Journey through the Bible this year with Accountability

  If you would like to journey through the Bible this year and see the progress of your South Orlando Baptist Church friends - you can do so using the Bible App by
  1. Download the Bible App for your phone/tablet or go to to start.
  2. Create an account for this award winning platform. It is free.
  3. Once in the app or on the website, touch the "plans" button and choose "discover." Search for "The One Year Bible" and select "The One Year ® Bible" plan.
  4. On the website - click on your account name in the top right of the screen and then choose the "friends" option. In the app - search around in the settings tab for "friends." You can connect to your social media sites and search for your South Orlando Baptist Church friends.

New Sermon Series – God and Money

For the month of January, we will be journeying through the book of Luke and looking at the words of Jesus on money. This series will take a comprehensive overview on our use of finances, with practical encouragement for investing our resources more in God's Kingdom work. Please be in prayer for God to bless our time of study in His Word, and may we all become better stewards of His resources.

2017 Bible Reading Plan

For the 2017 Bible Reading Plan, we have chosen the popular One Year Bible reading plan. This is the most popular plan that has led more people through the entire Bible better than any other approach. Each day provides a reading from the New Testament, Old Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. To utilize this plan, please read from the various options below:
  1. Grab a print copy from the office or church lobby (We also have large print available). Place the copy in your Bible and use daily. This approach will allow you to read the plan in a Bible version of your choice.
  2. Use our church app (Available starting on January 1, 2017) Our app is available in all app stores - just search for South Orlando Baptist Church. The One Year Bible plan has been programmed into our church app for daily use. Simply open the app and touch on the day's reading. If you touch on the day's reading, you can touch the audio button on the bottom of the screen and the app will read the day's Bible reading out loud to you. Our app has only has access to the English Standard Version (ESV), an excellent Bible translation for reading and serious study.
  3. Read the plan in the Bible App by Youversion/ This option would allow you to read the plan in a version of your choice. Once in the app, touch the "plans" button and choose "discover." Search for "The One Year Bible" and select "The One Year ® Bible" plan. After setting up this plan, this app will help to remind you when you fall behind and can help you catch up on missed readings.
  4. Download the PDF version of the plan and use on your tablet or phone. Click here for the regular plan and click here for the large print version.
  5. Purchase a One Year Bible on Amazon in the translation of your choice. This gives you a stand-alone print version of this plan that you can use solely for reading this plan. Click on the following links to purchase your copy today: New Living Translation ; New International Version ; English Standard Version ; New King James Version ; The King James Version
Whichever option you choose, enjoy your journey through the Bible in 2017 with your South Orlando Baptist Church family!

Holiday Schedule


Worship Schedule Saturday, December 24th:

Christmas EveCandlelight Service at 6:00 PM

Sunday, December 25th: Christmas: No 9:45 AM Small Group Sessions Church opens at 10:30 AM. Worship Service at 11:00 AM No evening activities

New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1st, 2017:

Regular morning activities

No evening activities

Office Christmas Hours:

December 19th—22nd 8:30 AM—5:00 PM

December, 23rd Closed

December 26th Closed

December 27th through 29th 9:00 AM—1:00 PM

December 30th Closed

-Children’s Choirs-

Building a solid foundation and lasting legacy
I was working at the office late one late afternoon when the phone rang, “Is the choir director there?” a female voice said. She went on, “I’m Cindy and I’m trying to put together a combined Children’s Choir event in the community and wondered if you would be interested.” As she explained further I could sense a real passion and enthusiasm for her vision of working with children’s choirs.
“Sure, I might be interested I said; we have about 50 children in our choir program.” The conversation continued from there with her sharing she had attempted to contact “dozens and dozens” of local churches to share her project idea and I was one of the “only ones” who had even answered (or returned her calls) much less had a children’s choir program. (We live in a greater regional area of well over a million people) She stated a couple of churches had related their children sing occasionally but it was usually seasonal or a pick up choir singing “Jesus loves me”, for a quick and easy service special. As she continued I thought to myself, “where’s the investment in our children learning music and worship.”  Unfortunately, she never followed up with me as I expected. To this day I’m not sure what ever happened with her idea. Later that very week a Church Ministry Journal came across my desk with the article caption on the front saying, “Experts now agree Children’s Choirs build healthy churches”. I cringed. Experts now agree, only now??
I’ve had the blessing of serving in local church ministry for nearly 30 years. From the very beginning of my (our) ministry, my multi-talented wife and I have worked together to help build strong and vibrant children’s choirs in the churches we served. It was not a passing notion or fad for us, but the very life blood of music ministry discipleship and kingdom work. We saw ourselves called to serve as mentors, trainers, and facilitators, to help raise up a new generation of musicians who actively participate in corporate worship. We wanted to see children serving Christ with their gifts and talents and edifying the entire Church. Over the years God has graciously guided and blessed our efforts. We’ve seen many children (and youth) experience tangible musical/spiritual growth and more. More importantly we’ve witnessed the local church being blessed and God glorified!
As I relate the story of Cindy sadly far too many of our church leaders have not seen the priority of this vital ministry in the church. I fear too many pastors have been more concerned with ‘trends” or meeting tight budgets than having a strategic and credible long range plan in building music ministries on sound theology and principle. The Apostle Paul stated clearly that “equipping the saints for ministry service” is the biblical priority of Church leadership.  
If we’re going to build strong healthy churches and equip the saints where do we begin? I ask my colleagues the question: “Where do pastors come from? Do they just wake up one day and say, “Hey, I think I want to be a pastor?!” No! Usually they don’t (maybe some of those I’ve seen on TV, just kidding). For our discussion, I believe it’s a Holy Spirit guided life process. First, most, but not all, come from a godly home with parents who strive to live authentic Christian values each and every day. Beyond this they most often grow up in a faith community (Church) where they attend Sunday school, Discipleship training, Small groups, AWANA’s, and the like. Their life of faith is caught, not just taught, and is nourished through mentors pouring into their young lives the love and mercy of God and most importantly the Word of God. The Holy Spirit does His critical part by consistently calling, wooing, saving, shaping, guiding, and calling out these future leaders of the Church! Obviously God is completely sovereign and by His good pleasure radically calls all kinds of people in all seasons and walks of life but I think the above description is a reasonable example.
Again I ask the question, if we’re going to build strong healthy churches how does this best happen? We’ve just discussed where Pastors come from. So I’ll ask another important question: “Where do our worship leaders/ musicians come from? Do we really need them, our worship leaders/musicians? Hear God’s word on a biblical Music Ministry.
So when David was old and full of days, he made his son Solomon king over Israel.   And he gathered together all the leaders of Israel, with the priests and the Levites.   Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and above; and the number of individual males was thirty-eight thousand.   Of these, twenty-four thousand were to look after the work of the house of the LORD, six thousand were officers and judges, four thousand were gatekeepers,
and four thousand praised the LORD with musical instruments,
"Which I made," said David, "for giving praise."  
1Chronicles 23:1-5
…..and he stationed the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals, with stringed instruments, and with harps, according to the commandment of David, of Gad the king's seer, and of Nathan the prophet; for thus was the commandment of the LORD by His prophets. The Levites stood with the instruments of David, and the priests with the trumpets.
2 Chronicles 29:25-26
Note: These passages are not meant to be comprehensive but represent some of the many on music in worship.
I submit we certainly need them as much as we need Pastors, evangelists, teachers, and Deacons, etc. And likewise, do they wake up one day and suddenly proclaim, “I’m going to be a worship leader.” NO, they don’t. In many ways Church musicians and worship leaders are cut from some of the same, but not all, of the holy cloth that Pastors are cut from. In this sense, the best and brightest Church musicians again spring from attending Sunday school, Small Groups, and AWANA’s. These ministries focus on the systematic study of God’s Word, just like the aforementioned Pastors and are critical for well-grounded theologically bent worship leaders.
On this point I want to emphasize that all our worship leaders should be thoroughly and systematically taught theology and biblical worship models (as well as pastors I might add) if they are to lead people to God. Beloved, there are no short cuts to worship leadership, only careful study and practice. The Apostle Paul said it like this: “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs!
The overflow of music in worship, and outpouring of glorious praise comes from allowing the Word of God to dwell in us all richly, deeply, and profoundly!                                                   
But here’s where the critical difference comes in. Musical skills and worship leading skills are best learned in the child’s earliest years. They need to be engaged by participating/performing regularly in activities like children’s choirs; singing, moving, listening, playing instruments, reading scripture dramatically, staging dramas, plays, concerts, and the like. Here is the sanctifying “greenhouse” for developing the best and brightest. They need this training to gain the necessary spiritual and exceptional musical skill set to lead others, even the church, before the throne of Almighty God whose praise is everlasting!
Truth: God is Spirit and those that worship Him MUST worship Him in spirit and in truth. A spirit of joy and celebration in worship springs from a sure biblical knowledge of God’s love and salvation through Jesus Christ!
For all churches to continue to be healthy and grow we (the Church Leaders) must come together to develop a consistent and viable strategy to develop and train pastors and church musicians before they arrive at seminary! Beloved it’s not the necessity of one or the other; it’s both. Pastors/Leaders, are you listening? You are the ones who are tasked to set the “agenda” and tone for the educational foundations in your churches. Lay leaders, will you stand up and be counted? Will you urge your leaders in theses critical areas of training! Don’t neglect the mantle God has placed on you to lead your church to strength, health, and long term viability!
No argument or discussion exposing a critical need is complete without at least offering a suggested plan of action. Listed here are the basic goals of our own music ministry to children and youth music ministries. I’m sure there are others which are more comprehensive scope and depth but this is a good place to begin.
Commit now to plan on building healthy, vibrant, music ministries and pray to the Lord of harvest for the necessary resources to accomplish it!
General Spiritual Outcomes
By the conclusion of their time spent in S.T.O.M.P. (Special times of music and Praise) choirs at S. Orlando Baptist (K-5th); the following general spiritual outcomes should have been reached by each child.
1.     To have gained the foundations necessary for a genuine conversion experience when he or she is ready for it.
2.     To have developed the ability to participate actively and intelligently in worship and to find joy and satisfaction in worship experiences.
3.     To have gained such knowledge of the Bible and the Christian faith as can be related to his or her daily life experiences.
4.     To have continued the development of attitudes and appreciations that encourages personal growth in areas related to music and church/music history.
5.     To have developed and used in everyday life, habits and skills that help him or her grow spiritually.
6.     To have used his or her talents and skills in ways that will aid and help others worship God and edify the overall church.
Richard B. Steele is free lance artist, arranger/composer. He is a full-time Pastor and Minister of Music and has been published in the Church Musician (SBC)
February 3, 2016

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). alan and family

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?
CPLOGO-COLOR-PLAIN-LORES 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.
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