhoun, a member of Ancient City Baptist Church in St. Augustine, received the 2022 Baptist Heritage Award on June 12 for her efforts to “preserve, record and publish” the…
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Church reaching community through new middle school

Ocklawaha Bridge Baptist Church in Silver Springs is reaching its community by opening a middle school. Pastor Jared Buchanan believes this is a great model for other churches to…
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Two crises lead to three-dimensional ministry

Two back-to-back crises have led New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Panama City to create a three-dimensional approach to reaching its community with the gospel.
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Florida Baptists answer God’s call to international missions

In late 2017 Dan and Mandy Biles were casually looking through the church bulletin, waiting for the worship service at Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz to begin. The church’s…
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Jones challenges pastors to seek Christlikeness

Preaching from Colossians 3:1-11, Florida Baptist pastor Daryl Jones challenged his fellow Southern Baptist pastors to seek Christlikeness while constantly rejecting the old ways…
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35 Years of faithful service in a small town

After serving for 35 years, baptizing 477 people and officiating countless weddings and funerals, Jack Brock, senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Cottondale is retiring.
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Churches partner with BCM as students navigate ‘sea of confusion’

Even with South Florida’s sunshine and ocean breezes just a few miles away, many students at University of Miami in Coral Gables find themselves swirling in a “sea of confusion.”
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Mission pastor uses Japanese language lessons to reach community

Police officers, restaurant workers and university students are just some of the people who gather every Wednesday night at Good News Baptist Church in Jacksonville for a lesson in…
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Hands-on ministry: FL Baptist association serving communities in need

It took Michael Hilliard several years, mission trips and various jobs to realize God had different plans for his life.
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First Baptist, Orlando, serves Baptist College of Florida for 20 years

How do you celebrate a twentieth anniversary? For a mission team from First Baptist Church of Orlando, the answer is unexpected.
Read More...

Hispanic pastor spurred to greater mission involvement after trip to Spain

When pastor Victor Reyes traveled to Spain as part of a vision trip with the International Mission Board in September 2021, he went with an open heart and willing hands. Reyes,…
Read More...

Un pastor hispano anima a una mayor participación en las misiones tras un viaje a España

Cuando el pastor Víctor Reyes viajó a España como parte de un viaje misionero con la Junta de Misiones Internacionales, en septiembre de 2021, fue con el corazón abierto y las…
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Celebrating Florida Baptist history

Carolyn Calhoun, a member of Ancient City Baptist Church in St. Augustine, received the 2022 Baptist Heritage Award on June 12 for her efforts to “preserve, record and publish” the…
Read More...

Church reaching community through new middle school

Ocklawaha Bridge Baptist Church in Silver Springs is reaching its community by opening a middle school. Pastor Jared Buchanan believes this is a great model for other churches to…
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Two crises lead to three-dimensional ministry

Two back-to-back crises have led New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Panama City to create a three-dimensional approach to reaching its community with the gospel.
Read More...

Florida Baptists answer God’s call to international missions

In late 2017 Dan and Mandy Biles were casually looking through the church bulletin, waiting for the worship service at Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz to begin. The church’s…
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35 Years of faithful service in a small town

After serving for 35 years, baptizing 477 people and officiating countless weddings and funerals, Jack Brock, senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Cottondale is retiring.
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Churches partner with BCM as students navigate ‘sea of confusion’

Even with South Florida’s sunshine and ocean breezes just a few miles away, many students at University of Miami in Coral Gables find themselves swirling in a “sea of confusion.”
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Mission pastor uses Japanese language lessons to reach community

Police officers, restaurant workers and university students are just some of the people who gather every Wednesday night at Good News Baptist Church in Jacksonville for a lesson in…
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Hands-on ministry: FL Baptist association serving communities in need

It took Michael Hilliard several years, mission trips and various jobs to realize God had different plans for his life.
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Churches minister to physical/spiritual needs of hikers on Florida Trail

It all started with hikers, trekking the Florida National Scenic Trail, who asked to pitch a tent on the property of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Altha, located just south of…
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Two crises lead to three-dimensional ministry

Two back-to-back crises have led New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Panama City to create a three-dimensional approach to reaching its community with the gospel.
Read More...

35 Years of faithful service in a small town

After serving for 35 years, baptizing 477 people and officiating countless weddings and funerals, Jack Brock, senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Cottondale is retiring.
Read More...

Hands-on ministry: FL Baptist association serving communities in need

It took Michael Hilliard several years, mission trips and various jobs to realize God had different plans for his life.
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Churches minister to physical/spiritual needs of hikers on Florida Trail

It all started with hikers, trekking the Florida National Scenic Trail, who asked to pitch a tent on the property of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Altha, located just south of…
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Stepping out in faith as missionaries at home

What does it look like to be a missionary in your hometown? That’s what members of Lake Mystic Baptist Church in Bristol are learning to do.
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Sumatra Baptist Church celebrates new life on Resurrection Sunday

On Easter Sunday as Christians worldwide celebrated new life found in the risen Lord, new life began for Sumatra Baptist Church in the Panhandle of Florida.
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One Day, One Church, Big Difference

What difference can one church and one day make? That’s a question Hillcrest Baptist Church in Pensacola has asked and answered with its annual Serve Our City event.
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Alligator, deer and dove draw people to Christ in Malone

What do alligator, deer and dove have to do with people finding new life in Christ? Plenty. Just ask Pastor Danny Sumerlin from Friendship Baptist Church in Malone.
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Pensacola church maintains traditions, including 10% CP giving

“It makes us feel good we’re doing something for the Kingdom of God,” says Bill Flannigan, pastor of Plainview Baptist Church for the last 22 years.
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Panhandle church extends hope, grace to those in recovery

After attending a men’s discipleship group at Mosaic Church in Crestview, Jason accepted Christ as Savior and was baptized at the church in testimony of his new life.
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Young Adults Find Community, Spiritual Growth at Pensacola Church

No longer members of the youth department and not yet married, single young adults ages 18-34 can feel lost in the crowd when they enter the doors of the church.  
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Traylor commemorates his story of renewal with night of encouragement

Church leaders need refreshment and to gain strength from one another. As a pastor for more than 30 years, Ted Traylor, senior pastor at Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, knows…
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Church reaching community through new middle school

Ocklawaha Bridge Baptist Church in Silver Springs is reaching its community by opening a middle school. Pastor Jared Buchanan believes this is a great model for other churches to…
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Churches minister to physical/spiritual needs of hikers on Florida Trail

It all started with hikers, trekking the Florida National Scenic Trail, who asked to pitch a tent on the property of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Altha, located just south of…
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Focus on Scripture and community outreach revitalizes church

When Pastor Adrian Taylor thinks about the revitalization and growth that Springhill Missionary Baptist Church has experienced over the past 17 years, he is quick to give credit to…
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‘Miss Lois’ traces her family’s Christian faith back to Baptist missionaries serving in China

Lois Lin’s rich missions heritage can be traced back more than a century to a Southern Baptist missionary serving in Kwotien, China. That missionary, W.W. Lawton of South Carolina,…
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‘Divine appointments’ lead to ministry with brain injury survivors/families

When Pastor Eric Wietz encounters someone who has experience with a brain injury, he knows it’s not a chance meeting or a coincidence, but rather a divine appointment.
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Perry church partners with school through Homework Help Club

Through its new Homework Help Club, First Baptist Church in Perry is helping struggling students thrive in school due to a unique partnership with nearby Taylor County Elementary…
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Dedicated deacon creates thriving food ministry from desire to share his faith

With a desire to serve his Savior, Gary Watson began offering free produce and Christian tracts to Live Oak residents more than 10 years ago. Today his faithfulness has expanded…
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Lulu Baptist Church: Small churches mustn’t think small

Lulu Baptist Church in North Florida has proven that even small churches can touch lives in its community if members have a commitment to go beyond the walls of the church.
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2022 ‘Challenge 2025 Gathering:’ encouragement, inspiration, equipping

Florida Baptists will come together to challenge and sharpen one another during the Challenge 2025 Gathering scheduled for Feb. 22 at First Baptist Church in Orlando.
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Pastor dedicated to bringing good news to Florida’s schools

CITRUS SPRINGS--As pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Citrus Springs since 2007, Jess Burton has sought ways to impact his community with the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is…
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Christmas Story comes alive in Perry’s ‘Walk Thru Bethlehem’ event

A dozen churches worked with local businesses and the Perry-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce to launch Perry’s first “Walk Through Bethlehem” event, allowing their North Florida…
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Churches can make huge difference in Florida’s prisons, chaplain says

Churches looking for transformative ways to minister to the lost need only look to the nearest state prison, said Bo Hammock, a regional chaplain with the Florida Department of…
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Celebrating Florida Baptist history

Carolyn Calhoun, a member of Ancient City Baptist Church in St. Augustine, received the 2022 Baptist Heritage Award on June 12 for her efforts to “preserve, record and publish” the…
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Mission pastor uses Japanese language lessons to reach community

Police officers, restaurant workers and university students are just some of the people who gather every Wednesday night at Good News Baptist Church in Jacksonville for a lesson in…
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Reaching the next generation of Hispanics in Stuart

Eighty-five percent. On Florida’s Atlantic coast, that is Gonzalo Perez’ focus. Perez, pastor of Mi Iglesia in Stuart, estimates that 85% of the Hispanic younger generation in his…
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Having fun while loving God

At Central Baptist Church in Port St. Lucie, church members recently lived out how to “have fun while loving God,” with about 450 community residents joining in on the fun at the…
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Haitian church celebrates being a ‘light in the community’ for 30 years

Amid the flowers and balloons celebrating the 30th anniversary of Premiere Eglise Baptiste Haitenne de Jacksonville, Pastor Oreste Coulanges focused on the future, saying, “Pray…
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Unexpected encounter leads to new church plant in Jacksonville

An unexpected encounter in his doctoral class led to Curtis Haynes’ decision to plant a new Southern Baptist church on the southside of Jacksonville. The seasoned church planter…
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Jóvenes de Daytona Beach atraen a sus compañeros a una reunión de oración para el crecimiento…

Durante una reunión planeada por sus pares, 70 adultos jóvenes se reunieron en First Baptist Church en Daytona Beach, el 19 de febrero, para orar por un despertar espiritual y una…
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Daytona Beach youth draw peers to prayer meeting for spiritual growth

During a meeting planned by their peers, 70 young adults gathered at First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Feb. 19, to pray for spiritual awakening and a committed prayer life…
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Long-term transition of leadership takes place at Amelia Baptist Church

Three decades ago, Neil Helton laid the groundwork for a fledgling congregation located northeast of Jacksonville in the quaint coastal town of Fernandina Beach. Now for the past…
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Sowing seeds of love and generosity in Jacksonville’s Riverside

With a desire to generously share the grace and love of Jesus, church planter and pastor Joel Stuckey is reaching out to Jacksonville’s diverse Riverside neighborhood and seeing…
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2022 ‘Challenge 2025 Gathering:’ encouragement, inspiration, equipping

Florida Baptists will come together to challenge and sharpen one another during the Challenge 2025 Gathering scheduled for Feb. 22 at First Baptist Church in Orlando.
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First Melbourne blesses community with THE PROMISE

Helping usher in the Christmas season in this Space Coast city was First Baptist Church in Melbourne’s annual Christmas program held during the first weekend in December.
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First Baptist, Orlando, serves Baptist College of Florida for 20 years

How do you celebrate a twentieth anniversary? For a mission team from First Baptist Church of Orlando, the answer is unexpected.
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Florida Baptists answer God’s call to international missions

In late 2017 Dan and Mandy Biles were casually looking through the church bulletin, waiting for the worship service at Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz to begin. The church’s…
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Not a shell game: beach baptism opens door for public witness

A public baptism including more than 130 changed lives is significant on its own. But an onlooker’s response may be the biggest memory for Matt Laughter, worship pastor for the…
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Former drug addict finds redemption in church rehab featured in new film

“Would God put somebody on this earth to be nothing but a drug addict and to die in that sin?” That was John Draxinger’s first question when he heard the Gospel in a jail cell…
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Bartow church believes ‘God is still good’ after fire destroys sanctuary

The scorched remains of the sanctuary, buckled roof and blackened pews serve as a backdrop for the sign outside of Main Street Baptist Church in Bartow that reads, “God is Still…
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Refresh retreat ministers to Central Florida pastors

Tim Encinosa, pastor of West Shore Baptist Church in Tampa, believes “too many pastors and wives feel isolated.” So, he and his wife were eager to attend the “Refresh” retreat…
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2022 ‘Challenge 2025 Gathering:’ encouragement, inspiration, equipping

Florida Baptists will come together to challenge and sharpen one another during the Challenge 2025 Gathering scheduled for Feb. 22 at First Baptist Church in Orlando.
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First Baptist Church in Apopka embraces homeless in its community

First Baptist Church in Apopka was in a time of healing when David Schorejs accepted God’s call as pastor seven years ago and delivered a message of hope to its community that has…
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Pastor launches new ministry in wake of cancer fight

For almost 30 years, Shannon Eads has been running the race with endurance serving in churches, supporting struggling churches in associations, and working as a Florida Church…
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ONE NAME Orlando draws 2,000 college students to Worship Jesus

After two years in the making, an event planned by college students for college students brought together an under-reached community in Central Florida. “ONE NAME Orlando” was a…
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Supply chain disruptions challenge holiday food giveaways

As Thanksgiving approaches, many Florida Baptist churches face the difficult reality this year of less food to bless hungry families in their communities and congregations.
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Spring Hill church gives respite to homeless veterans through Operation Stand Down

Florida has one of the highest homeless-veteran population in the country with an estimated 2,500 veterans daily battling life on the streets, and a Florida Baptist church is doing…
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More than the good life

Beckoned by sunshine, beaches, fishing and more, thousands of people relocate to Ft. Myers annually, seeking to live the good life. Church planter Phillip Jones and his wife…
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A ministry heart for Native Americans

Josh LeadingFox, pastor of Immokalee First Seminole Baptist Church in southwest Florida, is dedicated to reaching Native Americans living on the Seminole Tribe’s Immokalee…
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Seizing opportunity to share gospel

For the past 19 months, John Cross, lead pastor at First Sarasota, has created a culture of evangelism in his church that is making a kingdom-impact in southwest Florida.
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SW Florida church creates new blueprint for ministry, worship

Excitement has been building from the ground-up as New Hope Church expands their kingdom impact by creating a missional culture among its people that offers a new dimension in…
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SW Florida Conference brings people from across the nation

More than 250 pastors and church leaders from across the nation converged on southwest Florida for the third-annual Great Commission Weekend, Feb. 25-27.
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Unwavering faithfulness marks Southwest FL church

Nestled along U.S. Route 98 between Sebring and Okeechobee, First Baptist Church in Lorida is a church committed to unwavering faithfulness.
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2022 ‘Challenge 2025 Gathering:’ encouragement, inspiration, equipping

Florida Baptists will come together to challenge and sharpen one another during the Challenge 2025 Gathering scheduled for Feb. 22 at First Baptist Church in Orlando.
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Delma’s Seeds of Love–planting seeds of love for migrant children

For the Gallegos family, Christmas time is all about planting seeds of love. What started in 2005 as an intimate family tradition has now grown into a bustling event that meets the…
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Supply chain disruptions challenge holiday food giveaways

As Thanksgiving approaches, many Florida Baptist churches face the difficult reality this year of less food to bless hungry families in their communities and congregations.
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Sarasota First hosts nationwide ‘Who’s Your One?’ Tour

More than 300 pastors and laypeople gathered at First Sarasota Oct. 24-25 for the nationwide “Who’s Your One? Tour,” an effort to mobilize every believer to respond to the priority…
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First Naples pastor: ‘We want to be the Antioch of Southwest Florida’

Since Alan Brumback’s call as lead pastor and his arrival in mid-September, First Baptist Church in Naples has seen baptismal waters stirred every weekend, having celebrated 42…
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Southwest FL churches teach missions, discipleship, giving during VBS

After Lifeway’s popular Vacation Bible School (VBS) programs were canceled across the nation in 2020, due to the global pandemic, the anticipation was at an all-time high this year…
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First Baptist, Orlando, serves Baptist College of Florida for 20 years

How do you celebrate a twentieth anniversary? For a mission team from First Baptist Church of Orlando, the answer is unexpected.
Read More...

Hispanic pastor spurred to greater mission involvement after trip to Spain

When pastor Victor Reyes traveled to Spain as part of a vision trip with the International Mission Board in September 2021, he went with an open heart and willing hands. Reyes,…
Read More...

Un pastor hispano anima a una mayor participación en las misiones tras un viaje a España

Cuando el pastor Víctor Reyes viajó a España como parte de un viaje misionero con la Junta de Misiones Internacionales, en septiembre de 2021, fue con el corazón abierto y las…
Read More...

Celebrating Florida Baptist history

Carolyn Calhoun, a member of Ancient City Baptist Church in St. Augustine, received the 2022 Baptist Heritage Award on June 12 for her efforts to “preserve, record and publish” the…
Read More...

Church reaching community through new middle school

Ocklawaha Bridge Baptist Church in Silver Springs is reaching its community by opening a middle school. Pastor Jared Buchanan believes this is a great model for other churches to…
Read More...

Two crises lead to three-dimensional ministry

Two back-to-back crises have led New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Panama City to create a three-dimensional approach to reaching its community with the gospel.
Read More...

Florida Baptists answer God’s call to international missions

In late 2017 Dan and Mandy Biles were casually looking through the church bulletin, waiting for the worship service at Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz to begin. The church’s…
Read More...

Jones challenges pastors to seek Christlikeness

Preaching from Colossians 3:1-11, Florida Baptist pastor Daryl Jones challenged his fellow Southern Baptist pastors to seek Christlikeness while constantly rejecting the old ways…
Read More...

35 Years of faithful service in a small town

After serving for 35 years, baptizing 477 people and officiating countless weddings and funerals, Jack Brock, senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Cottondale is retiring.
Read More...

Churches partner with BCM as students navigate ‘sea of confusion’

Even with South Florida’s sunshine and ocean breezes just a few miles away, many students at University of Miami in Coral Gables find themselves swirling in a “sea of confusion.”
Read More...

Mission pastor uses Japanese language lessons to reach community

Police officers, restaurant workers and university students are just some of the people who gather every Wednesday night at Good News Baptist Church in Jacksonville for a lesson in…
Read More...

Hands-on ministry: FL Baptist association serving communities in need

It took Michael Hilliard several years, mission trips and various jobs to realize God had different plans for his life.
Read More...