In the Community & World
We believe it is our mission to be deeply engaged in our community and in our world. Jesus reminds us in Matthew 25 that it is the responsibility of the church and its members to respond to the needs in our world. Reaching out and connecting with the community has always been an important part of our Christian journey which is why we support a wide variety of missions and ministries. Here are just some of the ways we are involved in ministry to the local community beyond our doorsteps.
Where your treasure is …
First Christian Church strives to designate over 3% of its budget to financial outreach in the local Baton Rouge area, totaling nearly $8,000. This has allowed us to support organizations such as Myriam's House, Reilly Center, St. Anthony's House, and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. The Outreach 2022 focus points are Southeast Ministries addressing hunger in southeast Baton Rouge, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), and the Istrouma Middle School Choral Program. In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina (2005) and Gustav (2008), the great Flood of 2016, and Hurricane Ida (2021), we helped direct over $40,000 in Disciples of Christ Week of Compassion relief funds to the Baton Rouge area.
Following the command that, "If you have two coats, give one to someone who doesn't have any," we offer meeting space to several area programs, focusing on healthy living and learning.
Elev8, a Baton Rouge rehab program, hosts their monthly family meeting days at First Christian Church.
Several Baton Rouge 12-step groups call the First Christian campus home, with meeting space provided in the Baker Building. Visit Our Calendar to see when they will be meeting at the church.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at LSU holds some of its classes and events on the FCC campus. OLLI gives anyone over the age of 50 the opportunity to study a broad range of subjects to satisfy your thirst for literature, the creative arts, history, philosophy, science, food, languages, and contemporary issues. Their courses, coffees, and field trips are welcoming, democratic, and energetic. Find out more information by visiting the LSU OLLI page, here.
Ecumenism in action! Southeast Ministries is a conglomeration of 27 local Christian congregations created to provide residents of southeast Baton Rouge with food and financial assistance. The organization is and always has been 100% volunteer-operated to reduce overhead costs and to ensure that every penny goes toward their clients.
First Christian contributes to Southeast Ministries financially, in various food and other need-led drives, and with volunteers from the FCC congregation.
The Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge
First Christian is committed to serving those in need in our community especially by partnering with our neighbors of all faith traditions. This is why we have been an active member of the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge for decades. The Interfaith Federation includes members from over 30 Christian congregations, two synagogues, and a growing number of Muslim, Buddhist, and Baha'i congregations. Through the Interfaith Federation, First Christian Church has been a part of:
- The Holy Grill soup kitchen
- Sounds of Comm-UNITY interfaith choir festival
- Interfaith Caregivers who provide transportation to senior citizens in need
- Kid's Cafe after-school program
- Interfaith Dialogues held twice per year
Click here to learn more about the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge!
Habitat for Humanity
Through donations and volunteers, our church helps Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge.
First Christian Church has hosted blood drives with the Our Lady of the Lake Blood Donor Center and/or Lifeshare Blood Center. We invite our church members to visit the mobile blood center that will be on our campus on these blood drive Sundays -- you're welcome, too!
For more information about any of these programs, please contact the church office.