Meet our Candidate for Associate Pastor of Families and Education

screen-shot-2016-09-09-at-10-40-02-am Tom Devine

“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


DOB: 03/19/1989

Salvation: 08/2007

Ordination: 09/2013

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

Church Vote:

Sunday, September 18, After 11AM service, Church Sanctuary

Thrive Conference Speaker Bios

Thrive Conference Speaker Bios

The upcoming thrive marriage conference will play host to two outstanding Florida pastors.

Dr. Bob Barton

Dr. Bob Barton serves as the Evangelism Pastor of Westside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. Prior to serving at Westside, Dr. Barton served on the staff of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, FL, for 22 years. Dr. Barton has both a Masters of Divinity and a Doctorate of Educational Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to his wife Tricia for 38 years and together they have three kids: Matthew, Andy, and Sarah.


Dr. Alan Brumback

Dr. Alan Brumback is the Senior Pastor of Central Baptist Church in Sanford Florida. Alan has seen incredible growth as the pastor of Central Baptist Church, placing his church within the top growing churches in our state. Dr. Brumback has both a Master of Divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry in Church Growth from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Alan was born in Somerset, Kentucky and is married to his wife April. Together, they have two boys (Aaron and Andrew) and one girl (Anna).

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Recommended Books for Fathers

Recommended Books for Fathers

Great Books for Fathers

The Father Connection by Josh McDowell

Great Books for Fathers to use to Teach their Children

For Kids
Young Children –
The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones
Older Children –
Teenagers –
Concise Theology – J.I. Packer

The Orlando Massacre – What can I do?

I am in complete shock. The largest shooting in American history has just occurred miles from our church. Fifty precious souls have been taken from our neighborhood, and dozens more are fighting for their lives.  As I am processing this unthinkable display of hatred, I have been asking the question, “What can I do?” 

1. I can Pray

I am praying for God to bring healing to the victims who are fighting for their lives, and healing to our city. I am seeking opportunities to pray with others. While many prayer vigils are being planned for this week, the Greater Orlando Baptist Association is asking for all of our city churches to gather at First Baptist Church of Orlando this Tuesday night at 7pm. I would encourage all members of South Orlando Baptist Church to participate in this prayer gathering. Click here for more information. 

2. I can Give

There are many victims of the shooting who are still fighting for their lives. Please look up and contribute to your local blood bank. You can click here to find the blood banks in your area. 

3. I can Speak up

While many in the world will be talking about this horrific event, it is time for the Body of Christ to speak words of comfort, hope, truth, and love. 

– The Christian Worldview is the most helpful in times of tragedy. Our God is near to the broken-hearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18.

– Only the Christian worldview values all people as image bearers of God – regardless of religion or sexual identity – all people matter to God and to His people! 

4. I can Refer

– Our church counseling ministry is available to assist anyone who is in need of help. Anyone can call 1-407-859-1536, ext. 133 to set up an appointment. 

– Our Sunday night Grief Share class is also available to help any in our community with compassion and support. Click here for more information. 

5. I can Equip myself for ministry

This massacre happened in our city and within a few minutes drive of our church. I know that the only thing that can bring lasting change to our community is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This upcoming Sunday, I will be sharing a 6 month vision to get our church more involved in getting the Gospel of Jesus to our community. Begin praying now about what role God would have you to play in reaching our city with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Praying for our city,

– David Crowe

What is the Cooperative Program?

What is the Cooperative Program?


During the 2016-2017 financial year, the Finance Team of South Orlando Baptist Church is encouraging an increase to the Cooperative Program from 8% of our total tithes to 9%. While this matter will be decided by the members of the church in our upcoming business meeting, many others might be wondering, “What exactly is the Cooperative Program?”

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 Program

Since 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.

Sacrifice Sunday Report – and Church Debt Update

Sacrifice Sunday Report – and Church Debt Update


We had an incredible Sacrifice Sunday and some great news to report to you! In this report, our desire is to share all of the exact dollar amounts on our church debt and to catch us all up on the progress to pay off our loan.

In March of 2016, we refinanced a loan at $500,000, at a 4% rate without any penalties for early payoff. Our current church vision goal is that we would pay off this loan before the end of the year 2020. Our goal requires us to pay off at least $100,000 a year to be debt free by Christmas of 2020.

Our goal on sacrifice Sunday was $25,000 extra towards the loan to pay down our debt.

Here is the current report of where we are:

Our Sacrifice Sunday Offering brought in a one-day total of $10,043.50!

Pledges on Sacrifice Sunday – processed from June 2016 to December 2016 totaled $8,304.00!

The good news is, since January, many church members have already been contributing to our debt. Contributions since January, and applied to our current loan total an amazing $27,554.71!  This means that we had already surpassed our Sacrifice Sunday goal before we even observed it!

Entering into this year, we had set aside $50,000 from previous years to help us with the refinance. Any remainder on the refinance would go towards the principal of our loan. The exact dollar amount left over in March after our refinance is $29,559.46!

One final piece of good news involves an accidental mistake that the pastor made in his May report to the church. The pastor reported that the church would pay approximately $20,000 onto the loan this year through our normal monthly payments. The mistake was that this number reported a calculation of the interest that would be paid in 2016, and not the principal. The actual pay down of the principal, through our normal monthly payments from March-December 2016 will result in a total of $39,791.66!

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: $115,243.33


This 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!

Vision Update – May 29, 2016

Vision Update – May 29, 2016


To read over our church’s vision for the next 5 years – click here. 

1) Sacrifice Sunday is here!
Click here to learn more about Sacrifice Sunday.
Please pray about what God would have you to give towards the needs of our church!
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2) Early Service is taking a break during the Summer.
Our 9:45 Service will be taking a break during the summer. Please note that we will only have our 11AM service during the summer.
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See Phil Weaver for more information.
Chinese Students
4) China Reverse Mission Trip (July 21-August 9)
This is the last Sunday to sign up for hosting a Chinese student for July 21 – August 9. We still need 4 homes or beds for 4 male Chinese students. Please pray about opening your home to influence a student with the love of Jesus! Click here for more info.
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Dates: June 20, 2016 – June 24, 2016

Time: 9:00am – 12:15pm

Volunteers are needed for our upcoming VBS! Click here to register and to volunteer. 

Preparing for Sacrifice Sunday

Preparing for Sacrifice Sunday


Sunday, May 29, will be Sacrifice Sunday in a variety of ways. We will be honoring the sacrifice and service of our military veterans as we observe Memorial Day. We will be honoring the sacrifice of Jesus as we observe a baptism and study 1 John 4. And we will be seeking to sacrificially give towards the debt of our church.

We have been in prayer for God to bless us to pay off more than $100,000 this year towards our debt of $500,000. With $30,000 left over from our Church’s loan refinance and $20,000 of principal being paid on the loan through the end of this year, we have $50,000 more to raise this year. The May 29 goal is that we will have up to $25,000 in extra funds raised toward our year’s goal of $100,000.

The following are five ways you can help contribute on sacrifice Sunday:

  • 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.

Please pray about what God would have you to sacrifice in contributing towards the needs of our church.

Vision Update – May 22, 2016

Vision Update – May 22, 2016


To read over our church’s vision for the next 5 years – click here. 

FamilyLife logo

1) Familylife Marriage Conference –  June 3-5, $149 dollars.

The Familylife Conference is a ministry of Cru that helps to transform and equip married couples for a successful marriage.
Gods-Appalachian-Partnership (1)

2) Mission Trip to Kentucky with Gap! (July 30-August 6)

See Phil Weaver for more information.
Chinese Students

3) China Reverse Mission Trip (July 21-August 9)

There is still time to sign up and host a Chinese student at your home from July 21 – August 9. Please pray about opening your home to influence a student with the love of Jesus! Click here for more info.
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4) Vacation Bible School is coming! (June 20-24)

Dates: June 20, 2016 – June 24, 2016

Time: 9:00am – 12:15pm

Volunteers are needed for our upcoming VBS! Click here to register and to volunteer. 

5) Sacrifice Sunday is coming next Sunday, May 29!

Pray about what God would have you to give towards our one-year goal of $100,000!


The Evil of Sin and Its Effects

The Evil of Sin and Its Effects


As we are battling sin and the Devil in South Orlando and beyond, I want to equip you with something that I read recently that was helpful to me.


While it may be somewhat difficult to read, I have edited the work of the puritan Richard Baxter on the topic of “the evil of sin and its effects,” to make his writing more accessible. I share this with you all because I believe we are in a spiritual battle as a church. We must battle against sin in our own lives to become effective agents for God’s use in our church and in our community. I found my reading of this material to be helpful towards understanding better what sin is, and increasing my dislike towards it. I encourage you to read the following page article and to reflect on it during your next quiet time.

Click here to download the PDF of The Evil of Sin and its Effects

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