BARBARA DENMAN
Florida Baptist Convention

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Sep 21, 2014
TAMPA (FLBaptist)—Free pregnancy testing for students who suspect they may be pregnant are being offered once a week at the Baptist Campus Ministry center located on the University of South Florida campus this fall.

“We want to do this to help girls who think they are pregnant and are scared and have no one to turn to,” said Rahul Agarwal, Baptist campus minister. “By providing this ministry, we hope to share the Gospel and give hope, while at the same time potentially save lives.”
Sep 21, 2014
JACKSONVILLE (FLBaptist)—The Pursuit Experience, designed for students and young adults who are pursuing ministry leadership and desire to be the light of Jesus Christ, will be held Oct. 3-4 at Chets Creek Church.

Keynote speakers at the two-day event and their topics include Jeff Iorg, president of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, “Confirming God's Call”; and Kneeland Brown, executive director of Focus on the Family’s Leadership Institute, “Knowing God and Doing His Will.”
Sep 20, 2014
Rick McClung heard the familiar clang of the prison door locking behind him. Stepping through security screens, he was patted down and sent down the hallway.

In the chapel of the Jackson Correctional Institution in Malone, the smartly-groomed McClung was greeted by nearly 60 prisoners, dressed alike in blue, Florida state-issued uniforms. The inmates listened intently to his Bible study from the “Most Excellent Way,” a faith-based program designed to help men and women who struggle with alcohol/ drug addiction.
Sep 20, 2014
The dining room light shined brightly in the predawn hours from the home on the main thoroughfare in Panacea, a small fishing village south of Tallahassee on Highway 98.

The home and adjoining antiquated cottages—a quintessential mom and pop motel from the 1950s—once served as a brief respite for tourists and fishermen to enjoy the sparking blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Sep 19, 2014
JACKSONVILLE (FLBaptist)—Two children stood on the side of a Jacksonville East Arlington road selling lemonade when Kourtney Burcroff and her fellow summer missionary first spotted them.

When the children were not there the next day, the two summer missionaries visited their home to buy lemonade and invite them to the backyard Bible club the students were working in conjunction with FaithBridge Church in Jacksonville.
Sep 19, 2014
LEESBURG (FLBaptist)—After serving Florida Baptists as the executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention for a quarter of a century, John Sullivan has announced his retirement from the post, effective Feb. 28, 2015.

Sullivan shared his plans with the State Board of Missions, the Convention’s governing body, during a worship service held at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center on Sept. 18 and then gave an official statement during the Sept. 19 meeting.
Sep 6, 2014
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.
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.”
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