Our love and respect for others as persons made in the image of God, compels us to reject manipulative forms of evangelism. The love of God for the lost is the principal motivating factor in our evangelistic efforts. FBC Mobile engages in social ministries which are understood to be ends in themselves, and not merely avenues for evangelism, because Jesus has commanded us to do good and not to neglect "the least of these." We reject the philosophy that the only legitimate work of the church is the winning of souls. We affirm that we are called to minister to the whole person. FBC Mobile affirms without reservation the leadership role of both men and women in the church in recognition of the truth that God, who is no respecter of persons, is free to and does call persons to ministry without regard to their gender. We reject discrimination against women in the ministry, lay or clerical. No position in the church, lay or clerical, is generally restricted. For example, we affirm that women may be ordained and serve as deacons at FBC Mobile, and we welcome women as preachers and teachers in all respects.