Missions – Global Impact

Featured Mission: Flooding Disaster Relief

(Texas, Florida, & Puerto Rico)

On behalf of everyone at FBCH, we want to express that our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by the many hurricanes this season. We know that when one community hurts, all of us hurt. While it is important that we pray for those who have been affected and those who are responding, it is also important that we do what we can to help. Please prayerfully consider helping in one of the listed areas.
1. Pray

One of the biggest things you can do is to pray. You can pray for the relief efforts and for all of those volunteering, pray for the first responders, who are working diligently to rescue people from the continued dangers of the flooding, and pray that God’s hand would be seen in this, even in the darkest of moments.




2. Give

You can help financially by supporting any of our Disaster Relief units to provide the physical needs of these families that have been affected.  If you give through FBC Hendersonville, simply mark it “Disaster Relief” and it will get there!  You will be clothing, feeding, and helping clean-up in the affected area. Donations can be made through the church office, by placing them in the offering plate, or online here. 

Note: We are NOT accepting material donations (food, clothing, supplies, etc.) at this time. If a specific need is identified, we will work to address that need, and communicate it to the church.







3. Train and Serve

Feeding units, cleanup crews, laundry units and other Disaster Relief crews have been and will be mobilized from Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee and other states, as well. Our church is prepared to send a laundry unit as well as a Recovery Unit and Chainsaw Team.

In order to serve on our Disaster Relief Team to go to any affected area, you MUST go through training and be certified beforehand. To find out more about this training, and other dates click here.

Disaster Relief Training Date: 

Friday, Oct. 20 – 6 PM, registration begins; 6;30 to 8:30 Intro to Disaster Relief certification class.

Saturday, Oct. 21 – 8 AM, registration begins; 8:30 to 10 AM, Laundry/Shower and Chainsaw certification classes held; 10:15 to 11:15, Laundry/Shower and Recovery classes held.

Classes will be in the Weekley. Cost: $36. Register at

Contact: Mary Jane Payne at 615-447-1333

Norway - College Trip

Dates: March 1-11, 2018 Cost: $2000 Deadline to apply: Nov. 30, 2017 Project description: Our team will be traveling to Trondheim, Norway where we will be partnering with a church there to help out in various ministry events. These events include bible studies, prayer walking, and evangelism.

Apply Here

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Memphis - MS/HS Trip

Dates: March 25-30, 2018 Cost: $195 Deadline to apply: The deadline to register for this trip has passed.

Project description: Middle School Students and adults/parents will work with “Street Reach,” a local faith-based organization aimed at benefiting inner-city Memphis. During the morning sessions, students will engage in “Service Project” where they will do light construction, yard work, reading clubs, street cleanup, and visit nursing homes. In the afternoons, they will coordinate and execute a Backyard Bible Club with neighborhood children and the Street Reach staff.

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High School Students and adults/parents will be challenged to live out their faith through service to the people of Memphis while investing in middle school students from our church.

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St. Louis - HS

Dates: March 25-30, 2018 Cost: $295.   Deadline to apply: Registration has closed for this trip.

Project description: High School Students will partner with local Mobilizing Students missionaries and pastors to strengthen their influence among the locals, encourage the existing church plants they’ve started, and share the gospel.

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Latvia - Adults

Dates: April 30-May 7 Cost: $1500

Deadline to apply: Dec. 31, 2017

Project description: Working with our church members, the Stodas, who serve with the IMB in Riga, Latvia. The trip may involve: teacher training, service at the Hope for Children organization, and/or orphanages, street evangelism, possible construction.

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Guatemala - HS

Dates: June 23-30, 2018 Cost: approx. $1500-$2000

Deadline to apply: Registration for this trip has closed.

Project description: High School Students will partner with local Mobilizing Students missionaries to strengthen their influence among the locals, encourage the existing church plants they’ve started, and share the Gospel.

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Dates: June 17-23 Cost: estimated $1500 – $1800

Deadline to apply: Dec. 31, 2017

Project description: travel to Palmer, Alaska, to work with First Baptist Palmer on construction, outreach and music ministry opportunities.

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Brazil - Medical

Dates: July 6-15, 2018 Cost: $3000

Deadline to apply: March 15, 2018

Project description: Medical clinics and evangelism in Rio de Janeiro.

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Dates: July 8-21, 2018 Cost: $3900

Deadline to apply: Dec. 29, 2017

Project description: Medical team will see hundreds of patients in rural Rwanda villages. Together with local professionals a full clinic with triage, exams, and a pharmacy is set up. Each patient will be attended to, prayed for, and will leave having heard the gospel. Nonmedical team members are needed as well to assist in triage and the pharmacy. Team members are needed to set up children’s ministry/activities in the local schools. There they will share Bible stories, crafts, and games as well as share the gospel.

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Kenya - Sewing for the Nations (Women)

Dates: Sept. 14-23, 2018 Cost: $3500

Deadline to apply: Dec. 29, 2017

Project description: Training widows and pastors’ wives to sew in order to make school uniforms/hygiene kits with the goal of these women starting their own business

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As disciples of Jesus Christ, we must be on a mission to carry out the King’s command to share the Gospel and make disciple-makers to the ends of the earth (Matt. 28:19, Acts 1:8). First Baptist challenges every member to be a missionary in their neighborhood, school, workplace and anywhere God reveals a need for the Good News of Jesus Christ. We equip the body of Christ to “always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15, HCSB). Also, our ministry encourages members to pray for God’s direction and for the lost, to give of our resources to accomplish God’s mission, and go where He sends us (John 20:21).

Learn More-Programs

ESL (English as a Second Language)


  • Learn to speak English or improve your English-speaking skills.
  • Classes offered at First Baptist Church Hendersonville.
  • Located at 106 Bluegrass Commons Boulevard (behind the YMCA and Holiday Inn Express).


Email questions to or call 615-447-1333.


Tuesday mornings from 10 to 11:30 AM

New semester begins Aug. 15
Weekley Building Room 3307

This is a combined class with students at various levels of learning English.

There is no childcare or children’s activities available during this time. However you can enroll your child in our Weekday Early Education (WEE) Program. Click HERE for more information.

Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 8 PM 

New semester begins August 23 

Third floor Weekley Building Rooms 3317, 3319 and 3321

Wednesday night schedule offers beginner, intermediate and advanced-level classes.

Children’s activities for all ages will be available during this time. Children’s activities are from 6 to 7 PM and from 7 to 8 PM.

For a list of preschool activities, click HERE.

For a list of children’s activities on Wednesday nights, click HERE.

For a list of middle school activities, click HERE.

For a list of high school activities, click HERE.

Want to teach ESL or serve in this ministry?

Email us at or call 615-447-1333.

Human Trafficking

4Freedom Task Force works to educate the church and community about the evils of modern day slavery which is referred to as human trafficking and sex trafficking.

Gatlinburg Trip

This trip consists of helping uninsured people rebuild after the devastating fires. Basic construction skills will be helpful. The cost is $70.00 & lodging & meals will be at the Disaster Relief Bldg in Sevierville. There is a mandatory team meeting on Monday, Oct 2, at 6:30 pm at the Bledsoe Creek Association Bldg in Gallatin. The trip will be leaving October 15, 2017, at 2:00 pm at Bledsoe Creek Baptist Association in Gallatin, TN. To register, email Mike Pennington at




Disaster Relief

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Disaster Relief

A disaster hits suddenly and this provides the opportunity for immediate ministry. There seems to be no area of mission action that requires more rapid response than during times of disaster. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is Christian love in action, meeting urgent needs of humanity, in a crisis situation.

First Baptist Hendersonville, in partnership with the Tennessee Baptist Convention, is part of this ministry. Volunteers from Tennessee have responded to well over 50 national and international disasters. We contribute manpower, physical resources, financial assistance, and hope to disaster areas worldwide.

Our team is very excited about our Disaster Relief effort here at First Baptist. Over 300 people have trained in the Basic Disaster Relief Training course and many in specialty areas. There continues to be a provision of opportunities for training each year. Our church provides a Laundry Unit, Recovery Unit, and a Chainsaw Unit. Volunteers will be able to respond with these units, as well as work with other Tennessee Baptist Convention teams, as needed. We invite you to be a part of this much-needed ministry.

Church Planting

Currently there are two church plants:

Creekside Fellowship in Castalian Springs 

 City of Refuge Church in Hendersonville –

Sewing for the Nations

Are you interested in putting your sewing skills to use for those in need? Our group makes simple clothing – dresses, shorts, skirts and shirts for children in Kenya. We also make feminine hygiene kits for the girls. Please contact us to learn more about our projects and a way that you can be a part. We have all the supplies and will even be happy to help you learn to sew if you are a beginner. Our groups meets the third Thursday of the month and one Saturday a quarter to sew. Also, a team travels to Kenya each fall to teach widows and pastors’ wives how to sew, in order to earn a living. For more information, you can contact Paula Kingsbury at  /615-447-1362 . For more information, you can also visit the Facebook page:

Women's Missionary Union (WMU)

Founded in 1888, the Woman’s Missionary Union is an auxiliary of the Southern Baptist Convention. WMU seeks to equip adults, youth, children and preschoolers with mission education and with guidance toward a missional lifestyle. The focus of WMU is to:

  • Pray for and give to missions
  • Participate in missions work
  • Learn about missions
  • Develop Spiritually toward a missions lifestyle
  • Work in conjunction with the local church and denomination

Mission education and training at FBCH is directed by the age level and information can be found in the Preschool, Children, and Youth ministries.

It is this focus to lead others to develop a missions lifestyle that drives First Baptist Women on Mission (WOM). The women of First Baptist who comprise our three WOM groups are dedicated to meeting spiritual and physical needs across the street and around the world. In addition to carrying out active mission projects, each of these groups work to help educate our church in the importance of supporting Missions and our missionaries working through the International Board and the North American Mission Board, as well as those sent by First Baptist. We do this through Prayer and Financial Support.

Please join one of the following WOM groups as we work, learn, pray and fellowship together.

Women on Mission Groups

Missions in Action
Meets monthly on the second Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Hearthside Room.
Jane Koch Mary Jones
615.451.9156 615.824.4144

Missions in Action – Night Group
Meets monthly on the first Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. in the Hearthside Room.
Brenda Farina, Coordinator

Holloway WOM Group
Meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the Hearthside Room and in members homes in September, December, and May.
Lynda Ryan, Coordinator

Adoption/Foster Care/Orphan Care

Interested in adopting or becoming a foster parent? Contact Mike McClanahan,


So You Want to Be a Missionary?

FBC Missionaries: Follow their journey

Click the links that are available to follow these missionaries’ journeys, spreading God’s word and love:

Keith and Erin Holloway

Chris Mills

The Atmore Family

Austin Maddox

The Stodas

The Swopes

The Crooks

FBC Missionaries: Prayer Cards

Download the prayer cards for these current missionaries and pray for their specific needs:

Austin Maddox

The Atmores

The Crooks

The Holloways

The Mills

The Stodas

The Whiteds




Mission Service Opportunities