“Centered in Christ” is our motto, with dual goals of “Caring for the Community” and “Encouraging One Another’s Faith”. We celebrated our 150th anniversary in 2008. Manhattan is located in the historic “Flint Hills” and is home to Kansas State University and Manhattan Christian College. Also, nearby, is the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division at Ft. Riley. The 50,000+ residents include permanent residents, college students, and military families. Manhattan has a regional hospital and airport. Construction has begun on the Homeland Security National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility adjacent to K-State. Manhattan is recognized for a high quality living environment and rapid growth.
First Baptist Church sits on a hill in the northeast part of town overlooking a beautiful valley. On a typical Sunday, about 155 people attend our worship service. Sunday school classes are taught for all ages, including one that emphasizes Christian Marriage and Parenting. We have an excellent pianist who coordinates a Praise Team that leads singing of a blend of traditional and contemporary songs during worship.
Our moderate sized attendance is very conducive to close relationships in a warm, ‘family like’, friendly atmosphere. We are ‘intergenerational’ in our membership makeup, and have committed lay leadership. Members are involved in numerous community ministering activities, including Shepherd’s Crossing, Emergency Center, Bread Basket, Salvation Army, the Gideon’s, and Wildcat Ministries for college students and young career people (Baptist Campus Center near the K-State campus). We have a Youth Pastor who coordinates both the youth program and Wildcat Ministries.
From 1992 to 2007, our congregation was pastored jointly by the Reverends Alan and Karen Selig. Karen was the first female pastor for this church and was very effective in changing attitudes toward the acceptance of women in ministry. She served a term as National President of ABW. Pastor Rick Neubauer served four years and significantly energized our church with an increase in young couples with families, and he stimulated us to be more involved in community activities. We liked Rick!
Our congregation is prayerfully searching for new pastoral leadership to lead us into the next chapter of our church life. The recent Congregational Survey clearly identified preaching, leadership, and nurturing fellowship as the three most important ministry gifts desired for a new pastor. Our salary range is $60,000 to $80,000 (cash, housing allowance, auto, health insurance, retirement), depending on qualifications. We ranked in the top 2% of all ABC’s in mission giving last year. Our next Pastor should be ready to lead, teach, counsel, motivate, and pray with us as Christians who desire to do God’s will.