Through the Cooperative Program, Florida Baptists are partnering with other Southern Baptists to change the lives of men and women, boys and girls with the saving message of Jesus Christ. Lives are being transformed in communities near and far— because Florida Baptists, Kingdom Partners for the sake of Christ are committed to taking the Great Commission simultaneously across the state of Florida, the nation and the globe. Every time you drop a dollar in the offering plate of a church that participates in the Cooperative Program, you are a Partner in the Kingdom helping someone hear about Jesus.
—All information provided by the Florida Baptist Convention
Turning Point Baptist Church, a multi-generational, multi-national and multi-lingual congregation, brings entire families to a “turning point” by offering the transforming power of Christ to Miami’s Hispanics. “The Cooperative Program is an indication we are not alone,” said Pastor Noel Lozano. “When we started Turning Point we received help from the Florida Baptist Convention, not only monetary support but in prayer and advice. Today our church has property with the potential of a future building where there are no Baptist churches.”
Orlando Japanese Church is Florida Baptists’ first congregation to reach Japanese families in their own heart language. Pastor Hiro Takaoka could not have received a work VISA to enter the States without the partnership of the Cooperative Program, association and sponsoring church ensuring his salary. With this addition, the Florida Baptist family worships in 26 languages each week, striving to plant churches to reach every people group within the Sunshine State.
Planted five years ago with a passion for the gospel and the city of Tallahassee, City Church draws 1,000 in attendance each Sunday. “Without the Cooperative Program, I'm not sure how or when we ever would have planted City Church,” said Pastor Dean Inserra. “At this pivotal time in our church's history, we wouldn't be able to move forward with a new facility without this resource. What makes Southern Baptists able to say ‘we care about missions at home and across the world’ and actually mean it is our Cooperative Program.”
Believing Kingdom roots produce Kingdom fruits, Pastor Kenric Conway of the Family of God Church in Panama City, labors to disciple young Christians into devoted believers. He relies on Florida Baptists’ disciple making and intercessory prayer materials, as well as counsel from Convention staff who walked alongside him, to transform lives and reach unbelievers in the inner city.
When Pastor Greg Floyd came to Tampa’s Seminole Heights Baptist Church in 1995, he found the church surrounded by a declining neighborhood. Instead of moving to another location as some suggested, he found innovative ways to minister to the needs of families in the community. A willing partner in that commitment has been resources from the Cooperative Program. Now the thriving church has a legacy of caring for others.
Wearing black t-shirts, leather vests and tattoos, a group of Faith Riders worked the crowds at Bike Week in Daytona Beach asking for three minutes of time. With the prize of a Harley Davidson motorcycle looming before them, many agreed to hear the plan of salvation, and at least 519 prayed to receive Christ. The ministry is one of hundreds of evangelistic events undergirded by Cooperative Program funds for the sake of Christ, which shares the Gospel with people from all walks of life.
When Charles Jones planted New Covenant Fellowship Church in Orlando to meet spiritual needs of second generation Caribbean immigrants, he took a salary cut from his secular job to focus on the needs of the church. The Cooperative Program is “our only source of financial support we could count on,” he explained, giving the congregation “peace of mind. There's no word to describe what the Cooperative Program means to every church plant and us in particular. Thank you Florida Baptists.”
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