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Influx of Spanish-speaking families inspires church plant in Naples

Recognizing that the tide is shifting in Naples, with more and more Spanish-speaking families moving to Florida’s Southwest region, Herminio Pagan—better known as JR—and his wife,…
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La entrada de familias de habla hispana inspira la plantación de iglesias en Naples

Reconociendo que la marea está cambiando en Naples, con cada vez más familias de habla hispana mudándose a la región suroeste de Florida, Herminio Pagán—mejor conocido como JR—y su…
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‘Beacon of hope for community’: Radiant City Church marks third year with 13 baptisms at Deerfield…

The new year at Radiant City Church in Boca Raton brought with it a wave of renewal and celebration as the congregation commemorated its third anniversary with a baptism ceremony…
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Florida Baptist Disaster Relief volunteer recognized for lifetime of service

Pictured above: Dusty Gregory (right) accepts the Robert E. Dixon Award for a lifetime of service on behalf of his mother, Linda Gregory, for her commitment as a Florida Baptist…
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Fruit Cove Baptist expands missions outreach to all seven continents

With its recent mission trip to Australia, Fruit Cove Baptist Church in North Florida has reached its goal of extending its missions footprint to all seven continents.
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East Central Baptist Network celebrates first Hispanic pastors/wives retreat

Hispanic church leaders and their wives from Daytona, DeLand, Deltona, Oviedo and Sanford gathered Jan. 18-20 at Park Avenue Baptist Church in Titusville for the inaugural East…
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Red Bautista del Este Central celebra el primer retiro de pastores y esposas hispanos

Líderes de iglesias hispanas y sus esposas de Daytona, DeLand, Deltona, Oviedo y Sanford se reunieron del 18 al 20 de enero en la Iglesia Bautista Park Avenue en Titusville para el…
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Churches, runners unite for women/unborn children

Nearly 500 runners gathered in below-freezing temperatures to participate in Run for Life, an annual 5K run to support Safe Harbor Pregnancy Medical Center, which serves women…
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Arcadia church maintains strength through two hurricanes/now ‘reaching forward’

After enduring 150-mph winds and dangerous flooding from two of the most intense hurricanes to ever make landfall in Florida, Calvary Baptist Church in Arcadia has maintained…
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Church prays for ‘God to move, and He did’

A small church in a rural community, Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Baker baptized 56 new believers in 2023. “Overall, I attribute this to prayer,” said Geoff Prows, pastor. “Our…
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Florida Baptist pastor uses cancer treatment as gospel-sharing opportunity

Six-hour sessions of chemotherapy, four dozen radiation appointments and countless medical procedures. This has been Larry Brister’s new normal for two years.
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West Region Associational Leaders Retire

As a new year begins, two West region associational mission strategists are looking forward to something new: Retirement.
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Influx of Spanish-speaking families inspires church plant in Naples

Recognizing that the tide is shifting in Naples, with more and more Spanish-speaking families moving to Florida’s Southwest region, Herminio Pagan—better known as JR—and his wife,…
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La entrada de familias de habla hispana inspira la plantación de iglesias en Naples

Reconociendo que la marea está cambiando en Naples, con cada vez más familias de habla hispana mudándose a la región suroeste de Florida, Herminio Pagán—mejor conocido como JR—y su…
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‘Beacon of hope for community’: Radiant City Church marks third year with 13 baptisms at Deerfield…

The new year at Radiant City Church in Boca Raton brought with it a wave of renewal and celebration as the congregation commemorated its third anniversary with a baptism ceremony…
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Florida Baptist Disaster Relief volunteer recognized for lifetime of service

Pictured above: Dusty Gregory (right) accepts the Robert E. Dixon Award for a lifetime of service on behalf of his mother, Linda Gregory, for her commitment as a Florida Baptist…
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Fruit Cove Baptist expands missions outreach to all seven continents

With its recent mission trip to Australia, Fruit Cove Baptist Church in North Florida has reached its goal of extending its missions footprint to all seven continents.
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East Central Baptist Network celebrates first Hispanic pastors/wives retreat

Hispanic church leaders and their wives from Daytona, DeLand, Deltona, Oviedo and Sanford gathered Jan. 18-20 at Park Avenue Baptist Church in Titusville for the inaugural East…
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Red Bautista del Este Central celebra el primer retiro de pastores y esposas hispanos

Líderes de iglesias hispanas y sus esposas de Daytona, DeLand, Deltona, Oviedo y Sanford se reunieron del 18 al 20 de enero en la Iglesia Bautista Park Avenue en Titusville para el…
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Churches, runners unite for women/unborn children

Nearly 500 runners gathered in below-freezing temperatures to participate in Run for Life, an annual 5K run to support Safe Harbor Pregnancy Medical Center, which serves women…
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Arcadia church maintains strength through two hurricanes/now ‘reaching forward’

After enduring 150-mph winds and dangerous flooding from two of the most intense hurricanes to ever make landfall in Florida, Calvary Baptist Church in Arcadia has maintained…
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Church prays for ‘God to move, and He did’

A small church in a rural community, Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Baker baptized 56 new believers in 2023. “Overall, I attribute this to prayer,” said Geoff Prows, pastor. “Our…
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Florida Baptist pastor uses cancer treatment as gospel-sharing opportunity

Six-hour sessions of chemotherapy, four dozen radiation appointments and countless medical procedures. This has been Larry Brister’s new normal for two years.
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West Region Associational Leaders Retire

As a new year begins, two West region associational mission strategists are looking forward to something new: Retirement.
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Churches, runners unite for women/unborn children

Nearly 500 runners gathered in below-freezing temperatures to participate in Run for Life, an annual 5K run to support Safe Harbor Pregnancy Medical Center, which serves women…
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Church prays for ‘God to move, and He did’

A small church in a rural community, Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Baker baptized 56 new believers in 2023. “Overall, I attribute this to prayer,” said Geoff Prows, pastor. “Our…
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Panhandle Churches Unite to Help after Winter Storm

As a winter storm wreaked havoc throughout the Florida Panhandle in the early morning hours of Jan. 9, families braced themselves when tornadoes blew through neighborhoods,…
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Bi-vocational pastors ‘do good’ in diverse roles

Half of the 40 churches in Santa Rosa Baptist Association are led by bi-vocational pastors, men who serve not only in a pastoral role but also work in a variety of other jobs or…
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Military and Snowbirds Influence Partnership Between Florida and Ohio Baptists

Two states, roughly 800 miles apart, are joining forces to spread the gospel through beneficial relationships founded on prayer and commitment to mission work.
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Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church helps train, evangelize and plant churches in Uganda

Serving as Pilgrim Rest student pastor for six years, Justin Douglas and his wife Charla sensed a call to international missions. In 2019, with their church’s support, they founded…
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High school students take gospel to Central America

Olive has sent several mission teams to work in Costa Rica with One More Child, a Florida Baptist cooperating ministry that serves vulnerable children and struggling families, but…
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‘A refuge for families’

Pictured above: Dan Hall (front center), became quadriplegic after a pulmonary embolism caused him to fall into a wall, was the plenary speaker at Joni and Friends Conference on…
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Chipola Churches Share Christ, Give Generously and Celebrate Milestone

Smiles, singing, crafts, praising Jesus and learning about His love and sacrifice fueled the summer for churches in Chipola Baptist Association.
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Faith, Family and Community

With a summer focus on local missions, Dellwood hosted several activities and outreach events, making an impact for Christ in its community.
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Chinese Church Plant Blessed by Maguire State Mission Offering

“Our goal is to build relationships and attract seekers to the Pensacola Chinese Baptist Church,” said Zhang
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Florida Baptist Disaster Relief on ‘active status’ as Hurricane Idalia makes landfall

As Category 3 Hurricane Idalia made landfall the morning of Aug. 30 in Keaton Beach, Florida Baptist Disaster Relief leaders have transitioned to “active status,” as they begin…
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Fruit Cove Baptist expands missions outreach to all seven continents

With its recent mission trip to Australia, Fruit Cove Baptist Church in North Florida has reached its goal of extending its missions footprint to all seven continents.
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New Church Plant, The Bridge, Seeks to Unite and Serve Diverse Community

When The Bridge hosted its opening celebration service in January, Pastor Charles Matlock was excited about the opportunities to reach the community with the gospel of Christ and…
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Madison’s Fellowship Baptist uses Love Loud Sunday to serve community

When members of Fellowship Baptist Church in Madison hold their Love Loud Sundays, that’s exactly what they try to do throughout the community.
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New Vietnamese Baptist Church Holds First Dental Mission

A man who came to Aspire Vietnamese Baptist Church’s first dental mission to see about a filling for his tooth was recently baptized at the church as a new believer in Christ.
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We will reach the lost through partnerships

Prison ministry. Sports ministry. Developing national missionaries. The dreams discussed around the table were big. International Mission Board missionaries Matt and Gretchen Clay…
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Northwest Baptist Caps 50th Anniversary Celebration with News About New Pastor

For a church that has been without a full-time pastor for almost three years, the news from its pastoral search committee was like the icing on this cake of a celebration service.
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With WorldCrafts celebration, Parkview Baptist’s Women on Mission help women around the world

When the Women on Mission group from Parkview Baptist Church meets monthly, the focus is typically on a local group or charity organization that benefits people in Lake City or the…
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‘God has showed up and showed out’ for worship/youth pastor

Church members gathered around Lloyd in prayer, and two men from the congregation helped him into a friend’s vehicle to be taken to the local emergency room. After many tests,…
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Despite Power Outage, First Baptist of Madison Serves Hundreds of Meals to First Responders,…

Like most of the surrounding area, First Baptist Church of Madison was without electricity last week due to Hurricane Idalia, but it didn’t stop its members from preparing and…
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Horseshoe Beach church serves as ‘lighthouse’ for community amid hurricane devastation

Known as a laid-back, friendly fishing village, the quaint community of Horseshoe Beach found itself directly in the path of Hurricane Idalia’s 125 mph winds and 10-foot storm…
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‘Our faith is strong,’ pastor asserts in aftermath of Hurricane Idalia

Hurricane Idalia’s strong winds may have toppled the steeple on Lakeside Baptist Church in Perry, but the storm did nothing to topple the faith of Lakeside members.
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Florida Baptist Disaster Relief on ‘active status’ as Hurricane Idalia makes landfall

As Category 3 Hurricane Idalia made landfall the morning of Aug. 30 in Keaton Beach, Florida Baptist Disaster Relief leaders have transitioned to “active status,” as they begin…
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East Central Baptist Network celebrates first Hispanic pastors/wives retreat

Hispanic church leaders and their wives from Daytona, DeLand, Deltona, Oviedo and Sanford gathered Jan. 18-20 at Park Avenue Baptist Church in Titusville for the inaugural East…
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Red Bautista del Este Central celebra el primer retiro de pastores y esposas hispanos

Líderes de iglesias hispanas y sus esposas de Daytona, DeLand, Deltona, Oviedo y Sanford se reunieron del 18 al 20 de enero en la Iglesia Bautista Park Avenue en Titusville para el…
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Florida Baptist Partnership with Ohio Baptists sets stage for ‘something bigger’

As Florida Baptists’ partnership with Ohio Baptists begins to take shape, leaders from both state conventions are realizing the opportunities for God to do “something bigger” in…
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Prison ministry sees more openness, needs at Christmas, chaplain says

According to prison chaplain Paul Davis, the concepts that led to more than 85 decisions to follow Christ are not overly complex.   Listen to people. Help them understand they…
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United in Christ Across Cultural Differences

The seven-man mission team from Hillcrest Baptist Church faced some challenges in Quito, Ecuador.
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Lightning strike claims life of teen, sparks revival

One lightning strike that claimed the life of a beloved teen girl has sparked a spiritual revival throughout an entire community in northeast Florida.
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Florida Baptist church partners with New England Baptists for gospel outreach

To help penetrate the spiritual darkness and impact the Northeast with the gospel, Florida Baptist churches are partnering with the Baptist Convention of New England,  which serves…
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Students on the road to serve

A volunteer fiesta created an opportunity for a youth group to get on the road, traveling almost two hours from their home church, to serve another church.
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New children’s book tells the story of first responders and how God has worked through real calls

A new children’s book telling the action-packed stories of first responders released on February 16. Written by Tommy Neiman, a longtime Florida Baptist, firefighter and…
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Culbreth retires, credits God with ministry opportunities/impact

After serving the Florida Baptist Convention, where he has “invested his life in the church,” for 25 years, Craig Culbreth, is retiring March 31, 2023.
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Florida Baptists come together to celebrate victories, look to future during Challenge 2025…

Close to 1,000 Florida Baptists came together to celebrate victories and look to the future in reaching Florida’s 22 million residents with the gospel during the Challenge 2025…
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Mobile Dental Ministry builds bridges to share gospel

When Farrell and Crystal Crews retired, they knew they wanted to go into missions full-time. What they didn’t know was that God already had a place for them to serve.
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Florida Baptist Partnership with Ohio Baptists sets stage for ‘something bigger’

As Florida Baptists’ partnership with Ohio Baptists begins to take shape, leaders from both state conventions are realizing the opportunities for God to do “something bigger” in…
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Family Focus Leads Central Baptist to Serve Community

Home to mangroves, lush botanical gardens, and world-renowned golf clubs is the seventh-largest city in Florida—Port St. Lucie. Serving this growing, multigenerational community on…
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Florida Baptist women serve seafarers: ‘An overseas mission field right in our backyard’

Thirteen women—from all corners of the Sunshine State—traveled from their Florida Baptist churches to the Canaveral Port Ministry Center in Port Canaveral for a four-day mission…
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Ministry leaders focus on reimagining small groups in church

Small Groups Reimagine, a shift from how we “do church” in post-pandemic church culture, was the focus of the September 2023 Sunday School Conference in Florida Baptists’ Central…
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‘Kingdom partnership’ results in ‘doing more together than we can apart’

Years ago, two Florida Baptist pastors became acquainted and began to cultivate a relationship. The two pastors serve churches 125 miles apart, but the miles between them have…
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Diverse populations unified in Christ at Crestview Baptist Church

Celebration focuses on the more than 1,500 baptized individuals­–representing dramatically diverse walks of life­–who have made professions of faith and been baptized over the past…
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Restoration Church of Sanford: A home for the broken

Meeting needs with the power of the gospel is exactly what the church plant is doing in the heart of downtown Sanford.
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First Baptist Kissimmee addresses mental health crisis in community

When community leaders speak, leaders at First Baptist Church of Kissimmee listen and take action.
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‘Christ glorified through devastation’

The city of Cedar Key is a quiet community nestled among many tiny keys on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Long admired for its natural beauty and protected sanctuaries, it is now a…
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Iglesia Comunidad Biblica in Spring Hill, less than one year old, hopes to plant another church

Pastor Kidannie Laboy just launched a Spanish-speaking church plant in January in Spring Hill, and he already is making plans to launch a second church plant in the near future.
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La Iglesia Comunidad Bíblica en Spring Hill, plantada hace menos de un año, espera plantar otra…

El pastor Kidannie Laboy acaba de iniciar la plantación de una iglesia de habla hispana en enero en Spring Hill, y ya está haciendo planes para lanzar una segunda iglesia en el…
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Florida Baptist Disaster Relief feeding operations underway at First Baptist Church in Perry

PERRY— Florida Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are set up and ready to start feeding operations out of First Baptist Church in Perry following Hurricane Idalia’s destructive…
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Influx of Spanish-speaking families inspires church plant in Naples

Recognizing that the tide is shifting in Naples, with more and more Spanish-speaking families moving to Florida’s Southwest region, Herminio Pagan—better known as JR—and his wife,…
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La entrada de familias de habla hispana inspira la plantación de iglesias en Naples

Reconociendo que la marea está cambiando en Naples, con cada vez más familias de habla hispana mudándose a la región suroeste de Florida, Herminio Pagán—mejor conocido como JR—y su…
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Arcadia church maintains strength through two hurricanes/now ‘reaching forward’

After enduring 150-mph winds and dangerous flooding from two of the most intense hurricanes to ever make landfall in Florida, Calvary Baptist Church in Arcadia has maintained…
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Happy Birthday Jesus Parties reach thousands of children with gospel

LEHIGH ACRES—Whether it’s on the side of a mountain, in a remote village or in a neighborhood park, Misión Hispana is on a mission to share the gospel with every man, woman and…
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Fellowship Church honors deacon for 40 years of service

Pictured above: Bill coaching his 4-5 year old flag football team. IMMOKALEE— For 40 years, he has loved. He has served. He has taught. And, even when times were tough, he has…
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‘Incredibly gracious and big God’ fuels partnerships between churches/regions

The long, scenic miles across Alligator Alley could not hinder southwest Florida Baptist pastors from coming “right beside” Larry Brister, a pastor serving in Ft. Lauderdale.
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Southwest Florida church witnesses unprecedented number of baptisms/life change

April found herself searching for purpose and struggling to find direction. She had grown up attending church with her family, so she did an online search for Baptist churches near…
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Handmade dresses share God’s love with little girls throughout world

Little girls around the world are smiling and experiencing God’s love through handmade dresses sewn by the volunteer women of Sew Culture ministry.
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Encouraging the encouragers in southwest Florida

Since Hurricane Ian crashed into Florida’s Gulf Coast on Sept. 28, bringing catastrophic winds, rain and an estimated 12-foot storm surge to cities in its direct path, southwest…
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‘On mission and making a difference’

It’s not just a nostalgic memory; it’s the future of missions for local churches, Irene Owens-Sharrett believes.
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Florida Baptists come together to celebrate victories, look to future during Challenge 2025…

Close to 1,000 Florida Baptists came together to celebrate victories and look to the future in reaching Florida’s 22 million residents with the gospel during the Challenge 2025…
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Florida Baptists’ most-read stories of 2022 offer inspiration and challenge

nspirational stories about the naming of a new president for The Baptist College of Florida, churches using creative strategies to reach their communities with the gospel, pastors…
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Influx of Spanish-speaking families inspires church plant in Naples

Recognizing that the tide is shifting in Naples, with more and more Spanish-speaking families moving to Florida’s Southwest region, Herminio Pagan—better known as JR—and his wife,…
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La entrada de familias de habla hispana inspira la plantación de iglesias en Naples

Reconociendo que la marea está cambiando en Naples, con cada vez más familias de habla hispana mudándose a la región suroeste de Florida, Herminio Pagán—mejor conocido como JR—y su…
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‘Beacon of hope for community’: Radiant City Church marks third year with 13 baptisms at Deerfield…

The new year at Radiant City Church in Boca Raton brought with it a wave of renewal and celebration as the congregation commemorated its third anniversary with a baptism ceremony…
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Florida Baptist Disaster Relief volunteer recognized for lifetime of service

Pictured above: Dusty Gregory (right) accepts the Robert E. Dixon Award for a lifetime of service on behalf of his mother, Linda Gregory, for her commitment as a Florida Baptist…
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Fruit Cove Baptist expands missions outreach to all seven continents

With its recent mission trip to Australia, Fruit Cove Baptist Church in North Florida has reached its goal of extending its missions footprint to all seven continents.
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East Central Baptist Network celebrates first Hispanic pastors/wives retreat

Hispanic church leaders and their wives from Daytona, DeLand, Deltona, Oviedo and Sanford gathered Jan. 18-20 at Park Avenue Baptist Church in Titusville for the inaugural East…
Read More...

Red Bautista del Este Central celebra el primer retiro de pastores y esposas hispanos

Líderes de iglesias hispanas y sus esposas de Daytona, DeLand, Deltona, Oviedo y Sanford se reunieron del 18 al 20 de enero en la Iglesia Bautista Park Avenue en Titusville para el…
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Churches, runners unite for women/unborn children

Nearly 500 runners gathered in below-freezing temperatures to participate in Run for Life, an annual 5K run to support Safe Harbor Pregnancy Medical Center, which serves women…
Read More...

Arcadia church maintains strength through two hurricanes/now ‘reaching forward’

After enduring 150-mph winds and dangerous flooding from two of the most intense hurricanes to ever make landfall in Florida, Calvary Baptist Church in Arcadia has maintained…
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Church prays for ‘God to move, and He did’

A small church in a rural community, Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Baker baptized 56 new believers in 2023. “Overall, I attribute this to prayer,” said Geoff Prows, pastor. “Our…
Read More...

Florida Baptist pastor uses cancer treatment as gospel-sharing opportunity

Six-hour sessions of chemotherapy, four dozen radiation appointments and countless medical procedures. This has been Larry Brister’s new normal for two years.
Read More...

West Region Associational Leaders Retire

As a new year begins, two West region associational mission strategists are looking forward to something new: Retirement.
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