The Church at Station Hill was part of the Middle Tennessee Initiative before we knew there was a Middle Tennessee Initiative. In 2007, a demographic study revealed that a growing number of Brentwood Baptist families lived in the Spring Hill area and that 83% of that community was unchurched. A team was formed to begin praying and dreaming about what God might do through a regional campus of Brentwood Baptist.
By 2009, fifty families committed to serve as the launch team for the new south campus. They began meeting for a Sunday evening service each week in preparation for new roles of leadership. This team also began serving in the Spring Hill area and building relationships in the community. On February 28, 2010, The Church at Station Hill held its first service.
Since 2010, the church has rapidly grown and is now in the process of building a 50,000 square-foot facility. God has strategically placed The Church at Station Hill in a prime location to continue to connect more people to Jesus Christ through worship, discipleship, and service where they live, work, and play.
The Church at Station Hill has led the way in regional campus efforts for Brentwood Baptist and has become the example of how to approach campuses in other areas. Even before holding worship services, members of the Station Hill team intentionally spent time participating in local events and serving in the community. They also built strong relationships in the local schools and regularly met for prayer meetings with other pastors in the area to build unity within in the faith community. The Church at Avenue South has now followed this model of building relationships in the community first.
The most significant portion of the funding of the Middle Tennessee Initiative through the NEXT giving campaign is for construction of the first phase of the new Station Hill campus. That's because we believe this work in the southern part of our region has some of the greatest potential for impact in the decades to come.
While a Nashville campus had been envisioned for several years, it wasn't until we launched the NEXT giving campaign to support the Middle Tennessee Initiative that a home for this new work could become a reality. Located in the heart of south Nashville, The Church at Avenue South reaches people living in the communities of Melrose, Berry Hill, Belmont, 12 South, and surrounding areas. In the fall of 2012, a group of core leaders began to pray about beginning efforts to reach the growing population of Nashville with the gospel. By the spring of 2013, the vision of establishing a second regional campus was born. Approximately 100 adults and their families from the Brentwood campus began praying, meeting, and worshiping as the core members of the south Nashville campus.
On September 7, 2014, The Church at Avenue South held their inaugural service in the Acuff-Rose building in the thriving area of Melrose. The Lord has placed this campus in a building with roots that reach deep into the history of Music City, where they may reach out to thousands of neighbors within walking distance with the hope of the gospel. This campus has embraced the music culture of Nashville with both the location and venue. They have already expanded to two services every Sunday, and Easter Sunday attendance topped 600.
As a repurposed congregation, The Church at West Franklin is an example of the unique reach of the Middle Tennessee Initiative. The growth of West Franklin called for a more vibrant and healthy lighthouse for Christ to that community. West Franklin's history helps us understand the path that led to this merger with Brentwood Baptist as an MTI work.
On October 19, 2002, fifteen people gathered in a home for the first meeting of West Franklin Baptist Church. By 2003, the first service was held with Dr. Jim Harvey as the founding pastor. The church moved to its current location on Highway 96 West in 2005 to allow for continued growth and the advancement of the gospel in the community. A new building was completed in 2007. This great facility is located in an area that is convenient for families and individuals in the heart of West Franklin.
This body of believers has been faithfully mission-minded since the beginning, serving both the local community of West Franklin and the world through community outreach and mission journeys. In June of 2014, the congregation voted overwhelmingly to become The Church at West Franklin, a regional campus of Brentwood Baptist.
Now with the calling of its own Campus and Teaching Pastor, Matt Pearson, The Church at West Franklin is poised for an even greater future.
With its commitment and vision to serve the needs of poverty, healthcare, and education for the sake of evangelism, the Middle Tennessee Initiative seeks to be open to God-given opportunities like the one presented by Woodbine Baptist Church in 2013.
Woodbine Baptist Church has been faithfully serving, caring, and sharing the gospel with a community in a constant state of transition. From its beginning in 1934 with 69 members, to the dedication of a new chapel in 1960, to its eventual height of 1,200 members in 1968, Woodbine Baptist found its place in Nashville as an innovator of ministry and a home for hundreds of families in a growing city.
Over the years, the Woodbine community has witnessed a multi-cultural integration that has brought together people from all over the world with different languages and different cultures.
Joining another church that shares its vision for community, its experience with campuses, and its passion for reaching out to people from all walks of life, The Church at Woodbine became a ministry campus of Brentwood Baptist in September 2014.
Equip | Expand | Engage
The Ministry Residency at Brentwood Baptist
We have recognized that the Middle Tennessee Initiative will require strong leadership. To that end, we acknowledge we must be diligent to identify, equip, and deploy leaders in all areas of ministry in the church, including many of the new works initiated through MTI. This was largely the motivation behind the establishment of The Ministry Residency at Brentwood Baptist. While funded through sources outside of the NEXT giving campaign, The Ministry Residency is an integral part of the Middle Tennessee Initiative.
The Ministry Residency at Brentwood Baptist is a one year residential ministry experience that equips the next generation of pastors, ministers and church planters to serve and lead the local church through mentored ministry and teaching. The Ministry Residency provides a unique opportunity for young men and women called to the ministry in the local church to gain practical experience in a dynamic multi-campus church setting.
For over four decades, Brentwood Baptist Church has invested in hundreds of men and women who are now impacting the Kingdom of God around the globe. By virtue of its many resources, strategic location and distinctive approach to ministry, Brentwood Baptist is well-positioned to serve as a teaching and sending church.
In addition to current efforts with our regional and ministry campuses, Brentwood Baptist is exploring a number of other church multiplication opportunities in Middle Tennessee, including additional regional campuses, ministry campuses, church plants, people group congregations, and partnerships with existing churches for repurposing. All of these efforts will require funding to assess, launch, and initially operate. The heart of the Middle Tennessee Initiative is to share the Gospel of Christ by establishing local bodies of believers who can best meet the physical and spiritual needs of its community.
Poverty, Healthcare, and Education
Once in place, a new campus, church plant, or repurposed congregation will only be as effective as its reach into the local community. Supporting the ministries of these new works and the outreach of their ministers and members through community involvement will be key to their success. Direct involvement in the areas of poverty, healthcare, and education will be integral parts of this strategy of engagement.