"Win Build Send"
Adopted January 25, 2004
Revised February 2011
We believe that our relationship with God is illustrated by the Great Commandment found in Matthew 22:37-40. This commandment is summarized with the statement “Loving God, Loving People.”
The Great Commandment
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…Love your neighbor as yourself. All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:37-40
The Great Commission brings the Great Commandment into clearer focus by indicating our “neighbor” is represented by all peoples of the earth. “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” - Matthew 28:19-20
We hold the chief purpose of the church is to glorify God (Romans 15:5; I Corinthians 6:20) through a commitment to three kingdom-building principals found in His Word (Matthew 28:18-20).
Winning people to Christ
Building each believer into a disciple of Christ
Sending mature believers back into the world to reach those not yet won
Our mission statement can thus be summarized as – “Win, Build, Send, all to the glory of God.”
First Baptist Church is a community of believers which exists to glorify God by touching lives with the truth of Scripture. Our purpose is to communicate the good news of salvation through faith in Christ and to develop believers into fully devoted followers of the Lord.
Our goal is to "make disciples" of all those God gives us the opportunity to reach, beginning in our local community of Minot and extending to all the world. This involves bringing lost people to faith in Christ, helping them to become committed and functioning members of the local church, and equipping them for ministry and outreach to others.
We believe God is glorified in the Church and in the world when we as His people commit ourselves to three basic priorities:
Loving God through worship
Building up the Body of Christ through teaching and fellowship
Outreach to the world through service and witness
These truths can be summarized with the formula:
Win + Build + Send = Commitment for Christ
We are a people who joyfully commit to taking the world's most hopeful message, the gospel of Christ, into the world. We celebrate that God was not ashamed of us in the depths of our need but chose to break the power of sin in our lives through the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ. We rejoice in the news that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for each one of us (romans 5:6-8). Because of God's love revealed in jesus, we can say with the apostle Paul: "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ" (Romans 1:16).
In addition to the priority of introducing people to Jesus Christ, we are committed to these words from our Lord: "Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you." Through our many teaching ministries, we aspire to see people come to maturity in Christ "...in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Colossians 2:3). Our desire is that you will be "rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving" (Colossians 2:7).
As we grow in our maturity in Christ, our service to Christ and others will also grow. We will hear and understand what Jesus meant when He said, "As the Father has sent Me, I am sending you" (John 20:21). As maturing believers in Christ, we will say "Here am I, send me." We will learn to become alert to daily "sending opportunities" offering the gifts of our time, talent and treasure to expand God's work in the world.
On April 1, 1888 Rev. George W. Huntley as the General Missionary met with three couples for establishing and organizing a New Testament Church according to Baptist Princiles and Interpretation of the Scriptural Faith. Present were Mr. & Mrs. E. A. Mears (parents of Henrietta Mears who later founded Gospel Light Publications), Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Crow and Mr. & Mrs. D. Coleman. Mr. Mears was in charge of building the first building in the Fall of 1888 at the site of the present Big M building presently owned by Trinity Hospital for $1800. Of this amount $500 was paid before the church was completed and the balance was paid off within two years.
A parsonage was completed in 1905 and cost $1200. This building is commonly called the Annex.
In 1913 an addition to the original structure was begun. Seating capacity was to be 220. The old part was divided into Sunday School Rooms. This addition was dedicated on February 22, 1914. The mortgage was $4155 and was paid off on the day the addition was dedicated.
On February 19, 1958 First Baptist Church (consisting of about 130 members--less than 30 family units) voted to spend $120,000 on a building program contracted with E. J. Shoenrock and Sons of Hazen, ND.
Ground breaking was on June 15, 1958. Soil Turning ceremony included Mr. Herman Lorenz, Senior Church Chairman and Deacon; Mr. Ed Nehrenberg, Senior Deacon; and Sidney G. Lien, Building Board Chairman and Deacon.
The church with side room would seat 650 people. A new Sohmer piano was added at this time for a cost of $2500. Building committee members were Sidney G. Lien, Chairman, Emmer Page, Herman Lorenz, Sr., Bill Breding and Warren Lindblom.
On November 14, 1973 the Building Committee met for an organization meeting. The Board elected Y. C. "Bud" Crilly, Chairman; Albert Vix, Vice Chairman; Kirby Siebel, Secretary. Other members included O. H. Mittelberg and LaVern Haas. Pastor Paul Siewert and Moderator Dan Orluck served as ex-officio memebers. When Kirby Siebel moved out of the area he was replaced by Glen Stevens.
The estimated cost of this building including furnishings was $378,587.80. The loan which was set up for 25 years was paid off in 12 years and 6 months.
From its beginnings in 1888, the vision and mission of First Baptist Church has been to preach Christ, teach His word, and reach the world with the gospel.