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

Perfect By Jodie Montgomery Matthew 5:48 "Therefore you shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." I love this verse as it is so clear to me that the only way I can be perfect as my heavenly Father is perfect, is...

Children and Church Community By Jodie Montgomery Acts 21:4-5 "After looking up the disciples, we stayed there for seven days; and they kept telling Paul, through the Spirit, not to set foot in Jerusalem. When our days there were ended, we left and...

Pinterest Red, White & Blue By Jodie Montgomery   I think my crave for red, white and blue food on the Fourth of July started at a visit to my Aunt Jamie’s in Illinois for Independence Day. We did a road trip with...

Heartfelt By Jodie Montgomery Psalm 68:6 "God makes a home for the lonely…" I’m about to state the obvious. Idlewild is a big church with a lot of groups. Every member has the responsibility to figure out where they can best be known...

Importance of a Name By Jodie Montgomery Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”   I’m sick with a tummy bug and missing Bible Study this week, missing the group. I realize...

The Rainbow Connection   By Jodie Montgomery    I teach a Sunday group for women at 11 am which focuses on what was preached in sermon. We simply want to enjoy talking about what we just heard. I think that discussion on what you...

Looking forward to Revelation  By Jodie Montgomery    When you tell someone that the short IBC Women’s Ministry summer study is the Book of Revelation, you get a variety of answers. I feel like I am setting people up with a pop quiz....

Smart Cars and the Women that Drive Them By Jodie Montgomery My dear, wonderful, funny Dumb sheep friend who probably wishes to remain anonymous in this moment was telling me about her new car. She believes that her car is smarter than...

Rain please   By Jodie Montgomery    Zechariah 10:1 “Ask for rain from the LORD at the time of the spring rain- the LORD who makes the storm winds; and He will give them showers of rain, vegetation in the field to each person.”   I’ve...

Music Moment  By Jodie Montgomery    I was waiting for a planned three-hour meeting to start…and there was Pastor Reno Zunz waiting for the same meeting. One of my favorite traits of Pastor Reno is his love of good music. He loves His...

The Little Things that Help Us Endure in a Fallen World  By Jodie Montgomery    Following the Flourish Women’s Conference, this note from a very dear young lady and 7 pennies were placed in the offering plate. I share this with you, the reader,...

Hungry? By Cheryl Hawk, Sewing Little Seeds Coordinator   Yep, we all know the story. In fact, this drama is so important, that along with the resurrection, it lands itself in all 4 gospels. Guessed it yet? It is of course, the feeding...

Comfort in Response to Abuse By Ralph Felten   God has allowed Terri and I to walk through life changing journeys, some of which would have been disastrous to navigate except for His love and grace toward us as the couple He brought...

The Tree By Jodie Montgomery   I was talking to a plant nursery owner and ended up buying a 15- foot tree. I was enamored by the pink flowers. I knew I might be over my plant loving mind when I realized I...

Becoming a Church that Cares Well for the Abused By Jodie Montgomery   Brad Hambrick is one of the pastors teaching the Biblical Certificate groups and ministry grid training on caring well for the abused at our church (if you want to do...

Revelation Anticipated By Jodie Montgomery   I am excited about a summer study in Revelation! Our summer groups come with an increased joy in setting aside time to gather around His Word during the hot months in Florida. There is an enthusiasm for...

Prayer and Fasting as we remember His Resurrection It is good to set aside time to meditate on the goodness of God as we remember He lives. The Women's Ministry Discipleship Coordinator, Teresa Ankrom, compiled a list of helpful reflections for...

Reading & Traveling By Jodie Montgomery   I’ve been traveling and that equates to getting more reading done. I have a stack of things to read. Anyone else? The travel was for my son’s wedding and yes that was a high for our family....

Ears to Hear By Jodie Montgomery My grandson Hunter goes to Sunday morning church, Awanas, and Tiny Tots. I asked Hunter, age 4, what he has learned at church. This is what he told me: They waved palm tree leaves at Jesus while...

Bittersweetness and Parenting By Jodie Montgomery   I should be writing my speech for our son’s wedding right now, but I am late on blogs for the women’s ministry and I am feeling reminiscent. So much on my mind. My son Samuel is our...

Growing Up…as a Disciple and Disciple Maker By Diana Larrosa Smith   Getting involved over the last 14 years with the Idlewild Women's Ministry was essential to my spiritual growth. I knew it was important to surround myself with other Godly women for support...

Love is in the Air by KC Newbill   Love comes in many shapes and sizes.  One of the first things we teach kids is that God is love. 1 Corinthians 13 is all about love, and the last verse of the chapter...

Valentine’s Day, Be Honest By Jodie Montgomery   My Mom and I tend to share with one another expensive cards that say over the top things about the recipient. We choose the cards with lots of writing in them and embossing. We also...

Ready for Valentine’s Day? By Jodie Montgomery   One of the ladies in my Sunday group asked if Valentine’s Day was biblical. Our group answered no but many wanted to add that a day to remind us to love every day is not...

Happy Birthday to Me! By Jodie Montgomery   I’m tired of being wishy washy about my birthday. I’m celebrating the years, the many years, this year. Becky Popoola set an example for me. She is in my Sunday group. She is gorgeous and right,...

Celebrating 41 Years of Marriage Bliss, No Kiss, No Hiss, No Remiss… No Just This By Jodie Montgomery   When Scott Montgomery took me skiing for the first time. I was so angry, I did not want to hit another tree. When Scott...

Dana Newberry and Devotion By Jodie Montgomery   1 Corinthians 16:15-16 “Now I urge you, brothers and sisters: you know the household of Stephanas, that they are the first fruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to ministry to the saints; I urge that you also be subject to such as these...

Classics (Mom and Plaid) and the Point of No Return By Jodie Montgomery   Once upon a time, plaid became a thing, a Scottish Gaelic thing around 1505-1510. Plaid may refer to the design on the fabric or the fabric itself. The term...

Welcome to 2024!! By Jodie Montgomery What a start to the year! I fell taking down Christmas decorations; reminder to be more careful. I spent the last few weeks with lots of family time; reminder to listen well and be known. I...

Starting the New Year Unapologetically By Guest Blogger: Kelli Johnson 1 Peter 3:15 “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that...

Dumb Sheep and Straying By Jodie Montgomery The Christmas season can be unsettling if we enter the season without a heart of celebration for the Savior. This time should be about Him. This unsettling can happen if we are experiencing suffering in...

Dumb Sheep and Advent By Jodie Montgomery I've been gathering again with a group affectionately known as the Dumb Sheep. They aren't baaaaaaaaad, rather "shear" joy. The sheep felt it important to gather weekly leading into Christmas to encourage one another and...

Sweet Potato Soufflé' By Kim Griffin This week's blog is by Kim Griffin, IBC leader with young marrieds and wife of Pastor Wade. Joy to hear about her family and food connections! This old, very used recipe is, most likely, familiar and not...

Idlewild Women’s Ministry Groups  IBC Women’s Ministry offers A LOT of groups. This page hopefully won't confuse but will serve to provide you the information you are seeking and to let you know you are welcome to join at your convenience....

Sweet Potato Soufflé' By Kim Griffin This week's blog is by Kim Griffin, IBC leader with young marrieds and wife of Pastor Wade. Joy to hear about her family and food connections! This old, very used recipe is, most likely, familiar and not...

My Favorite Fall Recipe By Evelyn McKnight Jodie here, this week our guest blogger is Evelyn McKnight. She is the beloved wife of our beloved Bill McKnight, a wonderful counselor at IBC. Turnip Casserole is my favorite fall recipe.  Early in our marriage,...

Happy Fall Y’all & Lorraine’s Pumpkin Bread Recipe  By Jodie Montgomery  I lived in Bloomfield, Iowa as a child. I remember snowy streets, a quaint downtown square with a courthouse, a dress shop, the Fina gas station candy area, and the neighbors....

I Planted Pumpkin Seeds By Jodie Montgomery I have a new appreciation for the establishment of life. I planted pumpkin seeds. I bought the seeds for all sizes of pumpkins. My husband rented a tiller and beat up the ground of a...

Healing After Domestic Violence By Kathi Snyder “A time to heal…” Ecclesiastes 3:3. In a world where it is estimated that 1 out of 4 women will experience a form of domestic violence, it is possible that someone sitting beside you in church,...

Jesus is Our Atonement By Susan Smith Did you know included in the Bible is a story not found in early manuscripts? It was debated whether or not this story should be included in the Bible. It is the story of Jesus...