A year and a half after the small town of Manhattan was established in the Kansas Territory, a group of five men and five women met at the schoolhouse on Sunday morning, August 14th, 1858, to organize a church.  Because one of the leaders was ill, it was decided that they would meet at his house in the afternoon.  The ten agreed to a declaration of faith and a church covenant.  These actions organized a church to be known as the First Baptist Church of Manhattan.


First Baptist Church of Manhattan, 1911

Over one 150 years later, the church that came to be First is still serving the growing community of Manhattan.  Today the church has intentionally taken on the desire to be a missional church.  As a missional church, the members seek to discover where God is actively at work and come alongside Him in that work in the community and around the world.  There is a new focus today on taking our church outside the walls to those who need to hear the message of hope that First Baptist Church brings to the community.  We are striving to embrace the Great Commission to reach out and teach as Jesus directed us to.

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First Baptist Church of Manhattan, 2006

We are very excited for the plan God has laid upon our hearts, and to be aligned with His will.  We are excited to carry the Gospel message to the people of Manhattan, and to provide a place where all believers can come together in worship of our Great and Holy God.

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