Honoring Church Leaders in Local Ministry and Beyond

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The North American Mission Board (NAMB) recently sponsored two luncheons for pastors, staff and missions leaders in the Central Region of the Florida Baptist Convention. These events took place at First Baptist Church, Orlando on February 7th and at Idlewild Baptist Church, Tampa on February 13th.

Staying true to their mission, NAMB hosts luncheons throughout the year to honor and assist church leaders in sending the hope of the gospel in their community and beyond. “The church is God’s plan and you are God’s plan to reach North America and the nations with the hope of the gospel, and the North American Mission Board is here to help.”

NAMB recognizes the time, effort, and preparations that pastors, staff and missions leaders selflessly give to their local churches. “Leading your church to make a kingdom impact requires more than many church members may realize,” states NAMB. At the luncheon, attendees enjoyed a “sweet time of fellowship and good food.” They also heard from a panel of pastors who addressed relevant ministry issues including evangelism, discipleship and missions and how NAMB can assist them in their local ministry and beyond.

Pastor Jeffery Singletary, Central Region Catalyst for the Florida Baptist Convention was in attendance and remarked,“What a wonderful time of pouring into those who are always pouring out.” It is crucial that we all take a moment for opportunities offering replenishment; and our leaders are well aware of the associated benefits. Singletary continued, “There are times when encouragers need to be encouraged. This was one of those days!”

NAMB Pastors Luncheon at FBC Orlando

At the NAMB Luncheon that took place at FBC Orlando on February 7th, there were a number of panel speakers including: David Uth, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Orlando, Florida; Aaron Burgner, Lead Pastor, Church at the Mall, Lakeland, Florida; Ken Adams, Pastor, Crossroads Church, Newnan, Georgia; and Danny de Armas, Senior Associate Pastor, First Baptist Orlando, Florida.

At the NAMB Luncheon that took place at Idlewild Baptist Church on February 13th, the panel speakers included: Ken Whitten, Senior pastor at Idlewild Baptist Church, Lutz Florida; Sam Rainer, Lead Pastor, West Bradenton Baptist Church, Bradenton, Florida; Cliff Lea, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Leesburg, Florida; and Danny de Armas, Senior Associate Pastor, First Baptist Orlando, Florida.

NAMB Pastors Luncheon at Idlewild Baptist Church in Tampa.

Pastor Freddie Hinson Jr., serving at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, attended the Idlewild luncheon and said that the NAMB Luncheon “was truly a blessing to fellowship with my fellow pastors. It is always so refreshing to meet with pastors of like passion. I always look forward to the fellowship with my brothers, I always leave encouraged and reinvigorated.”

For more information regarding NAMB events, please visit: https://www.namb.net/events/.

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