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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…

2019 FBSC to celebrate unity, embrace diversity ‘One Family Gathering’

As Florida Baptists gather for the Florida Baptist State Convention meeting, President Erik Cummings, has one…

Hurricane Michael: One year later

PANAMA CITY--Joshua Fidler walked across a field that had been covered for almost ten months by massive debris—“a…

Church helps Tallahassee school celebrate success and new year

Looking to make an impact in its inner city community, members of Unity Baptist Church in Tallahassee sponsored a…

Pastors encouraged to ‘Stay at it’ during annual Pastors’ Conference

Florida Baptist pastors and their wives will be urged to “Stay at It” during the 2019 Florida Baptist Pastors’…

Hispanic pastor dispels darkness in SW Florida

LEHIGH ACRES—More than half of all residents in Ft. Myers-Naples claim that they do not read the Bible, pray or…

Hurricane Michael: One year later

Two days after Category 5 Hurricane Michael made landfall on Florida’s Panhandle on Oct. 10, 2018, Florida…

Hurricane Michael: One year later

PANAMA CITY--Joshua Fidler walked across a field that had been covered for almost ten months by massive debris—“a…

Church helps Tallahassee school celebrate success and new year

Looking to make an impact in its inner city community, members of Unity Baptist Church in Tallahassee sponsored a…

Hispanic pastor dispels darkness in SW Florida

LEHIGH ACRES—More than half of all residents in Ft. Myers-Naples claim that they do not read the Bible, pray or…

Groups Still Matter | 2019 Central Florida Sunday School Conference

More than 400 participants gathered to increase their understanding of every facet in Sunday School ministry and to…

Spanish congregation embraces English language community

Iglesia Bautista Northside in Hialeah, known as a church that loves its neighbors, is now embracing its community…

Hurricane Michael: One year later

Two days after Category 5 Hurricane Michael made landfall on Florida’s Panhandle on Oct. 10, 2018, Florida…

Hurricane Michael: One year later

PANAMA CITY--Joshua Fidler walked across a field that had been covered for almost ten months by massive debris—“a…

The priority of marriage: date night for pastors, wives

Juggling work schedules, raising families, handling the demands of ministry, and managing finances are some of the…

VBS continues despite tragedy of Hurricane Michael

Uprooted dead trees line the ground. Uninhabitable apartment buildings are empty. Street signs are missing.…

FBC Milligan not Deterred by Church Fire

The Florida Panhandle has experienced many extreme weather conditions this past year. Nine months following the…

Catch The Vision Tour Encourages Pastors, Sparks Partnerships

Six pastors from the west region of Florida had the opportunity to see the diversity and complexity of doing…

Church helps Tallahassee school celebrate success and new year

Looking to make an impact in its inner city community, members of Unity Baptist Church in Tallahassee sponsored a…

Team Tallahassee ministers to student athletes, families and coaches

What started as a service project at one local high school has now expanded to include more schools as well as an…

Ocala church covers schools with prayer, mulch

Armed with 40 backpacks full of school supplies, 80 bags of mulch, landscaping tools and prayer cards, about 120…

Faith Fellowship Ocala Off To Great Start

When First Baptist Church of Dunnellon began to pursue a new church plant, Pastor Russ Randall wanted to get 100…

Kids Donate Funds Raised During VBS To Florida Baptist Children’s Homes

Children from Hardeetown Baptist Church in Chiefland recently donated $631 raised during Vacation Bible School to…

Hope Church Chiefland Sees Triple Growth in First Six Months

When the Rev. Jonathan Edmisten agreed to become interim pastor at a church in Chiefland, Fla., earlier this year,…

The priority of marriage: date night for pastors, wives

Juggling work schedules, raising families, handling the demands of ministry, and managing finances are some of the…

Titusville’s The Grove Church draws community to Jesus

Assuring its community that “no perfect people are allowed,” in just eight short years The Grove Church in…

First Baptist Jacksonville downsizes campus to more effectively serve the city

The historic First Baptist Church in Jacksonville plans to downsize its sprawling 10-block campus to just one…

Partnering Church Celebrates Retiring SBC Missionaries

The faithful ministry of two missionaries that spanned more than three decades, service in war-torn African…

On Mission in Michigan: A Small Association Helping an Even Smaller One

Last October, three men from the Halifax Baptist Association (HBA) went on an expolatory trip to Bay Area Baptist…

A Home Away from Home: Canaveral Port Ministry

A quarter of a mile from Port Canaveral’s cruise ship terminals and cargo ship docks sits the old Cape Canaveral…

Groups Still Matter | 2019 Central Florida Sunday School Conference

More than 400 participants gathered to increase their understanding of every facet in Sunday School ministry and to…

Umatilla church hosts human trafficking conference

“Taking A Stand,” a conference designed to bring awareness, resources, preventative education and support…

The priority of marriage: date night for pastors, wives

Juggling work schedules, raising families, handling the demands of ministry, and managing finances are some of the…

First Plant City demonstrates grace in community weddings

Following his teachings on the sanctity of marriage, Pastor Brian Stowe of First Baptist Church in Plant City,…

Mission Team Ministers to Children, Adults in Oracabessa, Jamaica

Ministering to children at Vacation Bible Schools during the day and to adults at revivals at night on the island…

Beyond the Pulpit, Endless Pastor Responsibilities

A pastor’s responsibilities extend far beyond the pulpit. Their role requires that they wear every hat, work every…

Hispanic pastor dispels darkness in SW Florida

LEHIGH ACRES—More than half of all residents in Ft. Myers-Naples claim that they do not read the Bible, pray or…

Bradenton Church commits to help dying churches

The number is staggering. Experts estimate that approximately 1,000 local Southern Baptist churches close their…

Sarasota Church Majors on the Gospel

Tucked away in the flourishing Gulf Coast city of Sarasota is a church that has dedicated itself to “majoring on…

Bringing Christ-Centered Education to a Rural Community

An air of excitement surrounded Southwest Florida students and their parents as they arrived at Fellowship Academy…

Rural Church Turning Heads and Making Disciples

Located about six miles outside of town stands a structure that was built in 1884, around three years before DeSoto…

Fort Myers Church Connecting People to Missions Through Coffee

Originally from Kentucky, Shawn Critser and his wife moved to Fort Myers Beach in June 2004 after falling in love…

Spanish congregation embraces English language community

Iglesia Bautista Northside in Hialeah, known as a church that loves its neighbors, is now embracing its community…

South Florida church brings hope and help to the Bahamas

In the three weeks since Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas, Iglesia Real in Hollywood has sent 44 plane loads…

Christmas in August donations reach far and wide

Thanks to the generous giving of mission minded children across the Southern Baptist Convention, South Florida…

Rick Blackwood announces retirement; Omar Giritli to succeed him

Christ Fellowship’s pastor Rick Blackwood announced his retirement as the church’s lead pastor on Sept. 8 during…

Baseball, Faith and Family; North Miami Church Celebrates Family Day

Baseball, the nation’s favorite pastime, was more than a game for one North Miami congregation when two new…

Christ Journey On Mission and Making Disciples in Latin America

Christ Journey Church in South Florida is living out its Kingdom calling of “helping people find and follow Christ”…

News

2019 FBSC to celebrate unity, embrace diversity ‘One Family Gathering’

As Florida Baptists gather for the Florida Baptist State Convention meeting, President Erik Cummings, has one…

Bylaw Revision Recommendation Announcement

The State Board of Missions will recommend that messengers adopt revisions to the State Board of Missions Bylaws…

Pastors encouraged to ‘Stay at it’ during annual Pastors’ Conference

Florida Baptist pastors and their wives will be urged to “Stay at It” during the 2019 Florida Baptist Pastors’…

Umatilla church hosts human trafficking conference

“Taking A Stand,” a conference designed to bring awareness, resources, preventative education and support…

Fastest-growing, largest churches: Who made the list?

Thirty-four Southern Baptist congregations, including three Florida Baptist churches, were are among the fastest…

Florida Baptists grieve and respond to Dorian’s devastating blow in Bahamas

The utter destruction Hurricane Dorian wreaked on his homeland in the Bahamas is “too much to wrap my head around,”…