The First Baptist congregation has been serving the Fort Dodge community for over 142 years!
Prior to 1871, occasional services were held in Fort Dodge by pioneering Baptist ministers such as Rev. H. D. Weaver who lived in Webster City, east of Fort Dodge. He continued to be alert to Baptists arriving in Fort Dodge, keeping in touch with them as he conducted these occasional services.
At last, this group of Baptists numbered 17 and the conviction was reached that the time for organization had come. On June 16, 1871, this group met and Rev. Weaver was elected moderator of the group. The New Hampshire confession of faith was adopted, officers elected and so the First Baptist congregation of Fort Dodge came into being.
Shortly thereafter, Rev. Weaver was called as the first pastor of this new congregation, a Sunday school was formed and a meeting place was secured.
First Baptist is part of a wider fellowship of Baptists in the Mid-American Baptist Churches (Iowa-Minnesota) and American Baptist Churches USA. We are also committed to cooperation with other churches and Christians in our community and world.
Our Core Values as a Congregation
Commitment to Biblical Authority and Christian Education
It is God’s instruction manual for our lives. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and helps us to do what is right. – 2 Timothy 3:16
We believe that life is done best when experienced together, learning, growing, celebrating, and spending time with one another. – Acts 2:42-47
Our motivation for serving God and His assembly is love. We don’t serve out of guilt or obligation. Love drives us to passionately serve God. – John 13:34-35
We will strive to always be relevant by using what is cultural to say what is timeless (the truths of God’s Word). Jesus was relevant to society and to his hearers. We as an assembly must fight to be relevant to those that we are trying to reach.
We must become passionate about reaching people through relationships. God has commanded us to be a part of bringing people into his family. We believe this is best done through relationships with those who are not yet followers of Christ. Christ made it very clear to us that outreach is a priority. We will look for every opportunity to get involved and be a presence in the community. – Acts 1:8
We realize that everyone is at a different place in their spiritual journey. God has not called us to judge others, but accept them and welcome them. Jesus modeled this during his earthly ministry.
God is not just interested in our conversion, but in our transformation as well. We believe that we were created to live deeply with one another, to carry each other’s burdens and share our possessions, to pray for and confess our sins to each other, to suffer and celebrate together. It’s in these sacred relationships and honest, loving communities that God transforms us. Transformation happens best in community.
Shaped To Serve
God deliberately shaped and formed each person to serve him in a way that makes each one’s ministry unique. God expects every believer to get involved in ministry, and we believe that every believer is a minister and should seek to find an area to serve. This builds the local congregation as well as those who serve. – Ephesians 2:10
Investing In the Next Generation
We believe that we have a responsibility to invest in the lives of both kids and youth. They are the future leaders of the congregation.
We invite you to join with us in serving Christ as part of the fellowship of the First Baptist Congregation.
Our mission is to build God’s kingdom in quantity and quality. We provide opportunities to support, nurture and strengthen people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds in their relationship with and commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord through prayer, worship, Bible study and service in our community and the world.