Fellowship Bible is not just one of the most influential churches in Little Rock, it is known throughout the entire Southeast as a church making a difference in their community and around the world.
Fellowship Bible Church of Little Rock began with a small group of students at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville who were inspired in the late 1960’s with a vision for a new kind of church.
In 2004, Saline Community Church, a struggling church plant, became the second campus and began Fellowship Bible Church's introduction to multisite. During that time, the campus has built its current facility with some major remodels in the past year. Being the first campus-plant, Fellowship felt its way through multisite leadership, but after the past 8 years and the addition of more campuses, Fellowship has a clear vision for multisite structure and team ministry that has served all campuses.
Over the years Fellowship has been involved in ministries around Arkansas and throughout the world. They have been used by God to plant churches, partner with other ministries across the globe, send and support missionaries, and provide resources for outreach and discipleship. They seek to be a people of God who make disciples who live by His grace and for His glory at home and across the world!
Fellowship Bible Church is an elder-led church (with a mix of lay-elders and a few pastoral staff-elders).
The leadership culture at Fellowship is marked by character, laughter, authenticity and a desire to do all with excellence.
The teaching time is focused on taking the deep truths of the Bible and explaining them in a manner that makes sense today. FBC spend most of the year preaching through books of the Bible, with occasional breaks for a topic-based series.
The Benton Campus and staff is led by Cody Calhoun. Cody was raised in Little Rock and attended both Southern Arkansas University and Central Baptist College. He loves his family and shepherding the people at Fellowship Bible. His leadership style and the general leadership style of Fellowship is highly relational. Fellowship has a team-model, as seen in the campus structure.
Fellowship Student Ministries (FSM) seek to create desired environments for those in junior high and high school. They focus on creating large group settings where all can feel welcomed and engaged. In addition they seek to move students into small group settings where students can grow in relationship with Jesus and friends while feeling known.
The Student Ministry meets on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:00pm (Cafe open for first 30 minutes, program from 6:00-7:00pm).
Both Jr. High and High School Ministries utilize D Groups (Discipleship Groups). These meet throughout the week. These are small groups divide by grade and gender with strong adult leadership.
The Student Pastor will give oversight for all 7th to 12th grade students at the Benton Campus and work in collaboration with the overall Student Ministry team for all Fellowship campuses.
Each FSM small group (known as Discipleship Groups, or D Groups) have six to twelve members, and each group is based on grade and gender. These groups meet throughout the week to help students grow in their understanding of the Bible and practice of Scriptures as well as create community with their group leader and other participants.
Fellowship Bible Church is equipped with ample resources to create a variety of environments where jr. high and high school students can be met by loving leaders and grow together in Christ and in relationship with one another.
FSM leadership seeks to teach and model God's Word in relevant ways. Both large and small group (D Group) settings take time in God's Word to discover what the Lord has said to His people. Fellowship Bible is known for their commitment to real and applicable teaching of the Bible.
Fellowship Bible Church is a fun environment with many rewards-- however it is a driven environment as well. The new leader should come in ready to laugh, but also equipped and driven to work. The Fellowship Student Ministry (FSM) team does much in collaboration; therefore communication and weekly team gatherings are large priorities for the larger FSM team (cross-campus).
The strength of the Benton Campus Student Ministries is currently in the Jr. High area. Coming out of COVID, the groups are both seeing a strong return, but the Jr. High has been the stronger of the two. The new leaders should come in with a mindset of growing upon the foundation of the younger youth while building relational equity with the older students so that discipleship continues to be the heart-beat.
As FSM continues to grow, it is imperative that the Benton Student Pastor continues the ministry structure that is scalable to grow with the church. This primarily happens through the recruitment, training and sustaining of the leadership team. FSM has a strong group of volunteers who seek to be equipped with the effective tools and methods to meet students where they are, partner with parents through the teen years and equip students to love Jesus and others well.
Though there are a few socio-economic classes that make up Fellowship Bible Church, the immediate area (Saline County) is seen as both affluent, suburban and rural. Benton is the largest (and growing) suburbs of Little Rock. The new hire should understand the challenges this creates (culture and affluence differences). The Student Pastor will want to equip leaders who will meet students and families where they are; therefore he should model relationship with students, but empower the lay leadership (D. Group leaders) to be actively involved in the lives of students.
Because of the size, scope and growth of FSM it is imperative that the new Pastor come in with the knowledge that a good portion of of his time will be spent with the adult population in student ministry. Time with students is always desired (and should be modeled), but the realistic expectation for this new hire is that he will equip and empower leaders for relational ministry with students.
The Student Pastor is responsible for all aspects of Fellowship’s Student Ministry (FSM) at the campus level. Through their strong leadership, communication and relational skills, this person oversees the effectiveness and growth of the campus’s ministry to student's 7th-12th grade. They also will serve with Fellowship’s multisite team of student pastors to create strategies that advance the gospel among students in central Arkansas
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