Our Mission Statement
“Ottawa’s First Baptist Church is called by God to be part of the body of Jesus Christ in our city and through the Holy Spirit to devote ourselves to the proclamation of the Gospel; to the teaching of Christian values; to love one another and our world through Christian service and outreach and to unite in Christian Community and fellowship.” (Acts 2:42-47).
First Baptist Church Ottawa is a member of the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec. Like all Baptist congregations we encourage our church family to play an active role in the work of Christ’s kingdom. To help organize and facilitate this work, our fellowship has four major Commissions plus a Board of Deacons:
The Finance & Facilities Commission is responsible for all matters concerned with the upkeep, rental and maintenance of the Church building, as well as staff employment.
The Fellowship Commission is responsible for activities that promote a spirit of love, caring and mutual concern among Church members and adherents. These activities include social events, group gatherings, the maintenance of lists of volunteers for coffee hour and the donation of flowers for the Sanctuary.
The Proclamation Commission is responsible for the general oversight and direction of Christian education and discipleship of the congregation, and created opportunities for worship, praise, prayer and thanksgiving. The commission oversees our Church School and Nursery Programs, and our Church Library. The commission also oversees and encourages the use of music in our worship, working with the Director of Music to this end.
The Service Commission leads the Church in responding to needs and challenges in the broader context of our community and our world in mission, evangelism and social action. The commission also keeps the congregation in touch with the work of the Ottawa Baptist Association and the CBOQ, etc.
The Board of Deacons includes representatives from all commissions, and is responsible for the overall lay leadership of the Church. The Board of Deacons consists of a President, the Church Clerk, the Church Treasurer and as many as six other members.
Commissions meet as needed, and the Board of Deacons meets monthly. Each commission contributes to First Baptist’s witness for Christ. If you are interested in serving through our fellowship, please speak to our minister or a deacon.