About Opp First Baptist Church
About the Church
First Baptist Church has been a light in this community for over 110 years. The first religious services in Opp were held in a small building in the vicinity of what is presently Virginia’s Studio. Interested worshippers increased in number and a larger building was needed, so W.S. Spurlin offered his cotton warehouse for a meeting place.
In April of 1902, with Reverend A.T. Sims as pastor, First Baptist was organized with 27 charter members. During the time under Pastor Sims, plans were made to build a church building, which was complete by early 1903.
In 1924, under the pastorate of Reverend C.S. Thomas, a great need for a larger and more modern church building became apparent. God led those early dedicated Christians to give sacrificially to build what is today our current worship building. The first service in the new building was held on September 5, 1926. the Lord has continued to assemble this congregation for worship at its present location for more than 85 years. Thanks be to God for the faithful labors of generations of Christian men and women who served the Lord and worked to reach the lost.
Through prayer, love, and continual sacrifice the congregation paid for the church building by 1942. Pastor Earle Trent challenged the members to pledge the entire amount of the indebtedness and in November of 1942 a worship service, dedicating God’s house, celebrated the completed payment of the debt.
Following the completion of the worship center, two educational buildings were built to add room for children and youth ministries. The first wing was completed in 1954 during the pastorate of Reverend Sheppard Bryan. The second building was completed and dedicated in January of 1983 under the leadership of Pastor James Pharr.
In the year 1959, under the leadership of Pastors Earl Hall and Ralph Thomas, First Baptist began a mission church. Pastor Thomas became the pastor of the mission church which would later become what is today Southside Baptist Church.
In the 1990’s, First Baptist expanded its facilities again under Pastor David Franklin. The church added the Recreation Activities Center (RAC), the Fellowship Center, and a large parking area. The growth of the church made necessary the renovation the original education buildings and the move to two morning services each Sunday.
First Baptist has had a significant spiritual heritage. The past decades of church history give evidence of God’s providential hand in founding growing and blessing the ministry of His church. God is still building his church here at FBC, Opp. With Christ as our head, we long to become a healthier, vibrant witness for the name of Christ in our community, state, country, and around the world.
First Baptist Church has a vision for the future where we minister to our community and beyond. We are a vibrant church with a weekly attendance of approximately 200 people in our morning worship service and 40 youth at our weekly student gatherings. We strive to do life together in order to grow closer to one another and grow closer to Christ; we celebrate on Sunday in a blended style of worship; we have babies on up to senior adults in our church family. We see the church as a family together. We want to be known for Loving God and Loving Others!
About the Position
First Baptist Church Opp is looking for a dynamic individual who will build relationships with our youth and college-age students and parents; create an engaging environment for youth/college age to grow in Christ, experience His love, serve Him in ministry. This position will demonstrate a growing relationship with Christ and will lead our students toward Jesus. We are looking for someone who is built for relationships, laughs easily, loves Jesus, lives on mission, serves without the need for acknowledgement, communicates well, and wants to be part of a great church staff and small-town environment.
The Student Minister will minister to the needs of Youth & College (Student Ministry) at FBC Opp and the community as well as growing students in their walk with Christ, be responsible for coordinating activities with the staff to help develop our Youth & College Department and assisting the Senior Pastor in other areas of administration, pastoral care, and shepherding of the congregation
Job Responsibilities & Duties
- To engage all age levels and maturity levels of the youth group (and college ministry) in a manner that will start or continue the student’s walk with Christ.
- To work in the planning, developing and execution of weekly, seasonal and special events to help educate students in the Word of God.
- To attend activities that promote community outreach.
- Plan, develop and execute methods of outreach to the local community.
- Educate and encourage our students to take a personal interest in supporting local, national and foreign missions.
- To develop and encourage student leadership within Student Ministry and church overall.
- Prepare the annual budget needs for the Student Ministry. Provide the proposed annual budget needs to the Finance Committee.Oversee the expenditures.
- Organize and purchase any needed supplies or material to educate our students.
- Serve on the church council to ensure that events are being scheduled and coordinate to coincide with the needs of the church.
- Keep the parents of our youth informed about any concerns or activities as needed and encourage parental participation.
- Search out volunteers to help in leading the weekly activities of our students. Maintain the accountability of the volunteers and provide any training to complete this objective.
- Perform other duties as assigned by Pastor or Personnel Committee in order to meet the needs of our church.
- Attend church events and activities.
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About the Opp, AL Community
Opp, Alabama : Also known as the City of “OPPortunity”
The estimated population of the city of Opp is just over 7,000
With Recent Job Growth, Opp ranks below the national average for unemployment
The Cost of living also ranks below national average, coming in at almost 30% lower
1.5 hour drive from beautiful beaches
Big cities within driving distance: Mobile, Birmingham, New Orleans, & Atlanta
Frank Jackson State park & Campground
Blue Springs Nation Forest
Geneva County National Forest