JACKSONVILLE (FBC)—Nearly half of all Florida Baptist churches have said they want other churches to rejoice in their story. These 1,395 congregations or 46 percent of all Florida Baptist churches have completed the Annual Church Profile (ACP) for 2013 and provided that information to their associations.
Two associations, Apalachee and Lafayette, have reported 100 percent of its churches have responded, while Santa Rosa is close behind with all but one church reporting.
And while “numbers are not everything,” said Bob Bumgarner, lead strategist, Church Health Group, Florida Baptist Convention, “numbers always tell a story.”
“The ACP is one story telling tool that can give church leaders an historical perspective about where their church is and how they got there. So new ways to move forward can be developed,” he added.
The 2013 percentage of responses represents an increase from 2012 response when 35 percent of churches had reported to date. Look at the summary below and see how your association of churches is doing in gathering these numbers.
It’s not too late to respond and provide a historical snapshot of your church, although the initial deadline for returning the ACPs was Oct. 1.
Bumgarner and other Convention staff are in the process of calling churches to remind them to share their numbers with fellow Baptists.
Contact your associational office or the Florida Baptist Convention’s Technology Services and talk to Melissa Patterson at 800-226-8584, ext. 3052; 904-596-3052 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So keep up the good work, Florida Baptists. Tell us your stories!
|Association||Total Congregations||Number Reporting||Percentage Reporting|
|Santa Fe River||49||24||49|
|St. Johns River||58||52||90|
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