First Baptist Church of Ypsilanti

Adult Ministries 
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Ministry Teams & Leadership

The Elder team & Ministry teams allow us to be more effective in reaching others for Christ and in conducting the business of the church.  The Elder Team oversees all ministries of the church, provides guidance in fulfilling the mission statement and serves as governing body as required by law.  A Ministry Team is any group of three or more people organized with the express purpose of carrying out the vision and mission of our church through meaningful service to others.

Ministry Teams are divided into Standing and Non-Standing Teams.  Standing Ministry Teams are core teams the church deems necessary to carry out the mission and function of the church and therefore always will be an integral part of the Ministry Team system of Governance.

Standing Teams:

Elder Team - Described above.

Finance Team - Handle investments, fund raising, budgeting, audits, and stewardship. 

Personnel Team- in charge of staff, elected church positions and clergy appreciation.

Diaconate Team -tends to congregational care, handles membership, conflict resolution and ordinances.  Several team including Communion Team, Hospitality Team, and Dare to Care.  

Non-standing Ministry Teams are divided under certain subgroups and each team in that subgroup get support from their respective Elder.

Non-standing teams: 

Caring - Funeral and Special Meals, Prayer Team, Preschool Programs, Nursery Childcare, Phone Tree and Prayer Warriors. 

Discipleship - Adult Sunday School, Kids of the Kingdom, Youth Ministry, Women's Bible Study, Celebration Bible Study, Adult Library

Fellowship - Sunday Fellowship Hour, Girl's Night Out, Mary Circle, Band Of Brothers, Young Couples Living Group, SHAPE 

Maintenance - Building & Grounds, Audio-Visual Team, Disabilities Awareness Team

Missions- Mission Team, Blood Drive, IHN (Family Shelter)

Outreach- Living Nativity, Vacation Bible School, Pioneer Club, Heritage Team, Blanket Team

Worship-Music Ministry, Worship Leaders & Greeters, Praise Team, Usher and Van Drivers, Altar Flowers Ministry


Fellowship is an important part of being a part of the family at First Baptist.  Fellowship as reflected in the following verses is lived out through worshiping, studying and serving together. 

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching (Hebrews 10:25) and also 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all[a]

Fellowship as a means to share in each other's lives and have fun together is at the forefront during fellowship time following service and at numerous events including the mother and child banquet, Christmas cantata and annual church picnic, to name just a few.


Band of Brothers (B.O.B.) is the name for the Men's Ministry of FCBY. We are a group of men committed to developing a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, each other and our neighbor. This is achieved through accountable and practical involvement in study, prayer, fellowship, service and leadership.  ...set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity." (1st Timothy 4:12)  See a few of the things we are involved in below. 
                                       Men putting up the stable for Living Nativity

Men’s Annual Retreat is an opportunity to go deeper in the Word and build friendships with other men.  Last year took place in Howell Michigan, stay tuned for the next retreat.   
Men’s Sunday is an annual event where men plan, lead and participate in all aspects of worship.  The men's choir selection is always uplifting.   

Women’s Bible Study (WBS)
Meets Wednesday September through May, 3:00-4:30 pm.
Mary Circle is an intergenerational group of women who meet the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m., in member's homes and FBCY.
Girl's Night Out (GNO) various fellowship and service activities are held throughout the year.  
First Baptist Church supports local, national, and international mission programs year-round. Our Mission team teaches the congregation about missions, gives direction for financial support of mission work and encourages hands-on mission involvement including Habitat for Humanity, Interfaith Hospitality Network of County, refugee resettlement, new church development, and other mission projects.  First Baptist has reached out several times and helped build houses in the hurricane ravaged south.


Mission Trips:    

2009   Victory Builders construct houses in this their fourth year.

2008   Mission team continues to make process in the rebuilding efforts in the south.


2007   (March) team to traveled south to help rebuild by partnering with Habitat for Humanity. 

2006   (January) hurricane response team assists in rebuilding efforts in Louisiana and Mississippi

2006   (August) Group worked with Campus Crusade for Christ to distribute Jesus Film and the Bible
          in Arabic to those traveling from
North Africa to Europe. (See )

2006   FBCY responds to Hurricane Katrina by sponsoring mission trip, assembling school kits, giving 
         generously, assisting extended family members and prayer.

2000   Youth travel to Costa Rica and other locations for mission work.

1999   (November) Group served in the Dominican-Republic by helping build a church.

We know that there is much more work to be done and we are seeking the Lord’s guidance to expand our mission work and support missions in ways that we have never done before.


Adult Choir  meets in the sanctuary for practice, Wednesday, 6:45 pm


Praise Team  practices at 9 am Sunday morning.  Currently we have vocalists, guitarist, keyboardist, and percussionist.