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Sarasota Baptist: evangelistic passion ripples through community

A passion and eagerness to engage people with the gospel has been poured into members of Sarasota Baptist Church,…

BCF’s family of students prepare to serve

To most people, family means a collection of individuals related by ancestry or by blood. At The Baptist College of…

Churches give away essentials as ‘hands and feet of Christ’

Diapers, detergent, shampoo, razors, shaving cream, toiletries and hand soap are not readily available to needy…

A million-dollar miracle at Promise Land Baptist Church

While acknowledging “this is the worst time you could be building a church,” Pastor Steve Whitcomb can attest, “God…

In midst of brokenness: Churches embrace Foster Families

Two northwest Florida Baptist churches--Pensacola’s Olive Baptist Church and First Baptist Church on Bayshore in…

First Lake Wales’ Back 2 School Bash … drive-thru style

Each year around this time First Baptist Church in Lake Wales is polishing the final details of the church’s “Back…

Sarasota Baptist: evangelistic passion ripples through community

A passion and eagerness to engage people with the gospel has been poured into members of Sarasota Baptist Church,…

BCF’s family of students prepare to serve

To most people, family means a collection of individuals related by ancestry or by blood. At The Baptist College of…

Churches give away essentials as ‘hands and feet of Christ’

Diapers, detergent, shampoo, razors, shaving cream, toiletries and hand soap are not readily available to needy…

A million-dollar miracle at Promise Land Baptist Church

While acknowledging “this is the worst time you could be building a church,” Pastor Steve Whitcomb can attest, “God…

In midst of brokenness: Churches embrace Foster Families

Two northwest Florida Baptist churches--Pensacola’s Olive Baptist Church and First Baptist Church on Bayshore in…

First Lake Wales’ Back 2 School Bash … drive-thru style

Each year around this time First Baptist Church in Lake Wales is polishing the final details of the church’s “Back…

In midst of brokenness: Churches embrace Foster Families

Two northwest Florida Baptist churches--Pensacola’s Olive Baptist Church and First Baptist Church on Bayshore in…

Called to campus ministry, retiring BCM director produces generational impact

The ebb and flow of ministry is not for the faint of heart, but Pensacola’s Baptist Campus Ministry director Tony…

Leading Sunday School/Groups in the 21st Century Digital Conference Recordings

Sunday School and Small Group leaders will benefit from this multi-generational training event. Invite your…

Panhandle Churches Slowly Recovering Two Years After Hurricane Michael

Three weeks after Hurricane Michael slammed into the Panhandle on Oct. 10, 2018, Pastor Dwight Woods stood before…

Florida Baptists gear up for online training and resources

With in-person events on hold for the foreseeable future, the Florida Baptist Convention will come alongside its…

Despite pandemic West FL churches instill God’s love to kids

While Covid-19 pandemic has brought many challenges for West Florida churches, it has opened new avenues for…

Parkview’s Magruder retires: ‘We became a 24/7 church’

When Pastor Greg Magruder preached his final sermon at Parkview Baptist Church in Gainesville on Aug. 16, he…

Yee Haw: Cowboy Church Deems First Cowboy Camp A Success

When it comes to summer camp experiences, the teens and tweens who attended Cowboy Camp at Rafter Cross Cowboy…

96-year-old on baptism: ‘I couldn’t wait to get In that water’

At 96 and a half, Betty Schoch is believed to be the oldest person to ever be baptized at Hopeful Baptist Church in…

The Baptist College of Florida sells Blue Springs Conference Center

The sale of Blue Springs Conference Center located in Marianna was completed July 8, according to Thomas Kinchen,…

Church reaches families with new VBS twist during pandemic

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and era of social distancing, Westside Baptist Church in Gainesville pulled off a…

Virtual VBS to unite families and kids in Tallahassee

Children and families in Tallahassee and around the globe will get to participate in Vacation Bible School this…

A million-dollar miracle at Promise Land Baptist Church

While acknowledging “this is the worst time you could be building a church,” Pastor Steve Whitcomb can attest, “God…

FLDR, Stetson Baptist partner to help after tornadoes shred DeLand

Severe weather sweeping through Central Florida Aug. 18 spawned twin tornadoes with winds between 105-115 mph that…

A Place of Hope and Recovery in Palatka

On a recent Monday evening a group of people working fervently to overcome their hurts, addictions and to celebrate…

Brevard Association’s catalyst and encourager steps down

Culminating four decades of serving the Lord as missions catalyst, church planter, missionary and minister to the…

Baptisms celebrate ‘transformed lives’ at the Journey church

Although he grew up in the church, Jordan Harris identified himself as an agnostic during his college years at…

Palm Bay Haitian congregation celebrates 16 years of God’s faithfulness

Preceded by a week of nightly revival services, Bethesda Evangelical Baptist Church in Palm Bay, capped off its…

First Lake Wales’ Back 2 School Bash … drive-thru style

Each year around this time First Baptist Church in Lake Wales is polishing the final details of the church’s “Back…

Partnering churches deliver boxes of food across the state

Working side-by-side as the body of Christ, volunteers from churches in the Central Florida region came together…

Orlando’s Meals and Masks on Mondays

Near the height of the Coronavirus quarantine, two Orlando-area churches combined efforts to expand an existing…

Orlando churches merge to serve multicultural community

When Dominican Republic native Wildre Ortega, his wife and small children left New Jersey in 2008 during an…

St. Cloud mayor and pastor sees job as ‘salt and light’ during…

For St. Cloud Mayor Nathan Blackwell, prayer is an essential tool in leading his city during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lake Wales church invests in children, families with drive-thru activities

Connecting with children and families during this time of a pandemic has proven to be challenging for Florida…

Fort Myers church emerges from transition focused on mission

Following the model of the Old Testament transition of Moses to the younger Joshua that set the foundation of…

Faithfulness – A Ringing Theme for Naples Church Plant

Gathering in the lavish, rapidly growing city of Naples is a four-year-old church plant dedicated to remaining…

Local Association Launches Pastoral Assistance Fund

Without a doubt churches, pastors and their families have shouldered an impossible task and weighty burden since…

Bayshore Church pastor extends a ministry of reconciliation

“We are a church for the jacked-up people, doesn't matter their habits or hang ups,” said pastor Toney Hill, who…

Southwest Florida churches prepare for in-person services

While several Southwest Florida churches are optimistic about their recent on-campus services, others in the region…

First Naples finds avenues of service during COVID-19

To meet this growing crisis in the community, volunteers at First Baptist Church in Naples have partnered with St.…

Sarasota Baptist: evangelistic passion ripples through community

A passion and eagerness to engage people with the gospel has been poured into members of Sarasota Baptist Church,…

Churches give away essentials as ‘hands and feet of Christ’

Diapers, detergent, shampoo, razors, shaving cream, toiletries and hand soap are not readily available to needy…

Miami’s Good News Center rallies help to migrants during Covid-19

Cramped living conditions, backbreaking hours packaging vegetables and fruits in enclosed areas and lack of…

Key West church shines God’s glory on island community

The island of Key West is about four miles long and a mile wide, with a total land mass of 4.2 square miles. Yet…

Christ Journey Church celebrates baptisms of new believers

Embracing the simple but succinct adage, “We help people find and follow Christ,” Miami-Dade’s Christ Journey…

Grace Fellowship weaves baptism in church life to create evangelistic culture

Jeff Robinson is an evangelism catalyst, having led Grace Fellowship in West Palm Beach to stir baptismal waters…

News

2020 Florida Baptist State Convention annual meeting cancelled

The 2020 Florida Baptist State Convention annual meeting scheduled Nov. 9-10 for Lakeland will be cancelled due to…

FLDR logistics and recovery teams called out in Hurricane Laura response

In the aftermath of Hurricane Laura striking the Gulf Coast, Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief (LBDR) has requested…

Called to campus ministry, retiring BCM director produces generational impact

The ebb and flow of ministry is not for the faint of heart, but Pensacola’s Baptist Campus Ministry director Tony…

Los Bautistas de Florida se preparan para recibir capacitación y recursos en línea

Con los eventos en persona en espera para el futuro previsible, la Convención Bautista de Florida se unirá a sus…

Florida Baptists gear up for online training and resources

With in-person events on hold for the foreseeable future, the Florida Baptist Convention will come alongside its…

Nancy Sullivan, encourager, mentor, who dearly loved ministers’ wives, dies

Nancy Hinson Sullivan, wife of John Sullivan, retired executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist…