Religion

Mission: Colombia

Mission: Colombia

In June of this year, Dylan White, Director of Young Adult Ministries at First Baptist Navarre traveled to Colombia for the 2019 She’erit (Remnant) Conference. Organized by Kehilat Yovel (Congregation of Jubilee), Bogota and Ahavat Ammi Ministries (For the Love of My People), Fort Worth TX, the conference goal was to “seek to understand and […]

MISSION: Nepal

MISSION: Nepal

If someone were to ask you what you knew about Nepal, most would turn to Nepal’s most recognized feature, Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world whose peak shares the upper atmosphere with commercial airliners. For more than a century, scores of intrepid climbers have attempted to scale its slopes, some successfully, and some […]

Momentum spreads the love

Momentum spreads the love

Sunday marked the end of a marathon ministry for Momentum Church as pastors summed up the more than 600 volunteer hours of service put forward during Love Week. Love Week is an annual community outreach by the church’s campuses, and Navarre Campus Leader Tyler McNeely said the work is close to his heart.   Read […]

MISSION: Rwanda

MISSION: Rwanda

On March 7, 2019, after 24 hours of air travel spanning nearly two days, Stephen Halstead of Navarre, and a team of fellow students and professors from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, arrived in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. The trip was made in conjunction with Compassion International and was part of Halstead’s online doctoral […]

MISSION: New York NY, July-August 2019

MISSION: New York NY, July-August 2019

Planning a trip for a person traveling alone is easy. In planning a trip for a family, the logistics quickly become more complex. Imagine the logistical challenge of taking a group of twenty-six people, eighteen teens and eight adults, on a mission trip to one of the busiest cities in the world, New York City. […]

MISSION: Cuba

MISSION: Cuba

A little over 100 miles south of Key West, Florida, at the confluence of the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, sits the tiny island-nation of Cuba. The ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Mariel Boat Lifts and the Elian Gonzalez custody battle have paraded across our […]

The Crew celebrates summer

The Crew celebrates summer

Being a teenager is hard. Momentum Church student pastor Ray Millsap said sometimes folks forget that. But between social media bullying, temptations to sin online and the constant barrage of often misleading information, being a teen and being a Christian can be a challenge, he said.   Read the full article in the June 13 […]

MISSION: Philippines

MISSION: Philippines

Church short-term mission trips can take on many forms with lay volunteers serving on work teams, evangelism teams and teams leading Vacation Bible Schools, each with the goal of sharing the gospel in word and deed stateside and abroad. One form of a mission trip that is less common is ministering at a regional pastors […]

Worshiping together as one

Worshiping together as one

Ahm Yisrael Messianic Synagogue in Navarre, led by Rabbi Wayne Leland, is a congregation that believes that the “Jesus” of the Bible, Yeshua in Hebrew, is the long-promised Messiah. Christians might marvel that Jewish believers have joined our ranks when, in truth, it is we non-Jewish believers who have joined their ranks.   Read the […]

God’s special time

God’s special time

“I don’t know why you guys come here,” a prison inmate told the visitor. His was not an expression of complaint but one of amazement. What would compel a group of men to give of their time every month to visit inmates in a prison facility? You might say, “it was time.”   Read the […]

“To Know God and to Make Him Known”

“To Know God and to Make Him Known”

The 1962 U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to remove prayer from public schools fueled an upsurge in private, Christian schools. While an appealing alternative for many Christian parents, private school tuitions exceeded their budgets, so they began to explore other options. Read the full article in the April 25 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to […]

What is Maundy Thursday?

What is Maundy Thursday?

When I was still a rookie in ministry, every year as Easter approached, I found myself intrigued by a local United Methodist Church’s newspaper ad for their Maundy Thursday service. “What is Maundy Thursday?” I would mutter to myself. The name sounded odd to me and, for no reason at all, strangely sad. Read the […]

Navarre Presbyterian: Tentmakers

Navarre Presbyterian: Tentmakers

Those who have read about his life and ministry know that the Apostle Paul, not wanting to be a burden on the congregations he was establishing, took a job making tents in order to provide for his own needs. The term “tentmaker” has since come to describe any minister who does not make their living […]

Navigating life together

Navigating life together

Lance Whorton, a licensed physical therapist with years of professional experience in the field, is the senior pastor of Encompass Church in Navarre. So, what would motivate a successful physical therapist to leave his career to start a church? Read the full article in the April 4 issue of Navarre Press. Visit https://navarrepress.com/subscribe/ to view […]

Live Oak Church: Teamwork

Live Oak Church: Teamwork

Every newly-hired pastor knows that not everyone in the congregation will be pleased with him because everyone has their own opinion of what a pastor should be. Some will expect him to be a gifted preacher, others want a compassionate shepherd, and still others expect him to be a competent administrator or a visionary leader. […]

Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound

Home. The word evokes memories, good memories for some as the place where family gathered and shared life, where children were nurtured and grew, where the benchmarks of life were celebrated. For some, home evokes different memories, difficult memories of conflict and loss, the catalysts for leaving home. Read the full article in the March […]

Gathering Momentum

Gathering Momentum

It’s 5 a.m. on a Sunday morning as, one-by-one, a team of people converges on Navarre High School to begin transforming the school’s auditorium into an inspiring, worship space for Momentum Church’s Navarre Campus. Campus Leader, Tyler McNeely, gathers the team members, reminds them of how important they are to the church’s ministry, they pray, […]

A firm foundation

A firm foundation

As the broader church culture in America chases after the latest trends in a desperate bid to stay “relevant,” some church leaders have chosen instead to build on the firm foundation of the past; Rev. Craig T. Born, pastor of Risen Savior Lutheran Church (www.risensaviorchurch.org) is one of those leaders. Schooled as an architect, Pastor […]

Community Life seeks runners to support mission here, abroad

Community Life seeks runners to support mission here, abroad

Navarre and Gulf Breeze teens of Community Life Church will be leaving the comfort of home this July to spread the gospel in impoverished areas of the Central American nation of Belize. But they have to pay for it first. Read the full article in the Feb. 28 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

A gift to the community

A gift to the community

Walking into the main entrance of Community Life Methodist Church in Gulf Breeze and seeing the large gymnasium with basketball courts right off the main foyer you might wonder, “Is this a community center?” “People from the community come in to use the gym and soon notice things like the crosses on the walls,” says […]

Local duo lays groundwork for Togo mission

Local duo lays groundwork for Togo mission

It took 24 hours and four layovers for Navarre First Assembly of God missionaries Rachel Coggins and Becky Fleury to make their way to the impoverished regions of the African nation of Togo. The women were on a mission Jan. 16-25 to lay the foundations for future missions. Read the full article in the Feb. […]

“Loud Krazy Love”

“Loud Krazy Love”

For the Christian looking for an inspiring “come to Jesus” movie, “Loud Krazy Love” will fall short of expectations. While KORN guitarist Brian “Head” Welch’s coming to faith in Christ is credited as the source of his changed life, the focus of the movie is decidedly on the catalyst for that change: the birth of […]

The itinerant preacher

The itinerant preacher

Centuries ago, a common sight on this nation’s rural lanes and footpaths was a lone figure dressed all in black, often astride a horse – an itinerant, Methodist preacher. These itinerant preachers traveled from one village to another ministering to several small congregations under their care. Read the full article in the Jan. 24 issue […]

Fisherman now a fisher of men

Fisherman now a fisher of men

When Jesus called Peter, James and John to be his apostles, he told these professional fishermen to leave their nets and he would make them fishers of men. Having caught every kind of fish in the Gulf, says Florida-born pastor, Jon Skipper, he is now about winning souls. Read the full article in the Jan. […]

Pets blessed at St. Sylvester

Pets blessed at St. Sylvester

Dogs, cats, birds and even a dragon got their blessings last week at St. Sylvester Catholic Church’s tenth annual Blessing of the Pets. Dozens of dogs and several other critters were invited inside the sanctuary and filled the pews for the blessing ceremony. Read the full article in the Nov. 1 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Faith serves as foothold in climb out of addiction

Faith serves as foothold in climb out of addiction

At age 16 Christopher Dykes walked away from the church without looking back. As he launched out into independence, he also launched into experimentation with illegal substances. Dykes said that for nearly 17 years he tried to fill the void of loneliness with everything from alcohol to marijuana to cocaine. Read the full article in […]

Navarre Bible Fellowship reaching out to all

Navarre Bible Fellowship reaching out to all

Anicia Dombret was born and raised in a little town in Colombia. Years ago, missionaries from Wichita, Kansas, came to her hometown and spoke with her grandparents. They were members of the First Evangelical Free Church. Read the full article in the June 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign […]