The South Florida Baptist Association is a network of Southern Baptist Churches located in western Polk County, Florida.


The South Florida Baptist Association began in 1867. Originally, we stretched from Tampa to Daytona and down to the Florida Keys and were the southernmost association in Florida. Over the years, the population of South Florida grew and other associations broke away.

Now the South Florida Baptist Association Covers the Western half of Polk County. Polk County is located between Tampa and Orlando. We are almost 80 churches that partner together to reach the western half of Polk county. The cities we serve include Polk City, Kathleen, Lakeland, Bartow, Mulberry, Homeland, Ft. Meade and Bradley Junction.


Our mission is to serve the churches of the South Florida Baptist Association. We work together to see the lost in Polk County come to know Christ. We provide the churches with leader training, ministry support, mission opportunities, and support for new works.


Our team is excited to serve you! We have a collection of staff who love Jesus and love the church. Please let us know how we can help you and your church a you seek to honor God and advance his gospel.


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  • 2120 Sylvester Rd. Lakeland, FL 33803
  • 863-687-4764
  • sfba@sfba.info