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High Springs pastor enjoys role as Abraham Lincoln

While the Rev. Greg Waltermire is not known for performing miracles, he has brought President Abraham Lincoln to life more than 200 times over the past five years.
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Changing lives behind bars in Desoto County

Incredible stories of life change have been taking place in the Desoto County Jail in southwest Florida. Over the past five years, Tommy and Sandy Simmons, both chaplains for the…
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Jacksonville churches model kingdom-minded partnership

This Kingdom story is about two Jacksonville churches--The District Church, a seven-year-old growing congregation of young families, with no permanent meeting location; and Lake…
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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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Florida Baptists feed their communities 6M meals, spurring 1,055 professions of faiths

Nearly 700 Florida Baptist churches have delivered sustenance, hope and love while distributing 6,680,015 meals valued at $28,692,764 to communities facing hunger, unemployment and…
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As associational strategist, Cannington serves as pastor to pastors

For his new role as associational mission strategist for the Taylor Baptist Association in Perry, Henry Cannington is leaning on his 30-plus years of experience as a church pastor.
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Discipleship through serving others at Genesis Church

The expository preaching and teaching of God’s Word, a simple approach to congregational worship, fellowship, and prayer best describe the four pillars of Genesis Church in Vero…
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SWFL pastors create team to encourage fellow pastors

During their association’s annual meeting this past year, four local pastors heard story after story of pastors who were hurting and in desperate need of encouragement. With a…
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Olive Church celebrates Traylor’s 30 years of bold ministry

Standing on the rooftop of Olive Baptist Church’s sanctuary with its iconic cross beckoning in the background, Pastor Ted Traylor boldly preached the gospel of the resurrection…
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Brazilian church reports 96 salvations through food distribution

With just $40 in their bank account, no work visas and a paycheck from a remote job many weeks away from materializing, a Brazilian couple found God’s divine providence at First…
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Naples’ New Beginning Ministries, ‘game changer’ for SWFL

With an estimated 6.6 million unchurched people calling south Florida home, Irvin Stallworth and his wife Pamela are embarking on the exciting, unknown journey of church planting.…
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FLDR vols serve survivors and God after Hurricane Laura

When Florida Baptist disaster relief volunteer James Hartley arrived at the home of Marian Weeks in Leesville, La., three weeks after Hurricane Laura, he found a massive oak tree…
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High Springs pastor enjoys role as Abraham Lincoln

While the Rev. Greg Waltermire is not known for performing miracles, he has brought President Abraham Lincoln to life more than 200 times over the past five years.
Read More...

Changing lives behind bars in Desoto County

Incredible stories of life change have been taking place in the Desoto County Jail in southwest Florida. Over the past five years, Tommy and Sandy Simmons, both chaplains for the…
Read More...

Jacksonville churches model kingdom-minded partnership

This Kingdom story is about two Jacksonville churches--The District Church, a seven-year-old growing congregation of young families, with no permanent meeting location; and Lake…
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Florida Baptists feed their communities 6M meals, spurring 1,055 professions of faiths

Nearly 700 Florida Baptist churches have delivered sustenance, hope and love while distributing 6,680,015 meals valued at $28,692,764 to communities facing hunger, unemployment and…
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As associational strategist, Cannington serves as pastor to pastors

For his new role as associational mission strategist for the Taylor Baptist Association in Perry, Henry Cannington is leaning on his 30-plus years of experience as a church pastor.
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Discipleship through serving others at Genesis Church

The expository preaching and teaching of God’s Word, a simple approach to congregational worship, fellowship, and prayer best describe the four pillars of Genesis Church in Vero…
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SWFL pastors create team to encourage fellow pastors

During their association’s annual meeting this past year, four local pastors heard story after story of pastors who were hurting and in desperate need of encouragement. With a…
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Olive Church celebrates Traylor’s 30 years of bold ministry

Standing on the rooftop of Olive Baptist Church’s sanctuary with its iconic cross beckoning in the background, Pastor Ted Traylor boldly preached the gospel of the resurrection…
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Brazilian church reports 96 salvations through food distribution

With just $40 in their bank account, no work visas and a paycheck from a remote job many weeks away from materializing, a Brazilian couple found God’s divine providence at First…
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Naples’ New Beginning Ministries, ‘game changer’ for SWFL

With an estimated 6.6 million unchurched people calling south Florida home, Irvin Stallworth and his wife Pamela are embarking on the exciting, unknown journey of church planting.…
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FLDR vols serve survivors and God after Hurricane Laura

When Florida Baptist disaster relief volunteer James Hartley arrived at the home of Marian Weeks in Leesville, La., three weeks after Hurricane Laura, he found a massive oak tree…
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Revitalized church recaptures mission to reach generations

When visiting Fort Pierce four years ago as a pastoral candidate for Parkview Baptist Church, Doug Saunders was given a tour of the church’s buildings and grounds. A church member,…
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Olive Church celebrates Traylor’s 30 years of bold ministry

Standing on the rooftop of Olive Baptist Church’s sanctuary with its iconic cross beckoning in the background, Pastor Ted Traylor boldly preached the gospel of the resurrection…
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Baptisms offer eternal reality in uncertain times

Baptism is a special act of obedience for those who choose to follow Jesus, symbolizing the death of an old sin-filled life, and the newness of life found in Christ. By its very…
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How Southern Baptist Disaster Relief organized its response in Pensacola

Behind a seven-foot wall of tangled tree branches on the curb that stretches the length of her property, Betty Tuberville watched Thursday morning as disaster relief volunteers…
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Free Clinic stands in gap for NW Florida’s working poor

Crossroads Center Medical and Dental Clinic is standing in the gap for its Northwest Florida neighbors who need medical care most.
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‘God’s Cavalry’ shines brightly in Hurricane Sally’s aftermath

Residents in Pensacola and South Alabama are calling Hurricane Sally “Ivan’s little sister,” in memory of the Sept. 16, 2004 storm that ravaged the Florida/Alabama coast.
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State Board celebrates continued Kingdom ministry

Rather than a message of retreat, the State Board of Missions heard how the Florida Baptist Convention and its churches are moving forward, celebrating new opportunities to seize…
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West Florida Baptists cope with Hurricane Sally’s damaging winds, flooding

West Pensacola and surrounding areas were battered by the sluggish Hurricane Sally which made landfall Sept. 16 as a Category 2. Many in the region were caught off guard by the…
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In midst of brokenness: Churches embrace Foster Families

Two northwest Florida Baptist churches--Pensacola’s Olive Baptist Church and First Baptist Church on Bayshore in Niceville--are ministering to families who are bringing the light…
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Called to campus ministry, retiring BCM director produces generational impact

The ebb and flow of ministry is not for the faint of heart, but Pensacola’s Baptist Campus Ministry director Tony Olesky has witnessed the eternal impact that comes with staying…
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Leading Sunday School/Groups in the 21st Century Digital Conference Recordings

Sunday School and Small Group leaders will benefit from this multi-generational training event. Invite your preschool, children, student and adult group leaders to learn and grow…
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Panhandle Churches Slowly Recovering Two Years After Hurricane Michael

Three weeks after Hurricane Michael slammed into the Panhandle on Oct. 10, 2018, Pastor Dwight Woods stood before his people in anguish as they gathered for worship. 
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Florida Baptists gear up for online training and resources

With in-person events on hold for the foreseeable future, the Florida Baptist Convention will come alongside its churches to virtually provide beneficial training and resourcing.
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High Springs pastor enjoys role as Abraham Lincoln

While the Rev. Greg Waltermire is not known for performing miracles, he has brought President Abraham Lincoln to life more than 200 times over the past five years.
Read More...

As associational strategist, Cannington serves as pastor to pastors

For his new role as associational mission strategist for the Taylor Baptist Association in Perry, Henry Cannington is leaning on his 30-plus years of experience as a church pastor.
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Faith Fellowship in Citrus Springs ready to reach millennials

Church planting is not for the faint of heart. It requires confidence in things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. It calls for faith.
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Camp Connexion 2020: Temperature Checks, Baptisms and Record-Breaking Attendance

When Pastor Chad Little baptized two sisters at his church recently, it was one more reminder of the amazing Camp Connexion held this summer at Pickett Lake Camp in Branford.
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State Board celebrates continued Kingdom ministry

Rather than a message of retreat, the State Board of Missions heard how the Florida Baptist Convention and its churches are moving forward, celebrating new opportunities to seize…
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Parkview’s Magruder retires: ‘We became a 24/7 church’

When Pastor Greg Magruder preached his final sermon at Parkview Baptist Church in Gainesville on Aug. 16, he baptized a new believer in Jesus Christ during the service.
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Yee Haw: Cowboy Church Deems First Cowboy Camp A Success

When it comes to summer camp experiences, the teens and tweens who attended Cowboy Camp at Rafter Cross Cowboy Church in Williston may have quite the leg up over their peers.
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96-year-old on baptism: ‘I couldn’t wait to get In that water’

At 96 and a half, Betty Schoch is believed to be the oldest person to ever be baptized at Hopeful Baptist Church in Lake City.
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The Baptist College of Florida sells Blue Springs Conference Center

The sale of Blue Springs Conference Center located in Marianna was completed July 8, according to Thomas Kinchen, president of The Baptist College of Florida.
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Church reaches families with new VBS twist during pandemic

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and era of social distancing, Westside Baptist Church in Gainesville pulled off a successful week of engaging local families in God’s word with a…
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Virtual VBS to unite families and kids in Tallahassee

Children and families in Tallahassee and around the globe will get to participate in Vacation Bible School this summer without ever having to leave their homes.
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With Safety Measures in Place, Alachua County Churches Begin Holding Services Again

Westside Baptist Church in Gainesville has begun holding services again on its campus, but those attending must first RSVP online, answer health questions when they check in and…
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Jacksonville churches model kingdom-minded partnership

This Kingdom story is about two Jacksonville churches--The District Church, a seven-year-old growing congregation of young families, with no permanent meeting location; and Lake…
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Discipleship through serving others at Genesis Church

The expository preaching and teaching of God’s Word, a simple approach to congregational worship, fellowship, and prayer best describe the four pillars of Genesis Church in Vero…
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Revitalized church recaptures mission to reach generations

When visiting Fort Pierce four years ago as a pastoral candidate for Parkview Baptist Church, Doug Saunders was given a tour of the church’s buildings and grounds. A church member,…
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Despite COVID obstacles, The Rock Church is planted

“The things that are hard are the things that are the most rewarding in life,” said Oscar Longoria, pastor of The Rock Church, a new church plant in Brevard County.
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State Board celebrates continued Kingdom ministry

Rather than a message of retreat, the State Board of Missions heard how the Florida Baptist Convention and its churches are moving forward, celebrating new opportunities to seize…
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A million-dollar miracle at Promise Land Baptist Church

While acknowledging “this is the worst time you could be building a church,” Pastor Steve Whitcomb can attest, “God is active even in the midst of dark times.”
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FLDR, Stetson Baptist partner to help after tornadoes shred DeLand

Severe weather sweeping through Central Florida Aug. 18 spawned twin tornadoes with winds between 105-115 mph that left a 4.6-mile path of destruction through the DeLand community.
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A Place of Hope and Recovery in Palatka

On a recent Monday evening a group of people working fervently to overcome their hurts, addictions and to celebrate their recovery gathered at Life Church in Palatka for a weekly…
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Brevard Association’s catalyst and encourager steps down

Culminating four decades of serving the Lord as missions catalyst, church planter, missionary and minister to the deaf, Associational Mission Strategist Mike Hoffmann will retire…
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Baptisms celebrate ‘transformed lives’ at the Journey church

Although he grew up in the church, Jordan Harris identified himself as an agnostic during his college years at Florida State University. Returning home to start his career, his…
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Palm Bay Haitian congregation celebrates 16 years of God’s faithfulness

Preceded by a week of nightly revival services, Bethesda Evangelical Baptist Church in Palm Bay, capped off its 16th anniversary celebrating God’s faithfulness in leading them to…
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A Ministry of Presence in Seminole Baptist Association

After many years serving the Lord outside the Sunshine State, a decade ago Glenn Rogers found God leading him to return home to central Florida. With a heart for pastors,…
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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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Florida Baptists feed their communities 6M meals, spurring 1,055 professions of faiths

Nearly 700 Florida Baptist churches have delivered sustenance, hope and love while distributing 6,680,015 meals valued at $28,692,764 to communities facing hunger, unemployment and…
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Baptisms in the Wake of COVID-19 turn challenge into action

When FishHawk Fellowship in Lithia moved worship services completely online at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, church leaders admittedly did not have a strategy to encourage…
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State Board celebrates continued Kingdom ministry

Rather than a message of retreat, the State Board of Missions heard how the Florida Baptist Convention and its churches are moving forward, celebrating new opportunities to seize…
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First Lake Wales’ Back 2 School Bash … drive-thru style

Each year around this time First Baptist Church in Lake Wales is polishing the final details of the church’s “Back to School Bash”—an extravaganza to celebrate the start of a new…
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Partnering churches deliver boxes of food across the state

Working side-by-side as the body of Christ, volunteers from churches in the Central Florida region came together during the past five weeks to distribute food valued at $2.25…
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Orlando’s Meals and Masks on Mondays

Near the height of the Coronavirus quarantine, two Orlando-area churches combined efforts to expand an existing program, with their sights set on providing food and protective…
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Orlando churches merge to serve multicultural community

When Dominican Republic native Wildre Ortega, his wife and small children left New Jersey in 2008 during an economic recession, he never expected to be a pastor of a Florida…
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St. Cloud mayor and pastor sees job as ‘salt and light’ during COVID-19

For St. Cloud Mayor Nathan Blackwell, prayer is an essential tool in leading his city during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Lake Wales church invests in children, families with drive-thru activities

Connecting with children and families during this time of a pandemic has proven to be challenging for Florida Baptist churches.  Yet, First Baptist Church of Lake Wales knows…
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Church honors local heroes on International Firefighters’ Day

More than 70 firefighters were doused with support last week as members of First Baptist Church in Winter Garden found creative ways to celebrate their local heroes during a…
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Oviedo church clears more than $1.5 million in medical debt for 1,000-plus families

CrossLife Church in Oviedo is clearing more than $1.5 million in crippling medical debt for more than 1,000 families in Oviedo, Chuluota and Orlando. 
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Changing lives behind bars in Desoto County

Incredible stories of life change have been taking place in the Desoto County Jail in southwest Florida. Over the past five years, Tommy and Sandy Simmons, both chaplains for the…
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SWFL pastors create team to encourage fellow pastors

During their association’s annual meeting this past year, four local pastors heard story after story of pastors who were hurting and in desperate need of encouragement. With a…
Read More...

Naples’ New Beginning Ministries, ‘game changer’ for SWFL

With an estimated 6.6 million unchurched people calling south Florida home, Irvin Stallworth and his wife Pamela are embarking on the exciting, unknown journey of church planting.…
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Vision Baptist Church sees God’s hand in conquering debt

Imagine a handful of faithful givers whose primary goal is to share the gospel and support the Kingdom of God but found themselves under crushing debt. Vision Baptist Church in…
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State Board celebrates continued Kingdom ministry

Rather than a message of retreat, the State Board of Missions heard how the Florida Baptist Convention and its churches are moving forward, celebrating new opportunities to seize…
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Fort Myers church emerges from transition focused on mission

Following the model of the Old Testament transition of Moses to the younger Joshua that set the foundation of Israel as a strong nation, the leadership transition of McGregor…
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Faithfulness – A Ringing Theme for Naples Church Plant

Gathering in the lavish, rapidly growing city of Naples is a four-year-old church plant dedicated to remaining faithful in the small tasks and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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Local Association Launches Pastoral Assistance Fund

Without a doubt churches, pastors and their families have shouldered an impossible task and weighty burden since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March.
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Bayshore Church pastor extends a ministry of reconciliation

“We are a church for the jacked-up people, doesn't matter their habits or hang ups,” said pastor Toney Hill, who assumed the reins of Bayshore Community Church in August 2015. “Our…
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Southwest Florida churches prepare for in-person services

While several Southwest Florida churches are optimistic about their recent on-campus services, others in the region are making final preparations to launch their first in-person…
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First Naples finds avenues of service during COVID-19

To meet this growing crisis in the community, volunteers at First Baptist Church in Naples have partnered with St. Matthew’s House to host a mobile, drive-thru food bank at the…
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Port Charlotte church serves as hands, feet of Jesus

Members of Murdock Baptist Church responded to the Covid-19 crisis the only way they know how—finding new avenues to serve those around them.
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High Springs pastor enjoys role as Abraham Lincoln

While the Rev. Greg Waltermire is not known for performing miracles, he has brought President Abraham Lincoln to life more than 200 times over the past five years.
Read More...

Changing lives behind bars in Desoto County

Incredible stories of life change have been taking place in the Desoto County Jail in southwest Florida. Over the past five years, Tommy and Sandy Simmons, both chaplains for the…
Read More...

Jacksonville churches model kingdom-minded partnership

This Kingdom story is about two Jacksonville churches--The District Church, a seven-year-old growing congregation of young families, with no permanent meeting location; and Lake…
Read More...

Florida Baptists feed their communities 6M meals, spurring 1,055 professions of faiths

Nearly 700 Florida Baptist churches have delivered sustenance, hope and love while distributing 6,680,015 meals valued at $28,692,764 to communities facing hunger, unemployment and…
Read More...

As associational strategist, Cannington serves as pastor to pastors

For his new role as associational mission strategist for the Taylor Baptist Association in Perry, Henry Cannington is leaning on his 30-plus years of experience as a church pastor.
Read More...

Discipleship through serving others at Genesis Church

The expository preaching and teaching of God’s Word, a simple approach to congregational worship, fellowship, and prayer best describe the four pillars of Genesis Church in Vero…
Read More...

SWFL pastors create team to encourage fellow pastors

During their association’s annual meeting this past year, four local pastors heard story after story of pastors who were hurting and in desperate need of encouragement. With a…
Read More...

Olive Church celebrates Traylor’s 30 years of bold ministry

Standing on the rooftop of Olive Baptist Church’s sanctuary with its iconic cross beckoning in the background, Pastor Ted Traylor boldly preached the gospel of the resurrection…
Read More...

Brazilian church reports 96 salvations through food distribution

With just $40 in their bank account, no work visas and a paycheck from a remote job many weeks away from materializing, a Brazilian couple found God’s divine providence at First…
Read More...

Naples’ New Beginning Ministries, ‘game changer’ for SWFL

With an estimated 6.6 million unchurched people calling south Florida home, Irvin Stallworth and his wife Pamela are embarking on the exciting, unknown journey of church planting.…
Read More...

FLDR vols serve survivors and God after Hurricane Laura

When Florida Baptist disaster relief volunteer James Hartley arrived at the home of Marian Weeks in Leesville, La., three weeks after Hurricane Laura, he found a massive oak tree…
Read More...

Revitalized church recaptures mission to reach generations

When visiting Fort Pierce four years ago as a pastoral candidate for Parkview Baptist Church, Doug Saunders was given a tour of the church’s buildings and grounds. A church member,…
Read More...