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Our Mission | Our History
Edgewater Baptist Church is a Southern Baptist Church situated in the heart of the Gentilly community of New Orleans. We are a body of believers that live life on the E.D.G.E. by EXALTING the Savior, DISCIPLING people, GOING on missions, and EQUIPPING the members of our church to invite others to join us.
Edgewater Baptist Church was founded on October 19, 1951. Initially, Edgewater did not have a building and was allowed to meet in local theaters. Edgewater held morning services in the Gentilly Theatre and evening services in the Pitt Theatre. Eventually, Edgewater purchased land and completed the first structure in December of 1955. The first worship service was held on the first Sunday of 1956. As the church grew, other facilities were added in 1959 and 1964. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the church building. While the church was being rebuilt, the congregation met under a tent in the parking lot. Eventually, the congregation moved into the fellowship hall until the sanctuary was completed in July 2008.
The Church Gathered
At Edgewater, we gather to prepare to accomplish Christ's mission in this world by:
Teaching the truth of the Bible and training others to do so as well.
Developing genuine fellowship and taking care of one another as members of Christ's family.
Celebrating hope, forgiveness of sins, and the promise of His return through authentic worship.
Expressing dependence on Christ through diligent prayer.
The Church Scattered
At Edgewater, we scatter into the world to accomplish Christ's mission in this world by:
Exalting Christ through our lives, relationships, and church.
Intentionally developing relationships with our unchurched family members, friends, and acquaintances.
Sharing the Gospel.
Trusting God to work in such a way that only He gets the glory.
At Edgewater, we plan to accomplish Christ's mission in this world by:
Equipping every disciple for ministry service.
Ensuring every disciple knows, understands, and applies proper Bible doctrine.
Encouraging every disciple to mature and reproduce.
Enabling every disciple to participate in our mission.
At Edgewater, we hope every member will faithfully participate in:
All worship services, because Jesus in worthy of our worship.
Accountability, in order to be better prepared to make disciple of all nations.
Giving with joy and generosity under the Spirit's leadership in order to honor Jesus Christ and to resource the work of making disciples of all nations.
Bible Study Groups on Sunday mornings and Community Groups on Wednesday evenings in order to be better equipped for making disciples of all nations.
Ministry, sharing in the responsibility that supports the larger congregation in its work of making disciples of all nations.