Case Studies

Daytona Beach Church Removes Barriers to Christ

CFX ORIGINAL Understanding their community helped this church grow and thrive as they followed their master plan

By Heather Wiley

In this case study, we’ll look at First Baptist Church of Daytona Beach, Florida. I spoke with Les Wilkinson, current Executive Pastor of FBC Daytona Beach.

Introduction: FBC Daytona Beach

This is a church that has existed in Daytona Beach, Florida, since 1898. Daytona Beach has had a transient community since the church’s early days. Wealthy vacationers escaping the cold climate of their northern communities first established it as a popular holiday escape. In 1948, NASCAR sanctioned the first race of modified sports cars on the compact sand of Daytona Beach, helping to transition the area into the motorsports vacation hub we know it as today. 

In 1998, exactly 100 years after FBC Daytona’s inception, the church began to undergo an overarching thematic shift: to remove all barriers keeping their community from reaching Christ. This case study will review that theme and focus specifically on how the church translated a spiritual goal into physical reality for their community. 

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