Making a difference in our community is a huge part of our churches identity. We call that mission. God’s mission is to put a broken world back together one person at a time and we’re invited to be a part of that mission.

Mission is not something we just do; it is the core of who we are as followers of Christ.

Let us help you find a place to serve using your gifts and passions all for the glory of God. Together we can make a difference that will make an eternal impact in our community.

Learn about our current mission opportunities in our quarterly missions newsletter for January – April 2022!


Soaring as Eagles - Tutoring Opportunity

Join Harrelson Center partner Soaring as Eagles tutor 3rd – 5th graders from local Title 1 schools as they prepare for End of Grade Testing. Tutors are needed two Saturdays per month, and anyone ages 15 and older can volunteer.


Mission & Ministry Teams

Looking for a place to join the mission but not sure exactly where to start? Have a passion for making a difference and want to join others passionate about the same issues? We’re forming teams around specific areas of mission and ministry, and there’s a place for everyone!

  • Hunger
  • Homelessness
  • Poverty & Employment
  • Cross-cultural (refugee ministry, etc.)
  • Construction, Repair, & Disaster Relief
  • Education & Children
  • Women & Families
  • Racial Reconciliation
  • Creation Care/ Sustainability

Contact Melissa to learn more.

Alderman Prayer Partner

Be an Alderman Elementary Prayer Partner … Sign up to be a Prayer Partner and we will pair you with a staff person at our ministry partner school, Alderman Elementary. You will be equally blessed by this opportunity to lift up prayers for the teachers and staff and children, especially during the uncertain times facing our schools this year.

Prayer Partner Sign Up

Karen Ministry Volunteers Needed

Be a Karen Family Helper … Can you imagine the difficult task of navigating school information that our Karen parents are feeling right now? These parents need help with the start of school, including any parent meetings which may be held. We can assign you to assist one of our Karen families and help their children during the first part of the school year.

Homework helpers are also needed as all of these children were regular participants of our Wednesday night HOMEWORK ministry. Each child uniquely made by God is a joy to get to know!

Tuesday Night Feeding Ministry Opportunities

FBC PREPARED MEALS: On the FIRST TUESDAY of EACH MONTH, we will call on our FBC families to prepare meals. We are asking 20 FBC families to prepare 10 meals each and bring them downtown on Tuesday evening between 4:30-6:00pm. FBC will provide styrofoam containers for you to fill with any type of meal you desire. You may pick up your styrofoam, clamshell containers at the Activities Center front door any time from 9am – 4pm on Monday or Tuesday. Thanks in advance for sharing your cooking skills in Jesus’ name.

Sign Up: To provide meals, sign up on Gary Harris’ FACEBOOK page. Search for the SignUpGenius link. Contact Gary: 910-620-5430

Our Focus

As a church, we focus on four different areas of need locally:

  • Education
  • Hunger and Homelessness
  • Refugees
  • Incarceration

While these four needs aren’t the only areas of brokenness in our community, they are our main focus areas as a church. There are many ways to get engaged in serving.

We invite you to prayerfully consider how God can use you to impact our community and make a difference in someone’s life.

Serve In Our Community

“First Baptist is where our boys first learned to love and trust Jesus, thanks to the incredible children and youth leaders. We love how so many people at First Baptist have a servant’s heart and strive to be the hands and feet of Jesus at Alderman Elementary, at the Tuesday Night Feedings, and through Christian Women’s Job Corps, just to name a few.” Keith

Serving is a great way to grow and meet others. Discover your purpose by exploring the opportunities available to serve in our church, community and world.

If you would like more information click the link below to contact us.

Serve In Our Community

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Matthew 25:35-36

Community Partners

We also partner with local non-profit organizations to try and meet needs of our community. Below you will  find a list of our key local mission partners.

Our mission is to become and help others become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ

Frequently Asked Questions


Alderman Elementary is located directly beside our Activities Center. God’s call to ‘love our neighbor’ is exactly what we strive to do when we provide a weekly tutor for each kindergarten student, helping to make sure they are strong readers at the end of the school year. We also serve as prayer partners for the teachers and staff who desire someone to pray for them. Each year we sponsor a luncheon for the teachers for back to school and teacher appreciation as well as provide needed school supplies for students who find themselves without pencils, paper, crayons and other necessities. 


SERVE: Alderman Elementary 2019-20 Volunteer Form

We invite you to prayerfully consider how God can use you to impact our community and make a difference in someone’s life.

Hunger and Homelessness

Tuesday Night Feeding Ministry: What started as a small group of teenage boys desiring to put what they were learning about Jesus to action by making a few peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to pass out to homeless men in our community was actually the birth of our Tuesday Night Feeding Ministry. Every Tuesday night for 15 years, volunteers show up downtown to joyfully prepare and serve homeless men, women and children in our community. Not only do we strive to meet the physical needs with a hot meal and fresh clothing when needed, but more importantly we strive to meet spiritual and emotional needs by building relationships and sharing the love of Jesus to every soul who comes our way. Come experience for yourself the power of Tuesday Night Feeding Ministry.  Tuesdays- Each Week | 6pm Downtown

Family Promise/WIHN (Wilmington Interfaith Hospitality Network)  We provide transitional housing by uniting with community partners in a collaborative effort to assist homeless families. On a rotating basis, 13 host congregations provide accommodations and meals for up to four families for one week, four times a year. First Baptist Church is honored to serve as a host for these families. Volunteers are needed to provide meals, help with transportation to jobs, and serve as overnight hosts. 

Serve In Our Community

We invite you to prayerfully consider how God can use you to impact our community and make a difference in someone’s life.


We come alongside refugees from the war-torn country of Burma (Myanmar), victims of persecution, injustice and war to help them begin a new life for themselves and their families. Most of our Burmese refugees are of the ‘Karen’ sect and attended Baptist churches in Burma and Thailand before they were placed in North Carolina. Moms and dads, young adults, teenagers, children and babies are ready to start a new life. They come without knowing English and without jobs.

It is our tremendous privilege to be God’s hands and heart as we help the elementary, middle and high school students with their homework and English on Wednesday nights during CrossTraining. Additionally we have a ‘Women’s Ministry’ that meets during that time, helping the women learn English through participating in various crafts and activities while building relationships and friendships.

Each week our Karen famlies worship in the Chapel beginning at 10:00 am. We plan youth activities for the teenagers during the year such as a Spring Myrtle Beach Retreat, a Summer Surf Camp and a Fall Deep River Campout.

The Karen ministry is an exciting time of allowing God to use us as His heart as we love these precious people who have chosen to live among us.  For more information on our Refugee Ministry and how you can be involved in serving these families click on the link below.  

Serve In Our Community

We invite you to prayerfully consider how God can use you to impact our community and make a difference in someone’s life.


“I was in prison and you came to visit me … ” Jesus. (Matthew 25:36)

If Jesus were on earth today, would we find Him in the prisons, talking and dining with criminals and outcasts? Of course we would. He would be there “to seek and to save the lost!” The Scripture passage above gives us an insight into God’s heart for prison ministry.

Each week First Baptist Church offers Bible study, prayer and friendship to both men and women in our local jail. We also work closely with Step Up, a local ministry that provides skills and job placement for individuals when they get out of jail. We hope you will be encouraged to follow Jesus into the prisons as well as into your community to minister to prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families.

Serve In Our Community

We invite you to prayerfully consider how God can use you to impact our community and make a difference in someone’s life.

Local Mission Partners