Introduction

We at First Baptist Church understand the spiritual benefits of the Internet and the ministry opportunities afforded by its use. We also understand the importance of respecting and protecting your privacy. This webpage describes our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Privacy Policy

Who We Are

We are the First Baptist Church of Fredericksburg, Texas, U.S.A., a non-profit religious organization.

Our business office is located at 1407 E Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. Our business telephone number is +1 (830) 997-9511. Our staff email address is staff@fbcfbg.com.

Our primary website address is https://fbcfbg.com. It is accessible through other registered domain names (such as www.fbcfbg.com and fbcfbg.church) which redirect users to our primary website.

Personal Data We Collect and Why We Collect It

First Baptist Church collects two types of information when you visit our website:

  1. Personal Information
    This is information that you voluntarily supply to us through comments, contact cards, email, or the First Baptist Church website. It is information that you provide to us for such things as prayer requests, surveys, volunteering for First Baptist ministries, changing your contact information, church membership, etc. All personal information is kept confidential and is not distributed, sold, or shared with anyone. It is strictly used for the purposes of allowing First Baptist Church to encourage you in your walk with Jesus Christ.
  2. Technical Information
    This is information that is exchanged between our computers and yours when visiting our website. This information is anonymous and does not personally identify you. It includes, but is not limited to, your IP address, referring URL, type of web browser, browser display settings, and whether you are a first-time visitor or returning visitor to the site. We use third-party spam detection services to minimize unwanted advertisements. We use third-party website traffic analysis to aggregate and analyze how our website is being used.

We may place a “cookie” on your computer, which is used to recognize you when you visit our site. Cookies are small pieces of information that are stored on your computer’s hard drive containing information about your browsing session on our website. They allow First Baptist Church to simplify subsequent visits and to enhance your personal experience in using our web site. Most computers are set up to automatically receive cookies. However, you can prevent cookies from being placed on your computer by changing the setting in your web browser’s preferences menu or using your browser’s anonymity mode. Cookies are not used to gain any personal information about you.

If you have questions about the use of personal or technical information collected through our website, you may contact us by email at staff@fbcfbg.com.

Children’s Privacy

First Baptist Church is strongly committed to the safety and protection of children. First Baptist Church, through its website, does not knowingly accept or collect personal information from children under the age of 13 without the prior written verifiable consent from the parent(s) or guardian(s). First Baptist Church does not disclose any information collected from children to third parties.

Embedded Content from Other Websites

Content on this website includes embedded content (e.g., videos, images, articles) from other (not First Baptist) websites. For example, First Baptist worship service videos are maintained in our YouTube channel. Embedded content behaves in the same manner as if you visited the other website.

These other websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content. Please consult the privacy and terms of use policies for any third-party websites.

Links

This website may contain links to other sites. First Baptist Church does not endorse or receive any financial benefit from the entities for which links are provided. Links to third party entities and related materials and information are provided only as an element of our ministry. These sites are not owned or operated by First Baptist Church and we are not responsible for the privacy policies or information collection practices of these sites. The Privacy Policy of First Baptist Church does not apply to such third parties and they are responsible for their own privacy statements. We encourage you to be aware of the privacy statements of each website that collects your personally identifiable information.

Uses of Information Collected

Any information that First Baptist Church collects and that you provide is strictly used to extend the ministry of our church. We do not sell, lease, or distribute any information to any commercial entities.

Analytics

First Baptist uses a third-party website traffic analysis service to gather aggregated, anonymous information about website usage. This includes date/time, country, browser type, language, length of session, and first-time or repeat user. It does not include any personally identifying information about individuals browsing our website.

How Long We Retain Your Data

Any personal information you provide or technical information we collect may be maintained indefinitely.

Rights You Have Over Your Data

The First Baptist website does not allow individuals (except its church staff and technical support personnel) to register or setup accounts. It does not allow individuals to post general comments or reply to content. If you choose to contact us through the church website (such as submitting a contact form or prayer request or sending us an email) we have only the personal data you choose to provide.

Submitting an online form from our website results in an email with the information you provided being sent to church staff and technical support personnel. It is not retained in a website database. Thus, your personal information is stored only in First Baptist’s email servers and backups. On a periodic basis old and deleted emails are purged from our servers. Backup copies may persist until they are overwritten.

Occasionally we use a survey form on our website to collect information about our ministries. Survey information is retained until it has been aggregated and analyzed. It is deleted from the website within twelve months following collection.

First Baptist’s records retention policy governs how long we maintain information required for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where We Send Your Data

First Baptist’s website is hosted by a third-party service located in the United States. All our website information is, thus, retained in the U.S.A. on commercial web servers not owned or operated by First Baptist. Our website host is responsible for meeting all required data security and protection standards. If a data breach should occur in our website host’s service, that organization is responsible for all notification, mitigation, and corrective actions.

First Baptist does not transfer website server data outside the control of our host service.

By voluntarily submitting personal information on First Baptist’s website, users are specifically granting First Baptist authorization to collect, use, and retain such data within the constraints of this Privacy Policy.

Financial Information

First Baptist uses a third-party service to process online and electronic contributions. Our financial processor is certified to meet Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) provisions.

First Baptist does not conduct any other types of financial transactions on or through our website. Thus, we do not have or collect financial information for any website user. Our online contributions processor is entirely responsible for the security of financial transactions they handle, and for notification, mitigation, and corrective actions should any data breach be discovered.

Third Parties We Receive Data From

First Baptist receives a record of contributions periodically from our third-party online and electronic contributions processor. This includes the contributor’s name, date of contribution, amount of contribution, and any contributor designation for the gift. It does not include the contributor’s payment information (credit/debit card information, bank information, or other personal information).

First Baptist does not receive personal data about web users from any other source.

Automated Decision Making and/or Profiling We Do with User Data

First Baptist’s website uses a third-party spam detector to minimize unwanted advertisements and posts. We use aggregated, anonymous web traffic statistics provided by a third-party to assess the general health and use of our website. Beyond those, we make no automated decisions based on user data.

Industry Regulatory Disclosure Requirements

First Baptist is not a member of a regulated industry or subject to additional privacy laws.

Privacy Contact Information

Questions concerning First Baptist’s Privacy Policy may be submitted by mail or email to the business office address listed above (Who we are).

Terms of Use

Welcome to fbcfbg.com. We provide services to you subject to the following terms. If you visit fbcfbg.com, you accept these terms. Please read them carefully.

Electronic Communications

When you visit fbcfbg.com or send emails to us, you are communicating with us electronically. You consent to receive communications from us electronically. We will communicate with you by email or by telephone if you provide us that information. You agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures, and other communications that we provide to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing.

Copyright, License, and Site Access

All content included on this site, such as text, graphics, logos, button icons, images, audio clips, digital downloads, data compilations, and software, is the property of the First Baptist Church or its content suppliers and protected by United States and international copyright laws. The compilation of all content on this site is the exclusive property of fbcfbg.com and protected by U.S. and international copyright laws. All software used on this site is the property of the First Baptist Church or its software suppliers and protected by United States and international copyright laws. This site or any portion of this site may not be reproduced, duplicated, copied, sold, resold, visited, or otherwise exploited for any commercial purpose without express written consent of First Baptist Church. You may not frame or utilize framing techniques to enclose any trademark, logo, or other proprietary information (including images, text, page layout, or form) of fbcfbg.com. You may not use any meta tags or any other “hidden text” utilizing First Baptist’s name or trademarks without the express written consent of First Baptist Church. Any unauthorized use terminates the permission or license granted by First Baptist Church. You are granted a limited, revocable, and nonexclusive right to create a hyperlink to the home page of fbcfbg.com so long as the link does not portray fbcfbg.com in a false, misleading, derogatory, or otherwise offensive matter. You may not use any First Baptist Church logo or other proprietary graphic or trademark as part of the link without express written permission. You may not use First Baptist Church’s logo on any third-party website.

Prayer Requests, Communications, and Other Content

Visitors may post prayer requests and other communications so long as the content is not illegal, obscene, threatening, defamatory, invasive of privacy, infringing of intellectual property rights, or otherwise injurious to third parties or objectionable and does not consist of or contain software viruses, political campaigning, commercial solicitation, chain letters, mass mailings, or any form of “spam.” You may not use a false email address, impersonate any person or entity, or otherwise mislead as to the origin of a prayer request or other content. Fbcfbg.com reserves the right (but not the obligation) to remove or edit such content.

Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Liability

This site is provided by fbcfbg.com on an “as is” and “as available” basis. Fbcfbg.com makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, as to the operation of this site or the information, content, materials, or products included on this site. You expressly agree that your use of this site is at your sole risk. To the full extent permissible by applicable law, fbcfbg.com disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. Fbcfbg.com does not warrant that this site, its servers, or email sent from fbcfbg.com are free of viruses or other harmful components. Fbcfbg.com will not be liable for any damages of any kind arising from the use of this site, including, but not limited to direct, indirect, incidental, punitive, and consequential damages. Certain state laws do not allow limitations on implied warranties or the exclusion or limitation of certain damages. If these laws apply to you, some or all of the above disclaimers, exclusions, or limitations may not apply to you, and you might have additional rights.

Applicable Law

By visiting fbcfbg.com, you agree that the laws of the state of Texas, without regard to principles of conflict of laws, will govern these Terms of Use and any dispute of any sort that might arise between you and First Baptist Church.

Your Consent

By using this web site, you are giving First Baptist Church your express consent to use the information collected about you as this policy outlines.

Terms of Use Contact Information

Questions concerning First Baptist’s Terms of Use may be submitted by mail or email to the business office address listed above (under the Privacy Policy – Who we are).