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More than the good life

Beckoned by sunshine, beaches, fishing and more, thousands of people relocate to Ft. Myers annually, seeking to…

Not a shell game: beach baptism opens door for public witness

A public baptism including more than 130 changed lives is significant on its own. But an onlooker’s response may be…

Kinchen to BCF grads: ‘Be of good cheer’

The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) held its spring commencement ceremony for 29 graduates May 20 at its…

Stepping out in faith as missionaries at home

What does it look like to be a missionary in your hometown? That’s what members of Lake Mystic Baptist Church in…

Reaching the next generation of Hispanics in Stuart

Eighty-five percent. On Florida’s Atlantic coast, that is Gonzalo Perez’ focus. Perez, pastor of Mi Iglesia in…

Sumatra Baptist Church celebrates new life on Resurrection Sunday

On Easter Sunday as Christians worldwide celebrated new life found in the risen Lord, new life began for Sumatra…

More than the good life

Beckoned by sunshine, beaches, fishing and more, thousands of people relocate to Ft. Myers annually, seeking to…

Not a shell game: beach baptism opens door for public witness

A public baptism including more than 130 changed lives is significant on its own. But an onlooker’s response may be…

Kinchen to BCF grads: ‘Be of good cheer’

The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) held its spring commencement ceremony for 29 graduates May 20 at its…

Stepping out in faith as missionaries at home

What does it look like to be a missionary in your hometown? That’s what members of Lake Mystic Baptist Church in…

Reaching the next generation of Hispanics in Stuart

Eighty-five percent. On Florida’s Atlantic coast, that is Gonzalo Perez’ focus. Perez, pastor of Mi Iglesia in…

Sumatra Baptist Church celebrates new life on Resurrection Sunday

On Easter Sunday as Christians worldwide celebrated new life found in the risen Lord, new life began for Sumatra…

Stepping out in faith as missionaries at home

What does it look like to be a missionary in your hometown? That’s what members of Lake Mystic Baptist Church in…

Sumatra Baptist Church celebrates new life on Resurrection Sunday

On Easter Sunday as Christians worldwide celebrated new life found in the risen Lord, new life began for Sumatra…

One Day, One Church, Big Difference

What difference can one church and one day make? That’s a question Hillcrest Baptist Church in Pensacola has asked…

Alligator, deer and dove draw people to Christ in Malone

What do alligator, deer and dove have to do with people finding new life in Christ? Plenty. Just ask Pastor Danny…

Pensacola church maintains traditions, including 10% CP giving

“It makes us feel good we’re doing something for the Kingdom of God,” says Bill Flannigan, pastor of Plainview…

Panhandle church extends hope, grace to those in recovery

After attending a men’s discipleship group at Mosaic Church in Crestview, Jason accepted Christ as Savior and was…

Focus on Scripture and community outreach revitalizes church

When Pastor Adrian Taylor thinks about the revitalization and growth that Springhill Missionary Baptist Church has…

‘Miss Lois’ traces her family’s Christian faith back to Baptist missionaries…

Lois Lin’s rich missions heritage can be traced back more than a century to a Southern Baptist missionary serving…

‘Divine appointments’ lead to ministry with brain injury survivors/families

When Pastor Eric Wietz encounters someone who has experience with a brain injury, he knows it’s not a chance…

Perry church partners with school through Homework Help Club

Through its new Homework Help Club, First Baptist Church in Perry is helping struggling students thrive in school…

Dedicated deacon creates thriving food ministry from desire to share his faith

With a desire to serve his Savior, Gary Watson began offering free produce and Christian tracts to Live Oak…

Lulu Baptist Church: Small churches mustn’t think small

Lulu Baptist Church in North Florida has proven that even small churches can touch lives in its community if…

Reaching the next generation of Hispanics in Stuart

Eighty-five percent. On Florida’s Atlantic coast, that is Gonzalo Perez’ focus. Perez, pastor of Mi Iglesia in…

Having fun while loving God

At Central Baptist Church in Port St. Lucie, church members recently lived out how to “have fun while loving God,”…

Haitian church celebrates being a ‘light in the community’ for 30 years

Amid the flowers and balloons celebrating the 30th anniversary of Premiere Eglise Baptiste Haitenne de…

Unexpected encounter leads to new church plant in Jacksonville

An unexpected encounter in his doctoral class led to Curtis Haynes’ decision to plant a new Southern Baptist church…

Jóvenes de Daytona Beach atraen a sus compañeros a una reunión de oración para el…

Durante una reunión planeada por sus pares, 70 adultos jóvenes se reunieron en First Baptist Church en Daytona…

Daytona Beach youth draw peers to prayer meeting for spiritual growth

During a meeting planned by their peers, 70 young adults gathered at First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Feb.…

Not a shell game: beach baptism opens door for public witness

A public baptism including more than 130 changed lives is significant on its own. But an onlooker’s response may be…

Former drug addict finds redemption in church rehab featured in new film

“Would God put somebody on this earth to be nothing but a drug addict and to die in that sin?” That was John…

Bartow church believes ‘God is still good’ after fire destroys sanctuary

The scorched remains of the sanctuary, buckled roof and blackened pews serve as a backdrop for the sign outside of…

Refresh retreat ministers to Central Florida pastors

Tim Encinosa, pastor of West Shore Baptist Church in Tampa, believes “too many pastors and wives feel isolated.”…

2022 ‘Challenge 2025 Gathering:’ encouragement, inspiration, equipping

Florida Baptists will come together to challenge and sharpen one another during the Challenge 2025 Gathering…

First Baptist Church in Apopka embraces homeless in its community

First Baptist Church in Apopka was in a time of healing when David Schorejs accepted God’s call as pastor seven…

More than the good life

Beckoned by sunshine, beaches, fishing and more, thousands of people relocate to Ft. Myers annually, seeking to…

A ministry heart for Native Americans

Josh LeadingFox, pastor of Immokalee First Seminole Baptist Church in southwest Florida, is dedicated to reaching…

Seizing opportunity to share gospel

For the past 19 months, John Cross, lead pastor at First Sarasota, has created a culture of evangelism in his…

SW Florida church creates new blueprint for ministry, worship

Excitement has been building from the ground-up as New Hope Church expands their kingdom impact by creating a…

SW Florida Conference brings people from across the nation

More than 250 pastors and church leaders from across the nation converged on southwest Florida for the third-annual…

Unwavering faithfulness marks Southwest FL church

Nestled along U.S. Route 98 between Sebring and Okeechobee, First Baptist Church in Lorida is a church committed to…

Florida Baptists challenged to respond to ‘world’s greatest problem’

“The world’s greatest problem is lostness,” said Paul Chitwood, president of the International Mission Board of the…

Moving the Church Forward Post-Pandemic

As the world enters a new post-pandemic normal, churches are asking themselves, “What now?” and Mark Croston,…

Bi-vocational pastor shares gospel “in the middle of the world”

Monday through Friday Sal Cavarretta can be found selling boats, water bikes, wave runners and all sorts of…

Day of learning and sharpening draws Haitian church leaders together

Stormy clouds and rushing winds did not deter the faithful from gathering to sharpen their ministry skills during…

FLDR’s first training for 2022 draws nearly 100 vols; six training sessions remain

The first training of the Florida Baptist Disaster Relief’s 2022 season brought nearly 100 volunteers to Christ…

New England Baptists look for encouragement, friendship from Florida pastors

It is not rare for New Englanders to travel to South Florida in the winter months as they seek to escape sub-zero…

News

Cloer named president of Baptist College of Florida

Clayton Cloer, senior pastor of the Church at the Cross in Orlando, has been named president of The Baptist College…

Committee on Nominations accepting nominations

The Committee on Nominations is responsible for nominating Florida Baptists to serve on the state convention’s…

Hispanic Baptists set to be encouraged, equipped at Anaheim gatherings

Baptists from the U.S. and beyond are looking forward to the annual Southern Baptist Convention gathering in…

Explosión Mortal Daña Iglesia Histórica/Oficinas de la Convención Bautista en Cuba…

La cúpula del siglo diecinueve de la iglesia ha sido rasgada hacia el cielo. Las ventanas están destrozadas; los…

Deadly explosion damages historic church/Baptist conv. offices in Western Cuba

The church’s 19th century dome has been ripped open into the sky. Windows are shattered; floors have collapsed.…

State Board celebrates movement of God throughout Florida

Celebrating the movement of God throughout Florida, Brian Stowe, president of the State Board of Missions, stated,…