First Baptist Church of Greensboro, NC was founded in 1859. Located in the heart of the city, close to downtown, it has been a pillar of the community since its founding. Although the church honors its traditional roots, it recognizes the value of progressive ideas. This unique blend of traditional and progressive values contributes to the success of the church’s many ministries.
Presently, First Baptist has approximately 1700 members; typical weekly attendance ranges from 500 to 600. The church has enjoyed growth over the last several years, and is poised for increased future growth, particularly in the young adult sector. The church whole-heartedly believes that, to continue this trend of solid growth, it must focus significant energy and resources on its ministry to children and their families.
First Baptist is blessed with a strong pastoral team consisting of 8 ministers who work collaboratively with admirable collegiality. The same can be said of the teachers and volunteers who work with the church’s children. Among those who work with the Children’s Minister, a children’s ministry team composed of volunteers and parents provides primary support. The Children’s Minister also works closely with the music ministry staff to support the church’s excellent children’s music programming, which includes having the children’s choirs serve as the worship service choir one Sunday each month.
Worship is the center of the church’s life. The church’s sanctuary is quite large, allowing the church to offer a single worship service on Sunday mornings. Although contemporary influences are used at times (interactive worship segments, for example), worship services are, on the whole, traditional and liturgical. Still, services feature a relaxed tone designed to welcome and include broad cross-sections of the community.
First Baptist supports an active children’s ministry program (birth to 5th grade), with an enrollment of approximately 104 and average weekly attendance of 45. Sundays consist of morning Sunday school and worship education, as well as occasional evening activities. Wednesday evenings include a family meal, followed by mission-based programs and children’s choir rehearsal. Additional family programming and special events are scheduled periodically throughout the year. First Baptist values Biblical education as part of its spiritual formation. The church’s commitment to teaching the Bible is seen in its worship services, Sunday school curriculum, regular Bible study classes, and music education.
First Baptist also offers a weekday school, which provides care and education to approximately 115 students annually. The church employs a weekday school director who works closely with the Children’s Minister to build bridges between these programs.
Greensboro is the 3rd largest city in North Carolina, located in the center of the state. Often described by residents as a “wonderful place to raise a family,” with small city convenience and larger city amenities, Greensboro also has been challenged by shifts in industry and significant socioeconomic diversity. First Baptist is well poised for influence in Greensboro, and recently has placed greater emphasis on community ministry and missions as central to the church’s future. The church is passionate about the interplay between the growth and health of our congregation and the growth and health of Greensboro at large.
First Baptist benefits from a strong network of denominational and ecumenical partners locally and nationally. Within Baptist life, the church is primarily affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina.