First Baptist spends a great deal of time ministering to the people in the Columbus area. In addition to fulfilling FBC initiated ministries, we also partner with many established service and assistance organizations to care for people with a variety of needs: from clothing and food to language and networking for sustainability. Teams from FBC move outside the walls of the building to take the gospel to people in the community.
- Multi-housing Ministries
- Victory Mission: A Sunday ministry beginning at 9:45am and Tuesday ministry beginning at 5:15pm for children and youth are offered at Victory Mission on Airview Drive in Columbus South. FBC owns the ministry center that is a modular home located in the heart of four trailer parks. Programming includes Bible stories, crafts, games, music and prayer.
- The Ralston: On the first Sunday of each month at 10am, FBC provides a worship service at The Ralston on 12th Street in Uptown Columbus. The service includes music and a short sermon or Bible study. FBC Sunday School classes, individuals and groups participate in leading the services.
- Life With a Purpose (LWP): FBC sponsors this Columbus State University Bible Study Group on Monday evenings from 9pm until 11pm at FBC’s Youth Activities Building (YAB). The time includes praise, worship, Bible Study, and food.
- Obadiah’s Hands: FBC members can request help with minor maintenance and repairs for their homes. Volunteers are needed with various skills to help with this ministry.
- Habitat for Humanity: Annually, FBC partners with Habitat for Humanity to build a house or to join with other churches to build a house. Volunteers help with meals for the construction teams, participate in the building process and build relationships with the partner family. For more information about Habitat visit www.columbusareahabitat.com .
- Valley Interfaith Promise (VIP): Along with twelve other churches in the Columbus area, FBC provides housing and meals in one-week increments for homeless families in the VIP program. Volunteers provide evening meals, spend a few hours or overnight at the YAB with the families, mentor and help with homework. For more information about VIP visit: www.valleyinterfaithpromise.com.
- English as a Second Language (ESL): A First Baptist team, in partnership with International Friendship Ministries (www.ifmga.org), teaches ESL at Whisperwood Apartments on Thursday mornings. The classes are conversational and one does not need to be certified to help with this ministry.
- Family Missions Weekend: We encourage family units to serve together, parent(s) and children/youth, as a way of modeling missions in action. These important service ministries are offered in the greater Columbus community two to three times each year.