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.
Oct 15, 2014
NAPLES (FBW)—For most people, maintaining their car is not a life-changing experience.
But for Mary Hickman, her life changed dramatically when she attended the car care clinic sponsored by First Baptist Church of Naples.
Before attending the car care clinic in March 2013, Hickman knew about God. She also knew she was not where God wanted her to be. With a mother addicted to crack cocaine and other family members who were physically and emotionally abusive, Hickman had lived in eight homes by the time she was 14 years old.
Oct 14, 2014
PANAMA CITY (FBW)—For years, members of Westview Baptist Church in Panama City feared for the future of their once-thriving congregation. Membership dipped to 12 and efforts by local and state Baptists could not revitalize the church. Today, the church building is full again as the West Campus of Family of God Baptist Church.
“There’s been a miracle going on here!” exclaimed Sue Gillman, a member of Westview Baptist since 1969 and church secretary for 26 years.
Oct 13, 2014
More than 600 walk the aisles at Calvary Baptist Clearwater
CLEARWATER (FBW)—Unfortunately, it’s not every week that a church invitation makes news. But that happened recently at Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater.
About a month ago, more than 600 people came forward at the end of services preached by Senior Pastor Willy Rice. A week later, more than 100 of those people were baptized.
Oct 12, 2014
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Evangelist Will Graham, the grandson of Billy Graham, was in Jacksonville earlier this month to help rally the troops for what will be an eight-month-long outreach effort ahead of next May’s three-day evangelism event called the Greater Jacksonville Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham.
Before addressing an overflow crowd of more than 600, Graham gave the Florida Baptist Witness a wide-ranging, exclusive interview. He talked about everything from his family’s affection for Florida and how Jacksonville was selected as the site for one of only three festivals planned in 2015 to the volunteers needed to put together these events and the resource challenges facing local churches.
Oct 9, 2014
LAKELAND (FLBaptist)—Florida Baptists will come together to rejoice in God’s faithfulness during the past 160 years and to dream about the future during the Florida Baptist State Convention (FBSC) Nov. 10-11 at First Baptist Church at the Mall.
“We need to come together like never before in our history because we are standing at the doorway of a new era,” said Tim Maynard, Florida Baptist State Convention president. “We have behind us a 160-year history to remember and celebrate.”
Oct 9, 2014
Oct 9, 2014