As First Baptist Church we seek to:

 

equip believers 

and

engage the world

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Four Core Focuses

Others-oriented

We will seek to create an "others-oriented" culture and to be a safe place for all people to connect with God.

Colossians 4:5 “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.”   

 The vision is that we would be a church where:

  • Guests come to our church and it is evident that we have thought about the guest experience as much as we have thought about the member experience.
  • A guest can hardly leave our building without being welcomed and invited to a Sunday school class or invited to lunch with a family.
  • Church members come on Sunday morning anticipating their interactions with guests as much as they do their interactions with other Believers.
  • Our church is known in the community as the place where people with a rough past, sinful baggage, and obvious hurts can find unconditional acceptance, not just in Christ, but also in our people.
  • We will strive to think through the mind of a lost person, or person new to our church, when designing programming, facilities, and events.
  • We will train our people to be our greatest “first impression” tool we have. 
Equip Believers

We will seek to greater equip our people for ministry with Sunday School/Biblical Communities being our primary mechanism of discipleship and relational connection.

Ephesians 4:11-12 “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up       

2 Timothy 3:16-17“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

The vision is that we would be a church where:

  • We take our undeniable strength of Sunday school participation/buy-in and build upon that with clear implementation strategies for using this discipleship as equipping for people serving in ministry.
  • We show that discipleship isn’t just for enhanced knowledge, it’s for enhanced ministry.
  • We consistently start more Biblical Communities, realizing it remains the best way to provide care and accountability.
  • We connect people to their God-given areas of giftedness and passion so they can use the discipleship they have received to build-up the body.
  • It would be just as normal to disciple someone as it is to be discipled.
Multi-Generational Church

We will seek to be relevant and inclusive to younger generations to continue as a strong multi-generational church.

A Biblical church is a multi-generational church.  In fact, some of the commandments of the New Testament for what church should be like are not possible unless a church is multi-generational. 

Titus 2:4 “These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children”

1 Timothy 4:12 “Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the Believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” 

Jesus poured into twelve men that were arguably mostly teenagers and all 25 years of age and under.  Jesus clearly saw the importance of pouring into the next generation of leaders.

We are blessed to be a church with representation from all generations and leaders from all generations.  We must strive to maintain this multi-generational status by making sure we connect and engage the next generation of leaders.  

We are missionaries in Round Rock, TX. One thing any missionary must do is make sure they understand and are connecting with the people in their cultural setting.

  • Where has God placed us - in the middle of a city where the median age is 33 years old.
  • While we don’t have to exactly represent the demographic of Round Rock, we have a responsibility to be relevant to that demographic and respond to it.

Relevant…This doesn’t mean we change or compromise our message.  This means we constantly evaluate/adapt the methods we use to communicate the message.

The vision is that we would be a church where:

  • Younger generations in our church, and younger generations visiting our church, feel like our church understands them and there is a place for them at First Baptist.
  • All our non-age specific ministries show a diversity in visible leadership (from the parking lot, to greeters, to welcome center, to the choir, to the worship team) in order to best connect/minister.
  • Our worship services connect with younger generations and include them in the visible leadership of such.
  • Older generations are involved in the discipleship of younger generations.
Engage the World

We will seek to value "we go" over "you come" with regard to engaging the lost and loving our world.

All throughout the Bible the pattern that is commanded and modeled is to go to the lost and not expect the lost to come to us.  There is nothing wrong with the lost coming to us…it’s not wrong, but rather incomplete. 

Mark 16:15 “He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”
Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost."
Matthew 10:5 “These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them.”
Jesus was in the home of tax collectors and people known for their sins.
Paul and the leaders of the early church went to where the lost people were. 

The vision is that we would be a church:

  • That would complement all our amazing ministries that are reaching people by getting them to come to our church, with ministry efforts where we go to them.
  • Where we can think of as many things God is doing through our church off our campus, as on our campus.
  • Where the primary way the lost would come to us is that our believers first went to them.
  • Where every church member could easily name people they are investing in for the purpose of sharing Christ with.
  • Where it’s a normal part of a family’s annual calendar to plan to serve in some kind of mission trip or local missions effort.
  • Where people in our community think of the most generous and loving people, they think of followers of Jesus because of the experience they have had with First Baptist loving them.
  • Where every believer has been trained in how to share their faith    and how to look for opportunities to engage with lost people around them.
  • Where more people are led to Christ by our church members than by our church ministers.
  • Where we value how many people are being “sent” from our church as much as how many people are being seated in our church.