Latest Articles by BARBARA DENMAN
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 12, 2014
How does one judge the value of Florida Baptist mission camps? Is it through the number of those in attendance; the number of professions of faith at the camp; or the number of lives dedicated to Christian ministry?
Or is it best measured by those former campers who are serving faithfully in Christian ministry, touching souls for the Kingdom exponentially, much like ripples from a drop of water in a pond?
Aug 10, 2014
JACKSONVILLE (FLBaptist)—Giving by Florida Baptist churches through the Cooperative Program continued to decline during the first six months of 2014.
From January through June, churches gave $15,186,208 through the Cooperative Program, $556,090 or 3.53 percent below the $15,742,298 given in 2013.
Aug 6, 2014
KISSIMMEE (FLBaptist)—Glen Owens, assistant executive director of the Florida Baptist Convention since 1989, was inducted into the National Association of Church Business Administration’s “Hall of Fame” for his significant contributions to the church management profession.
This award was presented July 16 during the NACBA annual meeting at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee. Past recipients have included editors, church administration professors, denomination and association executives, writers, editors and certified public accountants that specialize in church management.
Aug 4, 2014
MIAMI (FLBaptist)—Sometimes when people set foot in Miami for the first time, they wonder if they are still in the United States, according to Jose Abella, pastor of Providence Road Church there.
Aug 2, 2014
JACKSONVILLE (FLBaptist)—Training designed to equip “veteran pastors” to serve as interim pastors will be offered in eight locations in 2014.
Many churches need a qualified and trained interim pastor during a pastoral leadership change, said Lewis Miller, strategist in the Florida Baptist Convention’s Congregational Support Ministries Team, which sponsors the training.
Jul 28, 2014
STARKE (FLBaptist)—Seeking to fill a spiritual hunger, 234 Florida Baptist pastors and ministers fell on their knees to pray for personal renewal, family, churches and others, as well as revival in the state and nation, when they gathered in pastor-led prayer meetings held across the state in May and June.
Jul 27, 2014
MIAMI (FLBaptist)—Miami is a city of contrasts—home to the glamorous, rich and famous, from professional athletes and celebrities to international business tycoons. Yet, hundreds of thousands of its residents live in abject poverty, surviving in multifamily housing with low-wage jobs and little hope.
Jul 25, 2014
South Putnam Church sits in the southernmost corner of Putnam County, the third-poorest county in Florida, in a community where families and seniors live on fixed incomes and migrants provide cheap labor for the area’s fern industry.
Making ends meet for these forgotten people is a daily challenge.
But they are not forgotten to Pastor Brian Baker, who knows their names and has led the congregation to be “the hands, feet and voice of Christ in our community.”
Jul 1, 2014
MARIANNA (FLBaptist)—While contemplating Kingdom decisions for the state of Florida, the State Board of Missions sought God’s will throughout the three-day meeting as they prayer-walked across the Blue Springs campus; gathered on their knees to “Engage Florida” through prayer; and offered intercessory prayers for a young Panhandle family committed to reaching the lost in one of the nation’s fastest-growing corridors.