Our Call

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.

  • Regional Campuses

    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 Church at Avenue South. Regional campuses may be started from scratch, or they may be the result of a repurposed, existing church or congregation. And it’s something we want to continue doing—producing churches and campuses that are fully supported, funded, and operated under our one organization. A regional campus seeks to maintain alignment with the Brentwood Baptist DNA while appropriately contextualizing ministry to meet the unique characteristics of the area in which it exists. 

    Examples: The Church at Station Hill, The Church at Avenue South, The Church at West Franklin

    Ministry Campuses

    In some cases, there may be a work that needs to be done in an area with a unique demographic and/or geographic context. A ministry campus focuses on the missions and service aspects of the Brentwood Baptist DNA and may serve as a “forward operating base” for missions/ministry partners, church planting efforts, and/or ethnic outreach initiatives.

    Example: The Church at Woodbine

  • Church Plants

    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.

    While our church planting efforts are not limited to Middle Tennessee, we recognize that some communities in our region will best be served by starting a new work. Moving forward, our church planting program will continue to include areas in our own part of the world. 

    Examples: 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)

  • Repurposed Churches

    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.

    Example: Woodbine Baptist Church used to be a thriving, growing congregation. But due to changes in its surroundings, it had been in decline for some time. Through a merger with Brentwood Baptist Church, donating its facilities and passing on the baton of ministry, it can leave a lasting legacy by repurposing into an impactful, relevant, ministry campus that meets the needs of its 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.

    Example: 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.