At First Baptist, we seek to serve others through ministries both inside and outside of the church. Below you will find more information about the ministries unique to the First Baptist community as well as other ministries, resources, and organizations that we partner with throughout the city.
Ministries of First Baptist Church
FISH is a food pantry ministry of FBC. It operates on the first Monday of every month. Our FISH pantry gives food regardless of a person or family’s financial, social, or religious background.
Food Co-Op is an invitation-based ministry that seeks qualified Knox County residents to participate in a food cooperative requiring both commitment and consistency. After paying a $5 membership fee and a bimonthly $3 handling fee, members meet every other Tuesday in Trentham Hall to unload food the church has purchased from Second Harvest Food Bank, apportion it, and after a Co-op meeting that includes a devotional, take it home.
The Food Co-Op’s mission is to provide food in an affirming environment for neighbors in need and to do so in a way that empowers recipients to gain ownership and create communities in which they may exercise their own giftedness. Food Co-Op meets every other Tuesday.
Kids Hope USA develops one-on-one relationships through the creation of church-school partnerships that pair church members with at-risk kids in supportive, mentoring relationships. Mentors from First Baptist spend one hour per week reading, talking, playing, and listening to a child at South Knox Elementary. By helping the child feel loved and valued, they help that child to learn, grow, and succeed over time.
Family Promise seeks to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence. FBC supports this mission by hosting Family Promise once a quarter. We do this by providing meals, support, and our church building as a home for the week while interacting with and serving homeless families in transition.
We believe in partnering with individuals and organizations throughout the city to help bring the Kingdom to the city. It is important to us as a church community to support those in our community who are sacrificially loving and caring for those in our community. This is why First Baptist Church contributes their finances and their time toward several strategic community ministry partners.
- Baptist Collegiate Ministry at the University of Tennessee
- Compassion Coalition
- Emergency Transitional Housing-Community Action Committee
- Family Promise
- Montgomery Village
- Restoration House
- Volunteer Ministry Center