Missions

Acts 1:8 records the last words of Jesus to the Apostles before He went to His Father’s side in Heaven. Jesus tells His followers, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

We are commanded by Jesus to share the Gospel with all the world. Every person is called to pray, give, and go on mission. The place we are called might be different, but the command to be involved in missions is the same for all. Jesus gives us a vision for missions as we look to impact our county (Jerusalem), our country (Judea and Samaria), and the continents (the end of the earth). First Baptist has mission partnerships in all these areas and we would love to help connect you with opportunities to serve the Lord with these partners. Click the tabs below for more information about each.

County

Together with Baptist churches across Putnam County, we are helping feed and clothe families. Located at 406 Short Street next to Stevens Street Baptist Church, there are opportunities for you to serve in variety of ways from counseling to sorting through donations. You can also drop off donations of food and clothing on Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM and Tuesday, Thursday 7:00 AM until 10:00AM. Find more information at https://www.stevensstreet.org/carecenter/.
First Baptist loves our public schools! Each year we serve Parkview Elementary School through the “Backpack Program”. With a high percentage of children at Parkview on free or reduced lunch, many children don’t know where their next meal will come from. Through the love and generosity of FBC, many students have their backpacks filled with food throughout the semester. Contact the church office at (931) 526-7108 to find out the next time we will be filling backpacks or unloading truck from Second Harvest Food Bank. Also be on the lookout around the church for baskets collecting food donations.
The CPC began in August 1988 as an outreach ministry of FBC. Over the past 30 years, the CPC has grown and made an impact in our community saving the lives of unborn children and offering counseling/training to their parents. It has made an eternal impact as women and men have been led into a relationship with Christ through the counseling offered. You can partner with the CPC in different ways through volunteering and donations. Find more information about how you can change lives across the Upper Cumberland at http://www.cookevillecpc.org.
The Cookeville Rescue Mission offers temporary shelter to men, women, and families in Putnam County. In addition to shelter, there are work programs to help people get their lives on solid ground. Not only meeting the physical needs of people, the Rescue Mission has worship services on Sundays and daily devotions the rest of the week. Through these opportunities, lives are changed by God. We have small groups that serve meals at the Rescue Mission each month. You can find more ways to get involved at http://cookevillerescuemission.org/.
Heart of the Cumberland is a grief and loss center offering grief and loss peer support groups for grades 2nd-adult ages. Heart of the Cumberland offers free support services to individuals who are coping with a death, divorce, incarceration, deportation, deployment, abuse, abandonment, neglect, and a host of other negative life events. They offer two venues: B.E.S.T. Groups (School programs) and Anchored in Hope (Christ Centered programs). Volunteers are needed to facilitate peer groups, work in administration, assist with fund raising, and other activities. For more information visit heartofthecumberland.org or call Carolyn Scott, executive director at 931-525-2600.


Country

The Journey Community Church is a church plant in Franklin, OH (just north of Cincinnati). Journey Community Church, led by Shawn Acrey, is committed to helping others ENCOUNTER Jesus Christ, to EQUIP people with God’s word and to ENGAGE others through hope and love.

In addition to financially supporting Journey Community Church, FBC sends teams throughout the year to work alongside Journey Community to reach the Cincinnati area. Contact the church office for more information about upcoming trips.

You can find more information about The Journey Community Church at http://www.thisisthejourney.org/.

First Baptist Cookeville loves to see new church start and existing churches strengthened. We have a partnership with First Baptist Church Destin, FL to see that church revitalized. The partnership began with sending out one of our pastors to be the Lead Pastor at FBC Destin. Opportunities are available year round to go down to Destin and serve alongside that church to reach the Destin/Ft. Walton area. Contact the church office for more information about upcoming trips.

You can find more information about FBC Destin at http://firstbaptistdestin.com/.

Builders for Christ (BFC) works with evangelical churches across the US to help build churches. They work alongside church plants, revitalizations, and growing churches to build church buildings that meet that local church’s needs. In June 2017, FBC sent a team to Gatlinburg, TN to help rebuild Roaring Fork Baptist Church that was destroyed in the October 2016 fires.

In June 2018, we sent a team to do light construction and electrical work at Jacob’s Well Church in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The Lord continues to bless Jacob’s Well Church with incredible growth as they have outgrown their space once again. We are finalizing the dates for this trip, but you can contact the church office to sign up for this trip or get more information.

Mission Fuge is part mission trip and part youth summer camp. Each June we take our 7-12th graders to different cities across the US to serve in different ministries. Students have the opportunity to serve in children, recreation, social, and construction ministries. There are also additional site specific ministries like special needs and beach evangelism. In addition to spending the day at a mission site, the students spend the morning in Bible study and the evening in worship.

This year we are going to Mobile, AL from June 24-30th. The cost of the trip $275 and you can contact Alex Melton at amelton@fbccookeville.org to sign up.

First Baptist partners with 46,000 other Southern Baptist churches to reach North America for Christ through the North American Mission Board (NAMB). 12% of every dollar you give at FBC goes to the Cooperative Program which helps fund NAMB.

NAMB has two focuses: Send Network and Send Relief. The Send Network is committed to planting churches in 32 of the largest cities in North America as well as college campuses across the US. Send Relief is one of the largest disaster relief organizations in the world. NAMB is often the first group to have people on site in response to a disaster. You can find more information NAMB at https://www.namb.net/.

Continents

Since 2013, FBC has partnered with a pastor in South Asia to train pastors and plant churches in a closed country. Each year we have the opportunity to send teams to work alongside these church planters in their villages to share the Gospel and encourage local believers. Over the past 5 years, 150 pastors have been trained and 300+ churches planted.

Contact the church office for more information about upcoming trips.

Through the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention, FBC is involved in the sending of 3,500 full time missionaries each year. Through the work of the IMB, 6000 churches were started last year and 93,000 people were baptized.

The IMB is committed to engaging every people group in the world with the Gospel. As of 2017, 3203 people group remain unengaged.

A portion of every dollar you give goes to support the work of the IMB. Each Christmas we have a special offering called the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and 100% of the LMCO goes to the IMB. You can find more information about the IMB at https://www.imb.org/.