The point of the Middle Tennessee Initiative isn’t to build up Brentwood Baptist Church. It’s to change our communities. Because of that, we believe the answer to the needs we see is through multiplying the impact of churches in our area. We recognize there are a number of congregations already in Middle Tennessee. That’s why church multiplication isn’t just about starting regional campuses and church plants, but also about partnering with existing churches and people groups.
As they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work I have called them to.” Then after they had fasted, prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them off. — Acts 13:2-3
After careful research and prayer, we’ve targeted the areas in Middle Tennessee where Brentwood Baptist campuses could make an eternal difference. We’ve already done this—first with The Church At Station Hill and now with the Nashville Campus. And it’s something we want to continue doing—producing churches and campuses that are fully supported, funded, and operated under our one organization.
- The Church At Station Hill
- Nashville Campus
We’ve said it before, but church planting runs in our veins. We were planted by Woodmont Baptist Church in 1969 and we’ve since produced other congregations in Middle Tennessee and beyond. We won’t stop now. And we’ve even got a church planting training program (TRAIN) now in place to equip these men in starting self-sustained, reproducing new works. It may seem like there’s already a church on every corner in Middle Tennessee, but we hope to help these congregations be intentional about reaching the unique pockets of people in their areas with the gospel.
- Sent Church in San Angelo, TX (Pastor Josh Lilly, TRAIN Graduate);
- Vertical Church in Kansas City, KS (Pastor Blake Finuf, TRAIN Graduate);
- Covenant Community Church in Franklin, TN (Pastor Chris Fowler, TRAIN Graduate)
Part of reaching spiritual needs is addressing the failing health of some churches in our area.
According to the Nashville Baptist Association, there are more than 80 churches in Middle Tennessee that will close their doors in the next 18-24 months if someone doesn’t step in and help. That means 80 buildings, parking lots, and areas zoned for religious establishments that will be turned into restaurants, retirement centers, and more.
We want to work with these churches wherever they are to help give them a new, fresh vision for reaching their specific communities and surrounding people groups.
A church in Nashville that used to be a thriving, growing congregation is now in decline. It partners with Brentwood Baptist, donating its facilities and passing on the baton of ministry. Because of that, it can still leave a lasting legacy by repurposing into an impactful, relevant ministry or congregation that meets the needs of their surrounding community.
People Group Congregations
No one can reach Chinese people in Middle Tennessee quite like other Chinese. No one can influence Hispanics in our area quite like those who are from their own heritage. No one can communicate effectively with the Deaf community where we live like those who speak that language.
These are the ways we’re already ministering to specific people groups through our church. We want to dig deeper, establish churches, and repurpose congregations in areas surrounding certain demographics and people groups that can connect them with Christ in their own unique ways.
A thriving church in Nashville used to be located in a predominantly white neighborhood. As Nashville has changed, so has this neighborhood. Now, a large population of Cambodians live in the surrounding area. Brentwood Baptist sends in a team to assess the community and its needs. This church can then reach that specific people group with the gospel in an effective way.