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May 29, 30, 31

Greater Jacksonville Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham @ Veterans' Memorial Arena

June 9
Stewardship Conference
10am - 12:30pm @ JBA
Led by Clarence Hackett.
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June 16 & 17
SBC Annual Meeting
in Columbus, OH
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July 10
Senior Adult Banquet
@ Murray Hill Baptist Church
Details will be coming soon.

May 24, 2015


New Leadership Directions for Jacksonville Port Ministries and Cabaret Haiti Mission


       Many years ago, leaders across Jacksonville acted on a God-given vision to establish a Port Ministry here in our city.  Around 18 years ago, pastors and leaders in Jax launched an orphanage, school and church in Cabaret Haiti - among the most needy people in the poorest country in the Western hemisphere.  Over the years, God has honored these initiatives and given them leaders during various seasons, and as a result the churches of Jacksonville have been able to participate in global impact missions from right here on the First Coast.  But with time comes many changes and we need to adjust with these changes in order for these ministries to have a growing and productive future. 

 Recently, both of these organizations have gone through a development phase as they have been incorporated and are implementing a self-governing board of directors and leadership.  This was done in consultation and approval by the JBA Leadership Team. We applaud this step and see it as a necessary part of the growth and future of both of these ministries.  With a new development like this, there are bound to be some questions so let me take a moment to address a few: 


Does this mean that the JBA is separating from these ministries?  NO, in fact we have seen with the board development in Cabaret Haiti Mission that more JBA churches are getting involved by giving leadership, counsel and taking teams. The finances and team engagement have also increased since launching this new board. New board members are nominated by the JBA nominating team, so there will remain a strong leadership connection between our two organizations. This reflects the agency relationship that the Florida Baptist Children's Home has with the Florida Baptist Convention. Their relationship was a model for us as we took this step.  


Can non-JBA churches get involved with these ministries?  YES, in fact they already are. By positioning these ministries within their own organizational framework, they will be better poised to engage churches and ministries as well as governmental and business partners that may have been hesitant to partner with a denominationally-run organization.  We see this as a great positive and benefit for both the Port and for Haiti.  


How will I send donations or drop off items?  You can STILL drop off items here at the JBA, as always.  Make checks payable to Cabaret Haiti Mission Inc, and starting soon, Jacksonville Port Ministries Inc.  Checks can still be mailed to the JBA office as always, 2700 University Blvd. South Jacksonville Florida 32216.  


We look forward to a great season ahead of mission and life change by sharing the hope found in Jesus Christ through both of these exciting ministries!  


Serving together,


Rick Wheeler

Rick Wheeler 2012

Lead Missional Strategist

Jacksonville Baptist Association



Church Announcements & Celebrations  



Five Loaves Worship Event - ART Creative Ministry at Westside Baptist Church will be hosting a writing workshop Saturday, June 6 from 9 a.m - 11 a.m. with Author Holly Bebernitz.  The cost is $5.  For more information and to register go to wbcjax.com/fiveloaves or call 781-0618

Ext 28.

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College Ministry Intern at Hibernia Baptist Church - The College Ministry intern will learn about College Ministry from sharing the Gospel to making disciples with hands on experience. Through this internship, the individual will assist and report directly to the Young Adult Pastor.   The intern will also be challenged to grow personally and corporately while having the opportunity to make an eternal impact in the life of Hibernia's College ministry.

Click Here for details on how to apply.


Office Furniture Needed - Oasis Church is in need of desk chairs and office / reception chairs.

Please call 904-545-3497.


House Parent Opening - At the Florida Baptist Children's Home Jacksonville location. We are currently seeking one or two married couples to fill the position of house parents at our Jacksonville campus. The position of House Parent is a live-in residential cottage position for married couples only and marriage for at least two years is a bona-fide occupational qualification for the position.

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Opportunity - Local teens are in need of locations to complete court-ordered community service. If you are interested in allowing youth to complete community service at your church and maybe creating a mentor relationship, please contact Keith Money of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice at 904-391-3806.


Back Up Pianist Needed - Orange Avenue Baptist Church is in need of a backup pianist for times their regular pianist is out. Please contact Curtis Phillips at 904-495-8414 or email RealPeaceOfMind@gmail.com.


Needed used and or new Sound System - (etc... Microphones, Projectors, projector screen)- If you have any of this equipment and would like to pass this on to a new church plant, please contact Darriel Hagans at 904-528-0753 or email Joseph Lee at josephlee311@yahoo.com. Or you can contact office number at 904-361-3820.


Chairs needed - Please contact Pastor David Mathis at (cell#) 904-415-5315 or (home) 904-879-0255. He also has a need for a PA system and other electronics for the church.


Music Organ needed - Union Progressive Baptist Church is in need of an organ. Pastor C. R. Morgan can be reached by email at corinthianmorgan68@gmail.com.


Parkwood Counseling Center - is a new resource in the Arlington community and greater Jacksonville area providing clinical counseling for all people. Using innovative, proven and creative strategies the clinicians will provide excellent care and compassion to help you and your family grow in health and stability. 

Click Here for details and cost.


Disaster Relief Training 2015 - Several areas in Florida for your opportunity in receiving training as a volunteer with the Disaster Relief Team.

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Special Announcement from Florida Baptist Convention 

At the February 2015 State Board of Missions meeting, legal counsel for the Convention was asked to provide a form bylaw provision that could be used by Baptist churches around Florida to clarify how their facilities, assets, and resources might be used. The following statement is provided for consideration by Florida Baptist churches.  If it meets the approval of these autonomous congregations, they may choose to insert this provision into their constitution or bylaws. The statement is attached for your review and also available on our website at:


Attention Pastors - If you are a young pastor of an established church and would be interested in gathering quarterly for fellowship and edification, please email John Green at jgreen@shindler.org.


Guardian Ad Litem Volunteers Needed -

Abused, neglected, and abandoned children need YOUR voice in court. Please visit www.guardianadlitem.org.


Interim Music Leader needed - Springhill Baptist in Fernandina Beach is looking to secure an Part Time Music Man. If interested contact Pastor Bud Long (904) 553-7649.


Festival of




The Billy Graham Association is in Jacksonville! Franklin Graham will be here May 29-31, 2015 at the Veterans Memorial Arena.



Part-Time position for Teacher/Leader - in the Young Adult Dept. Hours: SUN 9am-12 & 6-7pm; WED 7-9pm, $100 per week. Please contact Pastor Steve Whitcomb at 904-910-3699 or send resume to steve@promiselandbaptist.org.


Part-Time Music Director - Palm Valley Baptist Church in Ponte Vedra Beach is searching for a part-time Director of Music. Please send resume to: office@PVBaptist.comcastbiz.net.


If your JBA Church has an upcoming event or something to celebrate, let us know!

JBA Team

Rick Wheeler 


Lead Missional Strategist

Josh Dryer
Missional Strategist 

Walter Bennett 


Church Planting Coach/Strategist


Jeff Litton 

Missions Engagement Coordinator/

Financial Bookkeeper


Tim Driscoll


Digital storyteller


Tommy Minton 


Ministry Assistant


Lynn Stone

Administrative Assistant