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FBC’s Work in 2015


Goals: To create a vibrant weekend experience that connects guests to God in Christ and to First Baptist Church

  • We pushed back worship to 11:00 am to accommodate the Gathering Time and possibility of 2nd Service
    • Results: Enables families with special needs to attend Church School and / or Worship.
  • We opened the wall between the sanctuary and Barker Hall.
    • Visible connection between gathering and worship.
  • Implemented and operationalized The Gathering
    • Results: Increase in guests attending and connecting at FBC
    • Is a consistent first step toward discipleship as a place to meet the pastors
    • Eliminated the Greeting of Friends and Guests section of the Worship service.
    • The Gathering time has become a place for connection.
    • Introverts have thanked us for discontinuing the Greeting during worship.
  • Developed role-specific training/information for Greeters, Ushers, and Welcome Center representatives.
    • 8 New Greeters involved and trained.
    • Greeters have become Sunday morning hosts, helping put on the Gathering time.
  • Developed a FBC Welcome Packet for guests
  • Describe weekly how Visitor Cards are used.
    • Script was written and operationalized
  • Developed a parent/child sign-in/out process for Worship Care.
    • Operationalized a system of drop off and pick up. Move Katherine, Admin Assitant to have Sunday hours.
    • Worship Care Preschool attendance has increased. On Sunday, Jan 31 and Feb. 7 there were 20 preschool children in Worship Care.
  • Educated the congregation about being “visitor friendly.”
  • Hosted FBC 101, now called “Exploring God at FBC” Guest Lunches quarterly.
    • Learned that guest lunches are not for guests seeking to become members but guests with more questions.
  • Completed and integrated a new Church logo.
    • Consistent communication to visitors
    • Able to update exterior signs
  • Completed an attractive, friendly, informative church website.
  • Determined service style and targeted demographic
  • Dialogued with congregation regarding purpose of service and alleviate concerns of congregation by creating small group discussions
  • 2nd Service Design Team worked with Worship committee, pastors, music staff, LOGOS leaders, and 2nd Service Design Team what the service needs will be and what resources are currently available
  • Launched a “Trial Run” 2nd Service on Sunday, March 27, 2016 with follow up survey to determine planners, partners and participants.


Goal – To create a plan that shares the love of Christ with the community to serve their needs and brings them into a relationship with Christ.

  • Expanded Community Garden
    • New raised beds, keyhole gardens, watermelon patch and Saturday Small Group
    • Great harvest to Home Sweet Home Ministries Bread for Life Food Co-op
  • Partnerships
    • Strengthened and expanded partnership with HSHM
    • Sugar Creek Elementary – 22 volunteers serving as Reading Buddies, Math Buddies, and Lunchroom Buddies and Special Event Volunteers
    • Star Literacy: ESL Tutoring – Monday and Wednesday evenings 10-12 students and 5-7 FBC volunteers
    • Mennonite Church of Normal; Dismantling Racism
  • Art of Neighboring
    • Combined Adult Study in August; 2 Block Parties; Canvassing Neighborhood in August
  • Trunk or Treat – The Big Block Party
    • 24 cars and 350 Trunk or Treaters
  • Frosty’s Gift Shoppe
    • 3 days, 200 shoppers, 800 gifts
    • An abundance of Personal Shoppers
    • Generous donations from FBC members and Friends
  • Land and Building Research
    • Increased usage by outside organizations
      • Yancy Family Concert in March 2016
      • VBS-Autism will meet here in July 2016
      • Forging a Better Way Conference April 2015
    • Trustees are in the process of streamlining Building Use Requests, especially for smaller groups.
    • Still need to optimize the use of our education space, so that it used more than one to three hours per week Christian Education Committee
    • Proposal from LKM including the Field, Walking Path, Fruit Trees, and Patio