Where MCF Goes to Church, 2011
Belmont Church (Nondenominational)
Address: 66 Music Square East
Service times: Sat 6:00 PM, Sun 8:30 and 11:00 AM
Comments: Contemporary with great worship. I go to Belmont because I get a real sense of the presence of God whenever I go.
Belmont United Methodist Church
Address: 2007 Acklen Ave (right off 21st Ave at Acklen)
Service Times: 8:15 a.m. – Communion in the Chapel. 9:15 a.m. – Sunday School. 10:30 a.m. – Worship in the Sanctuary
Bethel World Outreach Center
Address: 5670 Granny White Pike, Brentwood, TN 37027
Service times: Sat at 7:00 pm, Sun at 8:15 am, 10:00 am, or 11:45 am. Wed. at 7pm.
Comments: The church congregation is very diverse, the music style is a mixture of traditional, contemporary, and gospel (there is a band and a choir). The preaching is excellent (the pastor will often teach themes based on verses). In my time there I have found the people to be very loving and passionate about God, and also think that the teaching is challenging, relevant, and interesting.
There is also service for young professionals at the Global Cafe on 4th and Broadway downtown – it starts around 10am on Sunday mornings. We come in; have coffee in the downstairs café where you can get to meet new people and catch up with old friends. At 10:30 we go upstairs for the service.
Brentwood Baptist Church (So. Baptist)
Address: 7777 Concord Road, Brentwood, TN 37027 (right off 1-65 at Concord Rd)
Service Times: Sunday School 8:15, 9:15 and 11:00 AM, Worship at 9:15 and 11:00 AM
Comments: Sunday morning is a mostly traditional worship service, complete with choir and a full orchestra! The pastor, Mike Glenn is a great storyteller and really makes the Bible come alive to me in practical ways. There are also a couple single and young professional Sunday school classes that meet at 11:00. Brentwood is one of the larger churches in Nashville but I have never once felt lost in the shuffle- if you’d like to come try it out, please call!
Cathedral of the Incarnation
Address: 2015 West End Ave., Nashville, 37203
Service times: Saturday 5:30pm; Sunday 8:30am, 11:00am, and 6:00pm
Comments: The Cathedral of the Incarnation is located at the corner of West End and 22nd street. For those of you who are interested in visiting a Catholic Church either as a Catholic or just to broaden your Christian experience, the Cathedral is a really beautiful Mass that attracts a large number of vibrant believers. There is also a group for young adults called Crossroads that meets after the 6pm Mass for Bible study, prayers, praise and worship, etc. It’s a fun group so stop by and visit some time.
Christ Community Church (PCA)
Address: 1215 Hillsboro Rd, Franklin, TN 37069-4642
Service times: Worship Services at 9:00 and 10:45
Comments: Large church with excellent worship and preaching. Many opportunities to get involved, but a little far from campus.
Church of the Redeemer (Anglican)
Address: 920 Caldwell Lane, Nashville 37204 (615) 383-9888
Service times: Sunday 8:15 and 10:45, Sunday School at 9:40
Comments: The Church of the Redeemer is firmly rooted in the ancient Christian faith, while seeking to live and proclaim this faith in a society of change. We are an Anglican church. We serve as a mission congregation of the Anglican Province of Rwanda through the Anglican Mission in America. Our heritage is catholic, evangelical, charismatic, and Celtic (as articulated in part in the “Iona Vision”).
City Church East Nashville (PCA)
Address: 106 Chapel Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Service times: 5:00 pm at East Academy, 108 Chapel Avenue
Comments: From Website: “City Church of East Nashville exists to reconcile the diversity of East Nashville by enjoying and displaying Jesus Christ through worship, teaching, and city-focused communities to, for, and from Nashville to the nations of the world.”
Community BibleChurch (independent bible church)
Address: 6005 Edmondson Pike, Nashville, TN 37211 (Phone 615-833-9148)
Service times: Sunday Service 9AM and 10:45AM
Adult Sunday School: 9AM and 10:45AM
Comments from web site: There are three priorities which are at the heart of all that we do at Community Bible Church – God’s Glory, God’s Grace, and God’s Word. The exaltation of the Glory of God in the Cross through the finished work of Christ is the aim of all our ministry. It is our desire and privilege to proclaim the Excellencies of His Grace to the world around us (1Peter 2:9). The Grace of God in Christ Jesus our Savior has abounded in all those who know Him. We are committed to sharing the mercy of Our Savior’s Sacrifice with all who come through our doors and with all who we encounter in our community (1 Peter 4:10). Submitting all our lives to the Gospel of God’s Redeeming Work, depending upon its power, and applying its truth to our lives is the passion of the elders, pastors and leaders who faithfully serve among the body of believers (Titus2:11-13).
Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA)
Address: Green Hills (33 Burton Hills Blvd Nashville, TN 37215)
Service Times: Sunday Worship 8:15, 11:00, Sunday School 9:40.
Comments: Doughnuts! Solid biblical teaching; Intentional Pastors; Very intergenerational w/ lots of young singles, couples, and families; Easy to meet people; Active church life beyond Sundays
Fellowship Bible Church (Nondenominational)
Website: www.fellowshipnashville.org and www.inversionfellowship.org
Address: 1210 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN 37027, 615.777.8500
Service Times: Sunday 8:00 AM, 9:35 AM, 11:10 AM (and a Saturday night service begins this August 18th at 5:00pm) and Inversion meet Thursday nights at 7:30 (It is located in “The Barn” near the volleyball courts.)
- The Sunday morning worship service is a contemporary service with terrific teaching and great music. One of five different pastors will preach on any given Sunday, and the teaching is expository. What I like the most about the church is the emphasis on missions, service, and living out the Word of God. On Thursday nights, the college/young adults group (Inversion) meets. It’s also terrific. Community groups through Inversion meet throughout the week, and they’re a great way to get plugged in.
- Great contemporary worship service, Biblical teaching, and strong young adult ministry with opportunities to join community groups.
Grace Community Church (So. Baptist)
Address: Southwest corner of Granny White and Old Hickory.
Service Times: Sun worship: 9:00am, 10:30 AM and 6:00 PM.
Comments: Grace is a Southern Baptist church with an excellent mixture of contemporary worship and expository preaching. Many medical students and other members of the medical center community attend Grace, and it provides a great outlet for community fellowship.
Address: 7305 Sonya Drive, Nashville, TN 37209 (Located in Bellevue off of I-40, right next to Grande View Apartments.) Phone: (615) 352-2195
Service Times: 9:15 AM The Lord’s Supper, 10:20 AM Sunday School, 11 AM Family Bible Hour
Comments: Gospel Chapel is a small, family-oriented, multi-generational, warmly evangelical church that has its roots in the Plymouth Brethren tradition. For a <150 people church, the congregation is very diverse in nation of origin, including India, Egypt, Armenia, Honduras, St. Kitts, Taiwan, Burma, and the United States. The church is led by a council of elders who rotate teaching and preaching responsibilities. The weekly Lord’s Supper service at 9:15-10 AM is a meditative, distinctively Brethren gathering which consists of men standing as they feel led by the Holy Spirit to share from scripture, offer prayer, or lead the assembly in hymns which are sung unaccompanied. The 11 AM – noon service is a standard evangelical service with a sermon and hymns and praise songs lead by piano and/or guitar. You are invited to come to both services or just the 11 am service (but I would encourage you to check out the Lord’s Supper service at least once to experience it, since it is quite unique). You are welcome regardless of your church/denominational background. A number of medical professionals attend the church, and the church is very used to having residents/medical students and is very understanding of our crazy schedules. You may contact me or my wife for more information or rides — I can’t make every Sunday but go when I can. We would love to have you join us!
Address: 5253 Granny White Pike, Nashville, TN 37215 (Corner of Granny White Pike and Otter Creek Rd.)
Sunday service times: Sunday is at 10:30, community group at 9am
Comments: Immanuel is an Acts 29 church plant that started in 2007, and has grown to about 120 members, and more and more visitors every week. The best part of Immanuel is the community — everyone who visits says how welcome they immediately feel. There are also a lot of ways to get involved and have a real “church home”, with community groups before service on Sunday and Bible studies during the week The church’s often-repeated mantra is “Jesus, Community, Mission”, which are their priorities, in order. The music is fairly low-key — always a guitar, and usually a few back up instruments, playing everything from 400 year old hymns to newly-written praise songs.
Address: 7777 Concord Road (meets at Brentwood Baptist Church)
Service Times: Tuesday night at 7
Comments: Kairos is a Greek word for a ‘unique moment in time’ and the service is designed for young professionals in the busy and life-changing years of their lives. Mike Glenn, the head pastor at Brentwood Baptist, brings the message each week and worship is led by the likes of Michael Boggs of FFH and Big Daddy Weave, among others. There are service opportunities and small groups that meet out of Kairos and approximately 800 young people call Kairos their church on Tuesday nights!
Metro Baptist Church (Independent Baptist)
Address: 322 East Cedar Street, Goodlettsville, TN, 37072
Service Times: 9:30 Sunday School; 10:30am service; 6:00pm service
Comments: Takes me 22-25 minutes to get there. Has a 50-member church choir with great orchestra – mixture of traditional music (hymns) and more of the contemporary choruses and praise songs. Pastor uses KJV and tends to have series he preaches on and uses the Bible verse by verse in many instances, MBC is probably more along the lines of a conservative, traditional church than some of the others; Has a variety of activities for all ages; Has all ages represented – very family-friendly
Midtown Fellowship (PCA)
Address: DOWNTOWN : 601 4th Ave S, Nashville, TN -OR- 12 SOUTH Meets at the little white church at 11am, 2415 12th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37204
Service Times: Downtown at 5pm right now and 12South at 11am
Comments: Midtown is a Presbyterian PCA church, but unlike any PCA church I’ve ever been to before. The worship is “contemporary” by which I mean it’s a very relaxed welcoming atmosphere. The songs are usually pretty “new” and there is a “worship band” made up of amazing local Nashville musicians. The dress is as casual as you want it to be (I usually wear blue jeans) and there is always hot coffee…… It’s a very REAL place with REAL people (the vast majority of which are young) that seek the Lord. Randy, the pastor, is humble, down to earth, sometimes goes off on hilarious tangents, and above all challenges and encourages every week. There are a few med students that go to Midtown but it is a great place to meet new friends.
Oasis Worship Center
Address: 7533 Lord’s Chapel Way, Nashville TN, 37211
Service times: 8:30am, 10:15am and Noon
Comments: For me, the most essential part of a church service is the quality of the word. Over the years, I evolved from being a fan of “motivational preachers” that can easily stir the emotion of church members during service to becoming a fan of “motivational teachers” that carefully dissect the word with clarity and simplicity while making the sermon applicable to day-to-day living. This is what Oasis Worship Center offers. Other reasons why I love this church include, but not limited to: 1. My pastor is also a “comedian.” It brings life and makes church so much fun to attend (I laugh off my school stress every Sunday), 2. The praise and worship style is amazing…well choreographed and non-traditional, 3. The Leadership and membership of the church is VERY diverse, 4. Some of my non-christian friends that have gone with me call it “liberal/non-conservative” church (of course, in a good way), 5. You complete the list when you visit.
St. Bartholomew’s Church (Episcopal/Anglican)
Address: 4800 Belmont Park Terrace, Nashville, TN 37215
Service times: Sundays at…
8:30AM – 10:00AM: Early Service
10:30AM – 11:30AM: Adult, Youth & Children’s Sunday School
10:30AM – 12:00PM: Late Service
10:00AM – 12:00PM: Sudanese Church Service in the Gym
- “Casual but reverent. Liturgical, but Spirit-filled. Traditional, yet counter-cultural. Sort of like a big, intergenerational AA Meeting where Jesus shows up weekly.” These are a few of the wonderful paradoxes that Heather and I have grown to know and love as we have worshipped with the community of St. B’s over the past two years! We (along with 70% of the parishioners) were not raised in the Anglican tradition, but we are greatly enjoying the mystery, orthodoxy, and humanity of this eclectic church where “the Cross is in the front, and the worship team is in the back.” If you would like to join us some time for worship, please don’t hesitate to let us know:
- St. B’s is an Episcopal/Anglican church with a warm multi-generational community whose vision is “To imitate Jesus Christ and develop maturity in Him in knowledge, character and lifestyle, in devotion to God, in relationships and in ministry and mission.” Services follow the liturgy, always include and culminate in celebration of the Eucharist, and include thoughtful and lively worship in song, Scripture reading, and prayer.
- From the website, the mission of St. B’s: “We are a family of believers on a journey to the fulfillment of our God-given purpose which is – To bring people to know Jesus Christ, To provide clear and life-changing discipleship training, and To help people discern their life’s purpose and provide opportunities for them to fulfill that purpose in ministry and mission. The fruit of our endeavor is that God be glorified in all the world.”
St. John A.M.E. Church
Address: 1822 Formosa St., Nashville, TN 37208
Service times: Sunday 11am, Wednesday 7pm, Thursday at noon
Address: Sevier Park Community Center in the 12th South neighborhood of Nashville
Service Times: 5:30PM Sunday
Comments: is a new congregation planted in partnership with Grace Community Church and set to launch in the Vanderbilt area in mid-September. We emphasize 1) God-centered worship built upon reading, praying, singing, and preaching God’s Word; 2) gospel-centered discipleship that exposes God’s work of redemption as the central theme of the Bible and the motivating power of our lives as believers; 3) a covenant-based community that is life-shaping; and 4) ministry modeled on the concerns of Christ, both social and evangelistic.
The Village Chapel
Address: 2021 21st Ave South, Nashville, TN 37212
Service times: Sunday at 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 6:00 pm
Comments: From Website: “In short, The Village Chapel is a non-denominational church whose focus is on worshiping God and developing community. We like to say that we are rethinking church, giving new forms to ancient truths. Ours is a diverse group, some younger, some older, some singles, some marrieds, some “single agains.” We have creative types who like art, literature and music. We have medical, business and professional types, and we have some still “finding themselves” types. We have people who have come from many different faith traditions and others who, somewhere along the way, grew disinterested or became disconnected from the church altogether.”
West End Community Church (PCA)
Address: 235 White Bridge Road
Service times: Sundays: 9:00 + 10:30 AM, Sunday School at 10:30 AM
Thursdays: 7pm Young professionals group
Comments: PCA church with contemporary worship led by talented musicians and themed messages. Traditional doctrine and history, but contemporary service. I go to west end because I love the people there and I love the enthusiastic teaching. Our pastor is wonderful. Also, there is a young professionals group that meets on Thursday nights which is a really fun way to meet people in the church and outside of the medical center!
Woodmont Baptist (Cooperative Baptist Fellowship/So. Baptist)
Address: 2100 Woodmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37215
Service times: Sunday School 9:15 am, Church 10:30-11:30 am
Comments: A mixture of traditional and contemporary with practical and inspiring sermons. We also have a Sunday School class called the “Young Professionals.” This is a totally hip group of med/law/grad students and post-college working world people. We have a seminary graduate for a teacher and really stimulating discussions with excellent guidance. It is also a great group of young Christians that likes to socialize and volunteer on service projects in the community (and abroad) together.
Woodmont Baptist Church is a more traditional worship service. Sunday school starts at 9:15 and church at 10:30 on Sundays. There are 2 Sunday school classes for people our age- Young Professionals and Young Marrieds. As a member of the YP class I can tell you there are couples as well as singles. We have several people in the medical field in the class. I am willing to be a contact if anyone has questions or wants to come on Sunday.