OUR WALK.... Interacting with God's People...
Life is busy and often hectic, tending to pull at the limited time we have. One of our Core Values is ONE ANOTHER...and all of our ministry teams seek to collaborate to help nurture authentic COMMUNITY.
Some of our Teams and ministries serve to focus on fostering Body Life and interconnectedness, providing both doorways to merge into deeper relationships together, as well as opportunities to use your skill-sets and gift-strengths to be part of growing REAL sharing and caring and doing life together. Some of the key areas that God uses to "glue" us include:
Find real sharing and connecting in a smaller Growth group where you get to know more than just names or faces...but people, friends, "family." We not only have age-graded groups from preschool through high school, but then a number of ABFs that provide a place for anyone to plug-in. These groups are strategic to the life and growth of FBC...and their "TACCO" plan includes God's mission for all of us. Click below to download the ABF Brochure.
Groups include: Sundays -
New Directions (college, career)
Kaleo (click here for info page link)
FBI - (Faithful Bible Investigators)
FF - (Faithful Friends)
FBC - (Fellowship Bible Class)
LBF - (Ladies Bible Fellowship)
Beach Boys - men's Bible group
Click Here to Download ABF Brochure
g.i.r.l. Study - every-other Monday's 7pm @ Berringtons (Beth Moore study)
Ladies Bible Study -
Men's AM Bible Study - Wednesdays @ 9:00am @ Gerards
Men's PM Bible Study -
Why Small Groups?
1. Small groups are a great means for using BIBLICAL TEACHING for life-change.
2. Small groups create the best environment for AUTHENTIC COMMUNITY.
3. Small groups increase CLEAR COMMITMENT to our priorities.
4. Small groups allow for all participating in our STRATEGIC MISSION as a vehicle for creatively serving and inviting outsiders.
5. Small groups allow us to maximize INTENTIONAL STEWARDSHIP by removing resource barriers to growth.
6. Small groups assist in developing HEALTHY MEMBERS and FAMILIES with accountability and connection.
Why Live in Community?
God designed people for community. Each of us has a desire “to belong” somewhere. Seeking community is often what brings many of us to FBC. It will be the relationships that we build that keep us coming back to this faith family.
At FBC, we understand that worship celebration on Sunday and other occasions is uplifting, a time to celebrate God, and a very important part of our spiritual growth but it alone will not bring about life transformation.
It is in Close Community where life transformation occurs. Even Jesus did not do it alone…He created community by gathering the 12 disciples.
Learn more....about Getting Connected at the GET CONNECTED page. CLICK HERE.
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- MEMBERSHIP TEAM - our catalyst for "community!"
Description: The Membership Team leads the body in showing care for the First Baptist flock encouraging hospitality, communicating congregational needs, assisting in showers, funerals, and scheduling events for fellowship within the church family. This Team monitors the membership list and works in the area of First Impressions welcoming and greeting, including set-up of Friendship Sunday. It will help advise membership classes as needed and plan major church special events as directed.
Responsibilities: Baptisms, Church Newsletter, Friendship
Sunday, Hospitality, First Impressions Welcoming/Greeting, Kitchen up-keep, Membership classes, Recreational activities, Showers, Funerals, Special events (i.e. father/son, mother/daughter, picnics, etc.)
- MATURITY TEAM - providing and designing paths to grow together...
Description: The Maturity Team ministers in the areas of Sunday School, ABFs, Children’s Church, youth leadership, Awana and VBS with their curriculum and staffing. This Team facilitates small group Bible studies and the Tuesday evening prayer time in leading the family of First Baptist Church toward a deeper commitment and spiritual maturity. It will help create and administer support groups and classes as needed.
Responsibilities: Sunday School, ABFs (TACCO plan), Awana, Children’s Church, Prayer Partners (ie. College/Career, Men/Women), 5th Sunday Events, Children’s Summer Ministries, and Christmas program, VBS, Library, Nursery, Prime Time (Senior Adults Ministry), Small Group Bible study, Support groups, Summer camp, Teacher training, Tuesday prayer time, EXCITE Youth ministries (Ignite & Explode -Jr/Sr high youth groups), New Directions (College/Career), Bus Ministry
- MERCY TEAM (new) - uniting hands and hearts in caring, helping and meeting needs.
Description: The Mercy Team is focused around encouraging and communicating compassion for and through the body through prayer, visitation and care. This Team’s service of helps includes the calling and/or visiting and helping with care for members in need, (shut-in, ill, hospitalized, widows, etc.), care expressions to individuals in the church or local community, and coordination of helps, service and support ministries in the Body. The Team will seek by way of its ministry to enhance and support the over-arching missional purposes of church growth and community.
Responsibilities: Member and friends visits, shut-in calls, care and encouragement, Barnabas board, Angel Food share (w/MORE Team), Hospital/care facility ministry (ie. visits, care kits, prayer shawls, artificial bouquets/mugs), LIFT ministry (Lifting Individuals Facing Trials/Loving Individuals in Final Transition), GriefCare/DivorceCare development, respite care, Home care accessories coordination (walkers, wheelchairs, commodes, etc.), Bread/loaf/gift encouragement, Clothing give-aways, Widows/single moms, etc., women’s prayer fellowship, crisis child care, prisoner/prisoner-family help, etc.
One-in-Heart ministry is a means of sharing with one another....services, items, goods that people have
available can be posted on the bulletin board under "HAVE".... or, if you are looking for something, in need
of an item, you can post that under "NEED." By linking these things together, we become better stewards
and better helpers in very practical ways, truly sharing Christ's love "with skin on!"
The Barnabas Board is a way to share thoughts, words, expressions of care, prayer and concern for those experiencing
various kinds of challenges. Both pre-addressed, stamped envelopes/cards are posted, as well as blank envelopes with
card... encouraging the gifts and ministry of encouragement! Share HIS love!
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MAGNIFICATION TEAM - weaving together musical skills, spiritual gifts and dramatic abilities to weld the body in full-orbed, passionate worship.
One of the very best ways to connect is through the heart! Engaging yourself with God along with the larger body creates a deep, real espirit de corps
from the inside out. Praise is powerful...and open, expressive, reflective and authentic worship together unites people in profound dimensions. In
addition, this ministry is also a place to plug into with heart, hands and voice. There is special comaradarie to be enjoyed in choir, vocal ensembles,
bands, praise teams and special musical events.
Description: The Magnification Team serves with the pastoral staff in planning all Sunday Worship and praise services including the praise band, choir and special music where and when needed. This Team coordinates music preparation, training and organization of the FBC music ministry. It will provide direction for the Audio Visual team, Drama team, Usher duties, and sanctuary use.
Responsibilities: Choir, Drama, Music, Praise band, Sound System/Visual equipment, Special services, Sunday Worship services, Alternative (ie. Saturday) service, Usher duties