PUNTA GORDA, Fla.—Sweet fellowship characterized the Sunshine Baptist Fellowship Conference, held Oct. 22 and 23, according to Jim Stultz, pastor of the host church, Peace River Baptist.
Nearly 100 registered attendees enjoyed this annual get-together, which included preaching, a panel discussion, worship, recognitions, offerings, and, of course, fellowship. Pastor Stultz says, “The conference theme, ‘Missions: Touching the World,’ was driven home by guest speaker Dr. Gary Anderson,” president of Baptist Mid-Missions. Dr. Anderson “challenged hearts” by interweaving four Scripture passages with real-life stories of God’s work on the mission field. A panel discussed “How Does Your Church Do Missions?” And Peace River Baptist’s music team led the worship “in a soul-stirring Southern gospel-style service,” says Pastor Stultz.
Recognition of new pastors and retiring Florida pastors aided in conference fellowship, as did recognition of two pastors who are adopting Chinese children and who received monetary gifts to help with the adoptions. On Monday, Oct. 22, pastors and their wives gathered at The Village Fish Market for an evening meal overlooking beautiful Charlotte Harbor.
Pastor Stultz summarizes, “The fellowship was sweet, the music was stirring, and the messages were stimulating.” Churches in the Sunshine Baptist Fellowship can anticipate more sweet fellowship at the 2013 SBF Conference, hosted by Maranatha Baptist Church, Sebring, Fla.