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  • Irma takes toll on Florida; SBDR ready to move

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, September 08, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Hurricane Irma has caused extensive damage today as it moved up through Florida. North American Mission Board has issued Send Relief Bulletins both today (Sept. 10) and yesterday (Saturday, Sept. 9).

    Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is forging plans for units to move into the disaster zones as soon as conditions permit. Read More

  • Irma puts Bapt. DR on alert amid Harvey aid

    by Brandon Elrod and Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, September 06, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The second major hurricane threatening the U.S. within two weeks has Southern Baptists and their partners actively preparing to respond to Hurricane Irma, even as Harvey recovery efforts hunker down for the long haul.

    With flood waters still standing in some parts of Texas, and Category 5 Irma churning, President Trump has declared states of emergency in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Read More

  • Fla. Baptist Witness to merge with state convention

    by Barbara Denman & David Roach, posted Wednesday, August 02, 2017 (3 months ago)

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- The Florida Baptist Witness' board of directors has voted to cease functioning as a cooperating ministry of the state's convention and become a ministry within the Florida Baptist Convention organization.

    The action -- approved by the board during a special called meeting Tuesday (Aug. 1) conducted via conference call -- calls for the Witness' board to dissolve its corporation at the end of the year and turn over operation of the Witness publication and online presence to the state convention.

    Messengers to the Florida Baptist State Convention in November will be given an opportunity to "affirm" the board's decision, Florida Baptist Convention executive director Tommy Green said in an online video released today (Aug. 2). Read More

  • $3.1M Cooperative Program gift featured in EC report

    by Barbara Denman, Art Toalston & Erin Roach, posted Tuesday, June 13, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    PHOENIX (BP) -- Flanked by more than two dozen Florida pastors, Tommy Green of the Florida Baptist Convention presented a gift of $3,136,500 to the Southern Baptist Convention during the Executive Committee report June 13 in Phoenix.

    The CP gift, from the sale of the Florida convention's former building, was among numerous facets of the Executive Committee's report to messengers during the convention's 160th session since the SBC's founding in 1845. Read More

  • 1,285 baptized in Fla. on 'Acts 2:41 Sunday'

    by Barbara Denman, posted Wednesday, May 10, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Photo by Jerry Favorite/Florida Baptist Convention.
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- Florida's beaches, rivers, lakes and even pools came alive May 7 with the gospel testimonies of 1,285 new Christian believers as 112 Florida Baptist churches partnered for "Acts 2:41 Sunday -- Baptizing Coast-to-Coast."

    From the sandy white Gulf beaches of Perdido Key in Pensacola to the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean that stretch from Jacksonville to Miami; from the Suwannee River to lakes and state parks in every region, thousands of Florida Baptists and onlookers gathered to celebrate and witness the hundreds of Christians who publicly professed their faith through baptism. Read More

  • DR volunteers serving Matthew survivors in 5 states

    by Joe Conway, posted Monday, October 10, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo provided by Florida Baptist Convention.
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- While Matthew was still churning up the U.S. eastern seaboard as a Category 4 hurricane, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers were already preparing hot meals for storm evacuees in Florida. Meal preparation will soon number in the thousands as multiple teams and kitchens from other states begin operations Oct. 10.

    Meanwhile, SBDR assessors are working in coastal communities from Florida to Virginia coordinating first responses for cleanup, mud out and recovery. North American Mission Board (NAMB) SBDR executive director Mickey Caison said ... Read More

  • As Hurricane Matthew looms, Baptist units on standby

    by Barbara Denman & Art Toalston, posted Wednesday, October 05, 2016 (one year ago)

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    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- Florida Baptist disaster relief volunteers are on standby for the potential impact of Hurricane Matthew along Florida's Atlantic Coast.

    Baptist DR leaders in Georgia and South Carolina, meanwhile, also are monitoring the hurricane's path and will post updates of volunteer needs at their respective websites and Facebook pages. Read More

  • Sale of Fla.'s Baptist Building announced

    by Barbara Denman, posted Tuesday, April 05, 2016 (one year ago)

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- A sacrificial investment made by Florida Baptists decades ago could make a far-reaching global missions impact this year as the State Board of Missions approved a multi-million dollar contract to sell the Baptist Building property in Jacksonville.

    Fifty-one percent of the proceeds of the Baptist Building property sale will be directed to the Southern Baptist Convention's Cooperative Program for worldwide mission causes, pledged Tommy Green, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, during the State Board's April 1 meeting at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center in Leesburg, Fla. Read More

  • Fla. Baptists send additional $500,000 to SBC

    by Barbara Denman/Florida Baptist Convention , posted Tuesday, January 26, 2016 (one year ago)

    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 ... Read More

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

    by Barbara Denman/Florida Baptist Convention, posted Friday, November 13, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Ken Touchton/Florida Baptist Convention
    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 ... Read More