Tennessee church planters, volunteers shine light in Denver
By Lonnie Wilkey & Chris Turner
Baptist and Reflector
People are flocking to Denver and its surrounding communities. In 2018, it was recognized as the fifth fastest growing large city (more than 300,000 residents) and 34th overall in the country by WalletHub, a financial services website, according to thedenverchannel.com.
Since 2007, Denver has become “Mecca” for Millennials (those born between 1981 to 1996), observed Dave Howeth, Send City Missionary for Denver with the North American Mission Board. [Read more…]
By Ashley Perham
Baptist and Reflector intern
KNOXVILLE — Hope Fellowship, Knoxville, started in 2016 as a church plant from Shoreline Church, Knoxville, with a vision to be a Christ-centered, multi-ethnic and generational church, saved by Jesus and changed by Jesus, according to Dominique Lee, pastor of Hope Fellowship.
At the same time, Centerpointe Church, Knoxville, was making the difficult decision to “die with dignity,” said pastor Jim Millirons. [Read more…]
Replanted church in East Nashville has new name, new pastor, new direction
By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector
NASHVILLE — In recent years, attendance at Eastland Baptist Church, a historic congregation in the changing community of East Nashville, had dwindled considerably.
About a year ago church leaders knew that drastic changes needed to take place after consultation with the Nashville Baptist Association, Tennessee Baptist Mission Board and the North American Mission Board.
Enter Jason Rumbough, a young pastor who had “caught the mission bug” while serving at The Summit Church in Raleigh, N.C., under the leadership of J.D. Greear, current president of the Southern Baptist Convention. [Read more…]
By James Dean
Pastor, New Day Church, Nashville
New Day Church launched Sept. 23 at Harpeth Valley Elementary School with 78 in attendance. Truly what is taking place is a God thing! My wife Sheryl and I felt called to leave Springfield Baptist Church in Springfield to start a new church in the Bellevue area of Nashville during the summer of 2017.
Roc Collins of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board was the first contact from Tennessee Baptists who offered to “help in any way we can.” David Evans, TBMB evangelist specialist, had pastored in Springfield and also came alongside. David helped with organizing Pray for Tennessee and offered prayers and words of encouragement on a regular basis. Later, the evangelism team provided more than a thousand John 3:16 tracts which was written by David Leavell (president of the Tennessee Baptist Convention) which have been used in numerous outreach events and placed on doors in the community with church information. [Read more…]