Latest Articles by BARBARA DENMAN
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.”
Aug 20, 2014
CRESTVIEW (FLBaptist)—Working bivocationally at the local Starbucks in Crestview as he planted a new church, James Ross often invited co-worker Marisela Davis to Mosaic Church.
After four years of making unfulfilled promises, she came to Mosaic out of the blue, heard Ross proclaim the Gospel and left as a new creation in Christ.
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.