Opportunities
 
The mission engagement of Second Baptist Church is far-reaching. Many of our members are leading and involved with local ministry and mission opportunities and many have served throughout our state, our country, and throughout the world. What follows is a listing of areas where the members of Second Baptist are leading, serving, and ministering. Take a few minutes and read through these possibilities for ministry. Also, you may find that an area you are serving in is not represented and we would love to have that information as well.
 
We are limited many times only by our imagination. Our challenge to each one of our members and attenders is that as members of the body of Christ that we begin to serve where we are, and that we step into the places of opportunity that God allows us to experience. 
Backyard Bible Club Correct
Backyard Bible Club
For the last two years, Jackie & Richard Gillespie have led various Backyard Bible Clubs around the Waycross area. Partnering with other members they have used their homes as locations to host 1, 2, & 3 day mini VBS that last for a few hours at a time. 
 
A space to put up a small tent, a few snacks and drinks, and a willing host is all that is needed to set this in motion.  If you would be interested in bringing Bible stores with object lessons to your neighborhood begin speaking with the Gillespie’s as Summer 2019 is quickly approaching.

Builders for Christ

Builders for Christ
Builders for Christ is a national organization committed to helping churches complete construction projects of repair, remodel, and new construction. For the last 15+ years members of Second Baptist have partnered with other churches in our area to serve churches throughout the US. This group has traveled to Connecticut, Ohio, and Missouri, to name just a few. 
 
With the impact of Hurricane Michael this group will be traveling to Panama City to work with a church that sustained storm damage. Their dates for this year are July 7 – 11.  Speak to Derwin Griffin or Clint Bowman to find out more information. 

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Childcare Learning Center
Since 2001 Second Baptist Church has operated a Childcare Learning Center as a mission and ministry to the community. The Center offers full-time care to children up through pre-K and after-school care up to 12 years of age.
 
The Childcare Center is in its 18th year of service to our community and is now one of the longest continuous operating Childcare Centers in our community. Kathi Boyette is our Director. 
 
 
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
 FCA focuses on serving local communities around the globe by engaging, equipping and empowering coaches and athletes to unite, inspire and change the world through the gospel.,
 
The local leader of FCA is Toby Crews, a former basketball coach and teacher, in Ware and Pierce County. Currently, Daniel Harding serves as a Huddle Leader and Speaker at Waycross Middle. Karen Cox serves as a teacher who volunteers her time for the weekly Huddles. There is a need for volunteer speakers, teacher sponsors, and a need to impact more schools in our area. 
Gideons
The Gideons International is an Association of Christian business and professional men and their wives dedicated to telling people about Jesus through associating together for service, sharing personal testimony, and by providing Bibles and New Testaments.
 
Second Baptist Church is grateful to have had many of our members serve as Gideons’ over the years. Currently, Roger Shipman is one of our members serving with the Gideons and would be happy to share with you about ongoing opportunities and needs. 
Giving Tree
Christmas is a wonderful time to bless our neighbors and for many years Second Baptist members have helped provide gifts of food, clothing, and toys to families in our community. 
 
Each year various volunteers help identify and seek out our neighbor families who have a need. This mission is in need of volunteers who will work together in helping our community during a time of the year when many are willing to be ministered too. 
 
 
Kids for Christ
Kids for Christ meet with students for 20 minutes once a week to share a Bible Story and Scripture music in a local elementary school. This is a wonderful opportunity to present God’s love to elementary aged children. 
 
This ministry is led by Richard & Jackie Gillespie and they would love to speak with others about expanding these opportunities. Currently they are working with Morgan Lee at Memorial Drive but there is much room for expansion.
 
 
Laura Walker Campground
There is a weekly service hosted at Laura Walker Campground every Sunday morning. This ministry is led by Doug & Kathy Todd who have served many churches in our area. 
 
Clint Bowman leads many of these weekly services and there is an ongoing need for volunteers to attend the service and visit and minister to those who have traveled to visit our community and the beauty that surrounds us. 
 
 
 
 
Mary St Mission
Mary Street Mission is the benevolence ministry of the Association, and began its work in October 2000. Since that time the ministry has undergone tremendous growth.
Some of their help includes: food, utilities, medication, and rent assistance. 
 
Counselors are needed each Wednesday from 1-3PM to work with those needing assistance. Philip Barnes is the Director of this ministry and would love to talk with you about opportunities to serve.
 
 
 
 
Kingdom Care
Kingdom Care is a non-profit corporation providing free healthcare to uninsured people who meet eligibility requirements and reside in Ware, Brantley, Pierce, Charlton, Clinch, Atkinson, Bacon, or Wayne counties. Each year a free dental clinic is hosted at Second Baptist where over 100 patients are seen in a 3 day period. 
 
Lisa Mathis is the Director of Kingdom Care and would love to share with you more about this mission and ministry. Volunteers are always needed to keep this busy ministry staffed and multiple skills are needed. 
 
 
 
 
Prayer Walking
Prayer walking is a vital opportunity to minister in our local school system. We have provided snacks for the teachers during an in-service work day and then walked the halls praying for the administration, teachers, support staff, and students. 
 
Teachers and others have used this opportunity to share about personal needs, student needs, and community needs. Clint Bowman is overseeing this ministry and we would love to expand beyond our two current schools; Ruskin Elementary and Waycross Middle, to serve others in our school system. 
 
 
Rebuilding Together Waycross
Rebuilding Together Waycross provides free assistance to people who own their home but who, because of physical limitation or income, are not able to cover the costs of home repair. Typically individuals or families are low-income and either elderly or disabled. Our goal is to help these homeowners live independently, warm and safe. The selection process takes place locally by our board of directors. Since our inception in 1998, we have revitalized 162 homes and 5 non-profit facilities in Waycross and Ware County. (from Facebook)
 
Jerry and Leslie Holland have worked with Rebuilding Together for many years and would welcome an opportunity to share ways that others might become involved. Their ‘build’ day is the last Saturday of April.
 
Operation Christmas Child
In 2017 over 8.8 million shoe boxes were collected in the US to be sent all over the world. Every year, National Collection Week takes place the third week in November when nearly 5,000 drop-off locations are open across the country. 
 
2019 will mark the 5th year of Second Baptist Church serving as a drop-off/collection point for Ware County. After this year our church will have collected over 10,000 boxes for this ministry. Glenda Bashlor oversees this ministry and would be glad to share about the opportunities of collection week as well as the rest of the year and what may be needed. 
 
 
 
 
UPWARD Basketball
Established in 1995, Upward Sports is the world’s largest Christian youth sports provider. Upward Sports is the only organization that offers the 360 Progression™, a uniquely designed total sports experience that adapts and expands as players grow in their personal athletic journeys.
 
Second Baptist is in its 20th year of providing UPWARD Basketball to our community. Averaging nearly 150 players a year it serves as a great basketball program and a wonderful tool to strengthen and bless families and our community with the love of Christ. Daniel Harding oversees this ministry and is always on the lookout for volunteers to fill many varied roles. 
Women on Mission
Women on Mission is an extension of Second Baptist Church’s Women’s Ministry. They serve and minister in a variety of ways; home visits, wig making, doll making, dress making, and many more. 
 
They also serve some of the older ladies of the church yearly with a luncheon. Glenda Bashlor is the Director of the Women’s Ministry and she will gladly share with you about their opportunities to minister to others.