Our purpose is to be obedient to God's commands to go, reach, and teach all people to
We partner to unify, encourage, and equip churches to make disciples.
We envision all Orange Blossom Baptist Association churches as being healthy and thriving,
building and advancing God's Kingdom.
To that end, we will:
- Assist member churches in carrying out the Great Commission of Jesus Christ as stated in Matthew 28:19-20.
- Promote and nurture fellowship among member churches, pastors, staff, and retired ministers.
- Promote missions education, support, and involvement in world mission causes by helping persons understand the role of the local church, the Orange Blossom Baptist Association, and the Florida Baptist and Southern Baptist Conventions.
- Encourage a cooperative spirit among churches in support of world missions through the Cooperative Program, and the voluntary assistance of sister churches with each other.
- Strengthen member churches according to their expressed needs and the ability of the Orange Blossom Baptist Association to respond.
- Encourage the establishment of new churches and missions.
- Encourage the establishment of community ministries for the purpose of sharing Jesus Christ and God's love to all persons.
- Communicate information of the work of the Southern Baptist Convention so that Churches may be informed about the resources available to them.
The Orange Blossom Baptist Association provides the following benefits, resources, and services to its member churches:
- Specialized Consultants -The OBBA seeks to identify the needs of each member church and respond as invited in an intentional, effective way to meet the need.
- Demographic Profiles -The OBBA can network with the Florida Baptist Convention to provide demographic information of the people living in Hardee, Highlands, and southern Polk counties.
- Conflict Resolution -The Director of Missions of the OBBA will work with churches in conflict resolution. Resources from the Florida Baptist Convention are also available through the OBBA office to assist churches in resolving conflicts is a way that will honor God.
- Special Training Events -The OBBA partners with the Florida Baptist Convention to offer training events.
- Church Staff Search Assistance - The OBBA can provide training and direction to churches as they seek pastors and staff.
- Disaster Relief - The OBBA works with volunteers from member churches to provide clean up and food services.
- Community Ministries – The OBBA will consult and assist churches in the development of Community Ministries. The facilities at Lake Denton Camp can be used to assist in ministry and outreach. The Evangelism Ministry Trailer is available for churches to use in outreach to their community.