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New Employees elected to fill newly created positions

September 21, 2015

Four new employees were elected by the State Board of Missions Sept. 18 to fill positions created by the reorganization of the Florida Baptist Convention staff.

State Board expresses overwhelming support of Convention’s new direction 51-49 split of CP gifts called ‘epic’

September 21, 2015

Tommy Green’s bold, ground-breaking reinvention of the Florida Baptist Convention to Reach Florida was met with overwhelming support by the State Board of Missions during its Sept. 18 meeting at Lake Yale Conference Center in Leesburg.

Green shares Convention’s new direction with Florida Baptist pastors

September 18, 2015

Nearly 900 Florida Baptist pastors, staff members and directors of missions from across the state attended regional meetings to hear Tommy Green share his heart and vision as he takes the helm of the Florida Baptist Convention.

State Board okays major reorg; creates new positions, reduces staff by 47 percent

September 18, 2015

A major reorganization of the Florida Baptist Convention staff that reduces the number of employees statewide by 47 percent—to 61 employees from the 115 currently employed—was approved by the State Board of Missions, Sept. 18 at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center.

Camp’s spiritual influence spreads in ever-widening circles

September 2, 2015

A rock slides quietly into the placid waters of the lake, with the silence interrupted only by the delighted laughter of the young teen who threw the rock. Ripples begin to spread across sun-drenched Lake Yale.

Collegian finds life’s calling in missions

September 2, 2015

While most Florida college students could be found on the beach soaking up the first warm rays of the year, Madeline Rogers spent her Spring Break shivering in a mildewed and moldy basement in temperatures that barely reached 20 degrees.

Palm Springs medical clinic wants to be the eyes, hands and feet of Jesus

September 2, 2015

“Today, we have already seen miracles,” said Velma Walter-Hamilton, a registered nurse serving at the Palm Springs Baptist Church Medical Clinic. “Two patients walked through this door with life-threatening situations and we were able to provide them with life-saving medications. It’s been a good day.”

Michael Daily: Missionary reaching out to the ‘least of these’

August 31, 2015

For more than a quarter of a century, Michael Daily has planted his life in Miami as a missionary fueled by a vision to serve the needy, the downtrodden and poor in this city of contrasts.

2016 CP budget proposal increases funds to SBC and ministry in state

August 26, 2015

Saying “we can impact the world” by sending 51 percent of Florida’s Cooperative Program receipts to the Southern Baptist Convention while simultaneously increasing funds “to reach Florida,” newly elected Executive Director-Treasurer Tommy Green presented a $29 million budget for 2016 to the State Board of Missions’ Budget-Allocations Committee.

Called to a ministry of generosity

August 19, 2015

Every Sunday a 15-passenger van arrives at Lake City’s Work Release Center to gather inmates serving the last days of their sentences. Within months—or even days—they will be released to the community as free men—having paid their debt to society.

Super Summer’s spiritual truths bring teens into His marvelous light

August 12, 2015

Responding to the truths found in 1 Peter 2:9, a total of 63 students were called into His “Marvelous Light” as they trusted in Christ for the first time during Super Summer ‘15

Camp WorldLight fans missionary zeal into girls and boys

August 7, 2015

Nearly 400 campers had the opportunity to “Take Heart” in missions focusing on evangelistic needs in Africa, the United States and Florida during four weeks of Camp WorldLight.

CP giving mid-year above previous years’ and budget First time in eight years

August 3, 2015

For the first time since 2007, Cooperative Program giving from Florida Baptist churches through June is ahead of the previous year’s receipts.

An Invitation to Florida Baptist Pastors from Dr. Tommy Green Executive Director-Treasurer, Florida Baptist Convention

July 24, 2015

Informal meetings across our state where I will share my strategy and vision for the Florida Baptist Convention and seek to answer any questions you may have.

You can’t out-give God says Plant City church

July 8, 2015

She was an elementary school teacher for more than two decades—until a disability forced her into early retirement and a reduced pension. She soon discovered that she couldn’t stretch her income enough to meet her monthly financial obligations. She was in need for the first time in her life.

Tommy Green on SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage ruling

July 1, 2015

A word from Tommy Green on the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage ruling – Dear Pastor and Church Leader, I have requested Gary Yeldell, legal counsel to the Florida Baptist Convention, to make available steps for churches to consider for protection in light of the recent Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage.

FBSC presidents affirm national marriage statement

June 22, 2015

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS—As a sign of unity with the current and former Southern Baptist Convention presidents, 17 former and the current presidents of the Florida Baptist State Convention have affirmed a statement on biblical marriage and the national implications of same-sex marriage.

Passion for harvest of souls leads pastor to fertile fields

June 15, 2015

Leon Sanchez looked out over the migrant laborers working the luscious, green fields symmetrically divided by rows yielding bountiful vegetables for Florida’s dinner tables. And he prayed.

J. Thomas Green named executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention

May 31, 2015

LEESBURG—J. Thomas Green of Brandon has been elected to lead the one million-member Florida Baptist State Convention as executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention.

UF Baptist students forgo Spring Break beach trips to rebuild Sandy victims’ lives

May 12, 2015

ISLIP, NY—Braving temperatures that barely reached 20 degrees, a dozen Florida Baptist Campus Ministry students huddled in Caren FitzPatrick’s cramped basement forming a human chain to haul out her moldy and mildewed personal belongings.

Florida Baptists asked to pray for their summer missionaries serving across the globe

May 6, 2015

JACKSONVILLE—Florida Baptists are asked to pray for the Florida Baptist college students who will serve as their missionaries advancing God’s Kingdom across the globe.

Hurricane Season calls for prayer and readiness

May 4, 2015

JACKSONVILLE—Even as Florida Baptists are being called to a Day of Prayer for the 2015 Hurricane Season Sunday, June 7, disaster relief specialists are urging them to be prepared and ready for potential storms that may hit the state.

National Day of Prayer, VBS and SBC Presidents call offer cause for prayer

April 27, 2015

JACKSONVILLE—Florida Baptists have several opportunities to join together in prayer as individuals, churches and associations during the month of May, beginning with the National Day of Prayer emphasis, Thursday, May 7.

John Boone: broker of resources, trainer of trainers retires

April 24, 2015

JACKSONVILLE—For the past 27 years John Boone has been a friend and mentor to Florida Baptist churches and leaders, helping them establish, improve and enlarge their Bible teaching and outreach programs.

80,000-plus Bibles shipped to Cuba for churches

March 17, 2015

MIAMI (BP)—Three 40-foot containers packed with 83,723 Spanish-speaking Bibles to be distributed among Baptist churches in both Western and Eastern Cuba are expected to arrive in Havana March 25.

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