First Baptist Church, like all Baptist churches, is independent, making its own decisions about staffing, worship, ministry, outreach, and the programs it offers and supports. We choose to be affiliated with The American Baptist Churches USA, The Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists (AWAB), The American Baptist Churches of New York State, and locally with the Rochester Genesee Region of the American Baptist Churches.
Some of the views of the American Baptist Organizations listed below may differ from the views of First Baptist Ithaca and its members.
A People of Faith~A People in Mission- "American Baptists are a Christ-centered, biblically grounded, ethnically diverse people called to radical personal discipleship in Christ Jesus. Our commitment to Jesus propels us to nurture authentic relationships with one another; build healthy churches; transform our communities, our nations and our world; engage every member in hands-on ministry; and speak the prophetic word in love."
The Rochester Genesee Region of the American Baptist Churches ABCRGR is the association with which we have chosen to be affiliated. Their mission is to strengthen churches to form leaders who transform lives.
International Ministries American Baptist International Ministries, organized in 1814, is the oldest Baptist Mission agency formed in North America. We serve more than 2,500 short-term missionaries annually, bringing U.S. and Puerto Rico churches together with partners in 76 countries in cutting-edge ministries that tell the good news of Jesus Christ while meeting human needs.
Ministries "For the love of Christ urges us on...." II
As part of American Baptist Churches USA, National Ministries answers God's call to live out Christian faith and transform individuals, congregations and communities through developing Christ-centered leadership, networks and programs committed to witness and evangelism, social justice, discipleship and mission work across the United States and Puerto Rico.
Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America
The Baptist Peace Fellowship gathers, equips and mobilizes Baptists to build a culture of peace rooted in justice. We labour with a wonderful array of peacemakers to change the world. We are called by God to the Gospel of Peace. This calling is rooted in our faith in Jesus Christ, who is our Peace, in whom God is reconciling the world and through whom God calls us to the ministry of peacemaking. Peace is not only our goal, but our means. The foundation of peace is justice. The force of peace is love.
of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists
Members of the Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists (AWAB) are churches, organizations, and individuals who are willing to go on record as welcoming and affirming all persons without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity, and who have joined together to advocate for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons within Baptist communities of faith. Our unique makeup helps make AWAB The National Voice for LGBT Baptists.
Since 1935, the Roger Williams Fellowship has taken seriously the need of raising awareness of Baptist principles and engaging the current controversies of our denominational family with integrity and open dialogue. The Roger Williams Fellowship asks that American Baptists join in careful and considered discourse about the Baptist principles that unite us in all our diversity.
What does the Lord require of you?
To do Justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.
Peace to all who enter here.