THE MISSION AND STRATEGY OF FIRST BROAD STREET UMC TO HELP PEOPLE FOLLOW JESUS BY LOVING GOD, GROWING TOGETHER, AND REACHING OUT.
First Broad Street United Methodist Church is a community of Christian faith located on Church Circle in downtown Kingsport, TN. Whether you have been a Christian all your life and are looking for a place to live and grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ, or you have never been in a church before and are curious about who Jesus is and what being a Christian is all about, there is a place for you at First Broad Street to journey in faith by Loving God, Growing Together, and Reaching Out.
WITH THE BIBLE AS OUR FOUNDATION, GUIDED BY REASON, TRADITION, AND EXPERIENCE, WE SEEK TO LIVE INTO THE FOLLOWING VALUES:
Experiencing God- We seek to offer ways to grow deeper with God.
Powerful Worship- We seek to provide opportunities for God to inspire powerful worship.
Healthy Marriages- We seek to enable couples to have God-centered relationships.
Strong Families- We seek to guide families as they raise children to follow Christ in a changing world.
Sharing Life- We seek to be an inclusive and diverse Christ-centered community that values intergenerational relationships.
Faith in Action- We seek to share Christ's love through speech and service.
Let’s ENVISION the future of First Broad Street together. Over the course of several months in 2016, members of our church prayed together and sought together the direction that God would have this community of believers go over the next several years. These four areas of focus will prepare FBSUMC to meet the present needs of our community as well as ensure a vital future for our church community. In May, a promotional piece for First Broad Street’s vision was released to the congregation. We ask that you would share these with friends who may be interested in learning more about our church. We also ask that you would keep this piece before you to help all of us stay focused on the progress and energy we can devote to these key areas for our church’s growth and future. Already efforts are underway to enhance these four areas of ministry. Please review these goals and activities and consider how you can participate in what God is doing at First Broad Street. DOWNLOAD OUR BROCHURE
Increasing lay involvement in our worship – with testimonies, creative arts, special music, increased participation in our music groups
Upgrading the sanctuary – refresh carpet, pews, & sound system
Revitalizing hospitality – new exterior and interior signage for visitors, increase lay volunteer presence for Sunday morning hospitality
Increasing safety measures
Creating an offering park
Implementing New Amp Sunday School program
Increasing training for staff and laity
Developing a discipleship program available to everyone (individually, & through small groups, Sunday school classes, and study groups) –Fall 2017
Encouraging each person to grow in discipleship by participating each week in personal devotional activities, a small group, a study group and service – Fall 2017
Reaching at risk children – increasing support and contact through the Childcare Center, Jackson School, Camp Bays Mt.
Increasing external communication about all the FBS is doing
Increasing lay involvement and volunteers in FBS ministries
The First 100 Years
Nestled in the hills along the Holston river close to the old Netherland Inn was the site where a small Methodist Society was started in the early 1800’s. This Boatyard Church and cemetery grew and flourished until the Civil War brought about a division in the congregation between those sympathetic with the North and those favoring the South.
The two congregations continued to worship in the same building until they moved downtown in the early 1900’s. We hear stories even today of new congregations meeting in schools and movie theaters. Our story is no different as one congregation met in the old Gaity Theater and then the Odd Fellows Hall while the other congregation met in a school building where the First Presbyterian Church now stands.
Eventually, after much sacrifice and stepping out in faith, each church began its own building program. Broad Street Methodist (South) was the first church building erected in modern Kingsport. It was on the site where the education building now stands. Woodyard Center is the site of the former First Methodist Church (North). It was named after the Rev. Woodyard who was also a talented brick mason. He and a helper laid every brick in that building. Our two churches existed side by side until they merged in 1969 to become First Broad Street United Methodist Church.
First Broad Street is fully committed to providing the safest environment possible for all people, especially children and teenagers. We have established a policy and procedure guideline called "Safe Sanctuaries" which requires a background check and training for all volunteers and staff working with persons under 18 years of age. Our background checks and training is conducted through our partner, Safe Gatherings.
All First Broad Street UMC volunteers working with children and students age birth-18 are asked to complete online abuse prevention training through Safe Gatherings. Please click the logo above and create an account with Safe Gatherings and follow the onscreen prompts to complete the training. For questions, please contact Rev. Misti McCreary at email@example.com or Nathan Flora at firstname.lastname@example.org.