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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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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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For Such a Time as This | 2019 Black Multicultural State Fellowship Conference

Multiethnic, multicultural, Black, Caribbean and Haitian pastors gathered in unity through fellowship, networking, encouragement and ministry training during the 2019 Black…
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Rick Blackwood announces retirement; Omar Giritli to succeed him

Christ Fellowship’s pastor Rick Blackwood announced his retirement as the church’s lead pastor on Sept. 8 during the launch of the message series “Season 15,” designed to build…
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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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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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Baseball, Faith and Family; North Miami Church Celebrates Family Day

Baseball, the nation’s favorite pastime, was more than a game for one North Miami congregation when two new Christian believers were added to the Kingdom of God. Christ Centered…
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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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Christ Journey On Mission and Making Disciples in Latin America

Christ Journey Church in South Florida is living out its Kingdom calling of “helping people find and follow Christ” through multiple mission trips where many have come to faith in…
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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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Student Ministries Gather for Super Summer Camp

Florida Baptist student ministries gathered get for a week of fun and spiritual growth for Super Summer. Super Summer camp took place July 8-12, 2019. 30 Florida Baptist churches,…
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Super Summer Kids off to a Great Start

Last fall at the inaugural Kid Minister Retreat the idea of a kid’s ministry camp was discussed. After planning for several months, the first ever Super Summer Kids took place July…
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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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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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For Such a Time as This | 2019 Black Multicultural State Fellowship Conference

Multiethnic, multicultural, Black, Caribbean and Haitian pastors gathered in unity through fellowship, networking, encouragement and ministry training during the 2019 Black…
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Rick Blackwood announces retirement; Omar Giritli to succeed him

Christ Fellowship’s pastor Rick Blackwood announced his retirement as the church’s lead pastor on Sept. 8 during the launch of the message series “Season 15,” designed to build…
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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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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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Baseball, Faith and Family; North Miami Church Celebrates Family Day

Baseball, the nation’s favorite pastime, was more than a game for one North Miami congregation when two new Christian believers were added to the Kingdom of God. Christ Centered…
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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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Christ Journey On Mission and Making Disciples in Latin America

Christ Journey Church in South Florida is living out its Kingdom calling of “helping people find and follow Christ” through multiple mission trips where many have come to faith in…
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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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Student Ministries Gather for Super Summer Camp

Florida Baptist student ministries gathered get for a week of fun and spiritual growth for Super Summer. Super Summer camp took place July 8-12, 2019. 30 Florida Baptist churches,…
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Super Summer Kids off to a Great Start

Last fall at the inaugural Kid Minister Retreat the idea of a kid’s ministry camp was discussed. After planning for several months, the first ever Super Summer Kids took place July…
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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A Home Away from Home: Canaveral Port Ministry

A quarter of a mile from Port Canaveral’s cruise ship terminals and cargo ship docks sits the old Cape Canaveral post office, home for the past 22 years to Canaveral Port Ministry…
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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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Mission Team Ministers to Children, Adults in Oracabessa, Jamaica

Ministering to children at Vacation Bible Schools during the day and to adults at revivals at night on the island of Oracabessa, Jamaica.  That was the focus of a recent mission…
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Beyond the Pulpit, Endless Pastor Responsibilities

A pastor’s responsibilities extend far beyond the pulpit. Their role requires that they wear every hat, work every day, and be available every hour, while their tasks are…
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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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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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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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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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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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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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For Such a Time as This | 2019 Black Multicultural State Fellowship Conference

Multiethnic, multicultural, Black, Caribbean and Haitian pastors gathered in unity through fellowship, networking, encouragement and ministry training during the 2019 Black…
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Rick Blackwood announces retirement; Omar Giritli to succeed him

Christ Fellowship’s pastor Rick Blackwood announced his retirement as the church’s lead pastor on Sept. 8 during the launch of the message series “Season 15,” designed to build…
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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…
Read More...

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.
Read More...

Baseball, Faith and Family; North Miami Church Celebrates Family Day

Baseball, the nation’s favorite pastime, was more than a game for one North Miami congregation when two new Christian believers were added to the Kingdom of God. Christ Centered…
Read More...

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…
Read More...

Christ Journey On Mission and Making Disciples in Latin America

Christ Journey Church in South Florida is living out its Kingdom calling of “helping people find and follow Christ” through multiple mission trips where many have come to faith in…
Read More...

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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Student Ministries Gather for Super Summer Camp

Florida Baptist student ministries gathered get for a week of fun and spiritual growth for Super Summer. Super Summer camp took place July 8-12, 2019. 30 Florida Baptist churches,…
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Super Summer Kids off to a Great Start

Last fall at the inaugural Kid Minister Retreat the idea of a kid’s ministry camp was discussed. After planning for several months, the first ever Super Summer Kids took place July…
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