Sep 16, 2014
In the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown last month in Ferguson, Mo., the Florida Baptist Witness asked pastors in the Sunshine State about their views on race relations.
Most said much work remains, both inside and outside the church.
Sep 14, 2014
OCALA (FBW)—Highlands Baptist Church and Wellspring Church, located less than a mile from each other in the Central Florida town of Ocala, merged on Sept. 7.
Following a six-month-long “Church Unique” revitalization program, Highlands Pastor Chris Gilliam felt inspired to join forces with Wellspring in order to get back to what he felt was the church’s original calling. After unanimous votes by both churches, the merger was confirmed on Aug. 17 after the Highlands’ vote.
Sep 14, 2014
Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, one of the largest African-American Baptist churches in Jacksonville, is in the process of partnering with the predominantly Anglo Ridgewood Baptist Church in Orange Park.
If all goes according to plan, the two congregations will become one church with multiple locations sometime next year.
Sep 11, 2014
One-time announcements are provided free by the Witness to Florida Baptist churches. Please e-mail materials at least three weeks before the date of the event to floridafocus@goFBW.com. Information may also be mailed to Florida Baptist Witness, 1230 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32207.
Sep 11, 2014
Florida Baptists were among the thousands who voted in primary elections Aug. 26. Some of the voters may have met the candidates and questioned them in events at their churches, and some may have read the candidates’ opinions on issues in voter guides that were distributed at one of the state’s 3,000 churches.
However, most Florida Baptist churches shy away from election-year involvement because of fear of lawsuits or losing their tax-exempt status. Their fears are unfounded, according to Bill Bunkley, president of the Florida Ethics and Religious Commission and a representative of the Florida Baptist Convention during legislative sessions in Tallahassee for the past 19 years.
Sep 6, 2014
50-50 CP division expected to be reached by 2017
JACKSONVILLE (FLBaptist)—As Florida Baptists advance toward the goal of sending 50 percent of the state’s Cooperative Program receipts to the Southern Baptist Convention, a proposed $28.8 million budget for 2015 that increases the SBC percentage to 45 percent and decreases the Florida Baptist Convention’s percentage to 55 percent was approved by the State Board of Missions’ Budget-Allocations Committee.
With the planned increased percentage to SBC causes, the Florida Baptist Convention expects to reach the 50-50 percentage division of CP funds by 2017, a year earlier than originally planned.
Sep 5, 2014
The Maguire State Mission Offering gives Florida Baptists an opportunity to Embrace Florida by being a blessing by supporting those who go out in His name into the highways and byways of this state. To undergird, encourage and strengthen these ministries by giving, praying and going.
Sep 4, 2014
First Baptist Church of Titusville received 300 resumes during its recent search for a senior pastor. As intimidating as that was, the number is not all that unusual these days.
The increasing use of technology is making more potential candidates aware of openings, which is one of things that is making the high-stakes pastor-search process more challenging than ever.
Sep 3, 2014
MIDDLEBURG (FBW)—More than 50 North Florida children are learning the sport of archery at First Baptist Church in Middleburg. According to Associate Pastor Tim Martin, church leaders had been “looking for something to draw the children of our community to First Baptist,” when a 2011 Sportsman’s Expo sparked interest in archery.
Sep 2, 2014
GLASGOW, Scotland (FBW)—While every church plant sets out to be a reproducing church, nowhere is the mission more critical than at Refuge Scotland.
“It’s very dark here,” says Refuge Scotland Pastor Matt Setliffe.