WCIF - Ministry to Community
One unique ministry of First Baptist is our radio station that operates 24 hours a day from studios located in the office wing of the church. WCIF (Where Christ Is First) is at 106.3 on the fm radio dial right in the middle of secular sounds where many have come across it and started listening. The station is owned and operated by FBC Melbourne and has been in existence since 1980. It now reaches 20 communities, parts of Orlando and at least two hours of travel along I-95. From the letters we get and the public contact we have we can tell God is using the broadcast to let His Word do it’s work in countless lives.
One of the main comments we get as we meet the public at various events is that we make sure we tell the church how much they appreciate having the programs and music available. They realize this is a labor of love grounded in the church.
WCIF is a faith ministry that relies on listeners’ gifts for all expenses and nothing comes from the annual budget of the church. But as you might expect the people of FBC are enthusiastic in setting an example for others to follow. FBC has more contributors to WCIF than any other church in the community even though the Christian community contributes around 90% of our budget. The station is well received and has helped many who are seeking a church home consider and settle at FBC.
Although we only have a full time staff of 4 with our use of volunteers we are able to do the work of a much larger station. Our volunteers work at almost everything from on air to helping us get the monthly newsletter mailed to helping answer telephones during our annual sharathon. Anyone who would like to spend some time with us in a volunteer capacity should contact our Operations Administrator, Martha Root at 725-WCIF (9243).
p.s. Many have begun to listen because they’ve seen our bumper sticker and encountered a courteous driver.