First Baptist Church of Kansas City, Missouri was founded in 1855.
We believe that regardless of the historical climate within our country, our church proclaims the love and inclusiveness of Jesus Christ for all who accept Him. We invite you to take a moment to explore our denomination by visiting our national headquarters website at ABC-USA.
Though we are the first and oldest Baptist denomination in America, we are smaller in number than several of the more prominent Baptist groups. American Baptists are the only denomination in America in which there is no racial majority. We have many African-American, Asian, Native, Hispanic and Euro congregations within the ABC-USA. Our own church is a strong (and unusual) mixture of African American and Euro American, but also with Asian and Hispanic members.
American Baptists are known for our passion for mission as we have one of the most energetic and effective mission organizations serving around the world and throughout the USA. Go to ABCUSA.org for more information about our denomination. We are also known for open communion and open membership and for ecumenical and interfaith cooperation. We believe in a gospel rooted in personal evangelism and in social justice and peace.
Our vision is that we will seek to envision love: God at work in and through our lives.
This congregational vision will become reality through the grace of our God and our meaningful worship, Bible studies, generational / inter-generational and small group ministries, church retreats, sharing faith journeys, leadership development, an environment open to questions and discovery, and by being a place for anyone and everyone to believe, belong, and become. Both as individual followers and as a local body of Christ, we will seek and strive to be welcoming, enabling, encountering, advocating, and inviting disciples. In short, we will seek to envision love: God at work in and through our lives.