The pastor is recognized as the spiritual under-shepherd of Christ’s local church. He teaches the Gospel (the Word of God), administers the Ordinances which are the Lord’s Supper and Believer’s Baptism by immersion, shepherds the membership, has in his charge the spiritual welfare of the congregation, and oversees the stated services of public worship.
Church members and friends volunteer to be prayer warriors to pray for the needs of others. Prayer warriors spend time in intercession to help rally support for people near and far in their time of need. Many people are in need of charitable prayers and the First Baptist Church’s community of faith strives to comfort people through the power of prayer. As prayer requests are received they are shared by the prayer chain coordinator by phone and e-mail. A printed prayer list is also shared in Sunday worship bulletins and in addition to the needs of specific individuals, church members and friends are asked to prayer for the sick, abused, the unsaved, shut-ins, victims of natural and man-made disasters, missionaries, and all military personnel serving at home and oversees. Prayer requests may be shared with the prayer chain by calling or e-mailing the church coordinator at 518-843-3517 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bible in One Year:
Church members and friends are challenged to delve into God’s Word on a consistent basis every day throughout the year by following the suggested schedule of Scripture readings and devotions provided by “Our Daily Bread” disseminated by RBC Ministries. RBC Ministries aims to reach others with the life-changing wisdom of the Bible and are not funded nor endowed by any group or denomination.
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Coffee Fellowship Hosts:
Church members and friends are invited to sign up to host a Sunday coffee fellowship period following the worship service in the downstairs fellowship hall. The church provides the paper products and hot/cold beverages. Host are expected to bring some light refreshments (i.e. cookies, cupcakes, donuts, small pastries, fruit, vegetable platter, cheese & crackers, chips & dip/salsa, popcorn) to serve to coffee fellowship guests and clean up at the conclusion of the session.
The First Baptist Church Choir invites church members who enjoy singing to join the group in its musical ministry. Rehearsals are held at the church on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-6:30 p.m. There are no auditions and all church members at least 12 years old or in the seventh grade are encouraged to sing. The church choir shares a musical selection while the offering is being collected during the Sunday morning worship service and accompanies the congregation on other praise songs and hymns. The group also performs musical pieces at special worship services like Christmas Eve and Maundy Thursday. Each year the choir implements its musical ministry from late September until the end of June. For more information, please contact the choir director through the church office at 518-843-3517 or email@example.com.
Board of Deacons:
The Board of Deacons consists of at least three male church members each of whom fulfills the biblical qualifications of the Deacon’s office found in 1 Timothy 3: 8-13. The Deacons:
- Visit the sick and needy and assist the Pastor in his pastoral work
- Serve the elements of the Lord’s Supper
- Assist in Believer’s Baptism by immersion
- Take general supervision of the spiritual work of the church
- Have charge of the distribution of benevolences
- In conjunction with the Choir Director constitutes the church’s music committee and oversee the music ministry of the church in cooperation with the Pastor, organist and other church leaders
Under the direction of the Board of Deacons, the Deacon assistants (who may be male and female church members) have the following duties:
- Prepare and clean up after the serving of the Lord’s Supper
- Assist in Baptism services
- Connect with church members and friends by phone calls, cards/notes, e-mail messages and visits with particular attention to individuals in hospitals and nursing homes, homebound individuals, and individuals with a noticeable/prolonged absence from church worship services and functions
- Bring needs/concerns of the church’s congregation to the Board of Deacons’ attention
- Take leadership for and help facilitate special church projects per the request from the Board of Deacons, Board of Trustees, Church Coordinator or Pastor
Board of Christian Education:
The Board of Christian Education (BCS) consists of at least three church members (who may be male or female) with the Pastor as an ex-officio member of the board. The BCS has the following duties:
- Plans and evaluates a comprehensive educational program in line with the doctrinal policies of the church. This board equips and assists parents in the faith formation of their children.
- Keeps itself constantly informed of the various educational programs of the church and supervises the establishment of new programs as the needs arise
- Is responsible for the organization and administration of the total Christian Education Program of the church including:- Sunday School for all ages
– Children’s message during Sunday morning church service
– Children’s church
– Youth Group
– Vacation Bible School
– Leadership education
– Missionary and Stewardship education
Children’s Church Teachers and Assistants:
Church members are invited to sign up to help instruct children ages 3-9 in Bible lessons and activities during children’s church which occurs concurrently with Sunday’s sermon for adults and older youth.
Church Nursery Volunteers:
Church members (two at a time) are invited to sign up to oversee the church’s nursery and care of infants/toddlers during Sunday worship services.
The Women’s Ministry seeks to support the First Baptist Church in its mission through works of charity and fellowship in the local community and the local church family. The main objective of the group is to be mission-oriented. The Women’s Ministry raises funds to support its goals and objectives after approval is granted to the group’s requests to fund-raise by the Board of Trustees.
All female members of the First Baptist Church of Amsterdam are eligible and invited to become members of the Women’s Ministry. Friends of the First Baptist Church may also participate in the Women’s Ministry activities, but voting privileges within the group are reserved for first Baptist Church members only.
The Advisory Committee consists of the Pastor, Chairperson of the Board of Deacons, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, Chairperson of the Board of Christian Education, Church Clerk, Choir Director and Church Coordinator. The Advisory Committee:
- Advises the church and the pastor in program planning and in any emergency that may arise
- Works toward the harmonious relationship between the pastor and the people of the church through mutual consent
- Advises the church and its boards and committees
- Studies and implements strategic planning for the church in all respects:- to periodically develop a mission statement (boundaries and general direction of where the church will go and how to get there in the next 2-3 years
– to determine a longer-range program of action and future growth
– to help develop a vision statement (comprehensive, detailed, valued, purposeful, positive and inspiring description of what the church wants to look like in 10-20 years)