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Hialeah’s Send>>North America church growth conference offered in Spanish and English

tractionSend>>North America, a church growth and revitalization conference set in an urban environment, will be translated concurrently from English into Spanish when it meets Jan. 14 at the South Florida Urban Impact Center in Hialeah. The one-day experience designed to equip pastors with tools to infuse new life in their congregation will feature Johnny Hunt, past Southern Baptist Convention president, as keynote speaker. Register on-line at www.namb.net/revitalization.

For questions, email ecalles@flbaptist.org or call 800-226-8584, ext. 4060.

Is it time for your ministry and life to be replenished?

traction“Replenish Weekend,” Feb. 28-March 1 at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, is a leadership retreat for pastors, wives, staff and ministry leaders to restore and set direction for healthy leadership. The event is designed to address real ministry needs and challenges church leaders face while providing encouragement, experience and perspective for renewal and refocusing in ministry. The weekend will be led by Connie and Lance Witt, former executive and teaching pastor at Saddleback Church and author of “Replenish.”

For more information go to www.flbaptist.org/leadershipministries

“Live Out Loud” Men’s Retreat

florida baptist conventionKeni Thomas, an Army ranger involved in the Black Hawk Down mission; actor Robert Amaya from the film “Courageous;” the Robbie Seay Band; and the Rhett Walker Band will headline the first Men’s Retreat hosted by Lake Yale Conference Center, March 28-30. The conference with the theme “Live Out Loud” will offer spiritual enrichment, networking, activities, dynamic speakers and evening concerts.


For more information email lakeyale@flbaptist.org or call 800-226-8584, ext. 8800.



Statewide collegiate conference strives to “re:engage” students

florida baptist conventionCollege students from around the state will come together Feb. 21-22 at Tampa’s First Baptist Church in Temple Terrace for the annual State Conference to discover how to “re:engage” their campuses with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Students will learn the importance of God’s call to reach the culture by pursuing others as God is pursuing them.


For more information go to www.floridabcm.com/reconnect

“Love, Share” 2014 State Evangelism Conference x 2

florida baptist conventionThe State Evangelism Conference will be held in two locations this year—First Baptist, Daytona Beach, March 24-25; and First Baptist Bonifay, March 27-28; Speakers include Paige Patterson, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Bobby Welch, past president, SBC; John Sullivan, Florida Baptist Convention; and a host of dynamic speakers and teachers from across the state. This free conference, a ministry of the Cooperative Program, will offer encouragement and equipping to all Florida Baptist churches.
For more information vist the website.


A Saga over 200 Years in the Making

tractionFlavored Florida: A History of Florida Baptists, Volume One 1748-1939, is a saga of the times, places, events and the faithful people called Florida Baptists. Every cooperating Florida Baptist church will be sent a complimentary copy of a DVD digital version. Only a limited quantity of hard-bound editions is available for sale while supplies last. Order yours today. A $75 value with a special reduced price of $39.95 (plus shipping and handling).

Order the book on-line at www.FavoredFlorida.com

Senior’s Enrichment Retreat

florida baptist conventionLake Yale Conference Center is hosting a senior adult retreat on campus Feb. 3-5 with inspirational speaker Jim Henry, pastor emeritus at First Baptist Church in Orlando; Charles Roesel, pastor emeritus at First Baptist Church in Leesburg; the world renowned Florida Boys; international Gospel singer Larry Ford; and Christian music duo Bill and Anna Keith.


For more information click here.



SUPER SUMMER MXP goes to Miami

florida baptist conventionThe Super Summer MXP (Mission Experience) is a week-long mission experience at the Urban Impact Center in Miami for students who have completed grades 6-12. Come join several hundred students in a power-packed week of ministry in a truly international city--without bringing a passport! Mission trips for groups will be customized with a church planter and his new work in SEND Miami. Includes Biblical challenges from Jeff Hessinger, worship led by I-60, specialized evangelism training and evangelistic/missional outreach projects.


For more information please click here.

January is "Make Your Will" Month

florida baptist conventionMake Your Will Month, traditionally held in January, is a good time to renew the commitment and encourage your people to prepare for the inevitable. If you have a will, and it's more than five years old, now is a good time to review it. Have births, deaths, marriages taken place that affect your current plan? Have minor children become adults? Did you move to another state? Any of these life changes may necessitate changes to your will. If you do not have a will, someone else will choose who will be in charge, who will take care of your children and the State of Florida will determine who gets your assets. Without a will, you lose the opportunity to make these decisions for yourself. If you need a will or need updates and desire to leave a gift to a Baptist ministry, contact the Office of Strategic Endowed Giving at 1-800-226-8584, ext. 3030 to find out how we can help. If you would like to have an Estate Planning seminar presented in your church from a Biblical perspective, call the above number to schedule or email at endowedgiving@flbaptist.org.


florida baptist convention• How does the Affordable Care Act affect churches & ministers?
• IRS changes the “use it or lose it” definition for Flex Spending Accounts (FSA’s)?
• Ministers’ Housing Allowance ruled unconstitutional but ruling is stayed on appeal.
Click here for the list of 2014 tax update conferences coming to an association near you!

A Pastor’s Stewardship Meeting is coming soon to your association

florida baptist conventionAn overview of the new Stewardship materials will be available at the Pastor’s Stewardship meeting in your association. This year’s annual emphasis is “Impact: Seeking God’s Best,” with titles for the four Sundays: “We make an IMPACT as Stewards of Kingdom Promise;” “We make an IMPACT as Stewards of Kingdom Power;” “We make an IMPACT as Stewards as Kingdom Progress; and “We make an IMPACT as Stewards of Kingdom Process.” Resources include bulletin inserts, poster/emphasis guide, Sunday School lessons, dramas and sermon ideas on CD/DVD. Upcoming dates and associations:
Jan. 7 Middle Florida
Jan 16 Suncoast
Feb. 6 Florida
Feb. 10 Santa Rosa
Feb. 20 New River
Feb. 24 Northwest Coast
March 11 Nature Coast
March 12 Miami
March 18 Suwannee
March 20 Brevard AM/PM


Call the associational office for specific locations and times.

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