The Future at First
In recent years, First Baptist Church commissioned a strategic planning team from our membership to study current and future needs. Through a series of business meetings, the adoption of a master plan and a phased approach to the implementation of reaching that plan was adopted. Together, we are investing in The Future at First.
The Future at First capital campaign will enable us to secure funding to move forward on the first phase of the master plan, which is building a new children's ministry building. Our members are asked to prayerfully consider sacrificially giving to this campaign above their current tithes and offerings. This campaign is about prayer, not pressure, and equal sacrifice, not equal gifts.
The communication phase will conclude on Sunday evening, April 16, with a special banquet at the church. You will be called and invited to attend the banquet. Around the week of the banquet, commitment cards will be available to all FBC families asking them to make a three-year financial commitment to the Future at First campaign above their current tithes and offerings through First Baptist Church. These cards will be turned in at the Commitment Sunday service on April 23. Finally, we will have a Victory Celebration service on May 7, announcing the total commitment made through the Future at First campaign.
Victory Goal: 3 Million
Challenge Goal: 4.5 Million
Hallelujah Goal: 6 Million
What is the future at first campaign?
It is a thirteen-week effort to challenge our congregation to give sacrificially toward our building efforts over the next three years.
Contributions to The Future at First campaign are to be in addition to your regular tithes or other support of the church's budget and missions.
The communication phase of the program began in March and will climax with the banquet on April 16.
FBC families are encouraged to seek God's leadership as they determine their commitments to the campaign over the next three years.
"Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen."
The Future at First Team
Dr. Chip Starnes
Spiritual emphasis director
commitment sunday director
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Not equal gifts, but equal sacrifice
It is encouraged for individuals and families to give at a level of sacrifice, rather than an equal amount. But what does sacrifice mean? In Old Testament times, sacrifice referred to giving up something valuable in exchange for something of greater value. The Hebrews were instructed to offer their very best when making an offering to God. The worth of a gift was not measured by its quantity, but rather by the extent of the sacrifice made.
When a friend offered to buy a piece of land for David to give to the Lord, David said,
"I will not give the lord my God offerings which cost me nothing." - 2 Samuel 24:24
Throughout our lives, we regularly sacrifice for things we think are important, such as an education, a home, a business, or our future needs. Why not give sacrificially when we have an opportunity to strengthen the work of the church and extend the Kingdom of God?
We encourage each individual and family to pray about a truly sacrificial commitment.