Gulf Stream Baptist Association is made up of over 140 churches and church starts located in Broward County, Florida. Broward County is one of the largest counties in America and is the second largest in terms of population in the state of Florida. Five of the 15 most populous cities in Florida are located here: Ft. Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, Hollywood, Miramar and Coral Springs. Almost two million people are here, drawn from virtually every place in the world. Gulf Stream represents this diversity. Our English speaking churches are primarily multi-cultural. We have languages churches ministering in Creole, Spanish, Korean, Russian, Chinese, Romanian, Ukranian, Hungarian, Seminole,and Portuguese.
I never thought I’d see my church family being torn apart. It was an interim time with no senior pastor for about two years and the body became divided; it got pretty ugly! I’m so thankful for the way that Dr. Don Minshew with the Gulf Stream Baptist Association took a personal interest to help our church in need. Don’s words of encouragement helped me stay the course, and as he came to share God’s word with us, the body was encouraged as well. Don helped pave the road to restoration as he reminded us that it’s all about Jesus and His plan and not ours. He also recommended a pastor who answered the call to come in as interim pastor, and who is now our official senior pastor.
We are excited to see what God is going to do in this new season for our church and are thankful for what GSBA was able to bring to the process of conflict and recovery.
Associate Pastor of the church
After some 18 months into the search process, and starting to feel some frustration, our team under the suggestions of Pastor Don, decided to take time off from our normal routine. For three weeks we prayed and studied God’s word. During this process we realized we were becoming a Proverbs 3: 5-6 church! Pastor Don helped us understand that we were trying to do things “in our own strength” and our team had to learn to rely on Christ and “not on our own understanding”. He was mentoring each of us, his Christ like guidance, leadership and encouragement helped bring us to a new candidate, and soon after, our new Senior Pastor.
GSBA and Pastor Don were true overseers for God’s church in South Florida. His practical advise coupled with humility and the goodness of Christ, helped God’s people at our church to become whole again.
Former Chair of Pastor Search Committee