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SE Florida pastors join virtually for prayer, encouragement

Florida Baptist pastors in the southeast region of the state came together virtually March 23 to pray and encourage one another amid the COVID-19 global pandemic.
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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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Hispanic pastors unite in prayer for COVID-19 crisis

Florida Baptist Hispanic pastors lifted up the family of Christ in prayer that they may receive God’s peace and protection during the COVID-19 crisis and for the salvation of those…
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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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South Florida churches adopt creative ways to minister during COVID-19 crisis

As a shadow of fear and uncertainty spreads over the nation in response to the  COVID-19 crisis, Florida Baptist churches in the southeast region of the state are finding inventive…
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FBDR and state launch Spiritual Care Hotline on Saturday

A Spiritual Care Hotline offering prayer and comfort to individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic will be launched Saturday, March 28 at 8 a.m. EST by the Florida Baptist Disaster…
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Determined church finds ways to be the hands and feet of Christ

As the coronavirus spreads throughout the state, as businesses close, jobs are lost, and lives are impacted, Florida Baptist churches are looking for ways to share the gospel and…
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Neighborhood teen becomes the ‘one’ for Pensacola church

A church committed to embracing their West Pensacola neighborhood discovered anew how God is working in their midst during its focus on “Who’s Your One.”
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Sheriff office’s chaplain ministers in line of duty

Being on call a week at a time; leading weekly Bible studies; riding along with deputies; providing grief counseling: these are just a few of the duties that David Drake attends to…
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Tommy Green issues statewide call to prayer for Thursday, March 26

Tommy Green is urging all Florida Baptist pastors to unite in a statewide time of “crying out to the Lord in prayer” during this unprecedented worldwide crisis.
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Central Region Pastors Respond to Challenge 2025

Tommy Green, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, toured the state earlier this year, driving home Challenge 2025 during engaging, local sessions.
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Florida Baptist Convention Reduces Budget in Response to Covid-19 Crisis

God has richly blessed the churches of the Florida Baptist Convention. During this time of international crisis, we must focus our attention to our finances to ensure that ministry…
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SE Florida pastors join virtually for prayer, encouragement

Florida Baptist pastors in the southeast region of the state came together virtually March 23 to pray and encourage one another amid the COVID-19 global pandemic.
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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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Hispanic pastors unite in prayer for COVID-19 crisis

Florida Baptist Hispanic pastors lifted up the family of Christ in prayer that they may receive God’s peace and protection during the COVID-19 crisis and for the salvation of those…
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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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South Florida churches adopt creative ways to minister during COVID-19 crisis

As a shadow of fear and uncertainty spreads over the nation in response to the  COVID-19 crisis, Florida Baptist churches in the southeast region of the state are finding inventive…
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Determined church finds ways to be the hands and feet of Christ

As the coronavirus spreads throughout the state, as businesses close, jobs are lost, and lives are impacted, Florida Baptist churches are looking for ways to share the gospel and…
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Neighborhood teen becomes the ‘one’ for Pensacola church

A church committed to embracing their West Pensacola neighborhood discovered anew how God is working in their midst during its focus on “Who’s Your One.”
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Sheriff office’s chaplain ministers in line of duty

Being on call a week at a time; leading weekly Bible studies; riding along with deputies; providing grief counseling: these are just a few of the duties that David Drake attends to…
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Central Region Pastors Respond to Challenge 2025

Tommy Green, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, toured the state earlier this year, driving home Challenge 2025 during engaging, local sessions.
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Community service drives First Milton’s anniversary celebration

First Baptist Church in Milton will celebrate its 175th anniversary this year and its schools and community will be one of those receiving birthday blessings.
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Churches mobilize to meet needs in COVID-19 crisis

The needs of communities around the U.S. have been growing in midst of the COVID-19 global crisis. With many families unable to maintain proper childcare with schools shutting…
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Apologetics driving theme of southwest region’s Sharper! conference

The smell of coffee, gracious hospitality and answers to tough questions filled the worship center of Sarasota Baptist Church as more than 200 people gathered Thursday, March 5 for…
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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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FBDR and state launch Spiritual Care Hotline on Saturday

A Spiritual Care Hotline offering prayer and comfort to individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic will be launched Saturday, March 28 at 8 a.m. EST by the Florida Baptist Disaster…
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Neighborhood teen becomes the ‘one’ for Pensacola church

A church committed to embracing their West Pensacola neighborhood discovered anew how God is working in their midst during its focus on “Who’s Your One.”
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Tommy Green issues statewide call to prayer for Thursday, March 26

Tommy Green is urging all Florida Baptist pastors to unite in a statewide time of “crying out to the Lord in prayer” during this unprecedented worldwide crisis.
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Florida Baptist Convention Reduces Budget in Response to Covid-19 Crisis

God has richly blessed the churches of the Florida Baptist Convention. During this time of international crisis, we must focus our attention to our finances to ensure that ministry…
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Community service drives First Milton’s anniversary celebration

First Baptist Church in Milton will celebrate its 175th anniversary this year and its schools and community will be one of those receiving birthday blessings.
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Marriage event brings couples and churches together

February. The month of love. Each year around this time, Senior Pastor James Ross of First Baptist Church on Bayshore in Niceville preaches a series about marriage.
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Pensacola churches grieve, respond after deadly shooting

Pensacola Baptist churches are grieving as they bring comfort, hope and love to their community after a gunman began shooting at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, killing…
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Addicts find recovery and salvation in local churches

At age 15, Kelly Hancock was hitting bars regularly in the South Florida’s Southwest Ranches community where she was raised. Today, after 23 years of sobriety, she proudly tells…
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Pastors encouraged to ‘Stay at It’

Barbecue, baked beans, coleslaw and encouragement were on the menu for the “Stay at It” luncheon sponsored by the Florida Baptist Convention (FBC), North American Mission Board…
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Despite widespread destruction, Mexico Beach church sees God at work

Riding out Hurricane Michael’s 161 mph winds at their Mexico Beach home, Barbara and Bubba Harmon watched as the Category 5 storm’s nine-foot tidal wave rushed toward them,…
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Hurricane Michael: One year later

Two days after Category 5 Hurricane Michael made landfall on Florida’s Panhandle on Oct. 10, 2018, Florida Baptists’ disaster relief volunteers were there. Headquartered at Hiland…
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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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FBDR and state launch Spiritual Care Hotline on Saturday

A Spiritual Care Hotline offering prayer and comfort to individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic will be launched Saturday, March 28 at 8 a.m. EST by the Florida Baptist Disaster…
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Tommy Green issues statewide call to prayer for Thursday, March 26

Tommy Green is urging all Florida Baptist pastors to unite in a statewide time of “crying out to the Lord in prayer” during this unprecedented worldwide crisis.
Read More...

Florida Baptist Convention Reduces Budget in Response to Covid-19 Crisis

God has richly blessed the churches of the Florida Baptist Convention. During this time of international crisis, we must focus our attention to our finances to ensure that ministry…
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Churches mobilize to meet needs in COVID-19 crisis

The needs of communities around the U.S. have been growing in midst of the COVID-19 global crisis. With many families unable to maintain proper childcare with schools shutting…
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Church blesses, encourages bivocational pastors

Recognizing the hard work that bivocational pastors do day in and day out, a Tallahassee church recently set out to encourage and bless 40 such pastors from their city and…
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Ocala church–17th oldest in state–celebrates 175th anniversary

Back in 1844 when Fellowship Baptist Church first opened its doors, Ocala was not yet a city, Florida was not yet a state and the Southern Baptist Convention had not yet been…
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FBC Bradfordville fast-ramps its CP giving

Bradfordville First Baptist Church voted unanimously Dec. 8 to increase its Cooperative Program giving to 10 percent in 2020. That's up from 1 percent the year Ronny Raines arrived…
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Gospel Singer, Musician Enjoys New Role As Church Pastor

Bryant Thigpen has toured the country playing piano for southern gospel legend Naomi and The Segos. He’s won awards as pianist, guitarist and Christian humorist of the year. He’s…
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Missions conference connects Great Commission work around globe

Those attending the recent Global Missions Conference in Ocala got to learn about 16 organizations working throughout the world and how they might partner with them to further the…
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Quincy church plant impacts community with ‘Hallelujah Night’

Food, music, games, and candy--plus plenty of families--equal a great night of community outreach for New Destiny Christian Church in Quincy, Fla.
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Crawfordville church celebrates 150 Years with week of serving Community

For a big anniversary like its 150th, Lake Ellen Baptist Church in Crawfordville celebrated in a big way with a week of ministry outreach projects that included giving away $1,600…
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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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FBDR and state launch Spiritual Care Hotline on Saturday

A Spiritual Care Hotline offering prayer and comfort to individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic will be launched Saturday, March 28 at 8 a.m. EST by the Florida Baptist Disaster…
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Determined church finds ways to be the hands and feet of Christ

As the coronavirus spreads throughout the state, as businesses close, jobs are lost, and lives are impacted, Florida Baptist churches are looking for ways to share the gospel and…
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Sheriff office’s chaplain ministers in line of duty

Being on call a week at a time; leading weekly Bible studies; riding along with deputies; providing grief counseling: these are just a few of the duties that David Drake attends to…
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Tommy Green issues statewide call to prayer for Thursday, March 26

Tommy Green is urging all Florida Baptist pastors to unite in a statewide time of “crying out to the Lord in prayer” during this unprecedented worldwide crisis.
Read More...

Florida Baptist Convention Reduces Budget in Response to Covid-19 Crisis

God has richly blessed the churches of the Florida Baptist Convention. During this time of international crisis, we must focus our attention to our finances to ensure that ministry…
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Jacksonville pastor: ‘a man with a giving heart’

Following in the footsteps of New Testament encourager Barnabas, Victor Reyes is a source of encouragement and community to Jacksonville’s 20 Hispanic churches, many of which are…
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Yulee Church Tackles Local Hunger

Even as new growth overwhelms Yulee, hunger continues to be a reality. Yulee Baptist Church is helping tackle this issue, providing a robust, on-going food ministry to aid their…
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New pastor reaps benefits from beloved predecessor

While many pastors might attest to the challenges of leading a church following a long-tenured predecessor, Nick Manzie, pastor of Central Baptist Church  in Port St. Lucie, has a…
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Church Helps Make Christmas Dreams Come True

“It’s so good to see my kid be a kid again” was a recent comment from a parent as she watched her seriously ill child make cookies with Mrs. Claus, create a toy with Tinker the Elf…
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Church Experiences the Providence of God

Less than 10 years ago, 35 committed believers planting a new church in a clubhouse could never have imagined the providence of God that within a decade they would have a five-acre…
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Sanford church works to develop prayer culture

While on a mission trip to Wales in 2018, Alan Brumback, pastor of Central Sanford Church, spent an entire day prayerwalking a village alongside an International Mission Board, SBC…
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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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FBDR and state launch Spiritual Care Hotline on Saturday

A Spiritual Care Hotline offering prayer and comfort to individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic will be launched Saturday, March 28 at 8 a.m. EST by the Florida Baptist Disaster…
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Tommy Green issues statewide call to prayer for Thursday, March 26

Tommy Green is urging all Florida Baptist pastors to unite in a statewide time of “crying out to the Lord in prayer” during this unprecedented worldwide crisis.
Read More...

Central Region Pastors Respond to Challenge 2025

Tommy Green, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, toured the state earlier this year, driving home Challenge 2025 during engaging, local sessions.
Read More...

Florida Baptist Convention Reduces Budget in Response to Covid-19 Crisis

God has richly blessed the churches of the Florida Baptist Convention. During this time of international crisis, we must focus our attention to our finances to ensure that ministry…
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Florida Baptists reap spiritual benefits from fasting

Danny Bennett, and his wife Karen, are devoted to the spiritual discipline of fasting, having practice it one day a week for the past 15 years. As he sought to instill the benefits…
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Young Orlando church ‘plants pregnant’ in Leesburg

Planting pregnant. This is what Cam Triggs, church planter and lead pastor of Grace Alive church in Orlando, calls it when a young church plant sends out another planter before…
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Mt. Dora Hispanic youth refresh their connection with God

Nearly 100 teens and young adults unplugged from their daily lives and refreshed their connection with God during the Iglesia Bautista Lake Saunders’ fourth annual Process Camp.
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First Baptist Church at the Mall prepares for future as Lakes Church

One of Florida Baptists’ leading congregations has changed its name to respond to its rapidly changing community. Lakes Church, formerly known as First Baptist Church at the Mall,…
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Lake Wales church stresses the importance of group retreats

The opportunity to fellowship and receive guidance in the name of the Lord is priceless. Just ask the attendees of First Baptist Church in Lake Wales' annual Men’s Retreat.
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Gift of Hope | Giving and Receiving the Gifts of Christ

More than 700 needy families with 1,600 children were able to celebrate the Christmas experience while hearing the gospel story through Gift of Hope, a ministry sponsored by a…
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Freeport, Grand Bahamas | Front and Center

Two months after Hurricane Dorian, devastation is still a present-day reality in Freeport, Grand Bahamas. The carnage is no longer front-page news, even though it may take the…
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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.
Read More...

South Florida churches adopt creative ways to minister during COVID-19 crisis

As a shadow of fear and uncertainty spreads over the nation in response to the  COVID-19 crisis, Florida Baptist churches in the southeast region of the state are finding inventive…
Read More...

FBDR and state launch Spiritual Care Hotline on Saturday

A Spiritual Care Hotline offering prayer and comfort to individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic will be launched Saturday, March 28 at 8 a.m. EST by the Florida Baptist Disaster…
Read More...

Tommy Green issues statewide call to prayer for Thursday, March 26

Tommy Green is urging all Florida Baptist pastors to unite in a statewide time of “crying out to the Lord in prayer” during this unprecedented worldwide crisis.
Read More...

Florida Baptist Convention Reduces Budget in Response to Covid-19 Crisis

God has richly blessed the churches of the Florida Baptist Convention. During this time of international crisis, we must focus our attention to our finances to ensure that ministry…
Read More...

Apologetics driving theme of southwest region’s Sharper! conference

The smell of coffee, gracious hospitality and answers to tough questions filled the worship center of Sarasota Baptist Church as more than 200 people gathered Thursday, March 5 for…
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Exhorting the Word, prioritizing missions keys to church’s growth

During the past three years, under the leadership of lead pastor Rick Hardison, Lakewood Ranch Baptist Church has placed a priority on preaching the Word, missions, church…
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Miracles abound at North River Church

A decade ago, North River Church was planted by West Bradenton Baptist Church, as a beacon for Christ to reach the explosive growth of new families moving to one of the state’s…
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First Palmetto: Unleashing missionaries for service

Adopting and serving a struggling church in their area; being “hands and feet” for a woman needing assistance for a new wheelchair-friendly vehicle for her son; providing partial…
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Immokalee First Seminole Church displays heart for all people

Tucked away on a Seminole Indian Reservation, sits Immokalee First Seminole Baptist Church that seeks to reach “every nation, every tribe, every people and every language” with the…
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Christmas surprise: SW Florida churches pay families’ medical debt

Over the next couple weeks, many southwest Florida residents will not only receive wrapped gifts from friends and family, they will discover a Christmas surprise--a bright yellow…
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SE Florida pastors join virtually for prayer, encouragement

Florida Baptist pastors in the southeast region of the state came together virtually March 23 to pray and encourage one another amid the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Read More...

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…
Read More...

Hispanic pastors unite in prayer for COVID-19 crisis

Florida Baptist Hispanic pastors lifted up the family of Christ in prayer that they may receive God’s peace and protection during the COVID-19 crisis and for the salvation of those…
Read More...

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.
Read More...

South Florida churches adopt creative ways to minister during COVID-19 crisis

As a shadow of fear and uncertainty spreads over the nation in response to the  COVID-19 crisis, Florida Baptist churches in the southeast region of the state are finding inventive…
Read More...

FBDR and state launch Spiritual Care Hotline on Saturday

A Spiritual Care Hotline offering prayer and comfort to individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic will be launched Saturday, March 28 at 8 a.m. EST by the Florida Baptist Disaster…
Read More...

Determined church finds ways to be the hands and feet of Christ

As the coronavirus spreads throughout the state, as businesses close, jobs are lost, and lives are impacted, Florida Baptist churches are looking for ways to share the gospel and…
Read More...

Neighborhood teen becomes the ‘one’ for Pensacola church

A church committed to embracing their West Pensacola neighborhood discovered anew how God is working in their midst during its focus on “Who’s Your One.”
Read More...

Sheriff office’s chaplain ministers in line of duty

Being on call a week at a time; leading weekly Bible studies; riding along with deputies; providing grief counseling: these are just a few of the duties that David Drake attends to…
Read More...

Tommy Green issues statewide call to prayer for Thursday, March 26

Tommy Green is urging all Florida Baptist pastors to unite in a statewide time of “crying out to the Lord in prayer” during this unprecedented worldwide crisis.
Read More...

Central Region Pastors Respond to Challenge 2025

Tommy Green, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, toured the state earlier this year, driving home Challenge 2025 during engaging, local sessions.
Read More...

Florida Baptist Convention Reduces Budget in Response to Covid-19 Crisis

God has richly blessed the churches of the Florida Baptist Convention. During this time of international crisis, we must focus our attention to our finances to ensure that ministry…
Read More...