Missions at First Baptist Greenville is a way of approaching the world. It is Imago Dei, it is Namaste, it is the appreciation that we all belong to God and if we look hard enough, we might find Christ in each person we meet, including ourselves. At First Baptist Greenville, missions involves members of all ages engaging in ministry with partners in our backyard, in Cuba, in Haiti and places in between. Whether partnering with GAIHN to welcome homeless families to our church, partnering with our sister congregation in Guanjay, Cuba to encourage the growth of the Patio Project, partnering with our neighbors in Nicholtown to provide quality summer camp, partnering with the Living Hope Mission in Cap Haitien, Haiti to support local schools and churches, partnering with local ministries through our annual Operation Inasmuch day or partnering in one of the many other opportunities we offer, missions at First Baptist Greenville is about people.
Missions at First Baptist Greenville encourages the development of individuals’ spiritual gifts as new ministries “bubble up” from the passions of members and their willingness to be servant leaders. Missions at First Baptist Greenville respects genuine reflection and the depth of experience we can have when we expand our comfort zones and get to know our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world, other parts of Greenville and within our church family. It celebrates that we can encounter God through these encounters with others.
Since the first youth mission trip to St. Thomas in 1984, the youth have made annual mission trips to destinations such as Asheville, NC; the Bahamas; Charleston, SC; mainland China and Hong Kong; Forest City, NC; Homestead, FL; Houston, TX; Jenkinjones, WV; New Orleans, LA and Taos, NM. While repairing and restoring homes, performing choir musicals and helping with other tasks, the focus is always on building relationships in the communities we visit and within the group. Before, during and after the trips, the group engages in reflection to relate their experiences to their faith and the world around them. Every Tuesday in the summer the youth are busy with Mission Possible, a morning of hard work and fellowship within the community.
Women on Mission
Six groups of women meet each month at varied times for prayer, study and fellowship. Each group adopts a mission project/projects of their choosing to support throughout the year.
Over the years, our church has partnered with a number of neighborhoods in Greenville. Our current partnerships are with the Haynie-Sirrine Neighborhood near Greenville’s historic West End and the Nicholtown Community in our “back yard”. Through a variety of partnership opportunities, we seek to minister alongside our Haynie-Sirrine and Nicholtown neighbors.
Through the years, First Baptist Greenville members have served as volunteer missionaries in a variety of places across our state, nation and world. Trips are often arranged in partnership with the Alliance of Baptists or the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF). Through an action-reflection model, team members on mission trips grow as a group and in their faith as they minister alongside sisters and brothers in other cultures. Our current international mission partners are La Iglesia Bautista del Camino in Guanajay, Cuba and Living Hope Mission in Cap Haitien, Haiti.