We exist that Jacksonville may know Christ!
- Location First Baptist Church is located in downtown Jacksonville, far away from the thriving areas of growth.
- Attendance 11 straight years of decline; 2019 first year of growth.
- Space Based on attendance, we need 182,000 square feet of space. We have over 1.5 million square feet.
- Maintenance Our actual annual maintenance costs $7 million (52% of budget). We are only spending $5 million annually (37% of budget).
2 options we can't afford
These challenges confront us with an opportunity to change our model of ministry to one that is more cost-effective and makes investments in PEOPLE rather than PLACES; in MINISTRY rather than MAINTENANCE.
The Cost$30 million over 6 years, repaid through regular tithes, offerings, and special gifts towards the project from our members.
Q & A
What happens if membership grows more? How do we fit them in the Hobson?
We’ve heard over and over that the church will not spend money it doesn’t have. Do we have the money in the bank?
How soon will we see changes?
What do we do with classrooms in the interim while the buildings are under construction? When will my Sunday School Class have to move?
Are we selling every building we are not using?
What do you have to say to church members who are weary of change?
How quickly can we do this debt free?
What will happen to the Academy?
Share Your Story
At some point, each of our lives have intersected with the story of First Baptist Church. Did a friend or neighbor first invite you to church? Perhaps you came after watching the broadcast ministry on television or were picked up faithfully each Sunday by the bus ministry. It is God’s grace and the people He has used for many years that have brought us to where we are today.
We want to hear your story! Share with us below how and when you came to First Baptist Church. Recount the milestones you have celebrated here-the salvations, the baptisms, and the weddings among so many others. Remember the people – who first invited you? Who have you invited since? Retell your story so that generations to come can witness the faithfulness of the great God we serve.Click here to share your story