What do I need to know?

One of the great things about visiting a church with consistent growth is that you are rarely the only new person. Please know this if you visit: You will NOT be singled out, asked to stand up and introduce yourself, be forced to read a portion of Scripture aloud, recite verses from memory, lead the congregation in prayer, tell us where you are from, introduce your friend, sing a special, balance a hymnal on your nose or know the name of every book of the Bible and how to pronounce it and where it is located.
As you can see from pictures we have quite the mix of dress, from casual jeans and t-shirts to polos and suit jackets, so don't let that keep you from being our guest.  

SUNDAYS Groups and Worship 9:00 & 10:30

4128 S Connecticut Ave, Joplin, Missouri


As you pull into the LONG driveway, you will see signs for guest parking - be our guest!

Enter the main entrance under the portico.  Enter the doors on the right to go straight to Children's Check In.  The elevator for Adult classrooms is also on the right.   Our greeter team can assist you with your next steps.

If you have children (nursery through 5th grades) you can check them in on the right.  An assistant can help you enter in your information.  We have a safe and secure system with qualified, background checked volunteers.


Grab a cup of coffee, hot chocolate, or water at one of our complimentary coffee stations located on the northside of the Welcome Center, in the doors of the Worship Center entrance, and right inside the Worship Center.  

The Welcome Center is located in the right main entrance, just across from the Children's Check In station.  Tell them you are a first time guest for a free gift!

Check out our Eagle, made by local artist Larry Glaze.


Celebration begins Sunday at 10 am in our renovated family life center.  You can expect to find an exciting environment when you step into the auditorium for any of the Worship services. 

The worship is tailored to provide an atmosphere of worship for a very diverse community of believers.  Jason, our Minister of Worship, directs the worship team and musicians.   We occasionally utilize our orchestra and/or handbell choir.

Pastor Jamie strives to share applicable, relevant messages that are communicated in a clear, understandable way. 


If you didn't earlier, stop by the Welcome Center for your free gift!

Restrooms are located right outside the Worship Center doors in the foyer, or past the Welcome Center and eagle on the right.  A family bathroom is available just beyond the Children's Check In station.

Did you check in kids earlier?  Don't forget to bring your tag to pick them up!


james prayer alter

Making a Decision?

Do you have a decision to make about salvation, baptism, or church membership?  We would love to talk to you about that!  Visit someone at the Welcome Center or talk to someone up front at the end of the service during invitation time.  You can also contact the church office to schedule an appointment to speak to the pastor.

Want to know more?

Find out about our next First Look Lunch at the Welcome Center - they usually occur about once every 8-9 weeks.  We provide your lunch after service on a Sunday and tell you about our vision and mission as a church, and give you opportunities to ask questions.  RSVP for the next one with the church office to find out more.

First Look Lunch

Need to get involved?

Our goal is to provide several ways for you to get involved with the "First" family, from Small Groups on Sunday mornings, Family Groups throughout the week, or service opportunities whenever.  We would love to have you plug in to grow and serve!