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Sharing the eternal life changing power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the purpose and mission of every Florida Baptist Church. We have been given ONE Gospel message to share with those that God has placed in our lives. One Gospel message that has the power to change the nearly 8 billion individuals that inhabit planet earth and the 22 million individuals that call Florida their home.

The population of Florida is currently adding over 330,000 residents per year and these individuals are coming from nearly every country in our world. God is relocating “new neighbors” in our cities and communities from around the world, so that we can share His loving Gospel message. Being relocated to Florida from other parts of the world brings some unique challenges to our new neighbors.

The following ministries and materials will help your church family be prepared and ready to minister to their new international neighbors. It is our desire to come right beside our Florida Baptist churches as you come right beside the individuals that God has brought into your neighborhood.

Why do churches and Christians do varied expressions of Christian ministry to our communities? Because we are commanded to do so showing God’s love, care, and compassion. Throughout the Bible that heartbeat to save a lost humanity has been evident in His redemptive story, salvation history, and Jesus Christ himself. He sent His Son to a lost world to save it spiritually. Jesus also taught us the answer to who is the neighbor we should care for in the parable of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). God’s concern and care expressed in Jesus knows no cultural, national, ethnic, or demographic boundaries. His unique compassion is demonstrated to the widow, orphans, refugees, and foreigners (James 1:27, James 2:14-17, Isaiah 1:17, Exodus 22:21-34, Deuteronomy 24:17-21, Jeremiah 22:3, Zechariah 7:10).

In every era and community Christians can fulfill the Great Commission as they demonstrate God’s care in these varied ways. One way it seems particularly evident is when across history God orchestrates people movements. He picks the times and places people live so that the gospel also moves in those ways (Acts 17:24-27). We have incredible mission opportunities as we look around our communities and churches. Who has He intentionally placed in them that needs to hear and see His love in action through intentional ministry that shows this gospel compassion in word and deed?

There are ways to create awareness and develop convictions of His mandate through Biblical studies, sermons, discipling, sharing resources and ideas of how God is at work in these unique ministries. We pray He will use your life, ministry, church and influence to share the gospel and serve as Jesus did to those in need. Pray, process and plan to take steps, be it for the first time or in developing ministries or partnerships, that intentionally fulfill the Great Commission and share the hope of the gospel as people all around us to are ministered to in their real needs in His name.

The ideas, resources, contacts and church ministry partnerships can be used by God to make a great gospel impact in Florida to all people He has placed and continues to bring around us. Let us know further ways we can be “Right Beside You” as together we come right beside new neighbors in our communities in Jesus’ name (Matthew 28:18-20, Matthew 22:36-40).

Prayer resources (click to download):

Books and writers regarding compassion and caring community ministries:

  • Atkinson, Donald A. and Charles Roesel, Meeting Needs Sharing Christ. Nashville, TN, Lifeway Press, 1995.
  • Butler, Phillip. Well Connected: Releasing Power, Restoring Hope Through Kingdom Partnerships, Colorado Springs, Colorado: Authentic Publishing, 2005.
  • Carlson, Deanna. The Welfare of My Neighbor: Living Out Christ’s Love for the Poor, Washington, DC, Family Research Council, 1999.
  • Dudley, Carl S. Basic Steps Toward Christian Ministry, Washington, DC, The Alban Institute, Inc, 1991.
  • Engstrom, Ted W. and Edward R. Dayton. The Art of Management For Christian Leaders, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Zondervan Publishing House, 1989.
  • Lewis, Robert, and Bob Wilkins. The Church of Irresistible Influence, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Zondervan, 2001.
  • Lupton, Robert D. Compassion, Justice, and the Christian Life: Rethinking Ministry to the Poor, Ventura, California, Regal Books, 2007.
  • Minatrea, Milfred. Shaped By God’s Heart: The Passion and Practices of Missional Churches, San Francisco, California, Jossey-Bass, 2004.
  • Moffitt, Bob with Karla Tesch.  If Jesus Were Mayor: How Your Local Church Can Transform Your Community, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Monarch Books, 2006.
  • Perkins, John M. Beyond Charity: The Call To Christian Community Development, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Baker Books, 1993.
  • Pinson, Jr.  William M. Applying the Gospel: Suggestions for Christian Social Action in a Local Church, Nashville, Tennessee, Broadman Press, 1975.
  • Sherman, Amy L. Restorers of Hope: Reaching the poor in your community with church-based ministries that work, Eugene, Oregon, Wipf and Stock Publishers, 1997.
  • Sider, Ronald J., Phillip N. Olson, & Heidi Rolland Unruh. Churches That Make a Difference: Reaching Your Community With Good News and Good Works, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Baker Books, 2005.
  • Sider, Ronald J. Good News and Good Works: A Theology For The Whole Gospel, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Baker Books, 2004.
  • Sider, Ronald, J. Just Generosity: A New Vision for Overcoming Poverty in America, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Baker Books, 2007.
  • Watkins, Derrel R. Christian Social Ministry: An Introduction, Nashville, Tennessee, Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1994.

(Ministry resource listing of books and authors provided by Michael Daily)

Books and resources – Immigration Guide:

  • Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate, by Matthew Soerens and Jenny Hwang Yang (InterVarsity Press, 2009)
  • Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church and the Bible, by Dr. Daniel Carroll Rodas (Baker Academic, 2008, 2013; also available in Spanish as Cristianos en La Frontera)
  • Strangers Next Door: Immigration, Migration and Mission, by Dr. J.D. Payne (InterVarsity Press, 2012)
  • Diaspora Missiology: Theory, Methodology and Practice, edited by Dr. Enoch Wan (Institute of Diaspora Studies, 2011)
  • The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity, by Dr. Soong-Chan Rah (InterVarsity Press, 2009) Learning Resources
  • “I Was a Stranger” Challenge bookmarks available for free download or for purchase in paper form at iwasastranger
  • “Immigration by the Numbers” Fact Sheet, available at http://
  • “Welcoming the Stranger: Discovering and Living God’s Heart for Immigrants” Learning Group Guide, from World Relief and the National Association of Evangelicals, available free for download or for purchase in printed form at Video Resources
  • G92 Conference video series, featuring Dr. Daniel Carroll, Matthew Soerens, Stephan Bauman, and others:
  • Urban Entry “Send These” video, available at index.php/videos/ue4-send-these/about

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Immigrant Ministry
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