Missions

Jesus said in Acts 1:8, “…you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Based on these words from Jesus, we seek to partner with missionaries and mission associations in Ripley and to the ends of the earth.
 
 

Local Initiatives

As a church we seek to impact our town through activities such as:
  • The Stand: our midweek middle and high school service reaches dozens of teenagers, many of whom would have no other opportunity to hear the Gospel.
  • Community Block Party: at various times we invade a neighborhood seeking to build relationships with those who would not typically walk through our front door.
  • We partner with the town of Ripley in Trunk or Treat
  • Easter Egg Hunts which provide not only candy but gospel lessons as well
  • Kids Camp
 
 
 

First Baptist Church Partnerships…t

  • Cooperative Program – 5% of our budgeted gifts goes to support the missions’ efforts of The Southern Baptist Convention in Tennessee and around the world.
  • Lucca, Italy– through the IMB we have partnered with an evangelical church in Lucca. Our partnership includes prayer and sending a mission team of 4-6 people twice a year to do local evangelism and nightly events to help the church build relationships with the unsaved peoples of Lucca.
  • Ripley Primary School– We are seeking to bless our city by being a blessing to the teachers and students of RPS. We provide lunch for the faculty one time a year and snacks throughout the year. Each month we give each teacher one school supply and a note of encouragement. Each week we have over a dozen volunteers participating in ARISE2READ, a reading program helping 2nd graders improve to being able to read on grade level. We also participate in other events as the opportunities arise such as grounds upkeep at the school and a teacher’s appreciation day.
 

Ministries we support with other churches

  • Bags of Hopebased out of FUMC, this ministry is a monthly food distribution for families in need.
  • New Life Union Mission– this ministry is a resource for families and individuals in poverty or emergency situations. Through our partnership with New Life, we build relationships with individuals to help them follow through on Actions Plans, and to pray with them and help with other physical or spiritual needs they may have.
 

We Impact other communities by supporting:

  • Chiesa Christiana La Torre: This is a church plant seeking to reach the 50,000 college students in the city of Pisa. It was started by our partner church in Lucca.
  • The Chance Family: the Chances work with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Tanzania, where they provide technical support to those translating the Bible into new languages.