To celebrate God's love as a community of believers in Jesus Christ, through worship, education, fellowship, and outreach to others.
Our beliefs: We believe the church belongs to God and that the church is best described as the body of Christ. The church is to be the physical presence of Christ in the world. As such, our primary aim is to do God's will. The First Baptist Church seeks to be a community of faith. In addition, we are engaged in an ongoing attempt to be a faithful and obedient community of faith. We believe that the practices of a disciplined community are essential to our calling as a church. Our members are united in the worship of God known in Jesus, the Christ, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The mission of First Baptist Church is to serve God through word and witness; to treat all human beings as sisters and brothers; and to foster responsible stewardship of all God's creation.
The First Baptist Church commits itself to welcoming all persons, celebrating the diversity found in a congregation broadly inclusive of persons from different backgrounds. Members are called to an individual and collective quality of life that leads to personal, spiritual, and social transformation, witnessing to God's saving purposes for all creation. Therefore, the Church pledges itself to Christian education, reflection, ecumenism, and action for peace and justice.
Our Purpose : To build an open, diverse, welcoming, informed, and inclusive Christian community where non-religious, nominally religious persons, and deeply religious persons become or continue their journey as committed Christians.
Our Vision : To transform lives, to energize our community, to participate in the renewal of our city, and to participate in the renewal of the mainline church by serving as an informed and spiritual creative center.
Our Strategies : The following five areas of ministry constitute the primary means of accomplishing our purpose and vision:
Our first aim is to glorify God in worship; our second is to train, equip, inspire, and mobilize members to live out their faith through missions of service; our third is to introduce people to Jesus Christ; our fourth is to help persons of all ages to become deeply committed Christians through ministries of discipleship; our fifth is to build caring relationships and foster mutual ministry among the church family through authentic Christian fellowship.
Our Values : It is our desire to honor God through our work. To that end, we will do God's work with the qualities we most value: integrity, grace, intelligence, excellence, relevance, authenticity, passion, humility, faith, fortitude, justice, mercy, self-control, hope, inclusivity, commitment, joy, and love.
God is the Creator of all things and has given us the person of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, our Savior, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and the promise of life everlasting. By grace, God offers us forgiveness and unconditional love.
We have been called together as the First Baptist Church of Dayton to do the will of God and to walk together in Jesus’ way. Endeavoring to be faithful to Scripture, the leading of the Holy Spirit, the Baptist witness, and the Christian tradition, we covenant with God and with one another:
To allow God to be the center of our community through the practices of study, prayer, and ethical discipline;
To support our church faithfully through attendance and sacrificial giving of our energy, our money, and our time;
To become a welcoming, open, and inclusive community through extending Christian hospitality to all seeking persons;
To demonstrate Christian love and concern through remembering one another in prayer, reconciling our differences, and respecting diversity of belief as together we mature in Christian faith;
To call all people to Jesus Christ through sharing the gospel, demonstrating Christian compassion, and working for unity, justice, and peace in our unique places of ministry in our congregation, our region, and our world.
In these ways we shall strive to be steadfast and joyful Christians continually seeking to understand and proclaim God’s unfolding Word.