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Beach Haven Church sees God’s miracles in revitalization

Built more than 50 years ago, Beach Haven Baptist Church, located in west Pensacola, is experiencing afresh the goodness of God’s provision as fellow churches and local businesses…
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Unwavering faithfulness marks Southwest FL church

Nestled along U.S. Route 98 between Sebring and Okeechobee, First Baptist Church in Lorida is a church committed to unwavering faithfulness.
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2022 ‘Challenge 2025 Gathering:’ encouragement, inspiration, equipping

Florida Baptists will come together to challenge and sharpen one another during the Challenge 2025 Gathering scheduled for Feb. 22 at First Baptist Church in Orlando.
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«Ini Nan Lapriyè» rasanbleman yo ap fèt nan Sidès Florid, 27, 28 Janvye

Pou 27 ak 28 Janvye, legliz yo nan kote Sidès Florid la ap rankontre ansanm pou priye, adore, epi yon revèy espirityèlki fè pati mouvman Linite Nan Lapriyè ki te anonse nan…
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Reuniones “Unidos a través de la oración” programadas para el sureste de Florida, 27 y…

El 27 y 28 de enero, las iglesias del sudeste de Florida se unirán en oración, adoración y el despertar espiritual como parte del movimiento Unidos En Oración anunciado en la…
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‘United Through Prayer’ meetings set for Southeast FL, Jan. 27, 28

The “United Through Prayer” movement will bring Southeast Florida churches together for prayer, worship and spiritual awakening on Jan. 27 and 28. The gatherings were announced…
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Pastor dedicated to bringing good news to Florida’s schools

CITRUS SPRINGS--As pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Citrus Springs since 2007, Jess Burton has sought ways to impact his community with the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is…
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Christmas Story comes alive in Perry’s ‘Walk Thru Bethlehem’ event

A dozen churches worked with local businesses and the Perry-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce to launch Perry’s first “Walk Through Bethlehem” event, allowing their North Florida…
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Sandbar baptisms reflect growth at Sugarloaf Key church

Sugarloaf Baptist Church is building bridges to reach young families in a beach community where few residents attend church.
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BCF celebrates Fall graduates; presents honorary doctorate to Henry

President Thomas A. Kitchen challenged 33 graduates of the Baptist College of Florida to “never, never, never settle for normal” during the Fall 2021 Commencement. 
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Delma’s Seeds of Love–planting seeds of love for migrant children

For the Gallegos family, Christmas time is all about planting seeds of love. What started in 2005 as an intimate family tradition has now grown into a bustling event that meets the…
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First Melbourne blesses community with THE PROMISE

Helping usher in the Christmas season in this Space Coast city was First Baptist Church in Melbourne’s annual Christmas program held during the first weekend in December.
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Beach Haven Church sees God’s miracles in revitalization

Built more than 50 years ago, Beach Haven Baptist Church, located in west Pensacola, is experiencing afresh the goodness of God’s provision as fellow churches and local businesses…
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Unwavering faithfulness marks Southwest FL church

Nestled along U.S. Route 98 between Sebring and Okeechobee, First Baptist Church in Lorida is a church committed to unwavering faithfulness.
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Pastor dedicated to bringing good news to Florida’s schools

CITRUS SPRINGS--As pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Citrus Springs since 2007, Jess Burton has sought ways to impact his community with the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is…
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Christmas Story comes alive in Perry’s ‘Walk Thru Bethlehem’ event

A dozen churches worked with local businesses and the Perry-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce to launch Perry’s first “Walk Through Bethlehem” event, allowing their North Florida…
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Sandbar baptisms reflect growth at Sugarloaf Key church

Sugarloaf Baptist Church is building bridges to reach young families in a beach community where few residents attend church.
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BCF celebrates Fall graduates; presents honorary doctorate to Henry

President Thomas A. Kitchen challenged 33 graduates of the Baptist College of Florida to “never, never, never settle for normal” during the Fall 2021 Commencement. 
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Delma’s Seeds of Love–planting seeds of love for migrant children

For the Gallegos family, Christmas time is all about planting seeds of love. What started in 2005 as an intimate family tradition has now grown into a bustling event that meets the…
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First Melbourne blesses community with THE PROMISE

Helping usher in the Christmas season in this Space Coast city was First Baptist Church in Melbourne’s annual Christmas program held during the first weekend in December.
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At age 90, senior saint recognized for 68 years of ministry

For nearly seven decades, Audrey Naumann has faithfully served as the keeper of records, administrative expert and bestower of blessings at Immanuel Baptist Church in Ft.…
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First Baptist Church in Apopka embraces homeless in its community

First Baptist Church in Apopka was in a time of healing when David Schorejs accepted God’s call as pastor seven years ago and delivered a message of hope to its community that has…
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Pastor launches new ministry in wake of cancer fight

For almost 30 years, Shannon Eads has been running the race with endurance serving in churches, supporting struggling churches in associations, and working as a Florida Church…
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SEBTS confers degrees on 13 Florida grads

Thirteen Florida Baptist students received degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, during Fall 2021 Commencement Exercises held Dec.…
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Beach Haven Church sees God’s miracles in revitalization

Built more than 50 years ago, Beach Haven Baptist Church, located in west Pensacola, is experiencing afresh the goodness of God’s provision as fellow churches and local businesses…
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2022 ‘Challenge 2025 Gathering:’ encouragement, inspiration, equipping

Florida Baptists will come together to challenge and sharpen one another during the Challenge 2025 Gathering scheduled for Feb. 22 at First Baptist Church in Orlando.
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Supply chain disruptions challenge holiday food giveaways

As Thanksgiving approaches, many Florida Baptist churches face the difficult reality this year of less food to bless hungry families in their communities and congregations.
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Panhandle churches mobilize to help after Hurricane Ida

After Hurricane Ida slammed into the U.S. mainland, leaving devastation in its wake from Louisiana to the Northeast--Florida Baptists are coming right alongside the hurting and…
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Panhandle pastor to be nominated as first VP when FBSC gathers

Pastor Dwight Woods will be nominated as first vice president of the 2021-22 Florida Baptist State Convention by fellow Panhandle pastor Mike Orr when the meeting convenes in…
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Florida Baptist family to celebrate ties that bind during 2021 FBSC meeting

Florida Baptists will gather to celebrate “Blessed Be the Tie” that unites the family of believers in Christ when the 2021 Florida Baptist State Convention convenes in Lakeland…
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Pensacola pastor to be nominated to lead Florida pastors’ conference in 2022

Jim Locke will be nominated by fellow Pensacola pastor Ted Traylor as president of the 2022 Florida Pastors’ Conference during this year’s pastors’ conference meeting in Lakeland.
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13 salvations during Holmes County Association’s “Evangelism Reboot”

After noticing a decline in baptisms during the past five years, Holmes Baptist Association hosted an “Evangelism Reboot” weekend to help church members refocus on the importance…
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Dual outreach and revival event refreshes Panhandle community

After a tough year of ministry, Pastor Cody Watson of Lake Mystic Baptist Church wanted to plan a special weekend to minister to the Bristol area.
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World Changers Moves to Florida

David Flatt was working as a student minister in the early 1990s when his senior pastor brought him a World Changers brochure--which he promptly disregarded.
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“Better Together:” new event to encourage youth leaders

Student pastor Matt Sawyer worked tirelessly to get his student ministry online in 2020 when the pandemic hit, so that they could stay connected and continue learning about God.
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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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2022 ‘Challenge 2025 Gathering:’ encouragement, inspiration, equipping

Florida Baptists will come together to challenge and sharpen one another during the Challenge 2025 Gathering scheduled for Feb. 22 at First Baptist Church in Orlando.
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Pastor dedicated to bringing good news to Florida’s schools

CITRUS SPRINGS--As pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Citrus Springs since 2007, Jess Burton has sought ways to impact his community with the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is…
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Christmas Story comes alive in Perry’s ‘Walk Thru Bethlehem’ event

A dozen churches worked with local businesses and the Perry-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce to launch Perry’s first “Walk Through Bethlehem” event, allowing their North Florida…
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Churches can make huge difference in Florida’s prisons, chaplain says

Churches looking for transformative ways to minister to the lost need only look to the nearest state prison, said Bo Hammock, a regional chaplain with the Florida Department of…
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Supply chain disruptions challenge holiday food giveaways

As Thanksgiving approaches, many Florida Baptist churches face the difficult reality this year of less food to bless hungry families in their communities and congregations.
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FAITH Riders take gospel wherever they go

James Grimes has been the director of the FAITH Riders chapter at Gateway Baptist Church in Lake City for only three years but he’s already looking for ways to expand it beyond the…
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Mission strategist: Sabbaticals critical for those in ministry

Sean McMahon has served in ministry for 41 years now, but only recently was able to take his first sabbatical – a six-week break from his work as associational mission strategist…
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Pastor recalls five decades of serving rural lighthouse

When Danny Lundy accepted the call to serve as pastor of Oakland Baptist Church in Perry, the men and women in this homesteader church still sat on separate sides of the sanctuary…
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FLDR assists with cleanup after historic flooding in state’s Big Bend area

Before heading to Louisiana to help residents of New Orleans impacted by Hurricane Ida, members of the Florida Baptist Disaster Relief team spent the last part of August helping…
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New podcast targets North Florida pastors

Two pastors, hanging out, just talking about ministry. That’s how Pastor Chuck Scott describes the new podcast aimed at pastors of churches in the North Florida region. It’s called…
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WinShape Camp a big win for Quincy church and community

When Connie McClendon first learned about Chick-fil-A’s WinShape Camps, she knew she wanted to bring the dynamic children’s day camp to her church and to her community.
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Bowden saw his players as more than a jersey, says longtime FSU chaplain

Clint Purvis walked the sidelines with Bobby Bowden for 21 years and was his friend for 33. In that time, he witnessed a sporting legend grow as Bowden became one of the winningest…
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2022 ‘Challenge 2025 Gathering:’ encouragement, inspiration, equipping

Florida Baptists will come together to challenge and sharpen one another during the Challenge 2025 Gathering scheduled for Feb. 22 at First Baptist Church in Orlando.
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First Melbourne blesses community with THE PROMISE

Helping usher in the Christmas season in this Space Coast city was First Baptist Church in Melbourne’s annual Christmas program held during the first weekend in December.
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Supply chain disruptions challenge holiday food giveaways

As Thanksgiving approaches, many Florida Baptist churches face the difficult reality this year of less food to bless hungry families in their communities and congregations.
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Jacksonville pastor perseveres through multiple moves and locations

Despite moving seven times to locations on every side of Jacksonville except the east side, Barry Townsend, pastor of Elevation Church, has not given up.
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Vietnamese pastor Quang Nguyen develops ‘Nails for Eternity’ evangelism

Burdened to reach his fellow Vietnamese people for Christ, Quang Nguyen has developed “Nails for Eternity,” a method for sharing the gospel specifically with nail salon employees.
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Port Orange pastor faces COVID death, credits power of God and prayers

“No one ever wakes up thinking that they may die that day,” said Steve Loy as he reflected on a month-long battle with COVID-19 this summer. “I never dreamed that I would be in the…
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Sharing Jesus with its community becomes driving force of church’s renewal

I believe that a church should mirror the book of Acts – be strong in doctrine and in the community,” said Cliff Smith, pastor of Community Baptist Church in Bunnell. “We exist to…
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A struggling church in St. Augustine moves toward health

Located just south of St. Augustine on U.S. 1, Moultrie Baptist Church has shared the gospel faithfully in their community for four decades and has enjoyed seasons of growth.
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Joel Kobosh: young pastor leads First Baptist Oak Hill to look to the future

Special banners were hung in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Oak Hill on May 16, announcing the 132nd anniversary of the church and welcoming their new pastor, Joel…
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Lacking youth, First Baptist Cocoa steps out in faith to reach next gen

“We want our youth group to reflect the demographics of our community, a picture of heaven proclaiming the name of Jesus,” said Dean Williamson, who recently was named youth pastor…
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Palm Bay Haitian congregation searches for lost souls

We are looking for lost souls; we focus on evangelism,” said Jnmarc Molme, pastor of Mount of Olives Evangelical Baptist Church in Palm Bay. “So many people are lost, we need to…
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Jacksonville pastor uses his BBQ sauce to reach souls

When stores in Northeast Florida receive a delivery of “Yulee BBQ Sauce” they’re getting more than a collection of sauces and rub with the tangy flavor that’s perfect for grilling.…
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2022 ‘Challenge 2025 Gathering:’ encouragement, inspiration, equipping

Florida Baptists will come together to challenge and sharpen one another during the Challenge 2025 Gathering scheduled for Feb. 22 at First Baptist Church in Orlando.
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First Baptist Church in Apopka embraces homeless in its community

First Baptist Church in Apopka was in a time of healing when David Schorejs accepted God’s call as pastor seven years ago and delivered a message of hope to its community that has…
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Pastor launches new ministry in wake of cancer fight

For almost 30 years, Shannon Eads has been running the race with endurance serving in churches, supporting struggling churches in associations, and working as a Florida Church…
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ONE NAME Orlando draws 2,000 college students to Worship Jesus

After two years in the making, an event planned by college students for college students brought together an under-reached community in Central Florida. “ONE NAME Orlando” was a…
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Supply chain disruptions challenge holiday food giveaways

As Thanksgiving approaches, many Florida Baptist churches face the difficult reality this year of less food to bless hungry families in their communities and congregations.
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Spring Hill church gives respite to homeless veterans through Operation Stand Down

Florida has one of the highest homeless-veteran population in the country with an estimated 2,500 veterans daily battling life on the streets, and a Florida Baptist church is doing…
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FBSC Messengers elect Tampa pastor Paul Purvis to lead as president

Tampa pastor Paul Purvis was elected as the 2021-22 Florida Baptist State Convention President during the Nov. 9 annual meeting at The Lakes Church in Lakeland.
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Orlando’s Downtown Church set to reclaim glory days

Some would say the glory days of a bustling, downtown campus are over – but Downtown Baptist Church in Orlando is bringing the ‘glory days’ back to Central Florida.
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Bell Shoals Church: #ForOurTeachers–a church-wide mission

“#ForOurTeachers” isn’t a catchy hashtag that Bell Shoals Church attached to a social media post – it’s their mission.
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Trusting God central to revitalizing Sweetwater Church

Leading a declining church through change and revitalization takes a sense of humor and lots of patience according to Charles “Buddy” Parrish, pastor of First Baptist Church…
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Orlando First lay leader to be nominated as FBSC second VP

Florida Baptist layperson John Bozard will be nominated by his pastor David Uth to serve as second vice president of the Florida Baptist State Convention when messengers gather in…
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East Orlando church moves to ‘next level’ of having building to call home

CrossLife East church saw significant growth in attendance, commitment and giving during the COVID-19 pandemic--one of the toughest seasons in ministry across the globe. While…
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Unwavering faithfulness marks Southwest FL church

Nestled along U.S. Route 98 between Sebring and Okeechobee, First Baptist Church in Lorida is a church committed to unwavering faithfulness.
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2022 ‘Challenge 2025 Gathering:’ encouragement, inspiration, equipping

Florida Baptists will come together to challenge and sharpen one another during the Challenge 2025 Gathering scheduled for Feb. 22 at First Baptist Church in Orlando.
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Delma’s Seeds of Love–planting seeds of love for migrant children

For the Gallegos family, Christmas time is all about planting seeds of love. What started in 2005 as an intimate family tradition has now grown into a bustling event that meets the…
Read More...

Supply chain disruptions challenge holiday food giveaways

As Thanksgiving approaches, many Florida Baptist churches face the difficult reality this year of less food to bless hungry families in their communities and congregations.
Read More...

Sarasota First hosts nationwide ‘Who’s Your One?’ Tour

More than 300 pastors and laypeople gathered at First Sarasota Oct. 24-25 for the nationwide “Who’s Your One? Tour,” an effort to mobilize every believer to respond to the priority…
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First Naples pastor: ‘We want to be the Antioch of Southwest Florida’

Since Alan Brumback’s call as lead pastor and his arrival in mid-September, First Baptist Church in Naples has seen baptismal waters stirred every weekend, having celebrated 42…
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Southwest FL churches teach missions, discipleship, giving during VBS

After Lifeway’s popular Vacation Bible School (VBS) programs were canceled across the nation in 2020, due to the global pandemic, the anticipation was at an all-time high this year…
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New Moore Haven pastor brings evangelistic fervor to community

Located on the southwest banks of Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee River, the small town of Moore Haven was often called “Little Chicago,” in the days when riverboat traffic…
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Florida Baptist family to celebrate ties that bind during 2021 FBSC meeting

Florida Baptists will gather to celebrate “Blessed Be the Tie” that unites the family of believers in Christ when the 2021 Florida Baptist State Convention convenes in Lakeland…
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Naples Family Church – Committed to Being “Simple and Small”

Like many other churches across the nation, COVID-19 threw plans out the window, leaving leaders of all kinds scrambling to adjust. Putting plans on hold and pulling audibles…
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First Sebring: cultivating environment of evangelism

In recent years, the city of Sebring has seen lasting ripples of the gospel wash through its community as First Baptist Church has cultivated an environment of evangelism that…
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After fire destroys sanctuary, church finds new vision by linking arms with nearby church

After a blazing fire consumed Morningstar Baptist Church’s 60-year-old sanctuary in February, members stood unwavering in their mission to reach the community and watched as God…
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Beach Haven Church sees God’s miracles in revitalization

Built more than 50 years ago, Beach Haven Baptist Church, located in west Pensacola, is experiencing afresh the goodness of God’s provision as fellow churches and local businesses…
Read More...

Unwavering faithfulness marks Southwest FL church

Nestled along U.S. Route 98 between Sebring and Okeechobee, First Baptist Church in Lorida is a church committed to unwavering faithfulness.
Read More...

2022 ‘Challenge 2025 Gathering:’ encouragement, inspiration, equipping

Florida Baptists will come together to challenge and sharpen one another during the Challenge 2025 Gathering scheduled for Feb. 22 at First Baptist Church in Orlando.
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«Ini Nan Lapriyè» rasanbleman yo ap fèt nan Sidès Florid, 27, 28 Janvye

Pou 27 ak 28 Janvye, legliz yo nan kote Sidès Florid la ap rankontre ansanm pou priye, adore, epi yon revèy espirityèlki fè pati mouvman Linite Nan Lapriyè ki te anonse nan…
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Reuniones “Unidos a través de la oración” programadas para el sureste de Florida, 27 y…

El 27 y 28 de enero, las iglesias del sudeste de Florida se unirán en oración, adoración y el despertar espiritual como parte del movimiento Unidos En Oración anunciado en la…
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‘United Through Prayer’ meetings set for Southeast FL, Jan. 27, 28

The “United Through Prayer” movement will bring Southeast Florida churches together for prayer, worship and spiritual awakening on Jan. 27 and 28. The gatherings were announced…
Read More...

Pastor dedicated to bringing good news to Florida’s schools

CITRUS SPRINGS--As pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Citrus Springs since 2007, Jess Burton has sought ways to impact his community with the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is…
Read More...

Christmas Story comes alive in Perry’s ‘Walk Thru Bethlehem’ event

A dozen churches worked with local businesses and the Perry-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce to launch Perry’s first “Walk Through Bethlehem” event, allowing their North Florida…
Read More...

Sandbar baptisms reflect growth at Sugarloaf Key church

Sugarloaf Baptist Church is building bridges to reach young families in a beach community where few residents attend church.
Read More...

BCF celebrates Fall graduates; presents honorary doctorate to Henry

President Thomas A. Kitchen challenged 33 graduates of the Baptist College of Florida to “never, never, never settle for normal” during the Fall 2021 Commencement. 
Read More...

Delma’s Seeds of Love–planting seeds of love for migrant children

For the Gallegos family, Christmas time is all about planting seeds of love. What started in 2005 as an intimate family tradition has now grown into a bustling event that meets the…
Read More...

First Melbourne blesses community with THE PROMISE

Helping usher in the Christmas season in this Space Coast city was First Baptist Church in Melbourne’s annual Christmas program held during the first weekend in December.
Read More...