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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…

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…

For Such a Time as This | 2019 Black Multicultural State Fellowship Conference

Multiethnic, multicultural, Black, Caribbean and Haitian pastors gathered in unity through fellowship, networking,…

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…

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…

After destroying Bahamas, Dorian threatens the state as FBDR stands ready to…

As Hurricane Dorian hovers along the east coast of Florida, battering the region with tropical storm-force winds…

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…

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…

For Such a Time as This | 2019 Black Multicultural State Fellowship Conference

Multiethnic, multicultural, Black, Caribbean and Haitian pastors gathered in unity through fellowship, networking,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Official Notice: Nominations for State Convention Committees Open

A Committee on Nominations composed of pastors, laypersons, and church staff has been appointed by the officers of…

Once a Church Plant, Trinity Baptist Celebrates 75th Anniversary

This month Trinity Baptist Church celebrated their 75th anniversary. Located in the heart of Mariana, Florida TBC…

First Baptist Pensacola Celebrates Holy Week

With hearts prepared for Resurrection Day, 1,700 people came to celebrate the resurrection of the Risen Lord on…

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,…

Rainstorm Stops Just In Time for River Baptisms

Despite the heavy rain that day, about 185 people representing three different churches gathered to witness 25 take…

Official Notice: Nominations for State Convention Committees Open

A Committee on Nominations composed of pastors, laypersons, and church staff has been appointed by the officers of…

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…

Humbled and Thankful: Pastor Celebrates 40 Years

Sunday, June 30th, was a day of celebration at First Baptist Church Callahan's Pastor Lynn Hyatt was honored on his…

Stetson Baptist Church to Abolish Crippling Medical Debt

Stetson Baptist Church in DeLand, Fla., is clearing more than $7.2 million in crippling medical debt for 6,500…

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…

Honoring Hezekiah Walters

ving the loss of a loved one, particularly a child, we all question why? Why my child, why now, why is this…

Dominica, WI Feeding of 5,000 Crusade – Emulating Jesus, Matthew 14:13-21

The Florida Baptist Convention, Florida Baptist Children’s Home and One More Child collaborated with and mobilized…

Pastors & Wives Gala Celebration – Appreciating and Celebrating…

Giving back to those who give as a profession, the Florida Baptist Convention, Central Region held the Pastors and…

Testimonials: All in with Jesus Christ | Second Annual Hispanic Youth Retreat

The second annual Hispanic Youth Retreat was hosted by several Hispanic Churches on May 4, 2019 in Orlando. The…

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…

North Naples Baptist Church: A Model of Church Revitalization

Having served in ministry for over 30 years, Chris Butler has been able to put his “heart for church…

Southwest Florida Pastor on Panel at SBC

On June 10th, at this year’s Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in Birmingham, over 100 people gathered at the…

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”…

Missions Partnership Help Church Plant Serve Community

The hot summer months make South Florida and it’s beaches a popular vacation destination but for a group of 45…

Islamorada Church On Mission at Home and Abroad

First Baptist Church Islamorada is living on mission at home and abroad through ministries in their own community…

Multicultural Pastors and Wives Gather for a Night of Encouragement, Fellowship

A diverse group of more than 200 pastors and their wives gathered for an evening of fellowship and encouragement at…

News

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,”…

Florida Baptist Disaster Relief scales back but remains alert

Florida Baptist Disaster Relief has stepped back into alert status as Hurricane Dorian moves away from Florida and…

After destroying Bahamas, Dorian threatens the state as FBDR stands ready to…

As Hurricane Dorian hovers along the east coast of Florida, battering the region with tropical storm-force winds…

State Board demonstrates support of state offering, addresses sexual abuse crisis,…

Pictured Above: The Denominational Committee of the State Board of Missions pauses to pray with church planter…

Disaster Relief Monitors; Prepares for Dorian

Florida Baptist Disaster Relief is currently monitoring tropical storm Dorian as it becomes a growing hurricane…

SBC Leaders Cast Vision for 2020 SBC

More than 220 Florida Baptist pastors and leaders were challenged by Southern Baptist Convention Executive…