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Pastor recalls five decades of serving rural lighthouse

When Danny Lundy accepted the call to serve as pastor of Oakland Baptist Church in Perry, the men and women in this homesteader church still sat on separate sides of the sanctuary…
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A struggling church in St. Augustine moves toward health

Located just south of St. Augustine on U.S. 1, Moultrie Baptist Church has shared the gospel faithfully in their community for four decades and has enjoyed seasons of growth.
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Orlando’s Downtown Church set to reclaim glory days

Some would say the glory days of a bustling, downtown campus are over – but Downtown Baptist Church in Orlando is bringing the ‘glory days’ back to Central Florida.
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FLDR vols bring hope, help and the gospel to Bayou State, reporting 32 professions of faith

Within days after Hurricane Ida struck the Gulf Coast of Louisiana on Aug. 29, Florida Baptist Disaster Relief (FLDR) volunteers stepped up to bring hope and help to the hurting…
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Four professions of faith highlight FLDR’s response in Louisiana

On the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ida made landfall along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana leaving more than a million without power, homes destroyed, and…
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Former military, law enforcement members fill distinct need with Florida Disaster Relief team

If you were to drive past Metairie Baptist Church just outside of New Orleans, you would see a parking lot filled to the brim with vehicles, trailers, tarps and all kinds of…
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Florida BCM: experiencing the Lord’s favor in season of faithfulness

When a self-proclaimed atheist on campus began examining the Christian faith, Jacksonville Baptist Campus Ministry director Ben Braly reached out to the student, invited him to BCM…
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Bautistas De Florida Recolectan Suministros De Socorro Para Hermanos Y Hermanas Cubanos A Través Del…

En demostración de su amor y compasión por sus hermanos y hermanas cubanos en Cristo, las iglesias bautistas de Florida están recolectando suministros de ayuda de primera necesidad…
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Disaster Relief work in Metairie, La., leads to 4 professions of faith

Ever since Hurricane Ida struck Louisiana on Aug. 29 as a Category 4 storm, Metairie Baptist Church outside of New Orleans has hosted an average of four teams a day, according to…
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Key West pastor offers strategic marketing data to churches

Although he serves as a pastor at the southernmost tip of Florida, Josh Dryer has a passion for helping pastors in Florida and beyond understand their communities for the purpose…
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Disaster Relief chaplain remembers 9/11 ‘like it was yesterday’

Twenty years ago, Frederick Edwards responded to his first callout from Southern Baptist Disaster Relief. Terrorists had flown planes into the World Trade Center, and teams from…
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Florida Baptists collecting relief supplies for Cuban brothers and sisters through project ‘AMA…

In demonstration of their love and compassion for their Cuban brothers and sisters in Christ, Florida Baptist churches are collecting priority relief supplies for churches in Cuba…
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Pastor recalls five decades of serving rural lighthouse

When Danny Lundy accepted the call to serve as pastor of Oakland Baptist Church in Perry, the men and women in this homesteader church still sat on separate sides of the sanctuary…
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A struggling church in St. Augustine moves toward health

Located just south of St. Augustine on U.S. 1, Moultrie Baptist Church has shared the gospel faithfully in their community for four decades and has enjoyed seasons of growth.
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Orlando’s Downtown Church set to reclaim glory days

Some would say the glory days of a bustling, downtown campus are over – but Downtown Baptist Church in Orlando is bringing the ‘glory days’ back to Central Florida.
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FLDR vols bring hope, help and the gospel to Bayou State, reporting 32 professions of faith

Within days after Hurricane Ida struck the Gulf Coast of Louisiana on Aug. 29, Florida Baptist Disaster Relief (FLDR) volunteers stepped up to bring hope and help to the hurting…
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Four professions of faith highlight FLDR’s response in Louisiana

On the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ida made landfall along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana leaving more than a million without power, homes destroyed, and…
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Former military, law enforcement members fill distinct need with Florida Disaster Relief team

If you were to drive past Metairie Baptist Church just outside of New Orleans, you would see a parking lot filled to the brim with vehicles, trailers, tarps and all kinds of…
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Florida BCM: experiencing the Lord’s favor in season of faithfulness

When a self-proclaimed atheist on campus began examining the Christian faith, Jacksonville Baptist Campus Ministry director Ben Braly reached out to the student, invited him to BCM…
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Bautistas De Florida Recolectan Suministros De Socorro Para Hermanos Y Hermanas Cubanos A Través Del…

En demostración de su amor y compasión por sus hermanos y hermanas cubanos en Cristo, las iglesias bautistas de Florida están recolectando suministros de ayuda de primera necesidad…
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Disaster Relief work in Metairie, La., leads to 4 professions of faith

Ever since Hurricane Ida struck Louisiana on Aug. 29 as a Category 4 storm, Metairie Baptist Church outside of New Orleans has hosted an average of four teams a day, according to…
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Key West pastor offers strategic marketing data to churches

Although he serves as a pastor at the southernmost tip of Florida, Josh Dryer has a passion for helping pastors in Florida and beyond understand their communities for the purpose…
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Disaster Relief chaplain remembers 9/11 ‘like it was yesterday’

Twenty years ago, Frederick Edwards responded to his first callout from Southern Baptist Disaster Relief. Terrorists had flown planes into the World Trade Center, and teams from…
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Florida Baptists collecting relief supplies for Cuban brothers and sisters through project ‘AMA…

In demonstration of their love and compassion for their Cuban brothers and sisters in Christ, Florida Baptist churches are collecting priority relief supplies for churches in Cuba…
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Panhandle churches mobilize to help after Hurricane Ida

After Hurricane Ida slammed into the U.S. mainland, leaving devastation in its wake from Louisiana to the Northeast--Florida Baptists are coming right alongside the hurting and…
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Panhandle pastor to be nominated as first VP when FBSC gathers

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

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

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

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

After a tough year of ministry, Pastor Cody Watson of Lake Mystic Baptist Church wanted to plan a special weekend to minister to the Bristol area.
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World Changers Moves to Florida

David Flatt was working as a student minister in the early 1990s when his senior pastor brought him a World Changers brochure--which he promptly disregarded.
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“Better Together:” new event to encourage youth leaders

Student pastor Matt Sawyer worked tirelessly to get his student ministry online in 2020 when the pandemic hit, so that they could stay connected and continue learning about God.
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Challenge 2025 Breakouts: A Time to Sharpen and Encourage Florida Baptists

The Challenge 2025 gathering at First Baptist Church Orlando kicked off with worship and an encouraging warm welcome by Tommy Green, executive director treasurer of the Florida…
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Challenge 2025 Gathering: Florida Baptists regather, refocus and pray for movement of God

While acknowledging “no one ever anticipated the challenges of this past year,” Tommy Green implored Florida Baptists to “stay on the wall.
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Pastor Views Vaccine Line as a Mission Field

Pastor Shelly Chandler was on his way to Walmart to pick up groceries Jan. 5, when he came upon a line of vehicles stretched along the side of the road. The line, he soon…
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Pensacola church offers hope through COVID-19 vaccines

Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola has become the site of life-sustaining hope for thousands of the most vulnerable in its community to receive COVID-19 vaccinations in the next…
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Pastor recalls five decades of serving rural lighthouse

When Danny Lundy accepted the call to serve as pastor of Oakland Baptist Church in Perry, the men and women in this homesteader church still sat on separate sides of the sanctuary…
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FLDR assists with cleanup after historic flooding in state’s Big Bend area

Before heading to Louisiana to help residents of New Orleans impacted by Hurricane Ida, members of the Florida Baptist Disaster Relief team spent the last part of August helping…
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New podcast targets North Florida pastors

Two pastors, hanging out, just talking about ministry. That’s how Pastor Chuck Scott describes the new podcast aimed at pastors of churches in the North Florida region. It’s called…
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WinShape Camp a big win for Quincy church and community

When Connie McClendon first learned about Chick-fil-A’s WinShape Camps, she knew she wanted to bring the dynamic children’s day camp to her church and to her community.
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Bowden saw his players as more than a jersey, says longtime FSU chaplain

Clint Purvis walked the sidelines with Bobby Bowden for 21 years and was his friend for 33. In that time, he witnessed a sporting legend grow as Bowden became one of the winningest…
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Church Remains Hopeful Despite Hurricane Setbacks

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

Mark Weible is passionate about helping and encouraging pastors. That’s why he loves his new role as the associational mission strategist for the Marion Baptist Association in…
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Pastor credits God for ‘miraculous’ recovery from carjacking injuries

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

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

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

A church at a skating rink might sound extreme to some. It’s definitely not what Pastor Mike Kirby originally pictured when he set out to plant a new church in Ocala in late 2019.
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Judo Lessons at Church? Romeo Baptist Says Why Not?

As the pastor of a small rural church, Rob Hess is always looking for ways to engage his community. The church has hosted community yards sales, back to school bashes, a community…
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A struggling church in St. Augustine moves toward health

Located just south of St. Augustine on U.S. 1, Moultrie Baptist Church has shared the gospel faithfully in their community for four decades and has enjoyed seasons of growth.
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Joel Kobosh: young pastor leads First Baptist Oak Hill to look to the future

Special banners were hung in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Oak Hill on May 16, announcing the 132nd anniversary of the church and welcoming their new pastor, Joel…
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Lacking youth, First Baptist Cocoa steps out in faith to reach next gen

“We want our youth group to reflect the demographics of our community, a picture of heaven proclaiming the name of Jesus,” said Dean Williamson, who recently was named youth pastor…
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Palm Bay Haitian congregation searches for lost souls

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

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

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

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

In Lackawanna, as the name sounds, so is the neighborhood,” said Tony Belle, pastor of Genesis Missionary Baptist Church. “There’s a lot of lack in every capacity and a lot of…
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Retired Jacksonville pastor now helping raise up army of evangelists

After sharing the gospel with two young women in an outdoor marketplace during an evangelism training event in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and hearing them both profess faith in Christ, the…
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Older urban Jacksonville church still doing gospel work

It was the first baptism in a decade to take place at the 74-year-old East Eleventh Street Baptist Church in Jacksonville--a young couple who wanted to be back in church. The wife…
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Church planter offers restoration and hope in downtown historic Sanford

When Arthur Gonçalves first met Adam, he was pushing a cart in downtown Sanford. When offered a meal and prayer, he accepted both and by the end of the night, he also accepted…
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Port St. Lucie church partners with ERLC to help women choose life

Driven by a mission “to build families by helping them discover and pursue God’s design,” Family Church Port St. Lucie has been instrumental in helping a local pregnancy service…
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Orlando’s Downtown Church set to reclaim glory days

Some would say the glory days of a bustling, downtown campus are over – but Downtown Baptist Church in Orlando is bringing the ‘glory days’ back to Central Florida.
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Bell Shoals Church: #ForOurTeachers–a church-wide mission

“#ForOurTeachers” isn’t a catchy hashtag that Bell Shoals Church attached to a social media post – it’s their mission.
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Trusting God central to revitalizing Sweetwater Church

Leading a declining church through change and revitalization takes a sense of humor and lots of patience according to Charles “Buddy” Parrish, pastor of First Baptist Church…
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Orlando First lay leader to be nominated as FBSC second VP

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

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

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

Florida Baptists will gather to celebrate “Blessed Be the Tie” that unites the family of believers in Christ when the 2021 Florida Baptist State Convention convenes in Lakeland…
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Idlewild Baptist Church gives $38,000 to forgive student lunch debt accumulated during COVID-19

During a time when families are struggling and children are going hungry, students in Hillsborough and Pasco counties will continue to receive school lunches thanks to the…
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Mission-minded children shine God’s light to first responders

While living in the midst of a pandemic has left many folks feeling isolated and lonely, mission-minded youngsters in Fruitland Park are working to bring a sense of love and…
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Eight-year-old proves any age can impact missions

Eight-year-old Adison Bugbee raised more than $200 for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, proving you should never underestimate the next generation of world changers.
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Challenge 2025 Breakouts: A Time to Sharpen and Encourage Florida Baptists

The Challenge 2025 gathering at First Baptist Church Orlando kicked off with worship and an encouraging warm welcome by Tommy Green, executive director treasurer of the Florida…
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Challenge 2025 Gathering: Florida Baptists regather, refocus and pray for movement of God

While acknowledging “no one ever anticipated the challenges of this past year,” Tommy Green implored Florida Baptists to “stay on the wall.
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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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New Moore Haven pastor brings evangelistic fervor to community

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

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

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

In recent years, the city of Sebring has seen lasting ripples of the gospel wash through its community as First Baptist Church has cultivated an environment of evangelism that…
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After fire destroys sanctuary, church finds new vision by linking arms with nearby church

After a blazing fire consumed Morningstar Baptist Church’s 60-year-old sanctuary in February, members stood unwavering in their mission to reach the community and watched as God…
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First Sebring leads 373 to Christ during 12 Hours of Sebring

While cars were roaring around the world-renowned Sebring International Raceway during the Twelve Hours of Sebring, members of First Baptist Church in Sebring were on a race of…
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Manatee County church thrives on mission to believe, belong, become

Nestled beside the mature palmetto trees of the region and strategically placed between US-19 and US-41 in Northern Manatee County, is a church tethered to the Word of God.  
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Challenge 2025 Breakouts: A Time to Sharpen and Encourage Florida Baptists

The Challenge 2025 gathering at First Baptist Church Orlando kicked off with worship and an encouraging warm welcome by Tommy Green, executive director treasurer of the Florida…
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Challenge 2025 Gathering: Florida Baptists regather, refocus and pray for movement of God

While acknowledging “no one ever anticipated the challenges of this past year,” Tommy Green implored Florida Baptists to “stay on the wall.
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Haitian church planter has heart to reach southwest Florida

Originally from a small community in southeast Haiti, Daniel Garcon has seen areas that desperately need the gospel – and he believes southwest Florida is one of them.
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Summit Church puts care for the vulnerable at forefront

Every man, woman, and child. This is not just another catchy tagline, it is the mission of Summit Church.
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Pastor recalls five decades of serving rural lighthouse

When Danny Lundy accepted the call to serve as pastor of Oakland Baptist Church in Perry, the men and women in this homesteader church still sat on separate sides of the sanctuary…
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A struggling church in St. Augustine moves toward health

Located just south of St. Augustine on U.S. 1, Moultrie Baptist Church has shared the gospel faithfully in their community for four decades and has enjoyed seasons of growth.
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Orlando’s Downtown Church set to reclaim glory days

Some would say the glory days of a bustling, downtown campus are over – but Downtown Baptist Church in Orlando is bringing the ‘glory days’ back to Central Florida.
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FLDR vols bring hope, help and the gospel to Bayou State, reporting 32 professions of faith

Within days after Hurricane Ida struck the Gulf Coast of Louisiana on Aug. 29, Florida Baptist Disaster Relief (FLDR) volunteers stepped up to bring hope and help to the hurting…
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Four professions of faith highlight FLDR’s response in Louisiana

On the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ida made landfall along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana leaving more than a million without power, homes destroyed, and…
Read More...

Former military, law enforcement members fill distinct need with Florida Disaster Relief team

If you were to drive past Metairie Baptist Church just outside of New Orleans, you would see a parking lot filled to the brim with vehicles, trailers, tarps and all kinds of…
Read More...

Florida BCM: experiencing the Lord’s favor in season of faithfulness

When a self-proclaimed atheist on campus began examining the Christian faith, Jacksonville Baptist Campus Ministry director Ben Braly reached out to the student, invited him to BCM…
Read More...

Bautistas De Florida Recolectan Suministros De Socorro Para Hermanos Y Hermanas Cubanos A Través Del…

En demostración de su amor y compasión por sus hermanos y hermanas cubanos en Cristo, las iglesias bautistas de Florida están recolectando suministros de ayuda de primera necesidad…
Read More...

Disaster Relief work in Metairie, La., leads to 4 professions of faith

Ever since Hurricane Ida struck Louisiana on Aug. 29 as a Category 4 storm, Metairie Baptist Church outside of New Orleans has hosted an average of four teams a day, according to…
Read More...

Key West pastor offers strategic marketing data to churches

Although he serves as a pastor at the southernmost tip of Florida, Josh Dryer has a passion for helping pastors in Florida and beyond understand their communities for the purpose…
Read More...

Disaster Relief chaplain remembers 9/11 ‘like it was yesterday’

Twenty years ago, Frederick Edwards responded to his first callout from Southern Baptist Disaster Relief. Terrorists had flown planes into the World Trade Center, and teams from…
Read More...

Florida Baptists collecting relief supplies for Cuban brothers and sisters through project ‘AMA…

In demonstration of their love and compassion for their Cuban brothers and sisters in Christ, Florida Baptist churches are collecting priority relief supplies for churches in Cuba…
Read More...