Aug 28, 2014
OCALA (FBW)—Jack Roland, an Ocala layman, will be nominated as president of the Florida Baptist State Convention during its November annual meeting in Lakeland. If elected, he will be only the fifth layman to serve as Convention president since 1950.
Aug 28, 2014
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Aug 28, 2014
It was Jason Seger’s wife who started using Facebook first. It wasn’t long before the pastor of First Baptist of Highland City in Lakeland realized the ministry potential the social media platform offered. He learned by watching bigger churches, taking notice of what they were doing and following suit.
Aug 26, 2014
CAMP ECHO, W.Va. (FLBaptist)—More than 30 children in West Virginia enjoyed their summer just a little bit more and learned more about God and His love for them because of a group of five Baptist College of Florida (BCF) students.
For the past 20-plus years, Potomac Highland Baptist Association in West Virginia has hosted a summer camp for youngsters who have completed grades three through six. Because of financial constraints and other family challenges, many of these children might otherwise be unable to attend such an overnight camping experience.
Aug 25, 2014
THE PANHANDLE (FBW)—As part of the Bible Belt, the Panhandle of Florida has its fair share of churches. Many are successful, thriving bodies that are growing and making disciples.
Eighty churches have been planted in the region in the last 10 years, 49 of which are still active. And, yet, studies from Percept Group Demographics show that almost two-thirds of people who live between Tallahassee and Pensacola are not strongly involved in their faith or only somewhat involved.
Aug 24, 2014
JACKSONVILLE (FLBaptist)—Bob Bumgarner, lead strategist of the Church Health Group, will resign from the Florida Baptist Convention to assume a position as executive pastor of a Jacksonville church, effective Dec. 31.
However, the name of the church has not been released until its decision is made public.
Aug 21, 2014
LEESBURG (FLBaptist)—Working in the midst of a massive cleanup after severe flooding hit Pensacola, two Florida Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers, Cheryl King and Frank Sledjeski, found more than a ministry to homeowners; they discovered love and a new life partner.
“We were able to clean out three homes and minister to these families,” said King. “We were also able to get to know each other better. We knew our meeting was not by accident; it was ordained by God.”
Aug 20, 2014
CRESTVIEW (FLBaptist)—Working bivocationally at the local Starbucks in Crestview as he planted a new church, James Ross often invited co-worker Marisela Davis to Mosaic Church.
After four years of making unfulfilled promises, she came to Mosaic out of the blue, heard Ross proclaim the Gospel and left as a new creation in Christ.
Aug 19, 2014
LEESBURG (FLBaptist)—She was 8 years old when Ami Martinez first went to the Florida Baptist Migrant Children’s camp held annually at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center. While there she made a decision that would change her life forever when she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior.
She went back to camp every year until she was out of high school and took with her one of the most important lessons of her life. “I learned there that we all worship the same God, whether you were rich, poor, black or white, you worship the same God.”
Aug 18, 2014
Turning Point Little Havana worships in downtown apartment buildings
MIAMI (FBW)—In today’s day and age, many evangelists are having to rethink their traditional approaches to spreading the Gospel.
Pastors have traded suits and ties for jeans and button ups, church meetings are held everywhere from barns to restaurants, and baptisms take place at the beach. There is no box in which to put how the Word of God can be presented, and there are no limitations to how incredible opportunities can pop up in the most unique ways.