In the Middle of the Middle Tennessee Initiative

From the beginning, we’ve understood the facilities at 7777 Concord Road are a base—a place where people are enlisted, trained, and then deployed to places of Kingdom service. As growth has continued, we’ve known we would establish regional campuses (forward operating bases) that would be nearer different people and opportunities of ministry.

We knew this was going to happen. We just didn’t know it was going to happen this fast. In the past several months, we have begun construction of the new facility at our Station Hill campus. We’ve remodeled and opened the facility for our Avenue South campus. We’ve brought two congregations into our church. Woodbine Baptist Church and West Franklin Baptist Church are now The Church at Woodbine and the Church at West Franklin, respectively.

In a matter of months, we’ve gone from 2 campuses to 5!

Now, we are busy putting the infrastructure in place to support our continued growth. At the time of this writing, we’re ready to bring in a young man as the potential pastor of The Church at West Franklin. Then, we’ll turn our full attention to developing the opportunities present at Woodbine. Woodbine is going to serve several purposes for us. Not only will it be the base through which we reach the lost in and around that church, Woodbine will also become a training ground where members and residents in training will get their exposure to the realities of transformational community ministry. Right now, we can see where this campus can host several congregations reaching a lot of different people groups. How exciting it will be to see all of this unfold.

Right now, we’re working with several institutions to design and implement a leadership pipeline to identify and develop leaders for not only our congregations, but also churches throughout the region. The postmodern setting of the North American church means we have to train our future leaders in different ways so they’re ready for the different world in which they’ll be working.

Most importantly, we’re working on a process to engage more and more of our members in ministry opportunities presented in all of these congregations and communities. Our church is filled with talented and committed people who want to make a difference. What’s lacking is a process to identify the gifts of our members and then find them a place of service where their gift sets can make the biggest Kingdom impact. We’re looking at PLACE on steroids. This is a critical piece of the MTI. Without the involvement of lay leaders, we’ll never be able to do all that we need to do.

One of the most frustrating and exciting aspects of the MTI is that it never ends. We’ll never be done. We’ll never be finished. From now until Jesus returns, we’ll be busy.

I’m so excited about what God has in store for us. God is up to something in the MTI. Find your place in it and get there!