“God has been so faithful to me over the years, and has opened more doors than I can count. I became a Christian in 2007 as a freshman at the University of Central Florida, and was called to be a pastor about a year and a half later. Every step since then has been taken to grow closer to Christ and carry out the call to be God’s instrument as an influencer to shape the lives of God’s people for God’s kingdom.” Tom Devine
Married: 04/18/2015 to Carolina
University of Central Florida, Graduated May 2011 Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies,Minor in Multi Cultural Studies, Certificate in Judaic Studies
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Graduated May 2014 Master of Arts in Christian Studies
Liberty University, Graduated May 2016 Master of Divinity with a focus in Theology
What do you see as your spiritual gift(s) for ministry?
I believe that Christians all have a wide variety of spiritual gifts with some shining more brightly than others. For myself the gifts of shepherding, teaching, and exhortation are the most prevalent. Although teaching is my favorite gift to exercise, I do believe that the area that God has gifted me the most is in shepherding students from being new Christians to embarking on a call to full-time ministry.
What is your comprehensive vision for a family ministry?
My vision and model for family ministry follows directly with Dr. Crowe’s Vision 20/20. A successful family ministry equips small groups with effective and engaging teachers to invest in adults to be equipped with sound doctrine. A successful family ministry equips children to better know the Bible that they may come to know the Lord Jesus who is revealed in all of Scripture. A successful family ministry equips students with the knowledge of the gospel and how it affects their lives, their future, and their friend groups. A successful family ministry equips college students and young adults for their vocations, their marriages and most importantly their relationship with Christ. Lastly, a successful family ministry will create strong avenues for new families to get involved at South Orlando Baptist Church and to be exposed to the gospel.
How does your wife support you in your ministry?
In addition to being my biggest fan and someone that ministers to me in ways that no one else can, Carolina is also a tangible supporter in ministry. At my current church Carolina helps set up the children’s area on Sunday mornings, meets with new families to get them assimilated into the church, and she is great with the students on worship nights and retreats.
What others have told us about Tom:
“Tom is the greatest guy in Orlando that I have worked with in opening up Public High School campuses for Jesus. He has a sincerity and an energy that is unparalleled. I am excited at the prospect to have Tom’s help in opening up Freedom High School!” Kirk Freeman, Orlando Director of High School Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ).
“Tom has been successful in everything he has participated in. He has a heart for evangelism and he makes that apparent in all that he does. He brings the energy where and when it is needed. Tom’s a man of strong faith, an excellent recruiter, trainer, learner. I can’t say enough good things about him!” Charlie McDonough, Student Pastor at CrossLife Church.
“Tom’s relationship with the Lord will show up in all he does. Once Tom senses a student is lost or not a Christian, Tom will go out of his way to strike up a casual conversation and ask a few questions and listen and then bridge the conversation to the Gospel.” Rick Ray, Executive Pastor of CrossLife Church, Orlando.
Meet and Greet with Tom Devine:
Sunday Night, September 11, 6:30-7:30PM, Church Sanctuary
Student Ministry Meeting with Tom Devine:
Wednesday Night, September 14, 6-8PM, Oasis
Student Sunday School Meeting with Tom Devine:
Sunday Morning, September 18, 9:45-10:45 AM, Oasis
Tom’s Church Testimony:
Sunday Morning, September 18, 8:30AM & 11AM services, Church Sanctuary
Sunday, September 18, After 11AM service, Church Sanctuary
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What is the Cooperative Program?The Cooperative Program is Southern Baptists’ unified plan of giving through which cooperating Southern Baptist churches give a percentage of their undesignated receipts in support of their respective state convention and the Southern Baptist Convention missions and ministries. The goal of the Cooperative Program is that churches would cooperate together so that the Gospel of Jesus Christ can be shared with every person on the planet.
What exactly does the money given to the Cooperative Program Fund?Our church gives to the Cooperative Program through the Florida Baptist Convention. The following video provides a pretty simple overview of the 2016 Cooperative Program Goal for the Florida Baptist Convention. You can also download this poster to gain a good "big picture" overview of how the funds are dispersed. Click here to see the poster.
How Does The Cooperative Program Work?It begins with you! You give yourself first to God (II Cor. 8:5). Next, out of gratitude and obedience to God for what He has done for you, you commit to give back to Him, through your church, a portion of what He provides. This is commonly called a tithe and represents ten percent of your income (Lev. 27:30, Mal. 3:10). Your Church... decides the next step. Every year your church prayerfully decides how much of its undesignated gifts will be committed to reaching people in your state and around the world through The Cooperative Program. This amount is then forwarded to your State Baptist Convention. Messengers at the State Convention Annual Meetings... from your church and other churches across the state decide what percentage of Cooperative Program gifts contributed by local congregations stay in your state to support local missions and ministries. The percentage to be forwarded to the SBC for North American and international missions and ministries is also determined at this time. Messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting... from across the country decide how the gifts received from the states will be distributed among SBC entities. These gifts are used by SBC entities to send and support missionaries, train pastors, and other ministry leaders; provide relief for retired ministers and widows; and address social, moral, and ethical concerns relating to our faith and families. The bottom line – people around the world hear the gospel and receive Christ!
Why Southern Baptists Embrace The Cooperative Program
- It presents a unified and comprehensive budget, throwing a funding blanket over statewide, national and international missions and ministries.
- It provides a long‐term sustainability for our entities. When a church makes their missions giving as a percentage of their church budgets, it provide consistency and stability.
- It adheres to our long term Baptist principle that "we can do more together than alone."
- The Cooperative Program mitigates competition between entities thereby allowing a balanced Acts 1:8 Strategy.
- It levels the playing field, and makes a place at the table for small and ethnic churches. Every church can stand hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder, on level ground, as partners in the gospel (large churches, small churches, new churches, growing churches, graying churches, and ethnic churches).
The History of the Cooperative ProgramSince its inception in 1845, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has always had one mission —the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20). To fulfill its assigned part of this divine mandate, each SBC entity made special offering appeals to the churches. This method was referred to as the "societal" approach to missions and resulted in severe financial deficits, competition among entities, overlapping pledge campaigns, and frequent emergency appeals which greatly hampered the expanding ministry opportunities God was giving Southern Baptist. Some entities took out loans to cover operating costs until pledges or special offerings were received. In 1919, the leaders of the SBC proposed the 75 Million Campaign, a five‐year pledge campaign that, for the first time, included everything - the missions and ministries of all the state conventions as well as that of the Southern Baptist Convention. Though falling short of its goals, a God‐given partnership of missions support was conceived - The Cooperative Program. Since its launch in 1925, the effectiveness of the Cooperative Program has been dependent upon individuals, churches, state conventions, and SBC entities cooperating, working toward a common goal of sharing the gospel with every person on the planet.
When you add up all the totals:
Sacrifice Sunday Offering $10,043.50
Sacrifice Sunday Pledges $8,304.00
Contributions to debt since Jan $27,554.71
Refinance Leftover $29,559.46
2016 Principal Payments $39,791.66
Grand Total Estimated for 2016: $115,243.33This is an enormous praise to God for His faithful generosity through His people! We prayed for the challenge of $100,000 this year, and God has answered! To God be the Glory, great things He has done!
- If you write a check - write "Sacrifice Sunday" in the for line.
- Fill out a "Sacrifice Sunday" commitment pledge form - which will be in this Sunday's bulletin. After filling the form out, place the form in the offering. The challenge levels include the "Coffee Challenge" of $5 weekly or $20 a month, the "Steakhouse Challenge" of $25 weekly or $100 a month, the "Theme Park" Challenge of $100 weekly or $400 a month, or any amount of your choosing.
- Using the church app, set up weekly or monthly contributions towards the "Building fund."
- Place any cash donations in the envelopes provided in the pew and write "Sacrifice Sunday" on the envelope.
- You can give using a credit card through the church app or the church website. Click here for Paypal. Click here for Subsplash.