Lutz Campus

18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548

Idlewild at The Springs

8209 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33604

Iglesia Bautista Idlewild

Main Campus, Student Building, Hall 2

Watchman – Week of 12/27/2020

Watchman – Week of 12/27/2020




Dr. Ken Whitten
Senior Pastor


Praise: During these stressful days and months of the pandemic may we thank God for His generosity towards us and for the Idlewild’s faithfulness in return to Him. Let’s ask Jehovah Jireh to help us finish strong in our 2020 giving.

Prayers: 1) May we pray for the Idlewild families who have lost loved ones this year and ask Jehovah Shammah to be there and near them during this Holy Season.

Would you pray for the Christmas Eve services, Tuesday at 7:00 pm, Wednesday 7:00 pm, and Thursday 3:00 and 5:00 pm, and pray for our health protection as we assemble together during this season of COVID. Would you join me in asking God to help us practice love for one another as it relates to wearing or not wearing masks and not let this divide us as believers.

Praise: For the hundreds of Idlewilders that participated in Outgive, Project Angel Tree, and Incredible Christmas. Thank you for driving, buying, delivering, feeding, and making sure we shared the gospel every time we encountered the need. You are loved by your Pastor and in the words of the Apostle Paul, “I thank God for every remembrance of you.”

Prayer: Ask God to give us a spirit of brokenness and repentance, as we begin our 2021 year with a brand-new sermon series we will be calling, 21. Encountering God in Days of Fasting and Prayer. What a beautiful way to start a brand-New Year.

On behalf of Ginny and your Pastor we wish everyone of you a very Merry Christmas and may God’s grace usher in a supernatural 2021 for every one of us. Please know this… I am grateful and honored to be your friend and your Pastor. Thank you everyone for standing in the gap in prayer for this church, this Pastor, and my family.



Brian McDougall
Executive Pastor



Diana: Please continue to pray for Diana as she continues to search for relief from her back issues.  Please continue to pray for God’s healing for Diana’s back.

Dad:  A praise that my Dad, at the age of 97, was promoted to Heaven on October 28th.  Dad passed away at home peacefully.  Thanks so much for your prayers through the years.  The Church was so kind to allow us to have a beautiful Home Going Celebration for Dad that honored him and glorified God.   Also, thanks for your many acts of loving kindness to our family as we grieve the loss of Dad.

Leta: For my sister, thanks for your prayer support for her as she cared for Mom and Dad full time for nine years straight.  Please pray for Leta as she grieves Dad’s loss and seeks the Lord on the next steps in her life.

Logan and Aimee:  Please pray for this new Mom and Dad as they balance out work and care for our newborn grandson.

Lauren and Gabe: Thanks for continuing to pray for Gabe and Lauren as they continue to enjoy being newlyweds.

Brian: I would appreciate your prayers for me too as I grieve the loss of my Dad.  He was the best man I know.  Dad is in Heaven with Mom now and for that we rejoice.  Please pray for Leta and I as we finalize all of Dad’s human affairs.



Church Vision and Mission: That our members would engage in the Vision and Mission of the Church.

LEAD: That LEAD (Leadership Engagement and Discipleship) would be effective in thousands of Idlewild members discovering their spiritual gifts, being equipped therein and serving in the area that God has planned for them (Eph. 2:10, 4:11-12).  Please pray that members will “Join the Movement” moving from no ministry and or mission involvement to actively serving where God wants them to serve.

Accelerate: While this program to pay off the debt of the Church is behind plan due to Covid19 issues, we are still praying that God would move amongst his people to pay off the debt of the Church in 2021.  Please join me in rejoicing that the Lord made a way to recently send another $2M payment to accelerated debt reduction.

Giving: That we would all continue to be generous in our giving even during these Covid19 times.  Praising the Lord for members continuing to be faithful to give during these challenging times.

Please pray that all Idlewild members would joyfully have 1,000s of gospel conversations with those that are far from God.

Pray for families in our community that are being affected by COVID19 in many ways, i.e. health, anxiety, financial, etc.

That our entire Church would draw close to God and each other during these challenging times of Covid19.  That we would become a stronger people of prayer.  That many would come to Christ.  That God would be glorified.

We are Praising God that we have been able to now fully ReGather to on campus ministries.   More and more people are returning to on campus ministry each week.

Please join me in praising the Lord anticipating that as of November 18th the 2021 Ministry plan will be approved by the Church.  We expect 2021 will be a great year of advancing the Mission of the Church in an accelerated fashion.

Please pray for an effective launch of the Abuse Care Ministry.  This new ministry cares for Abuse Victims and all related matters.

Please pray for wisdom for me.

Please pray for Revival in our Church.




Reno Zunz
Minister, Caring Ministry



As we begin a new year, thank you for the prayers for our family, especially for me and Sherri. We are praying that this year would be fruitful as we serve the Lord and share with others.

My stepmother Samantha passed away in December on what would have been my Dad’s 94th birthday. She is Home in Heaven now!

Please continue to pray for neighbors: John & Michelle; George & Carol; the Gonzalez family, and Pete & Ginny. We are certainly hoping to have a get together at our home as the pandemic eases.

Sherri is working at a doctor’s office part-time. Pray for those in the office of Dr. E.

Thank you for your prayers for our children: Jonathan & Megan (Abby & Micah); David & Janell (Adele & Ezra); Andy & Jenna (in Orlando).



That God would direct our Member Care Ministry daily to give our all to assist members through their difficult times. This is particularly important right now as so many have been affected by the coronavirus. We are praying for a quick end to the Covid pandemic as so many, even all of our members have been affected.

Please pray for our amazing Ministry Assistants: Linda Sienkiewicz and Lainey Bock. Lainey will go on family leave this month to have their second child and first son Levi in early February.

That God would bless Deana Troyer as she leads our Special Needs Ministries, granting her wisdom and energy and strength, and would provide workers that love the students. Many of our SN families have health crises and other challenges. Please pray for God’s grace in all of these situations.

That the Lord would watch over our Idlewild widows and provide for all of their needs, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Our JOY Ministry through Pastor Phillip and Rachel Krutsinger is reaching out to our widows as are our deacons.

Pray for our foster families this new year. Pray that other families in our church would answer the call to foster. We are reaching out more into our community to help other foster families. Pray that the Care Portal would continue to provide opportunities for ministry and service (our volunteer Richie Parmer is assisting with this). Also, we are looking for a full-time Coordinator of Hope for the Orphan. Pray that God would lead us to the perfect person (for the position, that is!!)



Greg Murphy
Minister, Family Care



Please continue to pray for my mother, Sarah, who is in a Care Facility in NC. She has been in lock down during the virus season. Please pray for her as she recovers from COVID along with other patients and staff in her facility with COVID. Pray for their healing and for the health of my Mom and the patients. Pray for her to encounter the Holy Spirit’s presence each day and to maintain a sharp mind and to be able to be fellowship with the body of Christ. Please pray for her to be physically comfortable. NC continues to keep these facilities under lock down.

Please pray for direction and wisdom in relationship with the Lord for Isabella as she pursues education, career, and other goals.

Please pray for my daughter, Rebecca, and husband, Robert, and baby grandchildren, Joshua and Caroline (future salvation) for growing with each other and maturing in Christ Jesus.

Please pray for Lynn and me as we walk together with the Lord and as He involves us in various ministries. Prayer for us to God deeper in the Word and prayer



Pray for the church to pray for their neighbors they have met during this season. Go to for a free resource to use to help you know your neighbors and to pray for them.

Please pray for families and individuals at Idlewild to go deeper in prayer with the Lord in 2021. Please pray for the church to effectively be made aware of new Lifestyle Prayer Ministry opportunities which will be introduced as tools or helps in consistently approaching God in prayer for the purpose of encountering Jesus powerfully and personally by the Holy Spirit and in becoming and growing as faithful intercessors to build up the body of Christ through prayer, and to empower the church through prayer in evangelism and discipleship. Two of these ministries are Prayer Triangles and Family Prayer Altar

Pray for a moving of the Holy Spirit according to His heart and agenda as we approach Him in 21 Days of prayer and fasting in January.

Please pray for classes, meetings and prayer meetings happening on line and now in person. We know that God is not limited by time, space, sickness, circumstances, etc. but that He transforms them. Pray for God’s purposes to be accomplished.

Please pray for the younger generations especially to know the Word of God in such a way as to be strong against the cultural attacks on the crucial doctrines and principles of Christianity. Pray that God’s Word will be widely known and that the enemy will not succeed in distorting the message, language and impact of the Bible. As the world, through many forms of culture and media including music, TV, streaming, social media, etc. is misrepresenting the language, names, themes, context, etc. of the Bible we call on the Holy Spirit of truth to clear the muddy waters and let Christ be exalted and the Kingdom of God advance in the hearts of people. Pray for the church to stand strong and not to falter or be distracted, misled, divided or weakened by the enemy’s current assault.

Pray that God will bring awakening and raise up laborers and that the culture will be freshly permeated with the Word of God.

Please pray that the Holy Spirit will move the church toward repentance and revival and fresh power and obedience in relationship with Jesus.

Please Pray for Linda Sienkiewicz, who is the Ministry Assistant in Family Care and for Lainey Bock who is the Ministry Assistant to Pastor Reno in Member Care. Please pray for them as they currently assist in the many areas of the Family Care/Caring Ministry and as they adjust to our work at home and online schedule.

Please pray for Pastor Reno and our decision counseling team including team leaders Bill and Carol Sutton, Brian Pate and Lee Richards. This team loves to minister and to assist people in knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Many of our counselors have had opportunities to counsel with those trusting Christ for salvation even during this time of online worship services.



Phillip Hanes
Minister, Biblical Guidance & Senior Adults


Personal Requests:


For Mary and I as we seek to continue to be in the center of God’s will for our lives.  We both wrestled with COVID-19 before Thanksgiving and then I developed double pneumonia!  I was able to return to work the week of the 14th of December and I am slowly regaining my energy

For our three children (Christopher, Jennifer, and Michael), our one daughter-in-law (Megan), and our two granddaughters (Caroline and Harper Mae) – whom we love with all our hearts!

For our fathers – Mary’s dad, Frank Patrick (age 88) and my father, Fred Hanes (age 93).  Mary’s dad is well, but my father suffered a mild heart attack on Friday, December 11th.  Pray for him as he recovers from this issue.

For my older sister Diane who lives in Apopka.  After a three and a half year wait, she received a donor kidney on Sunday, December 6th and the doctor’s said it was a perfect match!  PTL.  She is doing well and on the road to recovery!


Ministry Requests:

For our Bible Fellowship Groups, most of whom are back on campus, but some are doing a hybrid of in-person and online, and still a couple of groups meeting exclusively via ZOOM or via email and messaging.  So thankful that we have not had to miss a single week of sharing relevant Bible study with our people!

Thank you for your prayers for our ongoing support groups who continue to meet on a regular basis to meet the needs of hurting people.

For the countless number of folks I counsel with from week to week via personal in-office visits as well as phone, ZOOM, and email.  The Lord has allowed me the great privilege to help many people who are looking for God’s answers to life’s difficult situations.  Pray that they would discover His provision for their lives!

Pray for our senior adults who listen to my daily devotional calls.  I pray they are encouraged and blessed!



Deana Troyer
Manager, Special Needs Ministry



Pray for my children (Ray Jr., Jennifer, Lisa, and Daniel) and their families, that each one would hunger and thirst after righteousness and pursue the Kingdom of God.

Pray for deepening unity with my husband, Ray, as we navigate new life stages and opportunities within our family.

Pray that I would eagerly seek God and that, most importantly, I would promptly and thoroughly act on what I hear from Him.



Please pray for dear friend and ministry coworker Carl Butts critically battling COVID19 complications, and for several team members still recovering.

Pray for ongoing wisdom for providing a safe and healthy an environment for our students and families

Wisdom in how to best connect and serve the folks who are not able to gather at this time

Wisdom and direction for several families who are struggling with very difficult situations and do not have clear paths to follow

New opportunities – As we learn more about the capacities and desires of our students, we are working toward a new class for Sundays and a new training program for service within the church and the community. Pray with us for guidance as we seek God’s best for each of the individuals whom He has entrusted to our care





Dr. Edgar Aponte
Minister, Global Missions



Praise the Lord for His grace and mercy in my ordination to the Pastoral Ministry.  Pray that I will honor Him in my walk and in the way I serve the church.

Please ask the Lord to fill us with the knowledge of his will through all wisdom and understanding

Please pray that the Lord will open more doors to share the gospel with new neighbors



Pray for those going through the Mission Academy.  Pray that they will grow in their knowledge of God and love for the lost.

Pray that God will steer the heart of the young people of our congregation for His glory among the unreached peoples of the earth.

Pray for the health and safety of our missionaries, and that God will use the pandemic to bring many to a saving knowledge of Christ.

Pray God’s provision to our Idlewild on Mission Fund, so we can continue to meet physical and spiritual needs in our city and among the nations.