First Baptist Church Morganton is located near the downtown area on historic West Union Street. Parking is available in two main lots and two smaller paved areas behind the church. Handicapped spaces are provided in the two main lots.

Greeters at the main doors of the educational building and Kistler home annex meet visitors arriving for Sunday morning Bible study. These friendly folks can help you find a Sunday School class. Greeters and ushers in the narthex of the sanctuary will welcome you to the worship service. Following worship the ministers would love to meet you and talk with you about the church and church family. For guests with preschool children, First Baptist provides a nursery where children are well cared for by trained caregivers. Security check-in and pager systems are used.

Worship services are designed to be Christ-centered, worshipful, reverent and experiential. You will receive a clear and carefully designed order of worship from an usher as you enter the sanctuary. This bulletin focuses mainly on the worship experience with only a few brief announcements. At the conclusion of the service, you will receive a church newsletter with more detailed information about coming events and weekly activity schedules.

Care is taken not to put guests "on the spot" or to embarrass them in any way. There is a desire for guests to feel welcomed without feeling "singled out." All worshipers are asked to sign the attendance registers as they are passed down the pews. Guests are invited to provide their names, addresses and phone numbers so they can be contacted with expressions of appreciation for worshiping at First Baptist and to answer any questions they may have.

First Baptist Church Morganton is a warm and loving Christian fellowship. By lingering a little after the worship experience, you will give members and ministers an opportunity to show that to you.

What to Expect

When you visit our church you'll be greeted by a a dedicated, diverse, and devout community of Christians. We come from many backgrounds and have all types of jobs, careers, and vocations. But we are united in our Spirit-empowered love of Jesus Christ, devotion to the Word of God, and service to humanity in His name locally and globally.

You'll enjoy a lively and spiritual service in one of western North Carolina's most comfortable sanctuaries. We believe in praising God in music, prayer and study of His word.

We love people - and we love to make new friends. We would love to meet you, to hear your story, and to help you discover your own spiritual gifts. We would be honored if you would consider becoming part of this active, dynamic body of believers!

Becoming a Member

A believer may become a member of First Baptist Church:

  • upon profession of faith in Jesus as Savior and upon baptism by immersion, or
    by transfer of letter from another church or by statement of Christian commitment, if previously baptized by immersion, or
  • through associate membership, if previously baptized by a method other than immersion. Associate members are full members with the exception that they cannot serve as deacons or be messengers to a Baptist Convention.

Persons interested in becoming a member of First Baptist may indicate this desire publicly during a Sunday morning worship service, during Wednesday evening Bible study and fellowship, or at another time agreed upon with one of the Ministers.

Members are expected to be faithful in all responsibilities inherent in the Christian life, to attend regularly the services of the Church, to give regularly and systematically to its support and to Kingdom causes, and to share in its organized work.