FBC Witness | Stories & News

  • Publishing Florida Baptist stories since 1884
  • Once a paid subscription, we now publish Church Stories and FBC News as we’re aware of them.
    No subscription necessary! Totally FREE.
  • We are governed by the FBSC Board of Directors

Want to submit a story? We may publish it. Have a question/suggestion?

Choose a Category

Stories

Pastors encouraged to ‘Stay at It’

Barbecue, baked beans, coleslaw and encouragement were on the menu for the “Stay at It” luncheon sponsored by the…

New Pastor Brings New Life to Caloosa

Known as the “city under the oaks,” the charming, quaint town of LaBelle has a new pastor who is dedicated to…

BCF‘s role in a church planting legacy

The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville is committed to teaching students the importance of church…

Haitian men renew strength at annual conference

More than 100 men gathered to sharpen their roles as leaders in their churches and more effectively tackle their…

Church perseveres to share True Life in Melbourne

It’s been a journey that has taken them through four moves, two renovations and many Sundays as a portable church…

Miami Church Gifted Massive Space to Call Home

In a city like Miami where building space is a rare and expensive commodity, The Brook has been gifted a…

New Pastor Brings New Life to Caloosa

Known as the “city under the oaks,” the charming, quaint town of LaBelle has a new pastor who is dedicated to…

BCF‘s role in a church planting legacy

The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville is committed to teaching students the importance of church…

Haitian men renew strength at annual conference

More than 100 men gathered to sharpen their roles as leaders in their churches and more effectively tackle their…

Church perseveres to share True Life in Melbourne

It’s been a journey that has taken them through four moves, two renovations and many Sundays as a portable church…

Miami Church Gifted Massive Space to Call Home

In a city like Miami where building space is a rare and expensive commodity, The Brook has been gifted a…

Crawfordville church celebrates 150 Years with week of serving Community

For a big anniversary like its 150th, Lake Ellen Baptist Church in Crawfordville celebrated in a big way with a…

Pastors encouraged to ‘Stay at It’

Barbecue, baked beans, coleslaw and encouragement were on the menu for the “Stay at It” luncheon sponsored by the…

Despite widespread destruction, Mexico Beach church sees God at work

Riding out Hurricane Michael’s 161 mph winds at their Mexico Beach home, Barbara and Bubba Harmon watched as the…

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.…

Crawfordville church celebrates 150 Years with week of serving Community

For a big anniversary like its 150th, Lake Ellen Baptist Church in Crawfordville celebrated in a big way with a…

Local associations meeting needs for Kingdom gains

Associational leader is the most fulfilling role that Sean McMahon has held in nearly 40 years of ministry. "I…

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…

Church perseveres to share True Life in Melbourne

It’s been a journey that has taken them through four moves, two renovations and many Sundays as a portable church…

New pastor brings hope and a future to Vero Beach Congregation

VERO BEACH--While some locals have an expression that those who move to Vero Beach are either “newlywed or nearly…

Florida Baptist Financial Services welcomes new president

Florida Baptist Financial Services will welcome Rick Wheeler as the new president and chief executive officer…

Team of Pastors Take Vision Trip to Ecuador

The mission trip really started before they left Florida. While waiting in the Ft. Lauderdale airport for their…

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…

Resilience in the Wake of Disaster | Mt. Tabor Baptist Church

When a EF-2 tornado ripped their church and north Lakeland community, Mt. Tabor Baptist Church faced the disaster…

Igreja Batista de Paz welcomes community at Brazilian Tampa Day

A beautiful day of sharing God’s perfect word and celebrating the Brazilian culture, while loving everyone without…

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,…

New Pastor Brings New Life to Caloosa

Known as the “city under the oaks,” the charming, quaint town of LaBelle has a new pastor who is dedicated to…

Coffee, new churches and community ministry highlight Royal Palm’s annual meeting

The smell of SON Coast Coffee and sounds of laughter filled the worship center of Crossroads Baptist Church in Fort…

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…

Miami Church Gifted Massive Space to Call Home

In a city like Miami where building space is a rare and expensive commodity, The Brook has been gifted a…

South Florida Pastors Commit to Reaching College Students for Christ

Twenty-two South Florida pastors came together at the University of Miami’s (UM) Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM)…

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…

News

‘Right Beside You’ testimonies celebrate God’s work in state

In three separate “Right Beside You” periods of testimony during Florida Baptists’ 2019 annual meeting, Florida…

Florida Ministers’ Wives of “One Mind”

Beautifully decorated tables and a gift bag in every seat greeted 285 Florida Baptist ministers’ wives as they…

Florida Baptists display unity, embrace diversity in annual meeting

More than 2,200 Florida Baptists joined together in Orlando Nov. 11-12 to proclaim they were united as “One Family…

Don’t let Satan steal your unity with others and God

Saying that Satan seeks to divide, Ken Whitten called on Florida Baptists to examine their relationships with each…

Empowered by Another

Fred Luter, senior minister of the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, sent Florida Baptists back to…

Greear: God uses ordinary people to reach world

"Jesus’ plan for reaching the world,” believes J. D. Greear, “is not gathering large groups of people to bask in…