Christian Invitation

Welcoming Newcomers

First Baptist wants newcomers to know:

  • You are welcome just as you are.
  • Your ideas and thoughts are welcome; your struggles and doubts are welcome.
  • God is here, ready to connect with you in a fresh way.
  • Our greeters and ushers are here and desire that you experience love and hospitality of this Christian community.
"Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality." (Romans 12:13)


The heart behind this ministry is the desire to love people and help connect them to the body of Christ.

"Love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God." (1 John 4:7)


Since God loves us, Jesus commands us to also love one another. Jesus' invitation to us is simply, "You are welcome as you are." That is really good news! The New Testament is overflowing with amazing stories of Jesus' Radical Hospitality. Love welcomes and seeks to include. Love is something to be experienced. It is an action. You do it! He invites us to join Him in loving the world and practicing "kingdom hospitality." 

This is what we are seeking to do through the ministries of Christian Invitation...

Ministries Include: 
  • First Impressions (greeters, ushers)
  • Reception Teams
  • Visitor Follow-Up
  • The School of Radical Hospitality
  • Boy Scouts Team
  • International Ministry
  • Divorce Recovery
  • AA Group

Family Ties That Bind

Improve your personal relationships

Sundays, March 19 - April 9, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Suite 220
Cost: $25; Book cost: Family Ties That Bind $13

Family relationships complicate most people’s lives. Birth order, our parents’ relationship, and the “rules” we were brought up with can affect our self-esteem and relationships with spouses, children, and other family members. This four-week seminar will introduce you to how families function and what you can do to change the way you act in your family and with other people. Each session offers a speaker and small group exercises. Direct questions to Kim McIntoshor call 358-5458 x118.

Sessions include:

  • Session One: ‘Introduction to Family Systems’: Dr. Dan Bagby
  • Session Two: ‘Closeness & Distance & Over-functioning & Under-functioning in Relationships’: Dr. Steve Booth
  • *Session Three: ‘Triangles in Relationships’: Dr. Phil Mitchell (Begins at 4:30 p.m.)
  • Session Four: ‘Birth Order and Gender Position’: Dr. Roberta Damon 

Changes That Heal

Sundays, April 23 – June 11
5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Suite 220
“How to Understand Your Past to Ensure a Healthier Future” - Henry Cloud video series.
Cost: $35
Questions to: Kim McIntosh or call 358-5458 x118.

Conversational English

Help VCU International Students learn English Wednesday evenings, April 26 through May 31. Join us in the gym for dinner at 5:00 p.m. and then class from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Please direct questions to Ralph Starling.

The School of Radical Hospitality

This class is offered annually (six-week series) and is designed to help participants practice Radical Hospitality to our world. People who practice this are open to loving others without judging or looking down on them. They look past invisible differences (beliefs, attitudes, values, lifestyles) and visible differences (clothing, skin color, ages, gender, economic status). Radical Hospitality really does welcome people just as they are. During these sessions we will explore the Jesus' way of love and hospitality, the early church and the Benedictine model of radical hospitality, and the practice of fearless conversation, genuine humility, and divine anticipation.

School of Radical Hospitality – An Invitation to “Change Yourself” – Thursday evenings April 20 thru May 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. will meet at the home of Ralph Starling, Ministry of Invitation. Reservations: or call 358-5458 ext. 134.

Divorce Recovery Ministry

This ministry seeks to create a healing environment to those who are experiencing brokenness from a separation or divorce. The end of a relationship can be a lonely and devastating experience. Workshops, seminars, and support groups are offered throughout the year and designed to help walk participants through transition and discover a future with hope.

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11)


International Ministry

This ministry seeks to love those persons who have relocated to Richmond from other countries because of work, or as students studying at our universities, or as refugees/New Americans. The ministry of Christian Invitation seeks to show the love of Christ by welcoming those who are strangers in a new land.

"Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it." (Hebrews 13:2)

For more information contact Ralph Starling, Associate Pastor.