What to Expect
Tell Me about First Baptist Church of Asheville
Some people just know us as “the church with the dome.” When you’re downtown, it’s hard to miss our landmark building. But what about the church that meets here? What are we like? Here are answers to the questions we’re most often asked. If you’d like to know more, we would love to share with you, and hear your story as well.
Who attends First Baptist Church of Asheville?
Members also come from across the spectrum of politics and culture. We see our diverse fellowship as an exceptional gift in a time of heightened division and cultural upheaval. Here you’ll find an extraordinary church, one that not only surrounds you with Christ’s love, but also challenges you to take up your cross and follow him.
What about your “middle name,” Baptist?
While we are committed to traditional Baptist concepts like believer’s baptism, the separation of church and state, and religious freedom, we’re also imagining what it means to be Christian in the 21st century and beyond. While the earliest Baptists sought reformation through separation, we seek reformation through reconciliation. You will hear us ask questions like, “What should a radical Baptist witness look like today?” and, “How can Baptists encourage church unity and ‘the healing of the nations’?”
We are also proud to be an ecumenical congregation. As many as half of our members are from other denominational backgrounds. If you have been baptized in another tradition, we honor your baptism, together with your confession of faith. We do not ask anyone to be re-baptized.
Are you affiliated with a national Baptist organization?
Who participates in leadership at First Baptist Church of Asheville?
We believe the Scriptures reveal that women and men are equal partners in gospel ministry. Here, all members are able to serve as deacons. Both women and men preach and lead in worship.
What are our worship services like?
We follow the pattern of the church year, which begins with Advent and Christmas, and continues through the season of Pentecost. We administer the sacraments of baptism and communion on regular Sundays throughout the year. Sermons are lectionary-based, and seek to bring the Bible and everyday life into conversation.
We sing historical hymns from the classical and folk traditions of Europe and the United States, gospel hymns from revivalist traditions, contemporary songs of worship, and global music from the full spectrum of styles. We hear choral anthems, often accompanied by organ or piano, orchestra or brass ensemble. Sometimes we’re led by a bluegrass consort or a folksinger with guitar.
Visitors are often surprised to see expressions of worship they’ve experienced in non-Baptist settings. This is intentional. We believe we’re heirs of the whole Christian tradition, so we seek to exemplify the rich wisdom of Christian worship from the first century to the present.
Together, we explore the depths of faith, seeking to know God intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. Worshiping the God of Jesus Christ is the most important thing we do; it is the primary reason we exist, and the source of our joy.
We invite you to join us every Sunday in the sanctuary at 11:00 a.m.
What should I wear?
Adam and Eve were afraid in the garden because they were naked; we encourage you to wear whatever gives you courage.
Where should I go when I arrive?
If you are coming to worship, you may park in the Charlotte St. lot, or the Oak St. lot, which sits between the sanctuary entrance and the Downtown YMCA. Enter through the main sanctuary doors, where ushers will greet you, offer you an order of worship, and help you find a seat.
Signs are posted conveniently throughout the church to help you find your way. For additional guidance, please call the church office or see at our Contact and Directions page.
Do you have programs for children and youth?
Youth meet regularly on Sunday and Wednesday evenings, and take mission and recreational trips throughout the year. Many children and youth are involved in the church’s music ministry, from the children’s choir to the sanctuary orchestra. Click the links to learn more about our children and youth.
Are you open and accepting? Will I be welcomed no matter who I am?
What about people with special needs?
How do I join?
To become a member is to say “yes” to the accountability of caring for one another, discerning and sharing your gifts, and participating in the mutual encouragement and support of the community. You can learn more about membership by speaking with one of our ministers, or by calling the church office.
Do I have to be a member of the church to participate?
How can I learn more?
You are welcome to give us a call at 828.252.4781, or email David Blackmon, our Coordinating Pastor, to set an appointment to talk with a minister.