Make Christ Known

First Baptist Church seeks to make Christ known by doing works of love in the city of Winston-Salem and beyond.

Theologian Helmut Gollwitzer once wrote that “Missions is the church in motion.” At First on Fifth, the motion of our church is directed by our 2018 Missions Committee Guidelines. These guidelines serve to give clarity to why and how our church journeys together as we love God and love our neighbor. They name Scriptural Goals to show us where to go with flexibility in how we get there. They name a funding process to ensure good wise use of the money we gather and give as a community. Ultimately the guidelines provide the church with the process and language to follow together where God calls us out into the world.

Click HERE to access the 2018 Missions Committee Guidelines


Scriptural Goals of Missions

As we move in the work of missions, what we do is aimed at accomplishing four Scriptural Goals.
These goals are:
  • Charity – The immediate provision of life-sustaining needs particularly food, housing, and medical care to those whose income is insufficient to provide for such needs;
  • Community – Rising equality through the sharing of our communal goods within our congregation, amongst other churches or our neighbors, greater participation in worship, and reconciliation marked by unity over division;
  • Justice -The holistic growth of all people and the more just uses of the means necessary to sustain their flourishing;
  • Transformation – Growing in commitments to discipleship, baptisms, spiritual formation, joining the life of a congregation, and acts that serve others.
Our neighbors across the street, Centenary United Methodist, have organized and issued a call for a supply drive to offer relief to those affected by Hurricane Florence in our region. They will collect these items and distribute them to partner ministries in eastern North Carolina. You can bring the requested items to First Baptist on Fifth and put them in the designated bins in the first floor hallway. We will accept donations until October 8 at noon. The following items are requested:
· Bottled Water – all size containers
· Toilet Paper & paper towels
· Cleaning gloves
· Spray cleaners & bleach
· Trash bags
· Diapers & wipes
· Feminine Supplies
· Washcloths/Towels
· Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, lotion, shampoo, soap, etc.)
We continue to work with our ministry partner CBFNC to address needs presented by Hurricane Florence.
Please give to the CBFNC Disaster Response Fund. One hundred percent of the funds collected will be used to address local needs identified by CBFNC partner churches.  Click here to donate
There has also been a need identified for Walmart gift cards, in smaller dollar amounts.  Those may be left in the blue box in the Church Office that is designated for “Hurricane Relief.”

Right now, our mission partners, Baptists on Mission (NCBM), who specialize in disaster response, have set up operations in several locations. They have the infrastructure to help those in need. They need volunteers. Please visit their website for updates and opportunities : https://baptistsonmission.org/Mission-Projects/By-Mission-Type/Disaster-Relief/Hurricane-Florence

“NEIGHBORS BEYOND OUR WALLS” Mission Opportunities for October 2018

Samaritan Ministries
On Monday, October 15, a group from First Baptist on Fifth will serve the homeless staying in the overnight shelter at Samaritan Inn. By serving dinner in the soup kitchen and performing overnight monitoring duties, we will breathe life into the Samaritan Ministries’ mission statement, “providing food, shelter and hope through Christian love.” If you are interested in serving in this capacity, contact Ray Owen (raywowen@gmail.com) for more details.

Habitat for Humanity Meal Delivery
We are planning to support the work of Habitat for Humanity by feeding dinner to seventeen Habitat for Humanity volunteers from Villanova University and three Americorp workers at the newly constructed Habitat Lodge on Tuesday night, October 16. These students are here during their Fall break to serve others by working on a Habitat home. We are in need of desserts and people who would be willing to deliver this meal. Contact Joani Hughes (joanirhughes@gmail.com) regarding this opportunity.
Meal for Forest Park Parent Night
On Thursday, October 18, our church will provide a meal to the parents and students of Forest Park Elementary School. Families will be attending an open house at the school, and we hope that having food available will give parents one less thing to think about as they learn more about their children’s school. Approximately 10-12 volunteers are needed  and all ages are welcome! Contact Kim Wilkinson (librarykimw@gmail.com) to find out more.

Active Partnerships

First Baptist Church on Fifth is involved in the ongoing mission projects featured below.
For more information on getting involved with mission efforts at First on Fifth, please contact
John Thornton, Associate Pastor for Youth, Adults and Missions at 336-722-2558 ext. 110
or email him at jthornton@firstonfifth.org.

Habitat For Humanity
“Building Hope by Building Homes- Steadfastly adhering to a philosophy of a “hand-up, not a hand-out,” Habitat is a powerful engine of collaboration and reciprocity whereby those who qualify- by having a history of steady income, verifiable need and a willingness to work hard- soon become involved in giving help to others. Interest-free mortgage payments go back to Habitat to help future homeowners. Through this proven and integrity-based strategy of making home ownership a reality, Habitat for Humanity has fundamentally changed lives in 90 countries, all 50 United States, and for more than 350 Partner Families right here in our community.” This year in Forsyth County Habitat has begun remodeling houses as well as building new houses.

Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County, rooted in Christian principles, brings together community partners and volunteers from all faiths to help qualified Partner Families construct and purchase well-built, affordable homes and become successful homeowners.

First Baptist is so happy to have the State Office for Habitat for Humanity located in our church.


Volunteer opportunities:

  • Sponsor a house
  • Labor Day Blitz
  • Construction throughout the year on new houses and in remodeling.
  • Volunteers needed Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays every week.
  • Work in the State Office

For more information please contact:
David Matthews: josdmatt@gmail.com


The Winston-Salem Center for Education and the Arts enriches the Winston-Salem community by providing operating space and nurturing nonprofit organizations that offer intellectual and spiritual growth through education and the arts.

WSCEA offers rent-free operation space to qualifying nonprofit organizations. The WSCEA’s John 3:16 Building houses programs that empower disenfranchised youth, provide opportunity to women and men who want to transform their lives by increasing their knowledge, and foster the next generation of leaders in our community.

Crisis Control
Crisis Control Ministry is a Christian based ministry with the mission to assist people in crisis to meet essential life needs and become self-sufficient. They are the largest provider of emergency assistance in Forsyth County, providing assistance with food, prescription medications, utilities, and rent/mortgage payments. The Crisis Control Vision is “to give help for today and hope for tomorrow by providing our neighbors with support, advocacy, understanding and information.”

First Baptist Church has been involved with this ministry since its founding. In 1973 the “Ecumenical Crisis Control Ministry” was launched by the downtown churches of Winston-Salem in the early seventies. The first location was our FBC Patterson Avenue Mission given by Mr. and Mrs. Lindsay Wall, First Baptist members. First Baptist Staff Member, Ron Rice, was the first Director and mentor to many.


Winston-Salem Street School
The Winston-Salem Street School is a private alternative high school based on Christian principles and dedicated to providing students with the opportunity to complete their high school education. At-risk youth are provided an opportunity to learn and grow in a small environment that reflects and demonstrates the love of Christ. While Forsyth County’s dropout rate has improved recently, the county’s dropout rate still ranks as one of the highest in the state for metropolitan counties. The Winston-Salem Street School was specifically created to target these students. By doing so, it is playing a critical role in resolving this very real community problem. The school is recognized by the North Carolina Division of Non-Public Education.

Members of First Baptist on Fifth are actively supporting this ministry through donations and by serving on the Street School Board as well as volunteering in several ways. The school is located directly west of the church at 630 W. 6th St. in the WSCEA Building and is easily within walking distance from the church.

For more information please visit: www.wsstreetschool.com

Samaritan Ministries
Samaritan Ministries provides hope, healing and fellowship to our homeless community. Overnight shelter with dinner and breakfast is provided for up to 70 homeless men. Food is also served at noon for the homeless community. As many as 400 meals may be served at lunch.

First Baptist provides volunteers for the overnight shelter the first week in January. Volunteers are welcome at other times. Samaritan Ministries is located at 1243 N. Patterson Ave., phone 748-1962.

For more information please contact:

Serving Our Savior
“Serving Our Savior” is a non-profit corporation established in the year 2000 by two deacons of First Baptist Church, Charles Bris-Bois and John Jordan. Its mission was to render assistance to people who needed help. From this beginning, a wheelchair ramp ministry was begun by Jack Shearin, another deacon, with the assistance of two other volunteers, Buddy Guerry and Donald McCollum, also members of FBC.

Wheelchair ramps are provided for handicapped individuals anywhere in Forsyth County. All the work is performed by volunteers. Materials are paid for by the clients or their families if they are able to do so. These payments amount to approximately 25 percent of the funds needed. If the clients are unable to pay, funds are provided by the non-profit. Each year seventy to eighty ramps are constructed. During the month of January, 2013, the 700th ramp was constructed.

Volunteers are needed on Tuesday every week.

For more information please contact Serving Our Savior at (336)725-6774.

Mission Emanuel
Years ago a relationship was formed with Mission Emmanuel when four men from our church went to help build a church in the town of Cielo, Dominican Republic. They labored to haul cinder blocks up a hill to build this church. They probably did not know that this was only the beginning of what became a life changing center for the beautiful people of Cielo. The program now consists of a medical center, men’s and women’s ministry, a water filtration plant serving thousands, play grounds, sponsorships for school children, and over 600 children in the school.

First Baptist Church has been sending missionaries to Cielo over the past ten years and there have been amazing changes in this community. Buildings have been constructed, programs have been started, children are healthier, women are nurturing other women and plans are in progress for even greater ministries. We thank God for the money and people that First Baptist has invested in this beautiful community of Cielo.


Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Serve on a Mission Trip to Cielo
  • Sponsor a child in school
  • Send money for a water card so that a family can have pure water

For more information please contact:
Minerva Fox: minervajfox@gmail.com


Senior Services
“Helping our elderly live with dignity” is the mission of Senior Adult Services of Winston Salem. Senior Adult Services helps older adults remain at home as long as possible with dignity. With concern for those who care for senior adults, we also help caregivers through services and education that will benefit them.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Meals-on-Wheels: Meals-on-Wheels provides a hot nutritious lunch each weekday for Forsyth County’s homebound elderly. First Baptist fills this need every Friday.


The Shepherd Center
The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem is an interfaith ministry that promotes and supports successful aging by providing direct services and volunteer opportunities for older adults.

This organization loves volunteers! Volunteers carry out the majority of the Shepherd’s Center programs, with support of administrative staff. The scope of their opportunities will surprise you!

For more information see:

Funding for Active Partnerships

Funding for Active Partnerships of may be applied for by members of First on Fifth or local non-profits and goes to special project funding, one-time, or semi-regular events or missions endeavors. Preference will be given to active partnerships lead by members of the church or the missions committee. Funding for active partnerships will be available on an on-going basis. The application for such funding can be found HERE and printed copies are available at the church office. Completed forms may be sent to jthornton@firstonfifth.org or delivered in person to John Thornton, Associate Pastor of Youth, Missions, and Adults.

Funding for Active Partnerships must be submitted no later than 30 days before it is needed.

2019 Funding for Local Non-Profits and Other Ministries

One way First on Fifth supports the work of missions in our community is through year-long disbursement of church funds to area non-profits and ministries. Local organizations and ministries may apply each year for funding support from our church using the General Missions Funding Application available at First on Fifth or digitally on our website. Access the application HERE.

Applications for funding for the following calendar year will be due by May 1st. The Missions Committee will review all applications and notify applicants of their decisions in October of that year. Upon completing the form, it can be submitted either in-person or via email to John Thornton, our Associate Pastor for Youth, Missions, and Adults (jthornton@firstonfifth.org).

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