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Sarasota Baptist: evangelistic passion ripples through community

A passion and eagerness to engage people with the gospel has been poured into members of Sarasota Baptist Church, creating a culture of evangelism that has rippled through their…
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BCF’s family of students prepare to serve

To most people, family means a collection of individuals related by ancestry or by blood. At The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville, being family has nothing to do with…
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Churches give away essentials as ‘hands and feet of Christ’

Diapers, detergent, shampoo, razors, shaving cream, toiletries and hand soap are not readily available to needy families trying to cope with financial setbacks caused by the…
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A million-dollar miracle at Promise Land Baptist Church

While acknowledging “this is the worst time you could be building a church,” Pastor Steve Whitcomb can attest, “God is active even in the midst of dark times.”
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In midst of brokenness: Churches embrace Foster Families

Two northwest Florida Baptist churches--Pensacola’s Olive Baptist Church and First Baptist Church on Bayshore in Niceville--are ministering to families who are bringing the light…
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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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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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FLDR, Stetson Baptist partner to help after tornadoes shred DeLand

Severe weather sweeping through Central Florida Aug. 18 spawned twin tornadoes with winds between 105-115 mph that left a 4.6-mile path of destruction through the DeLand community.
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Called to campus ministry, retiring BCM director produces generational impact

The ebb and flow of ministry is not for the faint of heart, but Pensacola’s Baptist Campus Ministry director Tony Olesky has witnessed the eternal impact that comes with staying…
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BCF students settle in for semester with new protocols

The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville joined colleges across the nation preparing for the upcoming school year with a different mindset than in previous years.
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Leading Sunday School/Groups in the 21st Century Digital Conference Recordings

Sunday School and Small Group leaders will benefit from this multi-generational training event. Invite your preschool, children, student and adult group leaders to learn and grow…
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A Place of Hope and Recovery in Palatka

On a recent Monday evening a group of people working fervently to overcome their hurts, addictions and to celebrate their recovery gathered at Life Church in Palatka for a weekly…
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Sarasota Baptist: evangelistic passion ripples through community

A passion and eagerness to engage people with the gospel has been poured into members of Sarasota Baptist Church, creating a culture of evangelism that has rippled through their…
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BCF’s family of students prepare to serve

To most people, family means a collection of individuals related by ancestry or by blood. At The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville, being family has nothing to do with…
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Churches give away essentials as ‘hands and feet of Christ’

Diapers, detergent, shampoo, razors, shaving cream, toiletries and hand soap are not readily available to needy families trying to cope with financial setbacks caused by the…
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A million-dollar miracle at Promise Land Baptist Church

While acknowledging “this is the worst time you could be building a church,” Pastor Steve Whitcomb can attest, “God is active even in the midst of dark times.”
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In midst of brokenness: Churches embrace Foster Families

Two northwest Florida Baptist churches--Pensacola’s Olive Baptist Church and First Baptist Church on Bayshore in Niceville--are ministering to families who are bringing the light…
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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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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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FLDR, Stetson Baptist partner to help after tornadoes shred DeLand

Severe weather sweeping through Central Florida Aug. 18 spawned twin tornadoes with winds between 105-115 mph that left a 4.6-mile path of destruction through the DeLand community.
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Called to campus ministry, retiring BCM director produces generational impact

The ebb and flow of ministry is not for the faint of heart, but Pensacola’s Baptist Campus Ministry director Tony Olesky has witnessed the eternal impact that comes with staying…
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BCF students settle in for semester with new protocols

The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville joined colleges across the nation preparing for the upcoming school year with a different mindset than in previous years.
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A Place of Hope and Recovery in Palatka

On a recent Monday evening a group of people working fervently to overcome their hurts, addictions and to celebrate their recovery gathered at Life Church in Palatka for a weekly…
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Miami’s Good News Center rallies help to migrants during Covid-19

Cramped living conditions, backbreaking hours packaging vegetables and fruits in enclosed areas and lack of personal protective gear have the placed the South Florida migrant…
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In midst of brokenness: Churches embrace Foster Families

Two northwest Florida Baptist churches--Pensacola’s Olive Baptist Church and First Baptist Church on Bayshore in Niceville--are ministering to families who are bringing the light…
Read More...

Called to campus ministry, retiring BCM director produces generational impact

The ebb and flow of ministry is not for the faint of heart, but Pensacola’s Baptist Campus Ministry director Tony Olesky has witnessed the eternal impact that comes with staying…
Read More...

Leading Sunday School/Groups in the 21st Century Digital Conference Recordings

Sunday School and Small Group leaders will benefit from this multi-generational training event. Invite your preschool, children, student and adult group leaders to learn and grow…
Read More...

Panhandle Churches Slowly Recovering Two Years After Hurricane Michael

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

With in-person events on hold for the foreseeable future, the Florida Baptist Convention will come alongside its churches to virtually provide beneficial training and resourcing.
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Despite pandemic West FL churches instill God’s love to kids

While Covid-19 pandemic has brought many challenges for West Florida churches, it has opened new avenues for parents and children’s ministry leaders to instill spiritual…
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Pensacola congregation embraces homeless community

Jeffrey Henry is not your coat-and-tie kind of pastor. Most often he can be found in jeans and a tee shirt serving Escambia County’s homeless population. 
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Churches respond after wildfire destroys portions of Walton County

For Charles Wilson, pastor of The Chapel at Crosspoint, the terrifying news came in a phone call.  The wildfire threatening homes, businesses and churches in the South Walton area…
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Panhandle churches fill aching hearts and empty stomachs

“In Covid-19 ministry days, churches are scrambling for ways to be the church,” said Brian Nall, executive director of the Pensacola Bay Baptist Association. “Most of that has been…
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100,000 food meals bless Florida’s needy residents

For Dairis Pulido, the meal kit that arrived over the weekend with healthy snacks and food was a reminder of God’s blessings in times of crisis.
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FBDR teams respond after tornadoes rip through Panhandle

Teams of Florida Baptist Disaster Relief (FLDR) volunteers immediately responded after tornadoes hit West Florida during the week of April 20, damaging buildings and causing power…
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Children’s ministries press on despite pandemic

With an indefinite stay-at-home order in place, children’s ministries in Florida are exploring new avenues for teaching kids about the love of Christ. Right now, families are…
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Parkview’s Magruder retires: ‘We became a 24/7 church’

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

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

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

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

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

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

Westside Baptist Church in Gainesville has begun holding services again on its campus, but those attending must first RSVP online, answer health questions when they check in and…
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Tallahassee churches to hold citywide virtual VBS

The vision at Bradfordville First Baptist Church is to make disciples who love upward, inward and outward. And this summer, the "outward" component of that vision will take on new…
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100,000 food meals bless Florida’s needy residents

For Dairis Pulido, the meal kit that arrived over the weekend with healthy snacks and food was a reminder of God’s blessings in times of crisis.
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FBDR teams respond after tornadoes rip through Panhandle

Teams of Florida Baptist Disaster Relief (FLDR) volunteers immediately responded after tornadoes hit West Florida during the week of April 20, damaging buildings and causing power…
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Pastor Creates Works of Art During Unique Family Devotional Videos

Family Pastor John Park is putting an artistic and captivating spin on the weekly devotional he creates for his church members during these home quarantining days of the COVID-19…
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Florida Baptist churches meet escalating hunger needs in community

Florida Baptists are serving on the front lines to meet urgent hunger needs triggered by the COVID-19 virus.
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A million-dollar miracle at Promise Land Baptist Church

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

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

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

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

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

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

After many years serving the Lord outside the Sunshine State, a decade ago Glenn Rogers found God leading him to return home to central Florida. With a heart for pastors,…
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DeLand congregation gives $100,000 to local charities

Stetson Baptist Church once again is giving back to its central Florida community. Through a special giving initiative, the DeLand congregation gave over $100,000 to be distributed…
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Giving Flight to Faith at Church at Viera

Giving wings to faith by instilling a passion for people to meet Jesus provides purpose to the mission of Church at Viera.
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Chets Creek Church: Impacting the nations in Jacksonville

The mission of Chets Creek Church in Jacksonville is “to know God and be changed by Him in a way that will change the world.” And now from their new multicultural Southside Campus,…
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Waves of hope and love at canaveral port ministry

“Where do we go from here?” was the question Mark Wodka, director of the Canaveral Port Ministry (CPM), asked the Lord in mid-March, as the COVID-19 quarantine restricted cruise…
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Discovery Church: Pressing Forward During Pandemic

Tim O’Carroll is a busy man these days. In addition to leading Discovery Church through its first building program in a pandemic, the pastor also serves as associational mission…
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First Lake Wales’ Back 2 School Bash … drive-thru style

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CrossLife Church in Oviedo is clearing more than $1.5 million in crippling medical debt for more than 1,000 families in Oviedo, Chuluota and Orlando. 
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Tampa church mass produces protective face shields

The church can use a crisis of any magnitude as an opportunity to help others, and to glorify God.
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100,000 food meals bless Florida’s needy residents

For Dairis Pulido, the meal kit that arrived over the weekend with healthy snacks and food was a reminder of God’s blessings in times of crisis.
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Florida Baptist churches meet escalating hunger needs in community

Florida Baptists are serving on the front lines to meet urgent hunger needs triggered by the COVID-19 virus.
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Social distancing doesn’t equal spiritual distancing

During a time when gatherings are avoided due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Florida Baptist churches are experiencing heightened connection and attendance through online efforts to…
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Fort Myers church emerges from transition focused on mission

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

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

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

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

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

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

Members of Murdock Baptist Church responded to the Covid-19 crisis the only way they know how—finding new avenues to serve those around them.
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Florida Baptist churches meet escalating hunger needs in community

Florida Baptists are serving on the front lines to meet urgent hunger needs triggered by the COVID-19 virus.
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Easter’s message proclaimed despite COVID-19 restrictions in Southwest Florida

Although the medium used to communicate this year’s Easter messages was in stark contrast to previous years, the Good News proclaimed by churches across southwest Florida remained…
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Pastors’ virtual gatherings: ‘We’re all in this together’

“Believing that if we will, as scripture says, ‘humble ourselves, pray and seek His face, He will heal our land,’” Allen Hawkins, pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Mayo,…
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SW Florida churches stay connected during COVID-19

Amid social distancing and stay-at-home orders, Florida Baptist churches in the southwest region of the state are becoming creative and resourceful to remain connected with church…
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Statewide Call to Prayer: Pastors told ‘God is at work’ during COVID-19 crisis

Florida Baptist pastors were encouraged to cling to God’s peace and acknowledge His sovereignty as COVID-19 disrupts every aspect of life during these turbulent times.
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Sarasota Baptist: evangelistic passion ripples through community

A passion and eagerness to engage people with the gospel has been poured into members of Sarasota Baptist Church, creating a culture of evangelism that has rippled through their…
Read More...

BCF’s family of students prepare to serve

To most people, family means a collection of individuals related by ancestry or by blood. At The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville, being family has nothing to do with…
Read More...

Churches give away essentials as ‘hands and feet of Christ’

Diapers, detergent, shampoo, razors, shaving cream, toiletries and hand soap are not readily available to needy families trying to cope with financial setbacks caused by the…
Read More...

A million-dollar miracle at Promise Land Baptist Church

While acknowledging “this is the worst time you could be building a church,” Pastor Steve Whitcomb can attest, “God is active even in the midst of dark times.”
Read More...

In midst of brokenness: Churches embrace Foster Families

Two northwest Florida Baptist churches--Pensacola’s Olive Baptist Church and First Baptist Church on Bayshore in Niceville--are ministering to families who are bringing the light…
Read More...

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…
Read More...

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.
Read More...

FLDR, Stetson Baptist partner to help after tornadoes shred DeLand

Severe weather sweeping through Central Florida Aug. 18 spawned twin tornadoes with winds between 105-115 mph that left a 4.6-mile path of destruction through the DeLand community.
Read More...

Called to campus ministry, retiring BCM director produces generational impact

The ebb and flow of ministry is not for the faint of heart, but Pensacola’s Baptist Campus Ministry director Tony Olesky has witnessed the eternal impact that comes with staying…
Read More...

BCF students settle in for semester with new protocols

The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville joined colleges across the nation preparing for the upcoming school year with a different mindset than in previous years.
Read More...

A Place of Hope and Recovery in Palatka

On a recent Monday evening a group of people working fervently to overcome their hurts, addictions and to celebrate their recovery gathered at Life Church in Palatka for a weekly…
Read More...

Miami’s Good News Center rallies help to migrants during Covid-19

Cramped living conditions, backbreaking hours packaging vegetables and fruits in enclosed areas and lack of personal protective gear have the placed the South Florida migrant…
Read More...