At First Baptist Lafayette, Sunday School is about reaching people for Christ, teaching people God’s Word, and ministering to people in the name of Jesus. Our goal is to provide you with Bible learning opportunities that promote transformation of life. Our core classes meet on Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. We offer co-ed classes as well as classes for women only, men only and single adults. Weekday and evening Bible study opportunities are also offered as a supplement to the Sunday School, but we want every member to be involved in a Sunday School class. It really is where life and ministry at First Baptist Lafayette begins!
While our primary method of disciple-making is the Sunday School, spiritual growth is enhanced through discipleship courses offered on Sunday afternoons and weekdays in the spring and fall each year. These classes vary each semester and include subjects such as: theology, prayer, how to read and study your Bible, Old and New Testament survey, Experiencing God, relationships, money matters, how to share your faith, and many others. Some classes are specifically for men or women. Leadership training is offered for those teaching classes or in other leadership positions.
FAITH is an evangelism training strategy linked directly to the ongoing work of the Sunday School. FAITH teaches a simple but effective gospel presentation utilizing a team of three people. Classes and visitation are offered on Tuesday evenings, with a goal of each team visiting prospects and members of their Sunday School class. We encourage every adult Sunday School class to be represented in this primary evangelism strategy of FAITH.
First Look is a two hour seminar designed for new members and prospective members. It covers the beliefs, history, ministries, missions, and other things about First Baptist Lafayette. First Look is led by Pastor Steve Horn and is offered five or six times each year at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
Opportunities are offered for women to share concerns about nurturing a family and building relationships based on common experiences and needs. An annual conference held in September is one of the more popular offerings, in addition to discipleship classes.
Men are encouraged to develop a strong, positive role as the spiritual leader of the family. We offer weekend seminars, discipleship classes and prayer breakfasts to support this effort. The quarterly Daniel’s Men events help men become men of purpose, prayer and partners.
Our senior adults want to share the gospel with the next generation. They share their faith, support missions, and participate in multiple ministry projects throughout the year. Many senior adults are connected to classes at First Baptist Christian School, and others minister at area assisted living and nursing homes.
Seniors also gather the last Thursday of each month for a JOY Club covered-dish luncheon and a time of information and inspiration. Trips are planned frequently and include day trips to area attractions as well as week-long get-aways and conventions.
Support groups are offered for those who are experiencing grief after the loss of a loved one, and for those recovering from a marital separation or divorce. These groups meet each spring and fall in 13 week sessions. For more information about GriefShare and DivorceCare visit fbclaf.org/support.
At First Baptist Lafayette, we seek to encourage, teach and develop a praying church at every opportunity, both corporately and privately. To support this effort, a Prayer Room is available for those who wish to pray at the church building on Sundays. PrayerWorks is an online method for submitting prayer requests and praying for the requests of others. The National Day of Prayer is observed the first Thursday in May. Men meet weekly at a local restaurant for breakfast and prayer. The Prayer Blanket Ministry provides Prayer Blankets to those who are experiencing serious illness or sorrow. At 10 a.m. each weekday the church staff prays together.
For the past decade a highlight of the spring has been First Baptist Loves Lafayette, a day of community missions and ministry. As many as 600 people have participated on a Saturday in up to 40 different projects throughout Acadiana.
Each year several hundred First Baptist members participate in mission trips. These trips occur primarily, but not exclusively, during the summer months. Activities range from backyard Bible clubs and evangelistic crusades to construction work, medical missions, musical concerts, and other efforts to share the love of Christ around the world. For information about mission trips visit fbclaf.org/trips.
First Baptist Lafayette works through partnerships with the Southern Baptist Convention and its mission agencies by giving and going nationally and internationally. Special church-wide emphases four times each year support missions in the local association, state, nation, and around the world.
For more about Adult Ministry:
Gary L. Ruffin
Minister of Education and Outreach
Minister to Single Adults and Senior Adults