Pastor's Retreat

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CBF Florida Pastor's Retreat
January 13 - 15, 2019
First Baptist Church, Gainesville

The CBF Florida Pastor's Retreat is for all pastors interested in gathering together for an informal discussion-based time of fellowship, self-care, and peer learning. Group conversations will be peer-led on topics related to the blessings and rigors of vocational ministry. The retreat will provide a safe place that inspires friendship, peer-based discussion, and sharing of best practices in ministry with much-needed time for self-care and reflection. CBF Florida will provide the food; First Baptist Church, Gainesville will provide the space, and the pastors who attend will provide the expertise. 


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Seeking Transformation

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Sharing stories of how individual lives, neighborhoods, villages, and even entire nations are being transformed by CBF missions is one of the joys of “being built together” through Cooperative Baptist Fellowship mission work. In 2019, CBF Florida offers four chances to discover and to share what God is doing in the world through Christ and CBF missions.

 Those living in the Tampa Bay area will be first to experience this on Sunday evening, January 27, at Bayshore Baptist Church in Tampa. Event hours are 5-7:30 p.m. and will feature a FREE community dinner, table conversations, and inspirational worship.

 Invite a friend – inside or outside your church – who might embrace stories of transformation from the work of CBF missionaries who seek to be the presence of Christ.

Childcare is available with advance notice. Deadline to register for the community dinner and/or childcare is Wednesday January 23, 2019.

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Mission Madness 2019

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Mission Madness 2019 is a weekend retreat for youth groups interested in mission service, worship, fellowship and fun. Youth currently enrolled in grades 6-12 are invited to participate. Hendricks Avenue Baptist will serve as the event host. This year’s theme will be Seeking Transformation. One of the highlights of this weekend will be the hands-on mission experience that students will participate in all day on Saturday. The cost is $75/person. Feel free to invite other churches from your area to attend. Save the date and plan to participate! 

Lodging - Local Jacksonville churches are planning to do a "Disciple Now" style lodging at people's homes. Out of town attendees can check with Rachel regarding possible lodging at local churches or book lodging at the Wyndham Garden (4660 Salisbury Road, Jacksonville, FL 32256) for $89.00 a night. Contact Maureen at 904-562-5946 by January 25, 2019 to reserve your room. After January 25th the $89.00 per night rate cannot be guaranteed. If a cancellation must be made, please do so 24 hours prior to arrival to avoid being charged. 

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Pivot Cuba March 2019

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Pivot is a learning immersion experience for lay leaders of all ages that includes six studies exploring God’s mission in the world ahead of 4 days of Caribbean cultural acquisition and reflection in Havana, Cuba. In 2019 the trip organizers will be, Alabama CBF, CBF Florida, CBF Virginia and CBF Latino Ministries, alongside our local hosts, the Fraternity of Baptist Churches in Cuba. This mission development event challenges thoughts and beliefs about God’s mission in the world and our role in that mission. The trip registration deadline is December 1, 2018.

The trip cost will be $950 + airfare. Up front costs will be $200 (non-refundable) which includes the purchase of a religious visa and administrative fee. All trip participants will need to do the following by December 1, 2018: 1) pay the up front cost, 2) submit the online registration form below, and 3) fill out the religious visa application and email it to Due to ground transportation constraints in Havana, we can only take 27 participants, so sign up today to secure your spot!



This form starts your process! Pivot Cuba is geared toward lay leaders. If you're a a professional minister, you are welcome to attend, but preference will be given to laity. Due to ground transportation constraints, we will only have space for 27 trip participants. To secure your spot, fill out the online registration form below, send in your religious visa application (email it to, and pay the up front cost of $200. Once the Fraternity of Baptist Churches submits your religious visa application on December 7, we can no longer refund the up front costs. We'll contact you via email to keep you in the loop about the trip. Please contact Rachel at or Melissa at if you have any questions about the trip.

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PASSPORTkids 2019

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CBF Florida is partnering with Passport Camps to bring PASSPORTkids to Florida again this summer. PASSPORTkids will be held at Stetson University in DeLand on June 12- 15, 2019. PASSPORTkids is 4-day, 3-night children's camp for children who have completed 3rd - 6th grade, filled with fun, faith-building programming and hands-on missions education. 

At camp, your children will discover God's love and practice being followers of Jesus through an active schedule of Bible study, missions education, recreation, and worship. Group leaders will be able to focus on engaging with children as they explore their faith without the burden of planning and logistics. Plus you will get to be at camp with other CBF Florida churches and get to know members of our CBF family. To see the PASSPORTkids camp promotional video, click here.

What to expect:

  • Safe, Structured Environment

  • Hands-On Mission Education

  • Developmentally Appropriate Programming Rooted In Scripture

  • Intimate, Low-Pressure Experience Aimed At Equipping Children For A Lifetime Of Faith

  • Mentorship and Pastoring By Young Christian Women & Men

  • Ability To Tailor Experience To Your Group's Needs

We hope you will consider being a part of the PASSPORTkids Florida site this summer. Passport Camps has been a partner organization of CBF Florida's for many years, during which they have provided a meaningful camp experience to many CBF Florida-affiliated churches. Save the date on your calendar now and help us promote the camp by inviting other children's ministry leaders from your community. 

For more information on Passport Camps, click here.