Saturday, January 3, 2015

Next Meeting January 12th - Cornerstone, Davenport

We are excited to launch the new year with the state fellowship at Cornerstone.  We invite you to come for a time of encouragement, strategy, and fellowship.  Dave Janney, Pastor of Orlando Baptist Church will be preaching for us, we will have an extended lunch and fellowship time where we will share praises and problems that we can each relate to, and then be led in a discussion on how we can protect our churches from the homosexual agenda by Dr. David Anderson of Faith Baptist Church in Sarasota.  We look forward to seeing you on January 12th! - Joel Johns

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Lunch Provided
3100 Sand Mine Rd.  Davenport, FL 33897

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Next Meeting - November 10 - Liberty Orlando

Liberty Baptist

Monday November 10th 2014   11:00 am – 3:00 pm


Matt Macnaughton
Church Planter: Matt grew up in Orange Park, Florida and as a teenager, he realized his sinful state and gave his life to Christ.  At camp during his senior year of high school, God impressed upon his heart to go into full time ministry. 

Rich Andrews
Husband, Father of 3 great kids. Director of Ministries for Word of Life Florida and Associate Minister of Music at First Baptist Church New Port Richey, FL.Fl.

Paul Woods
Paul Woods has served as a youth pastor for 20 years at his church in Jacksonville, Florida. He teaches the youth ministry courses at Trinity Baptist College and serves as Chaplain at Trinity Christian Academy. His hobbies include distance running and coaching.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

June 9th FBBF Meeting in Davenport

We want to invite all pastors, staff, missionaries and church planters to the June meeting of our state fellowship!  Due to a scheduling conflict, we have moved the meeting from Altamonte to Cornerstone in Davenport.  Here are the details:

10:00 a.m.  - Officer's Meeting
11:00 a.m. -  Pastor George Mulford of Grace Bible Baptist in Leesburg
12:00 p.m. - Catered lunch by Diromio's - Lasagna and Chicken Alfredo
1:00 p.m. - Pastor Randy Brown of Friendship Baptist in Ocala
2:00 p.m. - Flex

Cornerstone Church
Google Map
3100 Sand Mine Rd.
Davenport FL 33897

Call Pastor Joel Johns if you have any questions. 407-900-5635

Monday, April 14, 2014

Next Meeting April 14th: First Baptist Port Richie

We want to continue our streak of great meetings, and you are a big part of that.  2014 has seen the fellowship and church planning efforts take a strong move forward and we anticipate a great meeting in Port Richie.  Join us April 14th!
Officer's meeting - 10:00 am
Russell Johnson - Fellowship as a Verb- 11:00 am
Lunch and Business meeting - 12:00 pm
Ed Johnson - Dealing with Discouragement - 1:00 pm
Ron Todd - Keeping your marriage strong- 2:00 pm

Special music will be provided by Neal O'Lenick

When looking up directions it is better to use the address instead of the church's name.

First Baptist Church of Port Richey
5708 River Gulf Road
Port Richey, Florida 34668

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Next Meeting: Cornerstone, Davenport

The Florida Fellowship has impacted my ministry more than any schooling, training, book or program.  That is why I am excited to be able to host the January Fellowship meeting on January 13th.

This is the first meeting of the year and we have a bit of a twist.  Rather than our usual meeting with preaching and music, we will be in conference mode with some topics that I think will appeal to you.

Mac Heavener, former president and CEO of ERA Realty, and current president of Trinity Baptist college in Jacksonville will share with us on the topic of leadership.
Dr. David Anderson of faith Baptist in Sarasota will bring a talk on the issue of concealed carry of weapons in the church.  Beyond just the ethics, he will give practical tips on keeping our churches secure.  Last, but not least, John Erik Moseler, a church marketing consultant will help all of us with our outreach materials and marketing.  We encourage you to bring your bulletins, tracts, and mail-outs for some helpful tips.

I hope each of you will consider taking a day to come and grow with the rest of us.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Next Meeting - November 11th - St. Pete

Dan & Pam We here at Park Street are looking forward to hosting the FBBF meeting this coming Monday November 11.  We have two excellent speakers who will challenge your heart.  We will have some good music, testimonies, food and preaching.  We are putting a lot of effort into this meeting and hope that you will put an effort into being here. 

This is the last meeting of the year so let’s do our best to be here. It is evident that we pastors are busier than ever, but also that we need each other for support and encouragement more than ever. 

We are located at 3901 Park St N, St Petersburg.  Your GPS will get you here just fine.  If you get lost or need some help my cell is 727-432-9958. 

We start at 11:00 AM and will be done by 2:30 PM. 

Our Speakers: 
Joey Candillo

Pastor Joey was saved while in prison in 1997.  He surrendered to full time ministry and enrolled at Baptist Bible College in 1998.  He graduated in May of 2002.  In September of the same year, he planted a church at the Milestone Youth Center, located across the street from Bales Baptist Church.  In 2004, the two churches merged and Joey became the pastor of Bales.  He was married to his wife, Megan, in May of 2005.  Joey is blessed with five children.  Joey recently resigned the church at Bales to start another church. 

Steve Brown
We are delighted to welcome one of the newer pastors to our State.  Steve Brown took Calvary Baptist Church in Englewood.  Calvary was a struggling work with less than a hundred when he took the work.  God has blessed them with good growth.  Steve was also the chaplain for the Texas Rangers baseball team and also at one time the Kansas City Royals before moving to Florida

“And He Shall Direct Your Paths”

“Not my might, not by power, but by my coaching” saith my emails.

Am I the only one being bombarded with emails from people who know the secrets of how to make my ministry a success?  According to my inbox, practically every problem I face in the ministry can be overcome if I simply have the appropriate coaching from the right coach.  From my leadership effectiveness, to my evangelistic outreach methods, to my per capita giving, to every basic system in the church body and even my personal income streams – EVERYTHING can be resolved by signing up to meet with someone once or twice a month, via video conference or simply by reading or watching their material at my “leisure” for a small fee of only…

Now don’t take me wrong, I am certainly not against learning from other people.  By some standards, I am considered an “early adopter” and many things in my ministry can be traced back to the words, the books or the examples of others.  As one preacher put it:  “If my bullet fits your gun, shoot it!”  And heaven knows I’ve shot many greats ideas of others through my “gun” over the years.

I am concerned, however, that we may sometimes be searching for “magic bullets” from other ministries rather than going to the One who truly knows and understands our situation the best!

A verse we often quote (but sometimes forget to apply) says: 
·       “Trust in the Lord with all your heart” - I know that we know this, but do we really believe that God will build His Church, in our location, through His means and by following His ways?  The answer at our ordination service would have been a resounding “yes” but how about after several years of reality, and more than a few discouragements.  Do we really trust Him?
·       “And lean not on your own understanding” – With every year we spend in the ministry, it often becomes harder and harder to not lean on our own experience, our own perspective, our own “convictions” in situations.  We’ve tried that before, we’ve seen that, we know how this will turn out…  And yet God’s Word says not to lean or depend on ourselves.  Rather, Solomon tells us…
·       “In all your ways acknowledge Him” – The word we probably trip on the most in this command is the little word “ALL.”  Remembering to take everything to God – the attendance, the baptisms, the budgets, the people “stuff,” the things that have worked so well over the years but might not be working so well now.  Yes, in ALL our ways, in everything we do, take it to Him:  not just to ask Him to bless us, but to make sure it’s even what we should be doing.
·       “And He shall direct your paths.” – It doesn’t say “might,” it says “shall.”  That is an assurance!  That is the same word we love to bank on in so many other areas (we shall be saved, for example) why not in the every day task of leading His Church.  It’s the same idea we see in James 1:5 where God promises us wisdom if we simply admit that we need it and then ask Him for it: “And it will be given to him.”

Please know that I am not suggesting that we ignore learning from one another, and even from others that we might have to pay to glean from their wisdom.  What I am saying though is this:  God knows our individual situations better than anyone else.  Maybe if we spend more time with Him, admitting that we need Him and taking every issue to Him, the path He shows us might be the most direct path to where He wants us to get! 

See you in St. Pete. 

Russell Johnson, IBB Miami