Faithful in Evangelism (Baptism)

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A word from Dr. Green…

Thank you Florida Baptists for keeping the main thing the main thing! The faithfulness of Gospel preaching, teaching, witnessing, and ministering is clearly evident across our state. We celebrate together the blessings of God upon individual lives who trusted Christ as Savior and professed Him through Biblical baptism. We rejoice that Florida Baptist churches baptized 24,954 individuals this past church year. How exciting that weekly the baptismal waters in Florida Baptist churches are being stirred!

 We joined together for our first state wide Acts 2:41 Beach Baptism emphasis this past year. The reports of the witness of Christ surrounding our state as churches gathered from coast to coast to baptize people was powerful. We celebrated together an estimated 1500 persons being baptized on this day! I encourage you to plan to join with other churches on May 6, 2018, for the next Acts 2:41 Beach Baptism. Churches went to beaches, rivers, ponds, swimming pools, fountains, and maybe even a large mud puddle this past year. I hope your church will participate in this great day in Christ.

 The Regional Evangelism Conferences are in full swing. We have already met in the West Region at the Baptist College of Florida and Central Region at the Church at the Mall in Lakeland. You have more opportunities coming for the next four Evangelism Conferences. On April 16, the Southwest Region EC will be at Colonial Oaks Baptist Church in Sarasota. The North Region EC will be on April 30 at Westside Baptist Church in Gainesville. First Baptist Palm Coast will host the East Region EC on May 1. The Southeast Region EC will be held on October 27 at Estrella de Belen in Miami. The Evangelism Conferences provide information, instruction, and inspiration in evangelism. Plan to join others in these dynamic meetings!

 We celebrate every salvation decision for Christ! The following list identifies the leading 100 churches in Florida in baptisms.

Congregation Total
Baptisms
Congregation Total
Baptisms
Orlando First 1,313 Calvary Lighthouse, Davie 72
Church by the Glades, Coral Springs 1,230 New Covenant, Orlando 72
Potential, Fort Lauderdale 900 CitiChurch, Miami 72
Bell Shoals, Brandon 444 Cornerstone, Inverness 72
Crossing, Tampa 407 Central, Sanford 72
Idlewild, Lutz 374 Westside, Jacksonville 71
Family Gardens, Jupiter 362 Island Chapel, Tierra Verde 71
Christ Fellowship, Palmetto Bay 341 Oasis, Pembroke Pines 69
Calvary, Clearwater 305 Fellowship, Miami 68
Mission City, Largo 284 Sarasota 67
Family Downtown, West Palm Beach 270 Leesburg First 66
Church at the Springs, Ocala 248 Relevant, Tampa 65
Indian Rocks First, Largo 246 West Pines, Pembroke Pines 64
LifePoint, Tampa 222 Crosswater, Ponte Vedra Beach 64
Panama City First 216 Philadelphia Haitian, Orlando 63
Calvary, Miramar 173 Windermere First 61
Jacksonville First 170 North Jacksonville 61
Gulf to Lake, Crystal River 169 Bay Life, Brandon 61
Olive, Pensacola 167 Crestview, Lakeland 58
Church at the Mall, Lakeland 162 Chipley First 57
Shiloh, Jacksonville 159 Brazilian First, Pompano Beach 56
The Journey, Orange City 149 Immanuel, Pace 55
Chets Creek, Jacksonville 136 Starke First 52
FishHawk Fellowship, Lithia 134 The Crossing, Fort Pierce 52
Naples First 133 Francis, Palatka 51
Grace Fellowship, West Palm Beach 130 Old Plank Road, Jacksonville 50
CrossLife, Oviedo 126 Freedom, Vero Beach 49
Hiland Park, Panama City 122 C3, Orlando 48
Hillcrest, Pensacola 119 Elevate, Miami Lakes 48
Church at Viera, Melbourne 105 New Life, Carol City 48
ReThink Life, Orlando 103 Emerald Coast, Lynn Haven 48
Treasure Coast Community, Jensen Bch 99 Parkview, Palm Coast 48
Plant City First 99 Bronson First 47
Westside, Gainesville 94 Fort Ogden First 47
Middleburg First 92 Woodland, Bradenton 45
Hibernia, Fleming Island 90 Trinity, Keystone Heights 45
Temple Terrace First 88 Immanuel, Tallahassee 44
Kingsley Lake, Starke 86 St. Andrew, Panama City 44
South Biscayne, North Port 86 Evangelique de Jean 3:16, Delray Bch 44
Anastasia, St. Augustine 85 LifePointe, Eustis 42
Christ Journey, Coral Gables 83 Shiloh, Orange Park 41
Adonai Haitian, Miami 82 West Bradenton 41
Highland View, Port St. Joe 80 Pine Grove, Trenton 40
Fort Lauderdale First 78 Brownville, Arcadia 40
Melbourne First 77 Navarre First 40
Pine Terrace, Milton 77 Cornerstone, St. Cloud 39
South Tampa, Tampa 77 Gainesville First 39
At the Cross, Orlando 75 Palm Coast First 38
Fruit Cove, Jacksonville 75 Fifth Avenue, St. Petersburg 38

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Thank you Florida Baptists for your faithfulness in evangelism!

Tommy

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