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6 Myths About Christmas

6 Myths About Christmas

The characters in nativity scenes we see in stores and depicted in church pageants often are often filled with caricatures and inaccurate depictions. This Advent season we’re taking a closer look at the popular figures of the Christmas story to examine their true role in the birth of Christ and in God’s great plan of salvation. Here is... continue reading


7 Steps for Handling Grief During the Holidays

7 Steps for Handling Grief During the Holidays

When I was eleven, my older brother was killed in a motorcycle accident. The grief for my family and for me was overwhelming. Years later, I read a description of grief from Wendell Berry in The Lost World, that summarized what I was feeling as an eleven year old. “There was no place where what had happened had not happened.”... continue reading


8 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas with your Preschooler

8 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas with your Preschooler

Our family schedules can become so consuming that the reason for celebrating Christmas gets lost in the process. I hear many adults say, “Can you believe Christmas is just a few weeks away?” Life can become consumed with purchasing gifts, attending parties, cooking for your child’s classroom at school, and decorating at home. Can we just take a breath? ... continue reading


9 Ways to Volunteer with Room in the Inn

9 Ways to Volunteer with Room in the Inn

Room in the Inn is an important ministry that continues through the holidays. Churches all over the Nashville area work together to feed and house homeless men through the winter months. Brentwood Baptist hosts 36 guests overnight each Monday from November through March. There are many ways for you to be involved. Here are a few ways you can help. 1. One... continue reading


10 Ways to Prepare Your Heart for Christmas

10 Ways to Prepare Your Heart for Christmas

It’s hard to believe that we are only ten days away from Christmas. The holidays can come and go before you know it. This year, slow down and truly experience this special season centered around family, joy, giving, and most importantly—Jesus. Here are a few ideas to help you prepare your heart for Christmas. 1: Reflect. Take note... continue reading


11 Ways to Talk to Your Children about Christmas

11 Ways to Talk to Your Children about Christmas

1. Talk about Jesus early and often (Deuteronomy 6:7). Even at the youngest ages, talk about Jesus as you go about your day and especially as you participate in Christmas activities and celebrations with your child. 2. The Nativity. Using a realistic nativity set, read Luke 2:1-20 and talk about story of Jesus birth. You could discuss the events that happened, the... continue reading


12 Ways to JourneyOn in the New Year

12 Ways to JourneyOn in the New Year

Read the Bible daily utilizing the JourneyOn Today Bible Reading Plan. (A JourneyOn Today app is available on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Kindle.) Join and participate in an On- or Off-Campus LIFE Group, Focus Study, or Connection Group. Experience e-learning by downloading a study guide and viewing an Immersion Conference online. Volunteer to serve as a Buddy or leader... continue reading


13 Tips to Celebrate Christ with Your Family

13 Tips to Celebrate Christ with Your Family

1. PROTECT the true message of Christmas. Don’t let the world’s definition of Christmas crowd out the celebration of the Christ-child. 2. SERVE others who might be in need. The shared experience of helping others leaves a lasting impact on the one you serve and upon your family as you serve together. 3. MAKE this season about RELATIONSHIPS. Be intentional in... continue reading


14 Christmas Songs We Love

14 Christmas Songs We Love

This year, we polled our staff to find out what our favorite Christmas songs are. They're probably some of your favorites too. Of course, our very favorite Christmas album is Go Tell It! and we hope to see you at all of our Christmas events this season. 14: It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas 13: Angels We Have Heard On... continue reading


15 Ways to Invite People to the Christmas Concert

15 Ways to Invite People to the Christmas Concert

For more information on our Christmas Concerts and other Christmas activities, please visit our Christmas page. 15: Carrier Pigeon Send your friend a nice old-fashioned letter by carrier pigeon. They’ll be so happy when they’re greeted by this gentle, volatile creature of the skies. ClipArtPanda.com 14: Tell them to visit our website. We’ve got a whole page dedicated... continue reading


16 Things to Pray for This Christmas

16 Things to Pray for This Christmas

1. Pray God will continue to prepare your heart to receive the greatest Christmas gift of all, His Son, Jesus Christ. 2. Pray as the countdown to Christmas Day draws closer you will find ways to give the gift of hope and encouragement to others. 3. Pray you will "Go and Tell" the good news of Jesus' Birth. 4. Pray the gifts you give... continue reading


17 Reasons to Join the Choir

17 Reasons to Join the Choir

We love the Brentwood Baptist Choir. If you're interested in getting involved, please visit the Choir's webpage by clicking here. 17: You’ll gain another family. Some of the greatest folks I know are in the Brentwood Baptist Worship Choir. Three years ago, April and I (along with our kiddos) moved to Tennessee from Georgia, where all of our family still... continue reading


18 Fun Facts About the Christmas Concert

18 Fun Facts About the Christmas Concert

CHRISTMAS AT BRENTWOOD Join us as we celebrate Christmas at Brentwood Baptist. On December 13 and 14, attend one of our free Christmas Concerts with your family and friends. The concerts will feature songs from Go Tell It!, a brand new Christmas CD from our Avenue South, Brentwood, Station Hill, West Franklin, and Woodbine campuses. On December 24, join us as we gather... continue reading


19 Reasons Why You Should Buy a Christmas CD

19 Reasons Why You Should Buy a Christmas CD

1.    All regional campuses participated in the creation of the CD. 2.    Christmas CDs are a great way to reach out to your neighbors and coworkers. 3.    There are gift bags available that come packed with a CD and invitation to your specific campus’ Christmas Eve services. 4.    You can add Christmas goodies... continue reading


20 Reasons to Join a LIFE Group

20 Reasons to Join a LIFE Group

LIFE Groups provide the best environment to grow in faith alongside a community of believers. Being a LIFE Group member provides an opportunity to make close friends & enjoy lasting relationships. As a LIFE Group member, you will be missed when you are absent. Being in a LIFE Group means you will grow stronger in your faith as a result... continue reading


21 Ways You can JourneyOn @Home this Christmas

21 Ways You can JourneyOn @Home this Christmas

The season is here! And just as quick as it came…it will be gone. In order that you don’t look back wishing you had done more, here are 21 ways to be intentional with your family this season.  Most of these activities are easy wins for any family to take part. Most importantly, the goal is to be... continue reading


The Budget 2015

The Budget 2015

2014 has been an exciting year for Brentwood Baptist. God provided us with several opportunities to fulfill His vision, including the new campus activities at Station Hill and Avenue South and our mergers with West Franklin and Woodbine. During the year, God blessed our church with the faithful stewardship of our congregation. This provides resources to fund and support the... continue reading


22 Hope for the World Partners

22 Hope for the World Partners

Please pray that God will use each of these partners to advance His plan and draw many people into saving faith through Jesus Christ. To learn more about Hope for the World or if you would like to give to the Hope for the World Missions Offering, click here. 1. Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home Our first home as Brentwood Baptist... continue reading


23 Ways to Get Involved with Christmas Food Baskets

23 Ways to Get Involved with Christmas Food Baskets

Help unpack food on Friday morning, December 12 and prepare for a fun-filled time of packing Christmas Food Baskets. Help us pack 750 food baskets that will go out into our community the weekend of December 12 and 13. This is come one, come all…all family members are welcome! Donate toward the cost of the food baskets. The contents of these boxes will... continue reading


24 Christmas Activities in the Surrounding Nashville Area

24 Christmas Activities in the Surrounding Nashville Area

Attend the lighting of the Christmas tree in downtown Franklin. December 4 at 7:15 p.m. Go to a showing of the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Franklin Theatre. Beginning December 23. See a live production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at Studio Tenn December 4 - 21 Attend the Christmas parade in Franklin on December 6 at 2 p.m. and in... continue reading


25 Days of Scripture

25 Days of Scripture

Each of the Scriptures below takes less than ten minutes to write out. Commit to spending ten minutes each day listening to God’s voice as you write down these Scripture passages and put them in a place you will see them throughout the day. Take a picture of the Scripture and share it on social media and encourage your... continue reading


5 Things You Need to Know About the New Website

5 Things You Need to Know About the New Website

We hope you are enjoying the new BrentwoodBaptist.com. It's been a long year of designing and building five campus websites, but we finally made it. We wanted to take a moment and highlight some of the key changes we've made to BrentwoodBaptist.com. It's Designed for Both Mobile Phones and Desktops Did you know that over 40% of all... continue reading


Students Put Faith Into Action

Students Put Faith Into Action

On Wednesday evening, October 22, 270 students from the Brentwood campus and 11 students from the West Franklin campus went out into their communities to make a difference. It was a part of an event called MOVE. Students went out in groups of twelve with adult leaders and served at places like nursing homes, homeless shelters, at-risk children's centers, hospitals, and food/clothing... continue reading


The Journey Continues

The Journey Continues

In September 2013, a team from The Church at Station Hill traveled to Nepal on a mission journey. Now, a year later, another team is preparing to return and continue the work. This has become a yearly mission journey for members at Station Hill. Transformation Nepal is one of Brentwood Baptist’s Hope for the World partners. Pastor Bishwa and his... continue reading


Amendment 1

Amendment 1

A Message from Senior Pastor Mike Glenn As a pastor who believes the role of the church is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus and Jesus alone, I don’t often speak to political issues. But occasionally, our representative privilege requires that we as Christian citizens exercise our dual responsibility to participate in the democratic process and to vote according... continue reading


Chris Blanton

Chris Blanton

PERSONAL  Where are you originally from?  Lawrenceville, GA (suburb of Atlanta) Where were you educated?  Undergrad at Liberty University Seminary at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (currently continuing my seminary education) When did you decide to give your life to Jesus and follow Him?  I was a third grader attending VBS. The pastor shared the good news... continue reading


Dennis Worley Receives Recognition from Baylor University

Dennis Worley Receives Recognition from Baylor University

Dennis Worley, Music and Worship Minister at Brentwood Baptist Church, was recently recognized as this year’s Hearn Innovator at Baylor University.  The Hearn Innovators in Christian Music Series exists to gather creative thinkers and trailblazers in the field of Christian music and bring them to Baylor’s campus. Recipients of this honor give guest lectures and meet with... continue reading


Brad Smith

Brad Smith

PERSONAL Where are you from originally? Jackson, TN   Where were you educated? Union University – Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Studies Southwestern Seminary – Master of Arts in Christian Education, emphasis in Children’s Ministry   When did you decide to give your life to Jesus and follow Him? I was blessed to be raised in Christian home with two wonderful... continue reading


Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Name: Steve Smith  Title: Communications Minister  PERSONAL  Where are you from originally?  Savannah, Georgia  Where were you educated?  Mercer University (Macon, GA) – B.A. in Communication  Rollins College (Winter Park, FL) – M.A. in Corporate Communication  Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (currently in Master of Theology program)  When did you decide to... continue reading


Steve Layton

Steve Layton

Name: Steve Layton  Title: Discipleship Minister, Brentwood Campus  PERSONAL  Where are you from originally?  Fultondale, Alabama  Where were you educated?  New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary -  Doctorate of Ministry (2004) and Master of Divinity (1993)  Samford University -  Associate (1987) and Bachelor (1989) degrees  How did Jesus change your life?  I accepted Jesus... continue reading


Roger Severino

Roger Severino

Name: Roger Severino  Title: Adult Discipleship – Leadership Minister  Ministry: Discipleship  PERSONAL  Where are you originally from?  I was born in Brazil, but grew up in Nashville because my father taught Portuguese at Vanderbilt University.  Where were you educated?  I went to Vanderbilt and got my degree in Economics. I later went to seminary... continue reading


New pastor called to Brentwood Baptist Deaf Church

New pastor called to Brentwood Baptist Deaf Church

By Kayla Head, Staff Intern After months of Brentwood Baptist Trustees tirelessly searching for the right candidate, Aric Randolph has accepted the call to become the next pastor of Brentwood Baptist Deaf Church. 

Currently, Aric is the Deaf Pastor of New Life Deaf Fellowship in Fort Worth, Texas where he’s served for 21 years. New Life Deaf Fellowship is... continue reading


Moving Forward: Leadership takes step toward Nashville Campus

Moving Forward: Leadership takes step toward Nashville Campus

By Kaylan Christopher, Staff Writer   In February 2010, The Church At Station Hill launched as our first regional campus in Spring Hill with a handful of individuals and families from Brentwood Baptist. Today, this growing, vibrant family of faith is a church home to more than 600 people. In April of this year, our congregation voted to purchase land that will... continue reading


Brentwood Baptist members shout, “We’re debt free!” on Dave Ramsey Show

Brentwood Baptist members shout, “We’re debt free!” on Dave Ramsey Show

"We're debt free!" As of Thursday, June 28 at 1:35 p.m., more than four million people know—thanks to the Dave Ramsey Show. Broadcast just a few miles down the road, the show recently found out about Brentwood Baptist's debt-free status and asked Senior Pastor Mike Glenn to join the famed financial radio host on air for an official shout-out. Last... continue reading


Brian Dodridge called as first Associate Executive Pastor

Brian Dodridge called as first Associate Executive Pastor

The Trustees and Staff Resource Team recently called Brian Dodridge to serve as Brentwood Baptist's first Associate Executive Pastor. Brian officially began his role on Monday, June 18. On staff, he'll work alongside Executive Pastor Jim Baker to manage and oversee day-to-day church operations, including current and future regional campuses, Kairos, the Business Office, and the Communications Ministry. Originally from Arizona,... continue reading


Matrimony & Missions: One couple meets on mission journey to Haiti

Matrimony & Missions: One couple meets on mission journey to Haiti

A mission journey can change your life in more ways than one. Ask Amy Pennington. She’s in the final preparations for her December wedding, but never thought God’s calling on her life to go to Haiti would've led her down the aisle to the altar. Amy has always felt called to do medical missions as a pharmacist. She... continue reading


Church receives over $10 million toward debt retirement

Church receives over $10 million toward debt retirement

This past spring, Brentwood Baptist was still $12 million in debt on the cost of our buildings with plans to see the balance paid off by 2015. So imagine the surprise of the congregation this past Sunday, October 9 when our Pastor announced on his first week back from a 6-week sabbatical that recent gifts, totaling more than $10 million, had come in during... continue reading


Senior Pastor Mike Glenn honored for 20 years of ministry

Senior Pastor Mike Glenn honored for 20 years of ministry

On Sunday, August 21, more than 1,100 gathered during a special 5:00 p.m. service to honor our Senior Pastor for his 20 years of ministry and service to Brentwood Baptist.  At the hour-long service, Mike was joined by his family: his wife, Jeannie, and his sons, including their wives, Chris and Deb and Craig and Nan. His parents, mentors, and lifelong friends... continue reading