At FBCSO, We are Active in Our Faith…
We welcome you to enrich your life by joining one, two, or three…of our ministries.
Please review our ministries below and contact us for information on how to join:

Authentic Manhood Men’s Ministry

Our purpose at Authentic Manhood is to create a space for men to be men. In a judgement-free atmosphere, Authentic Manhood impacts lives of men and young men through the development of relationships with other men of faith seeking the true definition of manhood as exemplified by Christ.

We envision men at all stages of life learning to walk in their God-given Authentic Manhood identity; an identity that leads to restoration and healing of a wide-range of relationships important to our life and legacy.

Our mission is to encourage men everywhere to discover and live out God’s principles of Authentic Manhood:
  • Rejecting Passivity
  • Accepting Responsibility
  • Investing Eternally
  • Leading Courageously

Care and Counseling

The purpose of the Ministry of Care and Counseling is to establish and provide a professionally safe and spiritually mature environment for members to reflect on and seek biblical insight, and spiritual wisdom counsel on an array of personal challenges and issues steaming from acute and chronic grief, stress, feelings of loss, and minor crisis.

Our mission is to impact and influence the lives of the members of First Baptist Church by providing pristine Christian counseling as a platform which targets the full development of the person and leads to mental and spiritual healing and deliverance through the empowering presence of the Peace of God in the life of the believer.

Our vision is to see every person in the Body of Believers at First Baptist operating in wholly blessedness, and walking in their full deliverance and healing of mental wellness in Christ; Mind, Body, and are used to be His witnesses in helping advance His Kingdom. “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved…” I Thessalonians 5:23a

Cup Bearers

The purpose of Cup Bearers is to provide aid and support to the Senior Pastor. Our ministry helps remove unnecessary anxiety through prayer and support by tending to various ministry needs.

Our mission is to provide a level of professional service and support to the Senior Pastor as a means to keep him focused on the mission of the church and his need to walk in agreement and submission to God (I Samuel 14:7).

The Cup Bearers’ vision is to be a model for other in what it means to serve in the Body of Christ by anticipating and equipping the Pastor with the necessary tools and supplies needed to serve him in God’s calling on his life to Shepherd His people.

Deacons Ministry

The Deacons ministry’s charge is to demonstrate reverence to Christ by helping to assist the Senior Pastor by serving basic needs of the congregation when and where needed.

Our mission is to support the Senior Pastor in helping to build strong disciples of out of our congregation members as our church carries out the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:19-20.

We envision the transformation of the entire membership of First Baptist Church and the local and global impact it has on the world in Christ.

Dynamic Marriage Ministry

The purpose of Dynamic Marriage Ministry is to provide marriages in our church with effective encouragement and biblical instruction that leads to healthy strong marriages as outlined in the Word of God.

As Disciples of Christ, our mission is to impact, teach, and model the Biblical principles of marriage.

We envision the nation-wide divorce rate dropping and younger adults “Building Strong Marriages” reflective of the Biblical model and the Covenant of Marriage God established in His Word through the impact of the Dynamic Marriage Ministry of our church.

Earthen Vessels

Earthen Vessels ministry purpose is to create, share, and maintain impactful and effectual liturgical art forms of worship though movement, which enhances and edifies the worship experience aimed at, bring expressions of adoration to God primarily during Sunday worship service.

As a mission, we are “not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead” (Galatians 1:1); commissioned to minister the Saving Grace of God and impact the lives of believers and non-believers alike through the testimony of liturgical movement and the adoration of the worship God!

Only when we see worshippers filled with the Spirit of God freely expressing liturgical expressions of hope, faith, and love to God in a Spirit-filled conviction of testimonial movement will we know we have honored the anointed impact of God’s call on Earthen Vessels in our church and community. 

Floral Ministry

The purpose of the Floral Ministry at FBCSO is to beautify the inside and outside of the properties of the church with floral scenery and decorations in a way, that reflects the glory of God in His slender. In addition, the Floral Ministry ministers to the bereaved and convalescent by providing breathtaking floral designs to brighten their day in Christ Jesus.

Our mission is to impact the lives of members and guest alike by strategically creating a space of elegant floral design that accents the worship experience for the glory of God, and for individual enjoyment and personal healing in Christ during times of great sorrow and need. “Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you (Exodus 25:8-9). “ And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it” (Genesis 2:15).

Our vision is to see the House of God and (church properties) beautified in seasonal floral creations that astonished worshippers, honors God’s glory and presence, as well as using different floral creations to flood the hearts of the bereaved, the sick and the shut-in with the Joy of the Lord. “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified” (Isaiah 61:3).

GROW Youth Ministry

The GROW Youth Ministry provides a venue for the youth of First Baptist to development key spiritual, social, and relational skills for their Christian development and growth. Through age appropriate Christian curriculum, our groups of kids, youth and adolescence learn the truths of the Bible and draw closer in their walk with God and one another in an environment designed to inspire spiritual and social engagement and learning.  

Our mission is to teach and develop the children and youth in our church in Christian principles until they “all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God,” and “may grow (our emphasis) up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-15).

The vision of Youth Ministry is to have such an impact on our youth that each of the youth in our church they live out such dynamic Christian lives before God that their peers will come to know God for as well.

Intercessory Prayer

As intercessors, we exist as a ministry in First Baptist to stand in the gap lifting up our ministry and community before the Throne of God. We impact lives and help shape world events in God daily through to transformative power of prayer. In Christ and through the indwelling direction of the Holy Spirit, we seek God’s will, plan, and purpose. We touch and agree with it in intercessory and warfare prayer over our church congregation and the world.

The mission of Intercessory Prayer Ministry at First Baptist is to stand as ambassadors for Christ and faithfully represent man before God in praying without and touching and agreeing with God’s will and salvific plan for man and mankind in the earth.

We will know we are impactful and fulfilling our position and calling in the Body of Christ at FBCSO when we see each member walking in the transformative power of Spirit-led prayer in their personal lives and prayer becomes an atmosphere in every aspect of our church. “Pray in the Spirit at all times, with every kind of prayer and petition. To this end, stay alert with all perseverance in your prayers for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18).

L.I.F.T. Women’s Ministry

L.I.F.T. stands for “Ladies in Fellowship Together.” We disciple women to become dynamic in all they say and do to the glory of God, our Father. By cultivating healthy relationships in Christ, the women of L.I.F.T. learn to experience spiritual empowerment and transformation to live out God’s perfect will and plan for their lives.

We are on mission with God to share the saving grace of God in Christ, Jesus through the spread of God’s Word in sisterly fellowship.

We envision being a premier transformational women’s ministry dedicated to impact and L.I.F.T. women everywhere in the power of God.

Missionary Ministry

The Purpose of the Missionary Ministry is model the Great Commission Christ as found in Matthew 28:19.

Our mission is to “impact the world” by ministering to the physical and spiritual needs of the “least of these” (Matthew 25:40).

We envision our ministry impacting hundreds of thousands of lives through God’s love in Christ through local and international feeding programs, medical assistance exertions, national disaster relief initiatives, community restoration efforts, and evangelizing mission campaigns in areas God leads our ministry to serve and share.

Music Ministry


We exist to “Impact the world in Christ” through expressions of spiritual gifts and talents in songwriting and song performance in a rich expression and articulation of the Good News of God in Christ with integrity and spiritual conviction in order to compliment the mission or First Baptist win souls to God and encourage ongoing spiritual growth. Our ministry includes our Worship Team, Male Chorus, Genesis Voices Youth Choir, NextUp Young Adults Choir, and Celebration Choir.

The mission of the music ministry is to glorify the Name of God by ministering and evangelizing   the Word of God in song and high worship in a way, which sets the atmosphere for the Holy Spirit and Power of God to minister throughout the worship experience at First Baptist Church.

The overall vision for the music ministry is to become a premiere music ministry of full of diverse talented, gifted and anointed soldiers of God where God uses the FBCSO Music Ministry as a platform in our church to inspire and draw thousands to Christ from around the world.

New Jersey Orators

As part of the larger New Jersey Orators (a non-profit State charter), First Baptist Church leads the way as a local community charter in the South Orange/Maplewood area. We have one purpose, help youth between ages 7 and 18 become confident speakers and tomorrow leaders.

Thus, our mission is to increase self-confidence, boost academic success, teach leadership skills, and help maximize career choices in youth by teaching critical public speaking skills as they embrace and walk in their spiritual identity in Christ.

We know we would have fulfilled our mission when today’s youth grow up to become tomorrow’s top leaders; confident, educated, well-spoken, embracing life with a sense of purpose as they engage their perspective career choices and convictions of personal and public civic and spiritual responsibility.


NextUp is a dynamic young adult ministry for ages 18-35 where we unapologetically walk in the affirmation of our identity as Born-Again Believers in Christ, Jesus. Our purpose is to provide, and explore opportunities for spiritual growth and development, as well as create a social community for young adult Christians.

Our mission is to help young adult Christians develop leadership and ministry skills critical in our walk with God through resources and training programs, which empowers young adults while strengthening their commitment as servants of God.

We envision adding a deepened richness to the mission and ministry of First Baptist Church. As today’s young Christian adults, we are multi-gifted, multitalented, multi-tiered, and multicultural assets. We rise in God to offer Him our creative dynamics so that through us, the overall development and growth of the body of Christ at First Baptist will growth well into her future in areas of evangelism and Christian fellowship, and leadership development.

Scholarship Ministry

The First Baptist Church Scholarship Ministry serves to encourage, identify, and support the academic accomplishments and endeavors of the youth and young adults in our church by providing scholarship support to students recognized for their community leadership and post high school academic and career goals. Qualified students receive scholarship support as early as middle school for leadership accomplishments throughout their college matriculation. Scholarships offered are ‘Developing Future Leaders Scholarship,” “Rosa A. Morris & James A. Vaughan Scholarship,” and our “Career Path Education” scholarship.

It is our mission to impact, motivate and stimulate the youth and young adults in our church to reach their God-given potential as young men and women by reinforcing the principles of salvation in Christ and encouraging academic excellence, leadership, and social responsibility as Christian witnesses through community and educational events.

Our vision is to have such a Christian impact to the point each of our students who desire to do so, go to trade school or college without academic worry, and move on to graduate strong in their Christian faith, taking their witness with them to impact into the world in Christ in their own way.

Sunday School Enrichment

The Sunday school Enrichment ministry provides a foundation of learning to children age four through eight. We teach Christian values and principles utilizing curriculum gear towards developing academic and social skills. “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6).

We exist to “impact the lives of children” in Christ by equipping them with foundational education, that enforces academic, social, and spiritual learning.

We are the best academic and spiritual development enrichment ministry around. We instruct with love, we invest eternally; we just do it for Christ.

Ushers Ministry Helpers

There is no one like the One and True Living God of heaven and earth. We stand as doorkeepers and forerunners in the house of God;” to usher guests into the presence of He “that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; Lo, he doth send out his voice, and that a mighty voice,” Psalm 68:33. As worshippers enter into the sanctuary, our purpose is to greet, welcome, and help each person find proper seating and settle in for a fresh worship experience. Each week we stand at the sanctuary doors of God House, ready to welcome and usher in God’s people with joy! “For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness” (Psalm 84:10).

As doorkeepers and forerunners U.S.H.E.R.S, our mission is to “Usher God’s people, through the power of the Spirit, into the House of God, with impactful Exchange, through Righteous service in Christ, for the Salvation of souls.” Matthew 5:16 encourages us to “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Our vision is to become so succinctly impactful as ushers at FBCSO that our one on one exchanges with worshippers exemplifies Christ-like service and the Light of Christ in us transcends every heart of every person.