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Historic Meeting of Hispanic Pastors at Baptist Building

Florida Baptist Hispanic pastors and leaders of ministries and fellowships came together in what was a historic meeting at the Florida Baptist Convention (FBC) headquarters in…
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BCF Hosts West Region Evangelism Conference

With the registered trademark of “Changing the World Through the Unchanging Word®,” it should come as no surprise that The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville places a…
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Honoring Church Leaders in Local Ministry and Beyond

The North American Mission Board (NAMB) recently sponsored two luncheons for pastors, staff and missions leaders in the Central Region of the Florida Baptist Convention. These…
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Sharper Ministry Conference | Southwest Florida

Over 30 pastors, wives, and staff gathered at First Baptist Church Naples on Thursday, March 7th for the Southwest Regional Sharper Ministry Conference. The smell of coffee and…
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Essentials Training – Guiding Christian Educators of all Ethnicities

Jeffery Singletary, Regional Catalyst for the Central Region of the Florida Baptist Convention, is excited to announce the Central Florida Region’s multicultural initiative to…
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700+ Aim for Excellence at Haitian Sunday School and Leadership Conference

The Haitian Sunday School and Leadership Conference at the South East Regional Center on March 2nd drew more than 700 Florida Baptists from all over the Sunshine State for a…
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Pastor Date Night Supports and Encourages Ministry Couples

To ensure the health of the church by going straight to its foundation, LifeWay Christian Recourses held a Pastor Date Night on Thursday, January 31st for the Central Region of the…
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Next Gen Leaders Gather in Miami

Reaching the next generation - and there always will be a next generation - with the Gospel is vital to the health of a local church. Deuteronomy 6 gives us the imperative to teach…
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Regional Evangelism Conferences 2019

Who's Your One | Regional Evangelism Conferences West Regional Evangelism Conference DATE: Monday, MARCH 11, 2019 TIME: 4pm – 8pm LOCATION: Baptist College of Florida, R.G. Lee…
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WEEK OF PRAYER: Sending the Gospel into a Complex Culture

Starting Sunday churches across the country will be participating in the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering Week of Prayer. Southern Baptists gifts to the Annie Armstrong Easter…
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#Sharper2019 Highlights – Here’s What Happened

Florida Baptist pastors and church leaders gathered at five different churches starting early on Feb. 28th to get #Sharper at the Florida Baptist Convention’s (FBC) Sharper!…
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New Building Brings New Growth

First Baptist Church Fort Ogden, originally tucked away a few curvy miles down Hull Avenue, now boasts a new building right on Highway 17 in Arcadia. On their Celebration Sunday,…
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BCF Hosts West Region Evangelism Conference

With the registered trademark of “Changing the World Through the Unchanging Word®,” it should come as no surprise that The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville places a…
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Honoring Church Leaders in Local Ministry and Beyond

The North American Mission Board (NAMB) recently sponsored two luncheons for pastors, staff and missions leaders in the Central Region of the Florida Baptist Convention. These…
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Sharper Ministry Conference | Southwest Florida

Over 30 pastors, wives, and staff gathered at First Baptist Church Naples on Thursday, March 7th for the Southwest Regional Sharper Ministry Conference. The smell of coffee and…
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Essentials Training – Guiding Christian Educators of all Ethnicities

Jeffery Singletary, Regional Catalyst for the Central Region of the Florida Baptist Convention, is excited to announce the Central Florida Region’s multicultural initiative to…
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Pastor Date Night Supports and Encourages Ministry Couples

To ensure the health of the church by going straight to its foundation, LifeWay Christian Recourses held a Pastor Date Night on Thursday, January 31st for the Central Region of the…
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WEEK OF PRAYER: Sending the Gospel into a Complex Culture

Starting Sunday churches across the country will be participating in the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering Week of Prayer. Southern Baptists gifts to the Annie Armstrong Easter…
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#Sharper2019 Highlights – Here’s What Happened

Florida Baptist pastors and church leaders gathered at five different churches starting early on Feb. 28th to get #Sharper at the Florida Baptist Convention’s (FBC) Sharper!…
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New Building Brings New Growth

First Baptist Church Fort Ogden, originally tucked away a few curvy miles down Hull Avenue, now boasts a new building right on Highway 17 in Arcadia. On their Celebration Sunday,…
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#Sharper2019 Multicultural Highlights

#Sharper2019 kicked into gear Saturday morning in southeast Florida as pastors, staff and lay leaders came together to get sharper for ministry. Iglesia Global in Miami Gardens…
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Attend #Sharper2019 (Here’s Why)

Sharper! Ministry Conference of the Florida Baptist Convention (FBC) is kicking off this weekend and will be packed with opportunities to learn, network and be sharpened in…
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Adopting a Mission Changes Immokalee Church

The small, migrant town of Immokalee, located about 40 miles east of Naples, is mostly known for farming. However, for Fellowship Church (formerly known as FBC Immokalee), small…
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FBC Comes Alongside Baptist College In Recovery Efforts

The Florida Baptist Convention (FBC) came alongside the Baptist College of Florida (BCF) during their Post-Convention Trustee Meeting with a gift to help in their recovery from…
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BCF Hosts West Region Evangelism Conference

With the registered trademark of “Changing the World Through the Unchanging Word®,” it should come as no surprise that The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville places a…
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Regional Evangelism Conferences 2019

Who's Your One | Regional Evangelism Conferences West Regional Evangelism Conference DATE: Monday, MARCH 11, 2019 TIME: 4pm – 8pm LOCATION: Baptist College of Florida, R.G. Lee…
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Sharper Ministry Conference 2019

February 23, 28 & March 7, 14  Sharper! offered at multiple sites throughout Florida. Staying honed and always ready to be used by God can be difficult as the challenges…
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Florida Baptist Disaster Relief: Help, Healing, and Hope

Whether it’s a hurricane, tornado, flood or a neighbor needing assistance with a storm damaged roof repair, the Florida Baptist Disaster Relief (FBDR) is willing to answer the call…
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BCF represented at Florida Baptist State Convention

A collection of students, faculty, and staff members from The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville left November 9 to represent the college and serve messengers at the…
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Unity in the panhandle

Myrtle Grove Baptist Church in Pensacola is moving to break racial and cultural barriers in its community and bring believers together as one family in Christ. On Sunday night…
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Perspective of Florida Baptist Pastor – Hurricane Michael – Letter to Dr. Green

Letter to Dr. Green... Dear Florida Baptist, When I awoke on Wednesday Oct. 10th, I had no idea what lay in-store for my family or my community. 12 hours later after riding…
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Church partnerships beginning to thrive in wake of Hurricane Michael

While Hurricane Michael brought our state the devastation that so often comes with a storm of its magnitude, Florida Baptists are discovering some unexpected blessings in its wake.…
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Churches helping churches – Hurricane Michael

Florida Baptists need you. The damaging effects of Hurricane Michael have left many in the panhandle shell-shocked. Our Florida Baptist Disaster Relief is on the ground -…
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BCF finds hope in the midst of devastation following Michael

When Hurricane Michael came ashore at 155 miles per hour, there was no doubt the Baptist College of Florida would receive a powerful visit from this uninvited guest. All of the…
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FBDR brings hope to the Florida Panhandle

The situation along the Florida panhandle following Hurricane Michael remains serious with some counties still experiencing total power loss and search and rescue operations still…
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Hurricane Michael – how can you help?

**UPDATE** Check back here next week to find out how you can come right beside churches in need in the Florida Panhandle in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. Florida…
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Regional Evangelism Conferences 2019

Who's Your One | Regional Evangelism Conferences West Regional Evangelism Conference DATE: Monday, MARCH 11, 2019 TIME: 4pm – 8pm LOCATION: Baptist College of Florida, R.G. Lee…
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Proactive protection key for church staff and members

As the #MeToo movement sweeps the country bringing evil acts to light, church leaders need to be aware that the Church is not immune. Harassment and abuse can be devastating to a…
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Florida Baptist Association celebrates 175 years

With a genesis that predates the Southern Baptist Convention and the Florida Baptist State Convention, the Florida Baptist Association is celebrating its 175th anniversary this…
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Food trucks open doors for ministry opportunities

Thomasville Road Baptist Church in Tallahassee is using food trucks on Wednesday night as a way of engaging and building relationships with their community. “You meet a lot of…
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Life change behind bars

An incredible moving of the Spirit has been taking place in the Madison Correctional Institute in north Florida. Jay Hartranft, the prison chaplain for the facility, has witnessed…
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Florida Baptists strive toward racial unity

In a climate of extreme unrest in most arenas of society, Florida Baptists are keenly aware of the role racial unity plays in the message of the Gospel and the advancement of the…
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Lafayette churches impact students at camp

As the school year ends and the camp season begins, children and student pastors will be handing out packing lists and parents will be buying sunscreen as they prepare to send…
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North Florida Evangelism Conference encourages church leaders

Pastors and church leaders were blessed earlier this week as they gathered at Westside Baptist Church in Gainesville for the North Florida Evangelism Conference. Special guest…
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God’s intervention in Ocala school shooting

First Baptist Church in Ocala was on the frontline, ministering to students, faculty and staff after a gunman opened fire at nearby Forest High School. One student was injured…
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#Sharper2018: Thomasville Road Baptist Church in Tallahassee

The Sharper! ministry conference at Thomasville Road Baptist Church in Tallahassee yesterday was a great day of equipping and encouraging ministry leaders. Discussions about youth…
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Revitalization leads to church plant and enhanced clinic facility for Gainesville church

With the support of the Florida Baptist Convention, Greater Faith Baptist Fellowship in Gainesville found new life through a revitalization effort that resulted in the sponsorship…
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From hospital to church: bivocational pastor points others to Great Physician

It’s 5 a.m. on Sunday morning, and the day is just starting for Marino Martinez. The physician rises and travels to the hospital to makes rounds, relying on the Great Physician as…
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Regional Evangelism Conferences 2019

Who's Your One | Regional Evangelism Conferences West Regional Evangelism Conference DATE: Monday, MARCH 11, 2019 TIME: 4pm – 8pm LOCATION: Baptist College of Florida, R.G. Lee…
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Mount Horeb BC becomes Norwood Community Church

One Florida Baptist church that has been a bastion of faith in its community for almost 95 years will continue its journey under a new name. Mount Horeb Baptist Church in…
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Sharper Ministry Conference 2019

February 23, 28 & March 7, 14  Sharper! offered at multiple sites throughout Florida. Staying honed and always ready to be used by God can be difficult as the challenges…
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One More Child helping kids in Guatemala

One of the longest-serving ministries supported by the Florida Baptist Convention recently welcomed the First Lady of Guatemala, Patricia Marroquín de Morales, to Florida to share…
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Church partnerships beginning to thrive in wake of Hurricane Michael

While Hurricane Michael brought our state the devastation that so often comes with a storm of its magnitude, Florida Baptists are discovering some unexpected blessings in its wake.…
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FBC Jacksonville to Host Prayer Service at The Jacksonville Landing

First Baptist Church Jacksonville will hold a prayer service at The Jacksonville Landing for all members of the community, Wednesday, August 29 at 6:30 pm ET. The service…
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“More than a hashtag” – Florida Baptists pray for Jacksonville

The city of Jacksonville is the latest to be added to a list of U.S. cities reeling from violence after two people were shot and killed and 13 people injured at a national video…
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Shepherd’s Help equips area pastors

Jim & Sandra Parrish of Shepherd’s Help Ministry presented 30 pastors with a complimentary “Pastor’s Library” consisting of 49 books on counseling, discipleship and leadership…
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Florida Baptist couple treasure faith amidst tragedy

On June 15 2018, Daniel and Emily Hilaire headed out for some late-night fast food, driving down Central Florida’s busy I-4. In her twenty-ninth week of pregnancy, Emily was…
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Fruit Cove sends almost half of college ministry on missions overseas

When nearly half of the young adults involved in a church’s college ministry are serving overseas to share the gospel this summer, you know something is going on. God is certainly…
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Chets Creek ministers in Honduras

Living Water for Roatan “When it comes to missions, there are senders and there are goers. I was a sender," said Theresa lmbach. That was until she met with Henry Zittrower. Henry…
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Florida Baptists strive toward racial unity

In a climate of extreme unrest in most arenas of society, Florida Baptists are keenly aware of the role racial unity plays in the message of the Gospel and the advancement of the…
Read More...

Honoring Church Leaders in Local Ministry and Beyond

The North American Mission Board (NAMB) recently sponsored two luncheons for pastors, staff and missions leaders in the Central Region of the Florida Baptist Convention. These…
Read More...

Essentials Training – Guiding Christian Educators of all Ethnicities

Jeffery Singletary, Regional Catalyst for the Central Region of the Florida Baptist Convention, is excited to announce the Central Florida Region’s multicultural initiative to…
Read More...

Pastor Date Night Supports and Encourages Ministry Couples

To ensure the health of the church by going straight to its foundation, LifeWay Christian Recourses held a Pastor Date Night on Thursday, January 31st for the Central Region of the…
Read More...

Regional Evangelism Conferences 2019

Who's Your One | Regional Evangelism Conferences West Regional Evangelism Conference DATE: Monday, MARCH 11, 2019 TIME: 4pm – 8pm LOCATION: Baptist College of Florida, R.G. Lee…
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Stephen Rummage To Pastor Oklahoma City Church

Pastor Stephen Rummage of Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Tampa preached at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City in view of a call to that church. Members of the church…
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Sharper Ministry Conference 2019

February 23, 28 & March 7, 14  Sharper! offered at multiple sites throughout Florida. Staying honed and always ready to be used by God can be difficult as the challenges…
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Ardella Baptist saying “yes” to what God has next

Ardella Baptist Church in Lakeland reached an important milestone two months ago by becoming a debt-free church. The 96-year-old church paid off $540,000 in debt on Sept. 25 in…
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Historic day at FBC Umatilla

Sunday, November 18, 2018, will forever be a historical day for First Baptist Church Umatilla. “It will be a day that I will never forget,” said pastor Brooks Braswell. “Life…
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Church partnerships beginning to thrive in wake of Hurricane Michael

While Hurricane Michael brought our state the devastation that so often comes with a storm of its magnitude, Florida Baptists are discovering some unexpected blessings in its wake.…
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Historic baptisms at Fishhawk Fellowship, Lithia

Fishhawk Fellowship Church broke a personal record by baptizing 75 people in a single day. “This past Saturday, the 13th after our evening service, we hosted our annual Outdoor…
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Vocational Church stands in the gap

A year ago Charles Young started Vocational Church to help addicts transition back into society and this July, 19 people were baptized as a result of his ministry. “During the…
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Public schools as the mission field

As the Florida Baptist Convention begins the Write Beside You initiative to help churches partner with local schools, one Florida Baptist church has already been making inroads…
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Sharper Ministry Conference | Southwest Florida

Over 30 pastors, wives, and staff gathered at First Baptist Church Naples on Thursday, March 7th for the Southwest Regional Sharper Ministry Conference. The smell of coffee and…
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Regional Evangelism Conferences 2019

Who's Your One | Regional Evangelism Conferences West Regional Evangelism Conference DATE: Monday, MARCH 11, 2019 TIME: 4pm – 8pm LOCATION: Baptist College of Florida, R.G. Lee…
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New Building Brings New Growth

First Baptist Church Fort Ogden, originally tucked away a few curvy miles down Hull Avenue, now boasts a new building right on Highway 17 in Arcadia. On their Celebration Sunday,…
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Adopting a Mission Changes Immokalee Church

The small, migrant town of Immokalee, located about 40 miles east of Naples, is mostly known for farming. However, for Fellowship Church (formerly known as FBC Immokalee), small…
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Seminary Graduation for inmates at Hardee Correctional

The New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) extension center at Hardee Correctional Institute in Bowling Green celebrated it’s first graduation as forty student inmates…
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BREAKING – Hayes Wicker begins pastoral transition with FBC Naples

Hayes Wicker, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Naples, announced over the weekend that he will be stepping away from the pastorate. He has served the church since 1992.…
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Sharper Ministry Conference 2019

February 23, 28 & March 7, 14  Sharper! offered at multiple sites throughout Florida. Staying honed and always ready to be used by God can be difficult as the challenges…
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Summit Church serves the Dominican Republic

On July 14th 11 men and women from Summit Church in Fort Myers traveled to the Dominican Republic to serve alongside our partner LoveServes and El Refugio church in Haina. In…
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Southwest Region Evangelism Conference

On Monday evening Colonial Oaks Baptist Church in Sarasota hosted the Southwest Region Evangelism Conference. “It was an excellent meeting,” said Wayne Briant, southwest…
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Naples couple finds new life in Jesus

Our Florida Baptist churches are filled with stories of life transformation! Scott and Naomi, who attend First Baptist Church in Naples, experienced the power of Jesus to change…
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Pastor’s unlikely path leads to growing church

Curtis Forbes’ path to becoming a Florida Baptist pastor is anything but ordinary. At 22 years old, he was a high school dropout; he used illegal drugs; he had never set foot in…
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Sarasota Church Loves on its Community

Wearing bright blue t-shirts proclaiming “I love Sarasota,” nearly 500 Sarasota Baptist Church members--from toddlers to octogenarians--fanned out across the county to shower their…
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Historic Meeting of Hispanic Pastors at Baptist Building

Florida Baptist Hispanic pastors and leaders of ministries and fellowships came together in what was a historic meeting at the Florida Baptist Convention (FBC) headquarters in…
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BCF Hosts West Region Evangelism Conference

With the registered trademark of “Changing the World Through the Unchanging Word®,” it should come as no surprise that The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville places a…
Read More...

Honoring Church Leaders in Local Ministry and Beyond

The North American Mission Board (NAMB) recently sponsored two luncheons for pastors, staff and missions leaders in the Central Region of the Florida Baptist Convention. These…
Read More...

Sharper Ministry Conference | Southwest Florida

Over 30 pastors, wives, and staff gathered at First Baptist Church Naples on Thursday, March 7th for the Southwest Regional Sharper Ministry Conference. The smell of coffee and…
Read More...

Essentials Training – Guiding Christian Educators of all Ethnicities

Jeffery Singletary, Regional Catalyst for the Central Region of the Florida Baptist Convention, is excited to announce the Central Florida Region’s multicultural initiative to…
Read More...

700+ Aim for Excellence at Haitian Sunday School and Leadership Conference

The Haitian Sunday School and Leadership Conference at the South East Regional Center on March 2nd drew more than 700 Florida Baptists from all over the Sunshine State for a…
Read More...

Pastor Date Night Supports and Encourages Ministry Couples

To ensure the health of the church by going straight to its foundation, LifeWay Christian Recourses held a Pastor Date Night on Thursday, January 31st for the Central Region of the…
Read More...

Next Gen Leaders Gather in Miami

Reaching the next generation - and there always will be a next generation - with the Gospel is vital to the health of a local church. Deuteronomy 6 gives us the imperative to teach…
Read More...

Regional Evangelism Conferences 2019

Who's Your One | Regional Evangelism Conferences West Regional Evangelism Conference DATE: Monday, MARCH 11, 2019 TIME: 4pm – 8pm LOCATION: Baptist College of Florida, R.G. Lee…
Read More...

WEEK OF PRAYER: Sending the Gospel into a Complex Culture

Starting Sunday churches across the country will be participating in the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering Week of Prayer. Southern Baptists gifts to the Annie Armstrong Easter…
Read More...

#Sharper2019 Highlights – Here’s What Happened

Florida Baptist pastors and church leaders gathered at five different churches starting early on Feb. 28th to get #Sharper at the Florida Baptist Convention’s (FBC) Sharper!…
Read More...

New Building Brings New Growth

First Baptist Church Fort Ogden, originally tucked away a few curvy miles down Hull Avenue, now boasts a new building right on Highway 17 in Arcadia. On their Celebration Sunday,…
Read More...