Thank you for taking the time to find out more about Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and its members. Friendship Church was established in Fort Myers, Florida in 1912. We have been in our present location since 1950. Our Pastor/Shepherd is James A. Bing who has served with us since 1974.We hope that after you look through our website and attend a worship service, you will consider becoming an active part of our growing community of faith.
We are a seeker friendly local New Testament Church, unapologetic and unashamedly Baptist, of approximately 486 households that meets at 2030 Palm Avenue for worship and service. Our worship center is surrounded by property purchased over time by the congregation for future expansion, recreational purposes, and parking. We are a diverse, multicultural assembly of wide-ranging age groups, and strive to live up to the implications of our name.

A Community of Faith

Our church is not just about a weekly service on a Sunday morning or an occasional Bible study. We are a community of faith sharing our lives together throughout the week as well. Our community may offer weekly meetings, support groups, mission trips, fellowship with other local and non-local churches, outreach to the homeless and hopeless, involvement with youths and college students, and participation in acceptable civic or social events, but these are just the outward signs of life of this “Body of Christ.”

Our common faith in our Lord Jesus paints the way we “do life together” and is the undercurrent of all our social interactions. We share our joys, successes and good times. We also share our hurts, disappointments and failures. Our Christian walk of faith encourages us to trust in God whatever the circumstance. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

We Are Followers

Ultimately, Christians are merely followers of Jesus. We aspire to His teachings, we are taught by the Bible, and are daily surrendering our lives to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This is what is meant by the proclamation, “Jesus is Lord,” that has become a cliché in today’s lexicon. In the simplest terms, it means we allow God, in the person of Jesus, to take the driver’s seat and we go along for the ride!

Popular culture is in direct conflict with this approach to life, so we find that we need a support group of fellow believers to help us on this journey. That is what our church community is all about. We have people in many different stages of that journey. Whether you’re a seeker and not sure what you believe yet, a new believer struggling with your new identity in Christ or a veteran Christian, you’ll find others here that you can connect with right where you are.

We look forward to taking the journey with you!