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Chipola Churches Share Christ, Give Generously and Celebrate Milestone

Smiles, singing, crafts, praising Jesus and learning about His love and sacrifice fueled the summer for churches in Chipola Baptist Association.
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Restoration Church of Sanford: A home for the broken

Meeting needs with the power of the gospel is exactly what the church plant is doing in the heart of downtown Sanford.
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‘God has showed up and showed out’ for worship/youth pastor

Church members gathered around Lloyd in prayer, and two men from the congregation helped him into a friend’s vehicle to be taken to the local emergency room. After many tests,…
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Faith, Family and Community

With a summer focus on local missions, Dellwood hosted several activities and outreach events, making an impact for Christ in its community.
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Daniel Naberezhny: Nurturing Hope and Faith Through Refugee Ministry

Daniel Naberezhny planted International Bible Church in Boca Raton three years ago to reach the growing Eastern European population.
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First Baptist Kissimmee addresses mental health crisis in community

When community leaders speak, leaders at First Baptist Church of Kissimmee listen and take action.
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Chinese Church Plant Blessed by Maguire State Mission Offering

“Our goal is to build relationships and attract seekers to the Pensacola Chinese Baptist Church,” said Zhang
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Joel Joseph: A Journey of Faith

In the heart of Oakland Park, a small yet vibrant church is making a big impact on its community. New Visions Community Church, led by pastor Joel Joseph, has become a beacon of…
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‘Christ glorified through devastation’

The city of Cedar Key is a quiet community nestled among many tiny keys on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Long admired for its natural beauty and protected sanctuaries, it is now a…
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Despite Power Outage, First Baptist of Madison Serves Hundreds of Meals to First Responders,…

Like most of the surrounding area, First Baptist Church of Madison was without electricity last week due to Hurricane Idalia, but it didn’t stop its members from preparing and…
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Celebrating 50 Years: Haitian Emmanuel Baptist Church Marks a Milestone

A vibrant beacon of faith and community, Haitian Emmanuel Baptist Church, situated in the heart of Miami, is celebrating a remarkable half-century of existence.
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Horseshoe Beach church serves as ‘lighthouse’ for community amid hurricane devastation

Known as a laid-back, friendly fishing village, the quaint community of Horseshoe Beach found itself directly in the path of Hurricane Idalia’s 125 mph winds and 10-foot storm…
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Chipola Churches Share Christ, Give Generously and Celebrate Milestone

Smiles, singing, crafts, praising Jesus and learning about His love and sacrifice fueled the summer for churches in Chipola Baptist Association.
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Restoration Church of Sanford: A home for the broken

Meeting needs with the power of the gospel is exactly what the church plant is doing in the heart of downtown Sanford.
Read More...

‘God has showed up and showed out’ for worship/youth pastor

Church members gathered around Lloyd in prayer, and two men from the congregation helped him into a friend’s vehicle to be taken to the local emergency room. After many tests,…
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Faith, Family and Community

With a summer focus on local missions, Dellwood hosted several activities and outreach events, making an impact for Christ in its community.
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Daniel Naberezhny: Nurturing Hope and Faith Through Refugee Ministry

Daniel Naberezhny planted International Bible Church in Boca Raton three years ago to reach the growing Eastern European population.
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First Baptist Kissimmee addresses mental health crisis in community

When community leaders speak, leaders at First Baptist Church of Kissimmee listen and take action.
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Chinese Church Plant Blessed by Maguire State Mission Offering

“Our goal is to build relationships and attract seekers to the Pensacola Chinese Baptist Church,” said Zhang
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Joel Joseph: A Journey of Faith

In the heart of Oakland Park, a small yet vibrant church is making a big impact on its community. New Visions Community Church, led by pastor Joel Joseph, has become a beacon of…
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‘Christ glorified through devastation’

The city of Cedar Key is a quiet community nestled among many tiny keys on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Long admired for its natural beauty and protected sanctuaries, it is now a…
Read More...

Despite Power Outage, First Baptist of Madison Serves Hundreds of Meals to First Responders,…

Like most of the surrounding area, First Baptist Church of Madison was without electricity last week due to Hurricane Idalia, but it didn’t stop its members from preparing and…
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Celebrating 50 Years: Haitian Emmanuel Baptist Church Marks a Milestone

A vibrant beacon of faith and community, Haitian Emmanuel Baptist Church, situated in the heart of Miami, is celebrating a remarkable half-century of existence.
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Iglesia Comunidad Biblica in Spring Hill, less than one year old, hopes to plant another church

Pastor Kidannie Laboy just launched a Spanish-speaking church plant in January in Spring Hill, and he already is making plans to launch a second church plant in the near future.
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Chipola Churches Share Christ, Give Generously and Celebrate Milestone

Smiles, singing, crafts, praising Jesus and learning about His love and sacrifice fueled the summer for churches in Chipola Baptist Association.
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Faith, Family and Community

With a summer focus on local missions, Dellwood hosted several activities and outreach events, making an impact for Christ in its community.
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Chinese Church Plant Blessed by Maguire State Mission Offering

“Our goal is to build relationships and attract seekers to the Pensacola Chinese Baptist Church,” said Zhang
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Florida Baptist Disaster Relief on ‘active status’ as Hurricane Idalia makes landfall

As Category 3 Hurricane Idalia made landfall the morning of Aug. 30 in Keaton Beach, Florida Baptist Disaster Relief leaders have transitioned to “active status,” as they begin…
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Florida Baptist Disaster Relief on ‘standby status’ as hurricane takes shape

With projections that Tropical Storm Idalia will soon intensify to become a hurricane that could bring life-threatening impacts this week to parts of the Gulf Coast and even…
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Building relationships through storytelling, sharing Christ in Peru

People won’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. For missionaries Jim and Mandy Wells, that statement couldn’t be truer as they have spent more than a decade…
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Back-to-school block party helps parents/sets students up for success

It’s a time of great anticipation and also great expense. In the days leading up to a new school year, students eagerly anticipate the hours filled with learning and being with…
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Worship unites northwest Florida communities

Multiple Florida Baptist churches from Panama City, Chipley, Bonifay and surrounding areas are uniting once again for Celebration of Praise, a worship experience with a combined…
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Heart and home for missions

After 36 hours of airports, plane rides, traveling through multiple cities and countries, the two International Mission Board missionaries and their daughter arrived at Hillcrest…
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On mission in Quebec

“Whether in the grocery store aisle, on the ball field or in villages nestled alongside the Amazon River in Brazil, when people see us, they should know that we carry the gospel…
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Honoring those who answer the call

Waking up at 2:00 a.m. to prepare meals, sharpen tools, work on administrative duties or wash clothes–these are just some of the tasks associated with Florida Baptist Disaster…
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Cooking up a community that glorifies God

Working late nights and serving the Sunday brunch crowd, restaurant workers can find it difficult to draw near to God, consistently fellowship with believers and receive…
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‘God has showed up and showed out’ for worship/youth pastor

Church members gathered around Lloyd in prayer, and two men from the congregation helped him into a friend’s vehicle to be taken to the local emergency room. After many tests,…
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Despite Power Outage, First Baptist of Madison Serves Hundreds of Meals to First Responders,…

Like most of the surrounding area, First Baptist Church of Madison was without electricity last week due to Hurricane Idalia, but it didn’t stop its members from preparing and…
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Horseshoe Beach church serves as ‘lighthouse’ for community amid hurricane devastation

Known as a laid-back, friendly fishing village, the quaint community of Horseshoe Beach found itself directly in the path of Hurricane Idalia’s 125 mph winds and 10-foot storm…
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‘Our faith is strong,’ pastor asserts in aftermath of Hurricane Idalia

Hurricane Idalia’s strong winds may have toppled the steeple on Lakeside Baptist Church in Perry, but the storm did nothing to topple the faith of Lakeside members.
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Florida Baptist Disaster Relief on ‘active status’ as Hurricane Idalia makes landfall

As Category 3 Hurricane Idalia made landfall the morning of Aug. 30 in Keaton Beach, Florida Baptist Disaster Relief leaders have transitioned to “active status,” as they begin…
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Florida Baptist Disaster Relief on ‘standby status’ as hurricane takes shape

With projections that Tropical Storm Idalia will soon intensify to become a hurricane that could bring life-threatening impacts this week to parts of the Gulf Coast and even…
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New catalyst sees ‘beauty of cooperative work of Florida Baptists’

Phillip Herrington is enjoying getting to personally know the pastors in his area, and he’s reminded of just how mission-minded Florida Baptists really are.
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More than 50 Florida Baptists receive academic scholarships

More than 50 Florida Baptists have received $1,000 scholarships for the 2023-24 academic year through a cooperative effort between Florida Baptist Financial Services and the…
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‘I’ve always had a love for pastors’ says retiring catalyst Gary Townsend

Helping pastors and their churches was one of the things Gary Townsend enjoyed most about his role as north regional catalyst for the Florida Baptist Convention.
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Monticello Church marks 192nd anniversary with heritage day celebration

When Elizabeth Baptist Church in Monticello held its heritage day celebration recently, members and guests gathered to commemorate 192 years of history in various ways,
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Wherever God leads you, that’s where He can use you, pastor says

Bruce Wehner has worked a wide assortment of jobs in his 65 years – from stationery engineer at Kodak, government warehouse worker and cassette tape ministry employee, to Walmart…
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How about a survey? Students engage college peers in gospel conversations

How can an invitation to take a survey and receive a free book lead to gospel conversations?
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Florida Baptist church partners with New England Baptists for gospel outreach

To help penetrate the spiritual darkness and impact the Northeast with the gospel, Florida Baptist churches are partnering with the Baptist Convention of New England,  which serves…
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Students on the road to serve

A volunteer fiesta created an opportunity for a youth group to get on the road, traveling almost two hours from their home church, to serve another church.
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New children’s book tells the story of first responders and how God has worked through real calls

A new children’s book telling the action-packed stories of first responders released on February 16. Written by Tommy Neiman, a longtime Florida Baptist, firefighter and…
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Culbreth retires, credits God with ministry opportunities/impact

After serving the Florida Baptist Convention, where he has “invested his life in the church,” for 25 years, Craig Culbreth, is retiring March 31, 2023.
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Florida Baptists come together to celebrate victories, look to future during Challenge 2025…

Close to 1,000 Florida Baptists came together to celebrate victories and look to the future in reaching Florida’s 22 million residents with the gospel during the Challenge 2025…
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Mobile Dental Ministry builds bridges to share gospel

When Farrell and Crystal Crews retired, they knew they wanted to go into missions full-time. What they didn’t know was that God already had a place for them to serve.
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Florida Baptists’ most-read stories of 2022 offer inspiration and challenge

nspirational stories about the naming of a new president for The Baptist College of Florida, churches using creative strategies to reach their communities with the gospel, pastors…
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Korean pastor called from retirement to plant church

Pastor Jongha Park planned to retire, but God had other plans. He had been in ministry since 1996, serving as pastor at a Baptist church in Daytona Beach and for 20 years as…
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Mission:Dignity recipients in Florida ‘eternally grateful’ for 13th check

Bernice Kirkland served alongside her pastor-husband until he passed away in 2010. Her late husband, Ezra L. Kirkland Jr., preached from 1945-2010 in churches across Mississippi,…
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Missionaries aren’t ‘super-Christians’: How God uses ‘normal people’ to do His work

Jared Mitcham believes that most people have the wrong impression of missionaries. Rather than seeing missionaries as regular people following God’s call God on their lives, he…
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Rest, restore, renew: The value of sabbaticals

Sabbaticals are often associated with tenured professors taking a semester off to write, do research or study abroad; the term is rarely used for pastors. But, for Florida Baptist…
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Singles Minister Returns to Hometown to Plant New Church

Daniel Helms loved his hometown of Palatka (pop. 10,000), where everybody knew everybody and sports were a major part of life. Even so, during his college years, he decided to…
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Restoration Church of Sanford: A home for the broken

Meeting needs with the power of the gospel is exactly what the church plant is doing in the heart of downtown Sanford.
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First Baptist Kissimmee addresses mental health crisis in community

When community leaders speak, leaders at First Baptist Church of Kissimmee listen and take action.
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‘Christ glorified through devastation’

The city of Cedar Key is a quiet community nestled among many tiny keys on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Long admired for its natural beauty and protected sanctuaries, it is now a…
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Iglesia Comunidad Biblica in Spring Hill, less than one year old, hopes to plant another church

Pastor Kidannie Laboy just launched a Spanish-speaking church plant in January in Spring Hill, and he already is making plans to launch a second church plant in the near future.
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La Iglesia Comunidad Bíblica en Spring Hill, plantada hace menos de un año, espera plantar otra…

El pastor Kidannie Laboy acaba de iniciar la plantación de una iglesia de habla hispana en enero en Spring Hill, y ya está haciendo planes para lanzar una segunda iglesia en el…
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Florida Baptist Disaster Relief feeding operations underway at First Baptist Church in Perry

PERRY— Florida Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are set up and ready to start feeding operations out of First Baptist Church in Perry following Hurricane Idalia’s destructive…
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Florida Baptist Disaster Relief on ‘active status’ as Hurricane Idalia makes landfall

As Category 3 Hurricane Idalia made landfall the morning of Aug. 30 in Keaton Beach, Florida Baptist Disaster Relief leaders have transitioned to “active status,” as they begin…
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Florida Baptist Disaster Relief on ‘standby status’ as hurricane takes shape

With projections that Tropical Storm Idalia will soon intensify to become a hurricane that could bring life-threatening impacts this week to parts of the Gulf Coast and even…
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Baptist College of Florida partners with local church to launch extension campus

The Baptist College of Florida recently has announced a partnership with Calvary Church in Clearwater to launch a new extension campus slated to open in August 2024.
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Florida Baptist college students share gospel in Spain

It was a week of learning, growing spiritually and seeing lives changed by the gospel.
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Calvary Church reaches Deaf community for Christ

For Ron Cooney, a specific church ministry originally brought his family through the doors of Calvary Church when he was 14 years old. As a child of a deaf adult (CODA), Cooney and…
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Loving people, changing lives

Bringing the love of Christ to the community through offering food and water or meeting other needs is a way of life for attendees of Christ Fellowship Tampa.
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‘Incredibly gracious and big God’ fuels partnerships between churches/regions

The long, scenic miles across Alligator Alley could not hinder southwest Florida Baptist pastors from coming “right beside” Larry Brister, a pastor serving in Ft. Lauderdale.
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Southwest Florida church witnesses unprecedented number of baptisms/life change

April found herself searching for purpose and struggling to find direction. She had grown up attending church with her family, so she did an online search for Baptist churches near…
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Handmade dresses share God’s love with little girls throughout world

Little girls around the world are smiling and experiencing God’s love through handmade dresses sewn by the volunteer women of Sew Culture ministry.
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Encouraging the encouragers in southwest Florida

Since Hurricane Ian crashed into Florida’s Gulf Coast on Sept. 28, bringing catastrophic winds, rain and an estimated 12-foot storm surge to cities in its direct path, southwest…
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‘On mission and making a difference’

It’s not just a nostalgic memory; it’s the future of missions for local churches, Irene Owens-Sharrett believes.
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Florida Baptists come together to celebrate victories, look to future during Challenge 2025…

Close to 1,000 Florida Baptists came together to celebrate victories and look to the future in reaching Florida’s 22 million residents with the gospel during the Challenge 2025…
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Florida Baptists’ most-read stories of 2022 offer inspiration and challenge

nspirational stories about the naming of a new president for The Baptist College of Florida, churches using creative strategies to reach their communities with the gospel, pastors…
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Hurricane Ian: ‘Stepping stone to greater service’

Her husband had died just before Hurricane Ian made landfall in southwest Florida Sept. 28. As her first Thanksgiving without him approached, Marilyn* felt “so alone.” She welcomed…
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Hurricane Ian recovery efforts continue

Hurricane Ian passed through Florida three weeks ago, but the lengthy recovery task will continue in the days, weeks and months ahead.
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SBDR volunteers near 500,000 meals prepared, provide relief for hundreds of homeowners

As Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) nears 500,000 meals prepared in the wake of Hurricane Ian, volunteers have completed approximately 730 recovery jobs for homeowners. 
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Hurricane Ian recovery ramps up as Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, Send Relief assist

As Hurricane Ian rolled in Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 28, Wade Harmon was on the fifth floor of the Larsen Health Center Nursing in Fort Myers where his wife was working.
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Best of Southern Baptist cooperative efforts on display in disaster relief response

Any time a major storm system threatens the continental United States, the antennae of thousands of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) leaders and volunteers go up. They…
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Chipola Churches Share Christ, Give Generously and Celebrate Milestone

Smiles, singing, crafts, praising Jesus and learning about His love and sacrifice fueled the summer for churches in Chipola Baptist Association.
Read More...

Restoration Church of Sanford: A home for the broken

Meeting needs with the power of the gospel is exactly what the church plant is doing in the heart of downtown Sanford.
Read More...

‘God has showed up and showed out’ for worship/youth pastor

Church members gathered around Lloyd in prayer, and two men from the congregation helped him into a friend’s vehicle to be taken to the local emergency room. After many tests,…
Read More...

Faith, Family and Community

With a summer focus on local missions, Dellwood hosted several activities and outreach events, making an impact for Christ in its community.
Read More...

Daniel Naberezhny: Nurturing Hope and Faith Through Refugee Ministry

Daniel Naberezhny planted International Bible Church in Boca Raton three years ago to reach the growing Eastern European population.
Read More...

First Baptist Kissimmee addresses mental health crisis in community

When community leaders speak, leaders at First Baptist Church of Kissimmee listen and take action.
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Chinese Church Plant Blessed by Maguire State Mission Offering

“Our goal is to build relationships and attract seekers to the Pensacola Chinese Baptist Church,” said Zhang
Read More...

Joel Joseph: A Journey of Faith

In the heart of Oakland Park, a small yet vibrant church is making a big impact on its community. New Visions Community Church, led by pastor Joel Joseph, has become a beacon of…
Read More...

‘Christ glorified through devastation’

The city of Cedar Key is a quiet community nestled among many tiny keys on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Long admired for its natural beauty and protected sanctuaries, it is now a…
Read More...

Despite Power Outage, First Baptist of Madison Serves Hundreds of Meals to First Responders,…

Like most of the surrounding area, First Baptist Church of Madison was without electricity last week due to Hurricane Idalia, but it didn’t stop its members from preparing and…
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Celebrating 50 Years: Haitian Emmanuel Baptist Church Marks a Milestone

A vibrant beacon of faith and community, Haitian Emmanuel Baptist Church, situated in the heart of Miami, is celebrating a remarkable half-century of existence.
Read More...

Iglesia Comunidad Biblica in Spring Hill, less than one year old, hopes to plant another church

Pastor Kidannie Laboy just launched a Spanish-speaking church plant in January in Spring Hill, and he already is making plans to launch a second church plant in the near future.
Read More...