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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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Pastor tackles revitalization at New Smyrna Beach church

Even trials and tribulations caused by COVID-19 could not deter God’s plan to revitalize a struggling congregation in New Smyrna Beach.
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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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Socially distance chapel not a problem at BCF

Inspirational chapel services are among the many things that make The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville an incredible place for continued education and spiritual…
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Well done, faithful servants. Florida Baptists remember those we’ve lost.

They were pastors, pastors’ wives, worship leaders and committed ministers. Since COVID-19 began its deadly rampage through the state of Florida, the nation and world, Florida…
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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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Kingdom minded pastors serve two congregations simultaneously

While most pastors find it challenging to shepherd one congregation, Eugene Gregory and Jeff Burnsed are each being used by God to lead two churches to reach their communities.
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Homestead church donates building to growing multicultural congregation

Grace Connection Church in South Florida with locations in Kendall and Sunrise is expanding its mission to Homestead through the generosity of a sister church there.
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Newly called pastors press on amid pandemic’s challenges

You can go online or watch the evening news to find out the latest numbers on the COVID-19 pandemic. What you won’t find there are stories about Florida churches continuing to…
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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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Church planter Robbie Neiman heralds the gospel in Ft. Pierce

When church planter Robbie Neiman launched Grace Church in Ft. Pierce three years ago, it was not his first venture in the church planting movement.
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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.
Read More...

Pastor tackles revitalization at New Smyrna Beach church

Even trials and tribulations caused by COVID-19 could not deter God’s plan to revitalize a struggling congregation in New Smyrna Beach.
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Socially distance chapel not a problem at BCF

Inspirational chapel services are among the many things that make The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville an incredible place for continued education and spiritual…
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Well done, faithful servants. Florida Baptists remember those we’ve lost.

They were pastors, pastors’ wives, worship leaders and committed ministers. Since COVID-19 began its deadly rampage through the state of Florida, the nation and world, Florida…
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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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Kingdom minded pastors serve two congregations simultaneously

While most pastors find it challenging to shepherd one congregation, Eugene Gregory and Jeff Burnsed are each being used by God to lead two churches to reach their communities.
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Homestead church donates building to growing multicultural congregation

Grace Connection Church in South Florida with locations in Kendall and Sunrise is expanding its mission to Homestead through the generosity of a sister church there.
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Newly called pastors press on amid pandemic’s challenges

You can go online or watch the evening news to find out the latest numbers on the COVID-19 pandemic. What you won’t find there are stories about Florida churches continuing to…
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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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Church planter Robbie Neiman heralds the gospel in Ft. Pierce

When church planter Robbie Neiman launched Grace Church in Ft. Pierce three years ago, it was not his first venture in the church planting movement.
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Black Creek Association’s ongoing renewal critical to the mission

Five years ago, Black Creek Baptist Association in Orange Park was without leadership and needed direction.
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Mentoring the called: Pensacola pastor equips next generation church leaders

During Ted Traylor’s 30 years as pastor of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, his leadership has not only impacted the world, but generations to come as he mentors the next…
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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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Mentoring the called: Pensacola pastor equips next generation church leaders

During Ted Traylor’s 30 years as pastor of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, his leadership has not only impacted the world, but generations to come as he mentors the next…
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Hunger rises as pandemic lingers; FL churches rise to meet the need

When Pastor Derrick Gerber delivered backpacks filled with food to children at a local elementary school over fall break, “One child mentioned that they had just used up their food…
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Prison Ministry from the Inside Out: How One Pastor’s Personal Prison Experience Gives Him A Heart…

Kory Gordon was introduced to drugs at an early age by his stepfather. By the age of 12 he tried his first pain medication and quickly became addicted. “That opened up the doors…
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Florida convention, BCF create scholarships for bivocational pastors

After arriving in the States from Colombia, Gabriel Vargas was washing dishes in a high-end Ponte Vedra restaurant when “Jesus Christ found me in 2003,” he said. “I was lost, He…
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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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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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Newly called pastors press on amid pandemic’s challenges

You can go online or watch the evening news to find out the latest numbers on the COVID-19 pandemic. What you won’t find there are stories about Florida churches continuing to…
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Black Creek Association’s ongoing renewal critical to the mission

Five years ago, Black Creek Baptist Association in Orange Park was without leadership and needed direction.
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Pastor O.E. Boals, 107, leaves legacy of faith, commitment to FL Baptist churches

During his 86 years of ministry at Southern Baptist churches in Florida, the Rev. Oliver Everett Boals led many to Christ with a simple philosophy that guided his life’s work: “You…
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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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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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Pastor tackles revitalization at New Smyrna Beach church

Even trials and tribulations caused by COVID-19 could not deter God’s plan to revitalize a struggling congregation in New Smyrna Beach.
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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.
Read More...

Kingdom minded pastors serve two congregations simultaneously

While most pastors find it challenging to shepherd one congregation, Eugene Gregory and Jeff Burnsed are each being used by God to lead two churches to reach their communities.
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Church planter Robbie Neiman heralds the gospel in Ft. Pierce

When church planter Robbie Neiman launched Grace Church in Ft. Pierce three years ago, it was not his first venture in the church planting movement.
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Holiday Hill Baptist Church engages world at its doorsteps

With a stated mission “to intentionally engage the world with the love of Christ,” Holiday Hill Baptist Church is starting in its own backyard—literally.  
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Living nativity beckons Jacksonville’s westside community

More than 1,800 vehicles lined Jacksonville’s westside roads leading through a beautiful gate into a replica of the Holy Land. From the safety of their own cars, passengers saw the…
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Brothers share vision of planting churches in Jacksonville and Titusville

With a heart to share the gospel, two sets of brothers--the Bennetts in Jacksonville and the Russells in Titusville-- have answered God’s call to plant churches in their home…
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Florida convention, BCF create scholarships for bivocational pastors

After arriving in the States from Colombia, Gabriel Vargas was washing dishes in a high-end Ponte Vedra restaurant when “Jesus Christ found me in 2003,” he said. “I was lost, He…
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Church plant, food ministry grow together through pandemic

Nueva Esperanza--New Hope Ministries--is bringing people to Christ through its food distribution ministry.
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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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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.
Read More...

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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Instead of usual Christmas production, Florida church releases hope-filled film

Bruce Roberts knows what it’s like to be broken. When he was 8, his father killed his mother, then committed suicide. He’s a picture of the truth “that God is truly able to redeem…
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Churches adjust to a very COVID Christmas

Undoubtedly the pandemic has changed the way Florida Baptist churches worship, but it has not stopped them from sharing the love of Christ with a world in need.
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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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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.
Read More...

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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Murdock Church brings Journey to Bethlehem safely to Port Charlotte

Year after year, Murdock Baptist Church looks for ways to share the message of Christ with their community of Port Charlotte, located one hour south of Sarasota. With a desire to…
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Immokalee layperson looks for ways to bless others

Domingo Gaspar remembers what it was like to be in need during the holiday season. Though a Fort Myers native, Gaspar and his family of six now call the rural, migrant town of…
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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…
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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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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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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.
Read More...

Pastor tackles revitalization at New Smyrna Beach church

Even trials and tribulations caused by COVID-19 could not deter God’s plan to revitalize a struggling congregation in New Smyrna Beach.
Read More...

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…
Read More...

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.
Read More...

Socially distance chapel not a problem at BCF

Inspirational chapel services are among the many things that make The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville an incredible place for continued education and spiritual…
Read More...

Well done, faithful servants. Florida Baptists remember those we’ve lost.

They were pastors, pastors’ wives, worship leaders and committed ministers. Since COVID-19 began its deadly rampage through the state of Florida, the nation and world, Florida…
Read More...

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…
Read More...

Kingdom minded pastors serve two congregations simultaneously

While most pastors find it challenging to shepherd one congregation, Eugene Gregory and Jeff Burnsed are each being used by God to lead two churches to reach their communities.
Read More...

Homestead church donates building to growing multicultural congregation

Grace Connection Church in South Florida with locations in Kendall and Sunrise is expanding its mission to Homestead through the generosity of a sister church there.
Read More...

Newly called pastors press on amid pandemic’s challenges

You can go online or watch the evening news to find out the latest numbers on the COVID-19 pandemic. What you won’t find there are stories about Florida churches continuing to…
Read More...

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.
Read More...

Church planter Robbie Neiman heralds the gospel in Ft. Pierce

When church planter Robbie Neiman launched Grace Church in Ft. Pierce three years ago, it was not his first venture in the church planting movement.
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