About First Baptist Church Oak Ridge
Organized March 9, 1864, First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge, Missouri, has ministered to our greater community for 155 years. Our church property adjoins the campus of the Oak Ridge R-6 Public School District which is the heart of our rural community that surrounds the Village of Oak Ridge that has a current population of 243. Average attendance in Sunday morning worship for the first six months of 2019 was 80. We currently offer a full age-range of Sunday School classes, a Sunday morning worship service, a Sunday evening worship service, a Wednesday evening prayer service and adult Bible study as well as weekly activities for children and youth and two weekly ministries to our local junior high and senior high students many of whom come from unchurched families. Sunday morning worship is led by our associate pastor along with a team of volunteers who offer a Gospel-centered service with modern and traditional songs. Our Sunday evening Engage service is an extension of our Sunday morning service with deeper pastoral teaching on the morning sermon complemented by questions of clarification from the congregation and a concluding challenge of application of the teaching of the day in the week ahead. Currently, we have approximately 48 members and attendees actively involved in Legacy Groups which we define as one-on-three disciple groups following a pastor-designed study that meet bi-weekly at various locations including at church, in homes or in public spaces. In addition to our full-time lead pastor, we have a part-time associate pastor and are currently seeking to build a team of pastors both staff and non-staff. Free of debt, our proposed 2020 budget is approximately $148,500.00. We are thankful to God our giving has exceeded our budgeted need for ministry for the past three years. Our congregation is a mixture of older members and younger families with more under age 50 than above and has a broad range of levels of education and income in reflection of our greater community. We currently have three mission partners: one, the Baptist collegiate ministry on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau; two, a recent church plant in Clarksville, TN; three, a new church plant in Calgary, Canada, and we are actively engaged with all three through both online interaction and team visits to all three sites. Our recently adopted Mission Statement is: We scatter to plant witness, gather to cultivate fruitful disciples, and send to multiple Gospel-centered churches. As a church, we are actively involved in the Cape Girardeau Baptist Association, and we preach, teach and minister in full cooperation with the Missouri Baptist Convention as well as with the Southern Baptist Convention. Our church holds to the doctrinal statement of The Baptist Faith and Message as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention.