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God’s light glows to the captive

September 26, 2014

The dining room light shined brightly in the pre-dawn hours from the home on the main thoroughfare in Panacea, a small fishing village south of Tallahassee on Hwy 98.

Board approves budget, Sullivan's retirement

September 22, 2014

LEESBURG—A $28.8 million Cooperative Program budget goal for 2015 that is expected to hasten the Convention reaching a 50-50 division of CP funds between Southern Baptist and Florida Baptist causes a year earlier was approved by the State Board of Missions during its quarterly meeting Sept 19 at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center.

EDT Search Committee named

September 19, 2014

LEESBURG—A State Board of Missions committee of seven pastors and two laypersons has been appointed to recommend a candidate as the tenth executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention.

John Sullivan announces his retirement as Florida Baptist state exec

September 19, 2014

LEESBURG, FL (FLBaptist)—After serving Florida Baptists as the executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention for a quarter of a century, John Sullivan has announced his retirement from the post, effective Feb. 28, 2015.

Embracing addicts behind prison bars and along downtown streets

September 15, 2014

Rick McClung heard the familiar clang of the prison door locking behind him. Stepping through security screens, he was patted down and sent down the hallway.

State Missions emphasis calls Florida Baptists to “Embrace Florida”

August 26, 2014

Jesus sent his followers into the cities and rural places, preparing the way for Him. He told them to go out two-by-two that they may strengthen and encourage one another in the mission set before them. And He shared with them the enormity of that task—for the harvest is great and the workers are few.

Wrong turn on Amazon River leads to right place

August 4, 2014

It’s not often that a “wrong turn” leads a group of missions volunteers to just the right place to minister and witness in God’s name, but that’s exactly what happened eight years ago to a group from First Brazilian Baptist Church of South Florida in Pompano Beach.

Owens inducted into church administrators’ Hall of Fame

August 1, 2014

KISSIMMEE—Glen Owens, assistant executive director of the Florida Baptist Convention since 1989, was inducted into the National Association of Church Business Administration’s “Hall of Fame” for his significant contributions to the church management profession.

Pastors plead for spiritual renewal and repentance among Florida Baptists

July 28, 2014

STARKE—Seeking to fill a spiritual hunger, 234 Florida Baptist pastors and ministers fell on their knees to pray for personal renewal, family, churches and others, as well as revival in the state and nation, when they gathered in pastor-led prayer meetings held across the state in May and June.

Miami’s streets prove to be fertile training ground for Florida Baptist students

July 28, 2014

MIAMI—Miami is a city of contrasts—home to the glamorous, rich and famous from professional athletes and celebrities to international business tycoons. Yet hundreds of thousands of its residents live in abject poverty surviving in multifamily housing, low wage jobs and little hope.

Pastors ‘sold out’ to conquer lostness in SW Florida corridor

July 24, 2014

“Every man, woman and child.” It’s a phrase heard often at Summit Church to remind church leaders and members of their specific task to saturate the community with the gospel and develop dedicated disciples of Christ.

Desire for “others to know God” leads to multi-faceted Crossover outreach

July 16, 2014

For the past 20 years, Florida Baptists—of all ages, backgrounds and ethnicities—have cleaned toilets, made balloon animals, cooked food native to their home countries, held concerts, sponsored dental clinics, cut hair and more.

Rural church gives hope to Putnam County’s forgotten people

July 11, 2014

South Putnam Baptist Church sits in the southernmost corner of Putnam County, the third poorest county in Florida, in a community where families and seniors live on fixed incomes and migrants provide cheap labor for the area’s fern industry.

New church brings authentic faith to St. Pete’s changing face

July 3, 2014

In his 39 years, Chris Stafford, a father of three, has experienced his share of rough times. Although raised in a home as a Jehovah’s Witness, as an adult he visited other churches and “always wanted to accept Christ, but didn’t know how.”

Constant in the storm: Florida women pray with Mozambique missionaries

July 1, 2014

Soon after Mozambique’s long civil war ended in the mid-1990s, International Mission Board missionaries were concerned about their safety when traveling along dusty roads and bridges neglected for nearly 17 years while the strife raged. So the women of Florida prayed.

Prayer resonates; 50/50 to come one year earlier

June 19, 2014

MARIANNA—While contemplating Kingdom decisions for the state of Florida, the State Board of Missions sought God’s will throughout the three-day meeting as they prayer-walked across the Blue Springs campus; gathered on their knees to “Engage Florida” through prayer; and offered intercessory prayers for a young Panhandle family committed to reach the lost in one of the nation’s fastest growing corridors.

Florida worship leaders take the ‘Big Apple’

June 19, 2014

NEW YORK CITY—Can the still, small voice of God be heard amid the sensory overload of New York City’s Times Square with bombastic billboards, screaming LED lights and amid a teeming crowd of people from life’s every corner?

Florida WMU celebrates 120 years passes “torch light” to next generation

May 28, 2014

LEESBURG—Using the symbolism of a torch and flags of many nations, the 120th annual meeting of the Florida Woman’s Missionary Union convened April 24-26 at the Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center to reaffirm the organization’s 120 years of commitment to missions’ education, prayer and financial support of sharing the “torch light” of the gospel around the world.

Florida Baptist Disaster Relief teams respond to flooding in the Panhandle

May 28, 2014

PENSACOLA (FBW)—It only took several hours of intense rain for the lives of thousands of Florida Panhandle residents to be disrupted during the late evening and early morning hours of April 29 and 30.

North Jacksonville Baptist creates prom-like experience for those with special needs

May 28, 2014

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Volunteers from North Jacksonville Baptist Church recently helped teens and adults with special needs feel like Cinderella and Prince Charming at the ball.

Minister of education graduation marks decade of training

May 28, 2014

PENSACOLA—The largest class in the ten-year history of the Minister of Education Training Program graduated May 1 in Pensacola. Families and friends of the 42 graduates celebrated the milestone at a dinner and ceremony in the gymnasium of Greater Little Rock Baptist Church.

Embers of revival still glow from 2014 Evangelism Conferences

April 9, 2014

BONIFAY—The embers of revival are still burning in the hearts of pastors in Holmes County, days after the conclusion of a western region Evangelism Conference held in Bonifay

Miami church planting family commitment embodies State Board decisions

February 14, 2014

LEESBURG—The words of a child brought a personal perspective to the actions and decisions made by the State Board of Missions during its Feb. 7 meeting at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center when five-year-old Jackson Allen took to the microphone.

John Sullivan, statesman, honored for serving Florida Baptists 25 years

February 14, 2014

MT. DORA—While often saying he wanted to be known foremost as a Baptist preacher, John Sullivan was lauded as a man of vision and integrity, effective leader, lover of people, pastor to pastors and a Southern Baptist statesman during tributes in honor of his 25th anniversary as executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention.

Daytona, Bonifay provide sites for the 2014 State Evangelism Conference in March

February 12, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH–The 2014 State Evangelism Conference will be offered in two locations this year when First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach and First Baptist Church in Bonifay host the annual evangelistic meeting during the last week of March.

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