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Nourishing Body and Soul this Thanksgiving and Through the Year

Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and green beans were on the menu at First Baptist Church Eastpoint’s annual community-wide Thanksgiving dinner.
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Church Hosts Fall Festival and Welcomes New Pastor

Pine Terrace Baptist Church in Milton had an extra reason to celebrate at the fall festival this year. On October 30, the church hosted the annual fall festival and called Nathan…
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DR tapering down Hurricane Ian response/watching Tropical Storm Nicole

Even as Florida Baptist Disaster Relief leaders and volunteers are beginning to taper down their Hurricane Ian response efforts, they are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Nicole,…
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BCF Trustees receive reports/look toward future

In an Oct. 18 meeting, the Board of Trustees of The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville received reports from each of the committees outlining the significant work being done…
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Called, prepared, and provided for: New Vietnamese Baptist church launches in Jacksonville

No one knew there was a need for a new Vietnamese church in Jacksonville, but when a Vietnamese businessman moved there from Denver, God’s plan began to take shape. A plan that…
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Fifty years later, Bill Hughes still passionate about student ministry

When Bill Hughes first began working in student ministry back in 1972, he had no idea that it would be his life’s calling, or that he’d spend the next 50 years doing this.  
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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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Building community connections through sportsmen events

With fall in the air, churches throughout Florida are connecting with their communities through sportsmen events designed to reach entire families with the gospel.
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South Tampa Pastor Blends Faith with Athletics

JJ Johnson does a different kind of moonlighting. In addition to his position as pastor of South Tampa Fellowship, he also labors day and night as a chaplain to athletic teams.
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‘Churches Helping Churches’ in Daytona Beach area after Ian

A day after Ian dropped more than 19 inches of rain in the Daytona Beach area, the pastor and members of City Light Church in Port Orange sprang into action to help fellow members…
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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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Church planters recharge at Send Network Gathering

Set against a backdrop of sunshine and palm trees, Send Network’s Gathering in Miami drew more than 600 church planters and their wives for the South region’s annual meeting Oct.…
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Nourishing Body and Soul this Thanksgiving and Through the Year

Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and green beans were on the menu at First Baptist Church Eastpoint’s annual community-wide Thanksgiving dinner.
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Church Hosts Fall Festival and Welcomes New Pastor

Pine Terrace Baptist Church in Milton had an extra reason to celebrate at the fall festival this year. On October 30, the church hosted the annual fall festival and called Nathan…
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DR tapering down Hurricane Ian response/watching Tropical Storm Nicole

Even as Florida Baptist Disaster Relief leaders and volunteers are beginning to taper down their Hurricane Ian response efforts, they are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Nicole,…
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BCF Trustees receive reports/look toward future

In an Oct. 18 meeting, the Board of Trustees of The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville received reports from each of the committees outlining the significant work being done…
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Called, prepared, and provided for: New Vietnamese Baptist church launches in Jacksonville

No one knew there was a need for a new Vietnamese church in Jacksonville, but when a Vietnamese businessman moved there from Denver, God’s plan began to take shape. A plan that…
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Fifty years later, Bill Hughes still passionate about student ministry

When Bill Hughes first began working in student ministry back in 1972, he had no idea that it would be his life’s calling, or that he’d spend the next 50 years doing this.  
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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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Building community connections through sportsmen events

With fall in the air, churches throughout Florida are connecting with their communities through sportsmen events designed to reach entire families with the gospel.
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South Tampa Pastor Blends Faith with Athletics

JJ Johnson does a different kind of moonlighting. In addition to his position as pastor of South Tampa Fellowship, he also labors day and night as a chaplain to athletic teams.
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‘Churches Helping Churches’ in Daytona Beach area after Ian

A day after Ian dropped more than 19 inches of rain in the Daytona Beach area, the pastor and members of City Light Church in Port Orange sprang into action to help fellow members…
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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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Church planters recharge at Send Network Gathering

Set against a backdrop of sunshine and palm trees, Send Network’s Gathering in Miami drew more than 600 church planters and their wives for the South region’s annual meeting Oct.…
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Nourishing Body and Soul this Thanksgiving and Through the Year

Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and green beans were on the menu at First Baptist Church Eastpoint’s annual community-wide Thanksgiving dinner.
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Church Hosts Fall Festival and Welcomes New Pastor

Pine Terrace Baptist Church in Milton had an extra reason to celebrate at the fall festival this year. On October 30, the church hosted the annual fall festival and called Nathan…
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Building community connections through sportsmen events

With fall in the air, churches throughout Florida are connecting with their communities through sportsmen events designed to reach entire families with the gospel.
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Celebration of Praise unites churches in west Florida

More than 150 musicians led two worship services with a combined total of 650 in attendance at the 2022 Celebration of Praise held at First Baptist Church Bonifay.
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Back-to-School Bash Draws a Crowd

Nearly 300 people passed through the doors of Live Oak Baptist Church in Vernon for the ninth annual Back-to-School Bash held in August. Families in attendance were greeted by…
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With love: From Florida to West Virginia

Seventy people. Six churches. Fourteen hundred miles. The numbers just begin to tell the story of a mission of love that stretched all the way from the Panhandle of Florida to…
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From tears to cheers: Church rebuilds sanctuary following Hurricane Michael devastation

The steeple was toppled; the roof, ripped open; windows, shattered. When Hurricane Michael unleashed its fury on Florida’s Panhandle in October 2018, the historic First Baptist…
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Hillcrest Baptist Church honors disaster relief volunteers

They work long hours in heartbreaking situations. They dig through mud, use chainsaws to cut massive trees, cook huge batches of food before the sun rises, embrace and console…
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Pensacola church putting missions first with Mission First

For First Baptist Church of Pensacola, putting missions first is more than a slogan. It’s a commitment.
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Sharing the love of Christ, one student at a time

In the fall of 2006, Pamela Bristol loaded her green Ford Aerostar with Kool-Aid, a loaf of bread, peanut butter and jelly, and parked in the yard of a fellow church member of…
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Small but mighty: How one church gives back to community

Dellwood Baptist Church in Greenwood may be small in number, but it is mighty in giving back to its community, raising more than $10,000 for the local volunteer fire department…
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Two crises lead to three-dimensional ministry

Two back-to-back crises have led New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Panama City to create a three-dimensional approach to reaching its community with the gospel.
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Called, prepared, and provided for: New Vietnamese Baptist church launches in Jacksonville

No one knew there was a need for a new Vietnamese church in Jacksonville, but when a Vietnamese businessman moved there from Denver, God’s plan began to take shape. A plan that…
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Fifty years later, Bill Hughes still passionate about student ministry

When Bill Hughes first began working in student ministry back in 1972, he had no idea that it would be his life’s calling, or that he’d spend the next 50 years doing this.  
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Community rallies to support Christian school after arsonist fire

God is making beauty of ashes from the fire set by an arsonist that destroyed the main office of Point of Grace Christian School  and its only bus.
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Young church plant helping launch three churches in Florida

Faith Fellowship in Citrus Springs started as a church plant in 2019 and now - just three years later - this young congregation is helping launch three church plants in Florida,…
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First Baptist of Dunnellon prepares for future generations

Just as First Baptist Church of Dunnellon has been sinking roots in its community for close to 125 years in ministry and witness, so it is breaking ground to reach future…
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Adding it all up, Florida church member rediscovers faith while building math team dynasty

For a guy in the 1980s, Will Frazer appeared to be living his best life now. A degree from the University of Florida led to a job on Wall Street as a bond trader.
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College ministry invests for future

As the fall semester is set to launch at colleges and universities throughout Florida, Baptist Collegiate Ministries leaders are set to make investments. Investments for the…
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Church reaching community through new middle school

Ocklawaha Bridge Baptist Church in Silver Springs is reaching its community by opening a middle school. Pastor Jared Buchanan believes this is a great model for other churches to…
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Churches minister to physical/spiritual needs of hikers on Florida Trail

It all started with hikers, trekking the Florida National Scenic Trail, who asked to pitch a tent on the property of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Altha, located just south of…
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Focus on Scripture and community outreach revitalizes church

When Pastor Adrian Taylor thinks about the revitalization and growth that Springhill Missionary Baptist Church has experienced over the past 17 years, he is quick to give credit to…
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‘Miss Lois’ traces her family’s Christian faith back to Baptist missionaries serving in China

Lois Lin’s rich missions heritage can be traced back more than a century to a Southern Baptist missionary serving in Kwotien, China. That missionary, W.W. Lawton of South Carolina,…
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‘Divine appointments’ lead to ministry with brain injury survivors/families

When Pastor Eric Wietz encounters someone who has experience with a brain injury, he knows it’s not a chance meeting or a coincidence, but rather a divine appointment.
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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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‘Churches Helping Churches’ in Daytona Beach area after Ian

A day after Ian dropped more than 19 inches of rain in the Daytona Beach area, the pastor and members of City Light Church in Port Orange sprang into action to help fellow members…
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Florida Baptists take encouragement to New England pastors, bring back desire to serve

In a section of the northeastern U.S. that was once the cradle of American independence and the Great Awakening, religion is no longer part of the culture. Instead, like the…
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Disaster Relief teams expand cleanup and recovery to Daytona Beach

When Craig Culbreth checked in with pastors of Florida Baptist churches in the Daytona Beach area after Tropical Storm Ian passed through, he began to hear a common thread of…
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Serve Tour Volunteers Make a Difference in Jacksonville

On September 16-17, more than 840 volunteers joined Send Relief for Serve Tour Jacksonville to show the love of Christ across the city!
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All of Jesus for All of Life: FBC Jacksonville committed to community

Amid cultural and financial challenges, First Baptist Church of Jacksonville is committed to “reaching all of Jacksonville with all of Jesus for all of life.”
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Church planter proclaims gospel through sermons/writings

Derrick West knows the power of words. The church planter proclaims the word of God through the words of both his sermons and his writings.
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Celebrating Florida Baptist history

Carolyn Calhoun, a member of Ancient City Baptist Church in St. Augustine, received the 2022 Baptist Heritage Award on June 12 for her efforts to “preserve, record and publish” the…
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Mission pastor uses Japanese language lessons to reach community

Police officers, restaurant workers and university students are just some of the people who gather every Wednesday night at Good News Baptist Church in Jacksonville for a lesson in…
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Reaching the next generation of Hispanics in Stuart

Eighty-five percent. On Florida’s Atlantic coast, that is Gonzalo Perez’ focus. Perez, pastor of Mi Iglesia in Stuart, estimates that 85% of the Hispanic younger generation in his…
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Having fun while loving God

At Central Baptist Church in Port St. Lucie, church members recently lived out how to “have fun while loving God,” with about 450 community residents joining in on the fun at the…
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Haitian church celebrates being a ‘light in the community’ for 30 years

Amid the flowers and balloons celebrating the 30th anniversary of Premiere Eglise Baptiste Haitenne de Jacksonville, Pastor Oreste Coulanges focused on the future, saying, “Pray…
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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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South Tampa Pastor Blends Faith with Athletics

JJ Johnson does a different kind of moonlighting. In addition to his position as pastor of South Tampa Fellowship, he also labors day and night as a chaplain to athletic teams.
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Redemption Orlando seeks to reach the ‘dechurched’

When Redemption Orlando launches as a new church plant in October, its goal is to reach those who have fallen away from church and away from their relationship with Christ.
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‘Meet people … meet needs …meet Jesus’

"We want to meet people, so that we can meet needs, with the hope that they will meet Jesus,” said Church Planter Melo Sauvel, who launched One Family Church in Apopka this past…
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Missionary kid wins medals at Unicycle World Championships

The young American stood in the back of the truck as it moved slowly through the streets of Nalerigu, Ghana. Friends gathered along the road held up flags and cheered for the…
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‘Under the shadow of the steeple’ Mission Hill Church embraces Afghan refugees

They fled their homeland of Afghanistan, terrified and clinging to loved ones. The lives they had built had been destroyed—homes and belongings, demolished; friends and family…
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‘New season’ for church plant

Favor Church in Wesley Chapel launched in February 2020. Just three weeks later it closed its doors. The culprit: a global pandemic that sent fledgling church plants and…
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First Leesburg’s ‘No Vacancy’ exhorts churches to ‘stay on mission’

The blighted motel adjacent to First Baptist Church of Leesburg attracted people who were homeless and addicted to drugs. The church envisioned buying the motel to house a ministry…
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Baptismal waters ripple in St. Thomas, USVI

Just as the turquoise waters of the U.S. Virgin Islands ripple in the Caribbean sunlight, the baptismal waters also are rippling in St. Thomas.
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Church makes kingdom-impact miles outside Magic Kingdom

Located just 11 miles outside the pearl-crested gates and iconic Cinderella castle of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is a church that is making an eternal kingdom-impact.
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First Baptist, Orlando, serves Baptist College of Florida for 20 years

How do you celebrate a twentieth anniversary? For a mission team from First Baptist Church of Orlando, the answer is unexpected.
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Florida Baptists answer God’s call to international missions

In late 2017 Dan and Mandy Biles were casually looking through the church bulletin, waiting for the worship service at Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz to begin. The church’s…
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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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‘Bold in the name of Christ’

Ron Tipton answers the ring on his cell phone. It’s a familiar sound that beckons his attention every 10 minutes or so. On the other end of the line is a woman in need.
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‘Sharing hope and the love of Jesus in the wake of Ian’

As Hurricane Ian’s storm surge is receding and the winds are subsiding, First Baptist Church Naples is just getting started.
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Picking up the pieces after Hurricane Ian

A week ago, Marta Ramirez was settling into her new home in Port Charlotte, a harborside town in southwest Florida. Friday, she was picking up the pieces of what was left after the…
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Southern Baptists at sites in six Florida counties minister to hurricane victims

As Florida residents begin the arduous and heartbreaking task of recovery from Hurricane Ian, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, representing eight Baptist state conventions, has…
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A hope and a future for Maria

IMMOKALEE–Maria had no clue what she was going to do. She was 16 years old, entering her sophomore year of high school, and she was pregnant.
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More than the good life

Beckoned by sunshine, beaches, fishing and more, thousands of people relocate to Ft. Myers annually, seeking to live the good life. Church planter Phillip Jones and his wife…
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A ministry heart for Native Americans

Josh LeadingFox, pastor of Immokalee First Seminole Baptist Church in southwest Florida, is dedicated to reaching Native Americans living on the Seminole Tribe’s Immokalee…
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Seizing opportunity to share gospel

For the past 19 months, John Cross, lead pastor at First Sarasota, has created a culture of evangelism in his church that is making a kingdom-impact in southwest Florida.
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Nourishing Body and Soul this Thanksgiving and Through the Year

Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and green beans were on the menu at First Baptist Church Eastpoint’s annual community-wide Thanksgiving dinner.
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Church Hosts Fall Festival and Welcomes New Pastor

Pine Terrace Baptist Church in Milton had an extra reason to celebrate at the fall festival this year. On October 30, the church hosted the annual fall festival and called Nathan…
Read More...

DR tapering down Hurricane Ian response/watching Tropical Storm Nicole

Even as Florida Baptist Disaster Relief leaders and volunteers are beginning to taper down their Hurricane Ian response efforts, they are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Nicole,…
Read More...

BCF Trustees receive reports/look toward future

In an Oct. 18 meeting, the Board of Trustees of The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville received reports from each of the committees outlining the significant work being done…
Read More...

Called, prepared, and provided for: New Vietnamese Baptist church launches in Jacksonville

No one knew there was a need for a new Vietnamese church in Jacksonville, but when a Vietnamese businessman moved there from Denver, God’s plan began to take shape. A plan that…
Read More...

Fifty years later, Bill Hughes still passionate about student ministry

When Bill Hughes first began working in student ministry back in 1972, he had no idea that it would be his life’s calling, or that he’d spend the next 50 years doing this.  
Read More...

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…
Read More...

Building community connections through sportsmen events

With fall in the air, churches throughout Florida are connecting with their communities through sportsmen events designed to reach entire families with the gospel.
Read More...

South Tampa Pastor Blends Faith with Athletics

JJ Johnson does a different kind of moonlighting. In addition to his position as pastor of South Tampa Fellowship, he also labors day and night as a chaplain to athletic teams.
Read More...

‘Churches Helping Churches’ in Daytona Beach area after Ian

A day after Ian dropped more than 19 inches of rain in the Daytona Beach area, the pastor and members of City Light Church in Port Orange sprang into action to help fellow members…
Read More...

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.
Read More...

Church planters recharge at Send Network Gathering

Set against a backdrop of sunshine and palm trees, Send Network’s Gathering in Miami drew more than 600 church planters and their wives for the South region’s annual meeting Oct.…
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