If you are new to First Baptist, you may wonder how the church makes decisions and gets things done. The answer is through two service groups: committees and ministry teams. These groups are coordinated by another group called the Committee on Committees (that’s the truth). The Committee on Committees develops guidelines and, in some cases, appoints members for these service groups.
The first service group is the Committee.
The second service group is the Ministry Team.
In addition, you may get involved with various mission opportunities that we support.
Areas of Service
Children’s Ministry (Preschool–6th Grade)
GUEST SERVICES. Team members are the smiling faces that enthusiastically welcome kids to our facility. They assist families with check-in, collect information from guests, and help with enrollment into the appropriate group.
SUNDAY SCHOOL. Team members have a passionate heart for sharing God’s word with children; leading a weekly Bible study. They build relationships and help children grow deeper in their faith.
VIP. Team members provide dedicated assistance to children with special needs.
SHOUT. Assist with our midweek children’s choir.
CULTIVATE28. Teach or assist with our midweek discipleship program; teaching Bible skills and missions.
KIDSPRAISE. Teach or assist with weekly worship for children K–2nd Grade.
Student Ministry (7th–12th Grade)
GUEST SERVICES. Team members greet and assist new students with check in, introduce new students to their leader(s), direct students to their class, and electronically input attendance data.
SUNDAY SCHOOL. Leaders lead teens in weekly Bible study, disciple and build relationships with students inside and outside of the classroom by attending Student Ministry events.
VIP. Team members provide dedicated assistance to teens with special needs.
PRAISE BAND. Team members help develop our youth praise band, assist with worship production for Wednesday EDGE.
EDGE. Team members assist with welcoming of teens as they arrive on Wednesday nights, engage students in the recreation area, assist with snacks, and redirect teens during worship.
Audio Engineers. Set up and prepare microphones, in-ear monitors and personal mixers for the worship band. They also engineer and mix live sound during weekend experiences. Training provided.
Camera Operators. Operate video cameras during weekend worship experiences. Camera operators listen to the video director and capture video shots as directed. Training provided.
Lighting Techs. Run a computer-based lighting system during weekend worship experiences and learn to program and troubleshoot the lighting system and fixtures. Training provided.
Instruments of Praise. Are skilled instrumentalists that help to lead our traditional service worship.
Musicians & Vocalists. Skilled musicians & vocalists with previous band experience, lead our congregation in worship through music.
ProPresenter Operators. Operate and monitor the computer program that displays lyrics and videos on screens during the weekend worship experience with opportunities to learn how to set up and program elements for services. Training provided.
Good News Café. On Mondays, team members prepare and serve a hot meal to people in our community, ministering and praying for those who attend.
Operation Christmas Child. A ministry that takes the Gospel to the ends of the earth through their shoebox ministry. Every Fall, thousands of shoeboxes get filled with toys and practical gifts to use as a way to share the love of Jesus to the kids who receive them. FBC is a central drop off location for Navarro County during their national collection week.
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At First Baptist we have six standing committees. That sounds like a lot, but in years past we had many more. Committee members serve a three-year term and then rotate off for at least a year. There’s a limit to the number of people who can serve on a committee at any given time.
Here are some requirements to serve on a Committee:
- you’ve been a member of the church for at least a year,
- you’ve been nominated by (it’s true) a Committee on Committees, and
- you get elected in the December Church Conference.
We have listed below the six standing committees in the church as well as description about what they do.
Committee on Committees
The Committee on Committees is charged by the church to name those persons who serve on the various standing committees of the church. Any vacancies that may occur on any standing committee during the year may be filled by action of this committee and brought to the church for approval.
The Finance Committee is charged with the responsibilities of developing financial policies and procedures, preparing an annual budget, reporting receipts and expenditures, reviewing expenditures not included in the budget, investment of reserve funds, recommending a program of voucher control, and establishing a system for posting and recording contributions.
The Missions Committee is charged by the church to manage monies that are designated for mission causes. The committee will work alongside the Pastor to make recommendations to the church for the investment of these monies for mission trips and for mission work in Navarro County, in Texas, and around the world.
The Personnel Committee is charged with the responsibilities of assisting the church in matters related to personnel administration and management, recommending to the church all professional staff members except the Pastor, placement of all non-professional staff, recommending salaries to the Budget Committee, regularly reviewing salaries and benefits, providing job descriptions for salaried employees, pulpit supply if the Church is without a pastor, and working with additional members of the church-at-large to form a Search Committee for professional staff (except Pastor).
The Properties Committee is charged with the responsibility of assisting the church in matters related to property maintenance, including working with the Personnel Committee in the employment of maintenance personnel, inspection and inventorying of church property, securing needed repairs, developing a program of preventative maintenance and safety measures (including accident prevention and fire prevention), and recommending funding to carry out these responsibilities.
The Transporation Committee is given direct control of all church-owned vehicles. They will recommend policies to the Church concerning their use. They will ensure the church-owned vehicles receive regular maintenance. They will recommend to the Church all purchases and disposition of church vehicles. They shall make recommendations to the Finance/Budget Committee for funds to carry out these responsibilities.