F.A.Q

+ Why would I drive downtown to go to church?

There's lots of good churches out there. There might even be one close to you that you’re supposed to connect with. Most of the people who drive some distance to go to 2BC (and we have folks driving from as far away as Cabot, Conway, and Bryant) do so because they value our church’s progressive spirit and emphasis on creativity and learning.

+ Where exactly is Second Baptist located?

We're located at the corner of 8th and Cumberland downtown a few blocks south of the Rivermarket. To locate us on a map, click here.

+ What is worship at Second Baptist like?

For information see the worship section of our website.

+ There are lots of different kinds of Baptists. What kind of Baptists are you?

We’re the kind of Baptists that stress freedom. We’re the kind of Baptists who treasure the authority of the Bible, but who also expect to wrestle with the tremendous complexity of the scriptures. We’re definitely the kind of Baptists who trust women to be in roles of leadership in the Church (we have several female ministers on staff). At one point in our history, our primary connection was with the Southern Baptist Convention, but due to changes in that body over the past twenty years, our affiliation with the S.B.C. is very limited. Now our primary partnership is with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. More importantly, we believe that every Baptist church is autonomous, so we’re not willing to be completely identified by who we partner with (no matter who that partner is), but instead believe we are best identified by the way we worship, practice discipleship, build community, and do mission in the world. You can also take a more in depth look at who we are here.

+ What kinds of opportunities exist for young adults at Second Baptist?

We have two overlapping groups of young adults at Second Baptist.

In 2007, a new ministry was launched at 2BC designed mainly for people who are post college, married or unmarried, but do not have yet have children (though we don’t tend to draw hard lines for involvement at Second Baptist which means we always have people who aren’t part of the target group that participate). The ministry is called REstore.

The REstore community focuses on building deep friendships, discussing issues that matter, and living intentionally. From the beginning the goal for this community has been to create an environment where people who don’t like church or traditional religion could find a place of welcome. For more information about REstore contact Chris Ellis.

In addition to REstore, we also have a large and active Young Adult Sunday School Class. The Young Adult Department is a more traditional Bible study group. It meets on Sunday mornings at 9:00 in room #322. For information on how to connect with this group in our church contact Betsy Young.

+ What kinds of opportunities exist for teenagers at Second Baptist?

Second Baptist does student ministry a little differently than some places. There’s less emphasis on having a flashy program, and more emphasis on building relationships and equipping our teenagers to build habits of faith for a lifetime.

That’s not to say our students don’t have fun. Our students have taken mission trips to New York and South Africa, ski trips to Colorado, and retreats all around the state. They play ultimate frisbee together on Sundays at Macarthur Park among other opportunities for fellowship and fun here at home. But these activities are just a means to an end of challenging them to have a deep faith, and to live lives accountable to one another and God.

But these activities are just a means to an end of challenging them to have a deep faith, and to live lives accountable to one another and God.

Ultimately it is our desire for every student in our youth ministry to have vibrant and active relationship with God, providing them a source of identity in Christ that will shape every part of who they are and allow their faith to 'stick' as they leave home and go out into the world.

For more detailed information on the stuff happening for our students check out our youth ministry page.

+ What does Children’s ministry look like at Second Baptist?

Every church’s approach to children’s ministry is somewhat unique. At Second Baptist there are some things that we really stress. We place a really high value on worship arts with our kids. Our Wednesday night schedule is based on our belief that every person possesses gifts that they can use to worship and serve God. You might see our kids participating in singing, drama, art classes and more.

Something else we stress is loving and accepting people who are different. Children at Second Baptist hear all the time about how God loves everyone, and are taught creative ways to put that into practice.

We also spend a lot of time teaching our children how to pray. Prayer’s not easy for most people including adults, but we teach our kids to pray for daily concerns in their lives, knowing that a habit developed early will shape them for the rest of their lives.

We also spend a lot of time teaching our children how to pray. Prayer’s not easy for most people including adults, but we teach our kids to pray for daily concerns in their lives, knowing that a habit developed early will shape them for the rest of their lives. For more information see our children's ministry page.

+ How does Second Baptist stress safety, especially for children?

Unfortunately, we live in a world where bad things happen, and while a church should be a welcoming place for all people, there are ways to do that that protect everyone involved, especially children. Second Baptist employs professionally trained security personnel to ensure that our church is a safe environment. These folks work hard to ensure that everyone person that we come in contact with at Second Baptist is treated with dignity and respect and also that the campus is as safe as possible.

Additionally, to ensure the safety of the kids who come to 2BC, we strictly maintain a set of policies which ensure that both the volunteers and the paid workers who minister to our children have cleared a background check and been trained in the best ways to teach kids.