Posted on April 24th, 2020

Governor DeSantis' Order
& Worship Services

A number of pastors have asked TBBA staff members about whether or not churches are allowed to gather under the language of Governor DeSantis' recent Executive Order. I received an email on Thursday from the Florida Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (FBCAL) regarding his order and the specific paragraph on the "essential" nature of churches. I have pasted an abridged version of the article below and have underlined a few statements from the Governor's order that are especially significant.  I have also highlighted the insightful comments of the FBCAL in red .  Finally, there is a Summary Statement from the Florida Baptist Convention and a statement from me.

Governor's Order re: Churches
re: specific clauses related to churches and clergy from the 34 page document (which you can view by clicking the document title below):
 (Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency)
Introductory Words (page 2)
WHEREAS, on March 24, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-83, directing the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer to issue a public health advisory urging the public to avoid all social or recreational gatherings of 10 or more people and urging those who can work remotely to do so;
Section 2. Essential Services (page 3)
A. For purposes of this Order and the conduct it limits, "essential services" means and encompasses the list detailed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, v. 2 (March 28, 2020) (attached) and any subsequent lists published. (pages 6-20) B. Essential services also include those businesses and activities designated by Executive Order 20-89 and its attachment which consists of a list propounded by Miami-Dade County in multiple orders. (pages 21-34)
Section 3. Essential Activities (page 4)
A. For purposes of this Order and the conduct it limits, "essential activities" means and encompasses the following: i. Attending religious services conducted in churches, synagogues and houses of worship and (This is still subject to the 10 or more clause in the Introductory Words above, but this would allow meetings of less than ten church staff members, leadership teams, praise team practices, and committees that would be considered ESSENTIAL for the church to function as needed to minister to the church family and reach out to the community)
iv. Caring for or otherwise assisting a loved one or friend. (This too is a clause that can allow for your church's outreach efforts, within reason). OTHER COMMUNITY . . . AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (page 17) Clergy for essential support. (Multiple bullet points for essential functions are listed under this section) including: Clergy for essential support.
Section 6. Effective Date and Expiration Date (page 5)
This Order is effective 12:01 am on April 3, 2020. This Order shall expire on April 30, 2020 unless extended by subsequent order. _________________________________

 Summary Response From the Florida Baptist Convention

"The Florida Baptist Convention has suggested to churches over the last several weeks that we have the opportunity to show the love of Christ and to be a good neighbor by adhering to the “social distancing” guidelines and helping to protect the health of our communities. While churches are not legally prevented from meeting; we recommend churches find ministry avenues that adhere to the guidelines which include among other things limiting gatherings to 10 persons or less, maintaining at least 6-feet of separation and do not involve individuals whom are exhibiting signs of sickness."

When we get to the other side of this crisis, may the world be able to say that the church of Jesus Christ graciously cooperated with governing authorities and consistently reached out to the community.

The TBBA association staff agree with the above statements of the FBCAL and the Summary Response from the Florida Baptist Convention and encourage all churches to show Christian love to their church members and to the community by limiting gatherings to ten persons or less, maintaining six feet of social distancing at all times, and excluding people who have any symptoms of sickness.

Posted on March 20th, 2020

Pastors Monthly Prayer Gatherings
All pastors are welcome every month for a time of guided prayer.

Join our pastors in prayer via the ZOOM app or by a simple conference  call.
  • First Thursday @ 11:00 a.m, Elbert Nasworthy
    Join via ZOOM MEETING HERE | Or Dial-in (646) 876-9923 | ID: 385 851 629
    Contact Elbert for info (813) 318-1340

  • Third Wednesday @ noon, Darin Anderson
    Online options coming soon
    Call Darin for info (847) 243-7703

  • First Wednesday @ 10:00 a.m., Eloy Rodriguez
    Join via ZOOM MEETING HERE | Or Dial-in (929) 205-6099 | ID: 181 105 614
    Call Eloy for info (407) 927-1359

  • First Thursday @ 9:00 a.m., Dan Reid
    Join via ZOOM MEETING HERE | Or Dial-in (929) 205-6099 ID: 188 077 437
    Call Dan for info (813) 597-6426

  • Third Thursday @ 10:00 a.m., David Oates, (813) 500-0039)
    Online options coming soon

Posted on March 20th, 2020

March 20 ,2019



Click on the link above for the audio from Senator Rubio's March 19, 2020 briefing on COVID-19.
The quality is not the best but we thought for those who were unable to join into the conference call, you may want access to it.  
The meeting was advertised as a high-level briefing that included a time for Q & A on AV and technology issues for churches.  
Contact Kevin Baird for follow up and resources at Hosted & Sponsored By: Florida Family Policy Council 4853 S. Orange Ave, Suite C, Orlando, FL 32806  *  Phone:  407-251-5130 

Posted on December 29th, 2017

TBBA Annual Preaching Conference
Rescheduled for March 1, 2018 as part of the Sharper Conference at Bell Shoals.

Our Annual Preaching Conference with Dr. Stephen Rummage will be part of the Florida Baptist Convention's Sharper Conference that will be held at  Bells Shoals Baptist on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

For info on all the breakouts and speakers: Click Here for the Sharper / Bell Shoals Site 

Posted on December 29th, 2017

Pastors' Prayer Summit
 First Baptist Temple Terrace | February 19-21, 2018
10002 N 56th St, Temple Terrace, FL 33617 [ map

All pastors are invited to be spiritually renewed through this prayer summit experience.  Join over 100 pastors from across the country as they seek the Lord through worship, prayer, repentance, stillness, listening, and more.  Learn how to then go back to your church and more effectively lead it to be a "house of prayer for the nations."

For information contact FBCTT (813) 988-1138 To register click here 

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