VIDEO: A New Day in Tampa Bay Church Planting

Tampa, FL is well-known for a lot of things. We have hosted some Super Bowls. We have fantastic sunshine, and some of the best beaches in the world.

What is maybe less known is how incredibly diverse the Tampa area is. With its very roots traced to Cuban cigar rollers and Italian immigrants, Tampa is called the Cigar City.

 We are are also among the nation’s leaders in the number of strip clubs per capita, and plastic surgeries.

But did you know, Tampa is great need of healthy churches? As Pastor Ken Whitten of Idlewild Baptist Church in Tampa recently said, “Tampa is a city in the South, but it’s not even close to being a southern city where the gospel has been saturated.”

The Tampa Bay Baptist Association has a vision for doing just that; not so much making Tampa a southern city, but saturating it with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

And the most effective way to accomplish that is through church planting.

Could God be calling you to help us plant new churches here. Could he be calling you to help us re-plant and revitalize churches  here?

We hope you will watch the video (above) and contact us.

Special thanks to pastors Ken Whitten, Justin Perry, Bruce Moore, George Thomasson, Stephen Rummage,  Joel Vicente, Quincy Stratford and Drew Tucker for their participation.

Produced by Boe Ellis of CERICDigital. Shot in March, 2014.  We appreciate your comments below.

Tampa Pastors talk about becoming church planting churches

Answering the Sending Call: Church Planting Churches in Tampa Bay

In partnership with the Tampa Bay Baptist Association, CERICDigital and Boe Ellis are pleased to announce today the release of a new church planting site at

The project includes multiple videos, a new blog and a profile of target areas in Tampa.

Featured above  is a 12-minute piece casting vision for the Association’s church planting churches initiative.

Our Association has a vision for Tampa becoming a prolific church planting hub that embraces the Great Commission by equipping and sending out church planters around the world (Acts 1:8).

We pray we can help you be a part of this vision.

A few of our pastors are praying and pressing ahead toward this vision. And it was our privilege earlier this year to sit down with a handful of these pastors to ask them to share some encouragements and insights.

Special thanks to Ken Whitten, Justin Perry, Bruce Moore, George Thomasson, Stephen Rummage,  Joel Vicente, Quincy Stratford and Drew Tucker for their participation.

VIDEO: Hanging with Paul in Whitehall

Church Planters are a different breed. They are supposed to be the guys who kick-start a ministry with high activity and community involvement. Don’t tell that to Paul Shepherd.

As the relatively new pastor of a 25+/- year-old church in Whitehall, NY, Shepherd is using the principles church planters use, and he is using them out of the same sense of need. “We have a great church here,” he said. “It was a great foundation. And what I wanted to do is turn our focus outward. Through evangelism and outreach, we are getting our people excited about the gospel, and people are getting saved and getting them baptized.”

The video featured here (click the image above) was shot in November, 2014. Thanks for watching.    

A New Baptist College in Vermont: The Student Perspective

Northeastern Baptist College is entering into its second-ever semester this spring; thanks to the Lord and thanks to great leadership and the great students God is calling here.

Special thanks to Joe Ferguson and all the students who helped us put this 2:00 promo together. Check out Northeastern Baptist College on Vermont Church Planting: