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Florida State Board celebrates continued Kingdom ministry

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) – Rather than a message of retreat, the State Board of Missions heard how the Florida Baptist Convention and its churches are moving forward, celebrating new opportunities to seize God’s blessings in the midst of a pandemic.

Rummage elected Fla. pres.; CP commitment continues

CLEARWATER, Fla. (BP) -- Messengers attending the 2016 Florida Baptist State Convention elected Brandon pastor Stephen Rummage as president and approved a $30 million Cooperative Program budget for 2017 that continues to send 51 percent to the Southern Baptist Convention while retaining 49 percent for missions and ministries in the state. The meeting, held Nov. 14-15 at Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater, focused on the theme: "Gathering to Exhort, Stir Up and Send Out."

Pastor baptizes son, several hundred others

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (BP) -- When David Hughes was called as pastor of Church by the Glades in 1998, 470 was the average weekly attendance. Now nearly 18 years later in just one weekend, the Florida church stirred the baptismal waters with 470 new believers in Christ. The correlation of numbers was "catalytic," Hughes said. "It was very organic. It was one of these 'trust God moments and see God at work.'" Leading the baptismal candidates was a child, as Hughes baptized his 7-year-old son Zane, ...

Church’s 500 volunteers make community-wide impact

SARASOTA, Fla. (BP) -- Wearing bright blue T-shirts proclaiming "I love Sarasota," nearly 500 members of Sarasota Baptist Church -- from children to octogenarians -- fanned out across the area to show the love of Christ during the first week of February. "We challenged our people to take a one-week mission trip to Sarasota," pastor Mike Landry said. "We are on mission to our community, and to just love on our city."

Fla. Baptists send additional $500,000 to SBC

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- The Florida Baptist Convention sent an additional $500,000 in Cooperative Program funds to the Southern Baptist Convention Jan. 25. The funds represented 51 percent of the $970,924 in budget overages from Florida Baptist churches to the state convention's 2015 budget of $28.8 million. "What a tremendous blessing from God for Florida Baptists to express our commitment to the Great Commission in our work together as Southern Baptists through this budget ...

Fla. Baptists send 51% of 2016 CP budget to SBC

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (BP) -- Messengers to the Florida Baptist State Convention approved a 2016 Cooperative Program budget of $29 million that will send 51 percent to the Southern Baptist Convention and retain 49 percent for missions and ministries in the state.  "This epic, pacesetting decision will set a precedent in the Southern Baptist Convention," said Michael Tatem, president of ...

‘All the way from Florida,’ DR volunteers bring hope

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (BP) -- Sitting beside South Carolina's swift-flowing Edisto River, Joyce Grooms watched as Florida Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers dumped all of her ruined earthly belongings from her flood-damaged home.  Although she had lived on her scenic piece of riverfront property all of her life, Grooms, 81,  saw nearly four decades of life in her own home lost to floodwater. Memories flooded back.

Fla. Baptist Conv. to reduce staff by 47%

LEESBURG, Fla. (BP) -- A reorganization of the Florida Baptist Convention staff that reduces the number of employees statewide by 47 percent -- from the 115 currently employed to 61 employees -- was approved by the State Board of Missions, Friday (Sept. 18) at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center. The reorganization and downsizing was the fulfillment of a promise made by Executive Director-Treasurer Tommy Green on May 29 after being elected to the post.

Increases proposed for SBC, Fla. ministry

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- Saying "we can impact the world" by sending 51 percent of Florida's Cooperative Program receipts to the Southern Baptist Convention while simultaneously increasing funds to reach Florida, Executive Director-Treasurer Tommy Green presented a $29 million budget for 2016 to the State Board of Missions' Budget-Allocations Committee. The committee unanimously approved the proposed 2016 Cooperative Program budget Aug. 13 to send $14,790,000 -- or 51 percent -- to the SBC and retain ...

Fla. presidents affirm nat’l marriage statement

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS, Fla. (BP) -- The current president and 18 former presidents of the Florida Baptist State Convention have affirmed a statement on biblical marriage and the national implications of same-sex marriage released June 17 by the Southern Baptist Convention's current president, Ronnie Floyd, and 16 of the SBC's presidents since 1980.