Wednesday, January 3, 2018

January 8th FBBF Meeting - St. Petersburg

We are looking forward to hosting the FBBF meeting Monday January 8th here at Park Street. One of the things we have been addressing here at our church is in the area of security. I have asked Jim Howard with Trinity Security Allies (A Church security ministry) to speak for us and we will have a Q&A with him. 
I have also asked Ron Sears to speak. I have asked him to speak on the topic of "Christian Universalism." This is very much a growing doctrine. He has written a book on the topic as he has dealt with this first hand while he was an executive pastor. 

We will have a good lunch and I promise if you come you will be glad you did or your money back. 
- Pastor Dan Jeffers
Location & Times
3901 Park Street North
St. Petersburg FL 33709

What's The Plan?
By Russell Johnson
I think it would be safe to assume that most of us are working on some kind of plan as we look ahead to 2018. Whether it is regarding our health, our finances, our preaching schedule or our outreach/missions plan for the coming year, I hope we all realize that it takes more than goals to achieve success, it takes a plan to turn those goals into realities.
What is your PLAN for encouraging fellow pastors and promoting Church planting in 2018?
We can attend conferences for personal growth and edification, but we seldom get to personally encourage others at those gatherings. What about YOU encouraging OTHERS in the ministry?
I would like to encourage you to PLAN NOW to be at the 8 gatherings we will be having at the Florida BBF during this coming year. Circle your calendars NOW (or ask Siri/Alexa to set up reminders for you) for the SECOND MONDAY for the months of January, February, March, April, June, August, October & November.
The location for the January and February meetings are set, all the rest are open at this point. If you are within 100 miles of the intersection of the Turnpike and I-4, please look at your calendar and contact either Joel Johns or Russell Johnson to host one of our meetings this year.
Plan NOW to be a Blessing to OTHER PASTORS in 2018!

The More Things Change...
By Joel Johns

Every new year we go through the same changes, but somehow those changes are the same changes as last time. This new year we will see many changes, but in the scope of eternity and our calling, those changes are superficial. This year it is our hope to change and improve the way we communicate and interact. It is our goal to move from a monthly meeting to daily interactions with one another. Tim Forgette and I have built a FBBF Facebook Group that we ask everyone to join. Please use this page to get to know other pastors in the state, to seek advice or give advice, and to pray and encourage one another. Please take a moment to visit the group page at FBBF Pastors Group. We would love to have you along for the ride.

Friday, November 3, 2017

November 13th FBBF Meeting - Liberty Baptist Orlando

What a privilege it is to be a servant of the Most High King!  Many of us enjoyed the gratitude of our churches last month for Pastor Appreciation Month, but I realize that many others served with only the recognition of our heavenly Father.  These meetings of pastors allow us to gather for mutual encouragement and to spur one another on toward love and good works.  Please take some time to join us this month. - Joel Johns

The meeting will be at Liberty Baptist Church of Orlando (744 N Dean Road, Orlando, FL 32825) on November 13, 2017. Of course, the officers meeting will begin at 10:00 am and everything else at 11:00 am. Lunch will be served at noon with Adam's Road Ministry presenting their ministry through song and testimony afterward. The goal is to end the meeting at 2:00 pm. We will be sending out a flyer today with additional information so please be on the lookout for that. Thanks for your time, we hope that you're feeling much better and hope to see you there at the meeting! - Vern Murray

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

June 12th FBBF Meeting - Sanford FL

Pastor Ron & Kathy Williams are excited to connect again with the pastors of the FBBF this coming Monday in Sanford.  The Palmetto Ave Baptist Church will be hosting us and they have gone out of their way to provide a great line up of speakers and music for us.

Justin Brownlee who is on staff with Scott Carlson at Palm Springs Dr. Baptist Church in Altamonte Springs will be starting a new church in Maitland in the Fall, and he will be our first speaker.  

Lunch will be a Chinese Buffet.

Mike Kalaap, former Lead Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Bellflower, CA, who is now the Leadership Development Pastor at BridgePoint Church in St. Pete will speak after lunch.  

Bill Bales, recently retired Lead Pastor of Sonshine Baptist Church in Pt. Charlotte will be the last speaker of the day, and we will be recognizing him for his valuable contribution to the State for more than 40 yrs.  The title of his message will be, "Have You Stayed Too Long, or Are You Leaving Too Early?"

Don Norman from the Orlando Baptist Church will be supplying the special music for the day.

We want to celebrate with Bill and Charlotte and are asking everyone to bring a restaurant gift card so that we can show our appreciation for all their years of serving our state and fellowship.

10:00 a.m. - Officer's Meeting
11:00 a.m. - Church Planter Justin Brownlee - Anchor Church
12:00 p.m. - Lunch 
  1:00 p.m. - Pastor Mike Kalaap - BridgePoint Church
  2:00 p.m. - Pastor Emeritus Bill Bales - Sonshine Baptist Church

Address: 2626 S Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL 32773
Phone: (407) 323-1583


Monday, April 17, 2017

FBBF Meeting - June 24

I pray that you had a wonderful Easter Celebration with your church and are resting up today before all of the great guest follow up we get to do!  I just wanted to send a quick reminder that we will be hosting the Fellowship at Cornerstone in Davenport on Next Monday April 24th beginning at 11 a.m.  

We have some great speakers already lined up!

11:00 a.m. - George Mulford - Bible Baptist in Fruitland Park
11:45 a.m. - Presentation of F. I. G. Ministries by Carlos Jimenez
12:00 p.m. - Lunch (Italian)
1:00 p.m.  - Randy Brown - Friendship Baptist in Ocala
2:00 p.m. - Greg Peters - Parkview Baptist in Palm Coast

101 Cornerstone Church Place, Davenport, FL 33897

Office - 888-836-7234
Cell - 407-900-5635

In Christ,
Joel L. Johns, Pastor
Cornerstone Church
Davenport, FL 

Everything New! - By Russel Johnson

Spring is a wonderful time of the year throughout the world.  New flowers, new leaves (even if they are just pushing the other ones off here in Florida), new animals in the fields and even new predictions for hurricane seasons….

In our Church life, spring usually brings a flurry of activity around Good Friday and Easter, followed by the growth of new believers who have come to know the Lord during this special time of year!  Discipleship groups, baptisms, membership, and so much more as we help them grow deep into Jesus.

This month our Florida BBF has the privilege of gathering in the new facilities of Cornerstone Baptist Church.  I know that Joel Johns and his people are eager to share with all of us the facility that God has blessed them with!

Please make your plans to join us on Monday, April 24th and come prepared to share with others the blessings and other new things that God is doing in your life and ministry.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March 13th FBBF Meeting

We are excited to be having our meeting this month at the great Temple Baptist Church in Titusville.  First of all Tom Hunter, Scott Carlson and Brandt Leich will be our speakers. Then, Brandt Leich will give a testimony about what God is involving him and his people to do at Disney World with the College Program students.  One of our school groups will be singing and evangelist Tim Kaufman will be doing some special music. 


10am               FL-BBF Board Meeting
11am               Welcome and Song
11:15 - 11:45   Scott Carlson
11:45 - 12        Brandt Leich  report
1:00 - 1:15       Business Report
1:15 - 1:20       Tim Kaufman       

1:20 - 2:00       Tom Hunter


Please mark your calendar as this represents a change from our previous scheduled meeting at Cornerstone in Davenport.  That meeting has been moved to April 24th.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Next Meeting: Monday, Feb. 13th


We’re looking forward to hosting the pastors of the Florida Baptist Bible Fellowship at Grace Pointe Church. We will begin at 11:00 a.m. and have you on your way home around 2:00 p.m.  

11 a.m. Mark Milioni  - Pastor, teacher, student, husband, father, grandfather and President of Baptist Bible College, Springfield MO

12 to 12:15 pm -  Greg Gill CEO of Thumbprint (Marketing trends and how your church and ministry can effectively use them) 

12:20 Lunch & Business Meeting

1:00 Beth Helton (Freedom Ministries Gateway Church Southlake TX)

Our Address: 2051 W. Lester Rd. Apopka FL  32712 .
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If you have questions, please give our office a call us at 407.889.3383

- Jason Henderson, Pastor
Helping our People Live and Thrive in the TENSION

We are living in times of tension and this tension often spills over into the life of our Churches.  If our people are not prepared to handle it, biblically, it has the potential of destroying the testimony of the Church, or at the very least, making us an ineffective voice in our world today.

I recently read a article entitled “What to Do When you Can’t Agree with the People you Love” by Jennifer Dukes Lee.  I would highly recommend that you look it up to get the full context of what she is saying regarding finding unity in the midst of a sharp divide.  I will just give you some highlights:

We have to love “us” more than we hate what is different
Statistically speaking, we are collectively “different.”  If our people had to pick sides, in many churches half of them would be standing on one side of the issues and half would be standing on the other side.  That certainly does not lead us to the type of unity that Jesus prayed that His followers would have in John 17.

“Imagine three cardboard boxes.  People are putting everyone into one of three boxes.  The first box is labeled: “heartless, bigoted conservative.”  The second box is labeled: “whiny, bleeding-heart liberal.”  The third box sits in the middle, a little higher than the other two, and it is labeled: “I’m right.”

If you want to help our people live and thrive in the tension of these days, we must help them learn to do four things:
  1. Throw Away the Boxes – Putting people in boxes or labeling them is easier than doing the nuanced work of trying to understand someone else’s point of view, but the extra effort is worth it!  By and large, our people, our nation and our world are too complicated for boxes.
  2. Resist the Urge to Be Right – Jesus called us to have love and unity so that the world would know we were His disciples and believe the message we were proclaiming about Him.  We were never called upon to be right in order to be more effective in reaching the world.
  3. Before you speak, THINK – I’m sure we’ve all seen this acronym, and maybe even taught it, but do we actually follow it:
– Is it True?
– Is it Helpful?
– Is it Inspiring?
– Is it Necessary?
– Is it Kind?
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” we are told in Proverbs 18:21, surely it’s worth an extra effort to think through things before we say, write or post something.
  1. Use the Micah Filter – This minor prophet speaks to all of us in Micah 6:8 “…the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you:  to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
“This is our chance, as the people of Jesus, to show what it looks like to be civil in tone, humble in posture, and gracious in attitude.  I’m not saying that we have to be so ‘open-minded’ that our brains fall out.  Goodness, each of us can stand for whatever we stand for, and do what we believe is right!  But, please, Be Kind.”

Let me leave you with a phrase that has stuck with me from the book “Messy Grace” that I read, and thoroughly enjoyed, this past summer:
“Love is living the tension between Grace and Truth.”