Oct 31, 2014
LAKELAND (FLBaptist)—As small-group pastor of Hope Baptist Church in Las Vegas, Tom McCormick led the church’s growth of small groups to more than 200 with 3,000 people on the rosters, from the 30 small groups with 275 people in 2010.
With the revitalization of the small groups, church attendance also increased from 1,500 four years ago to 2,300, while baptisms more than doubled in that same timeframe.
Oct 30, 2014
JACKSONVILLE (FLBaptist)—Recordings of sermons delivered during the annual Florida Baptist State Convention Nov. 10-11 at the First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland will be available online in audio and video formats. CDs and DVDs will be available for purchase.
Convention speakers include FBSC President Tim Maynard, lead pastor of Fruit Cove Baptist Church in Jacksonville; Ted Traylor, pastor of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola; John Sullivan, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention; Gordon Fort, senior vice president, Prayer Mobilization and Training, International Mission Board, Richmond, Va.; and H.B. Charles, pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Missionary Church in Jacksonville.
Oct 29, 2014
LEESBURG (FLBaptist)—The Women’s Retreat at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center was more than the opportunity to hear two leading Christian recording artists and two nationally known speakers, said Suzy Lea of Leesburg.
“It was an exciting time to see 650 women get fully committed to the Lord Jesus and what potential and power God has to change lives and affect lives for His Kingdom,” said Lea, women’s ministry coordinator at First Baptist Church in Leesburg.
Oct 28, 2014
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS (FBW)—More than 600 people in DeFuniak Springs receive food every week because of the efforts of volunteers from Southwide Baptist Church and ministry partners of other denominations. The genesis of the Helping Hands Association can be traced to an emphasis during the 2011 Florida Baptist State Convention at Church by the Glades in Coral Springs.
“I heard about hunger in Florida there, and then I kept hearing God calling me to do something about it,” said Lyle Haney, a Convention messenger from Southwide Baptist at the 2011 meeting in South Florida.
Oct 27, 2014
MAYO (FBW)—Campers on Mission are often on the move and always looking forward to their next project, according to veteran members. The tales of COM adventures are as varied as the people who tell them, and each uses his or her skill set in places close to home and far away.
Florida chapter members will gather Nov. 2-4 at Pickett Lake Campground in Mayo to hear stories of projects accomplished and of gatherings ahead this fall. David and Janet Cornish from Chumuckla and Larry and Becky Davis from Lloyd gave the Florida Baptist Witness a preview of the stories they love to tell.
Oct 26, 2014
GAINESVILLE (FBW)—Pine Grove Baptist Church in Gainesville is using bicycles to help win its neighbors to the Lord. The ministry, which refurbishes used bikes to give away to needy children and adults, depends on the skills of 15-year-old Evan Tanner.
The eighth grader at Howard Bishop Middle School learned bicycle repair by working with his father, Gordon, to fix his own bicycles. Evan Tanner recently gave one of his old bikes, a Mongoose Ripcord, to his church. It doesn’t need much repair, he said.
Oct 25, 2014
MIAMI (FBW)—On a bright, hot October Saturday morning, nine Hispanic churches sold popular Latino dishes during the Festival de Misiones in Primera Iglesia Bautista de Coral Park’s parking lot.
“Comer para que otros coman,” or “Eat that others may eat,” was the festival’s motto.
Oct 23, 2014
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Oct 19, 2014
As team strategist for the Women’s Missions and Ministries/Missions Education team, Goodwin crisscrossed the state leading conferences, overnight mission events, camping events and annual meetings—all designed to instill a love for missionaries, missions and missions education into lives of Florida Baptists. She traveled to other nations to support and demonstrate her love for international missionaries.
This past August, the mission whirlwind retired from the Florida Baptist Convention. She served “faithfully” for 21 years, said Craig Culbreth, strategist for the Convention’s Missional Support Group.
Oct 16, 2014
Tim Maynard, lead pastor at Fruit Cove Baptist Church in St. Johns County, is nearing the end of his second term as president of the Florida Baptist State Convention. FBW Reporter Nicole Kalil talked to him about what he’s been able to accomplish in that role, what work remains and what lies ahead for Florida Baptists. An edited version of that conversation follows.