Our Ministry teams are a vital part of our church life both within the walls at First Baptist, but perhaps more importantly sharing the love of God with our neighbors and inviting them to a meaningful relationship with God.
Service and Outreach
The Service and Outreach Ministry Team develops goals to work in the areas of service and outreach. Their work involves promoting church programs through press releases and social media, promoting the four annual mission offerings to the congregation, educating about our missionaries, and deciding on our mission budget. They are responsible for promotion of programs for service and outreach in the community. From April - October they coordinate Health Walks twice a month in the church neighborhood and some others, including trash pickup once a month. They also sponsor labyrinth walks and spirituality retreats. This year they have a special project to celebrate and affirm the way the church members "light it up" with their gifts.
The Stewardship Ministry is responsible for the care and maintenance of the church properties, the management of the church office and the selection and supervision of the personal necessary to carry out those tasks. It also creates policies governing the use of the church by outside groups. The Ministry is also responsible for the church’s budget and for a program of stewardship to ensure the raising of needed funds. It also approves and supervises the Memorial Fund.
As a community of faith, the congregation of First Baptist Church of
Springfield pledges to conduct the ministry of the gospel in ways that assure the safety and spiritual growth of all children and youth as well as all the adult mentors. As a congregation we will follow reasonable safety measures in the recruitment and selection of workers. We will educate all workers with children and youth through a training course regarding the implementation of appropriate policies and safeguards.
The Christian Education Ministry is responsible for Sunday morning Nursery, Junior Church and Sunday school activities for children. The adult class meets as the Adult Forum which offers a variety of ways to engage in meaningful growth in Christianity and community, including book studies, bible studies, and dialogue with community organizations.
Other activities that come from this ministry team throughout the year are, children singing in worship, an Easter egg hunt, recruitment and support for attendance at summer Camp, Vacation Bible School (which features intergenerational partners), Children’s Sabbath worship service in October, the annual church-wide women’s retreat and children leading worship prior to Christmas.
Church Life is responsible for the activities that enhance our relationships with one another. Church Life puts on enjoyable activities both in and out of the church walls, such as the summer homemade ice cream social, fall and spring picnics, virtual social times, and a game night.