Tallahassee pastor tolerant when it comes to alcohol
 

TALLAHASSEE (FBW)—There is one issue on which City Church Pastor Dean Inserra stands apart—at least in public.

Unlike most Southern Baptist pastors, Inserra has decided not to make moderate consumption of alcohol a big deal.

Florida Baptist Convention offers regional interim pastor training
 

JACKSONVILLE (FLBaptist)—Training designed to equip “veteran pastors” to serve as interim pastors will be offered in eight locations in 2014.

Many churches need a qualified and trained interim pastor during a pastoral leadership change, said Lewis Miller, strategist in the Florida Baptist Convention’s Congregational Support Ministries Team, which sponsors the training.

BCF’s ‘20/20 Vision Program’ already coming into focus
 

GRACEVILLE (FBW)—The Baptist College of Florida is preparing for the rest of the 21st century. Its motto remains the same—“Changing the World through the Unchanging Word”—but BCF’s campus is changing at an accelerated pace.

BCF trustees endorsed the $20 million “20/20 Vision Program,” a comprehensive campus renovation, barely three months ago, and changes are already evident. BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen said the program title is a nod to the target year of completion and to a “perfect vision of a new campus.”

Giving hope to the homeless through clothes, food, faith and fellowship
 

Lem Simmons is not your typical pastor. In fact, most people would not identify him as a member of the clergy just by looking at him.

With his cap turned backward and a body covered with tattoos, he blends in with the homeless and hopeless people in Gainesville where he ministers.

New Works: Florida Baptist start 7 churches in June
 

JACKSONVILLE (FLBaptist)—According to a report released by the Florida Baptist Convention’s Church Planting Group, Florida Baptists started seven new churches during June. The following is a listing of new churches by association:

Students serve community through Mission Jax
 

ST. JOHNS COUNTY (FBW)—Students in northern St. Johns County are discovering that they didn’t have to go to a Third World country to do missions work.

Instead, in early June they took part in Mission Jax, something church sponsors billed as a local mission trip to benefit the people in the area where they live.

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