We have discontinued all gatherings and events at Woodmont until further notice. We will continue gathering together in worship on Sunday mornings through our TV (MyTV-30 or channel 14) and online formats (Facebook Live or here on this website). See link below.
A Message from Pastor Nathan
Dear Church Family,
I don’t think any of us can remember a time like this - a global pandemic that is affecting every sector of our society. The term “social distancing,” unheard of two weeks ago, has now become part of our daily discussions. Churches all over the world are canceling on-campus worship services and other ministries in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
We began the year 2020 by rolling out a new mission, vision and values for our church. Our vision is to be a congregation that brings hope and healing to our neighbors and to the world. We never dreamed that our vision would be challenged like this.
So the question before us now is this: What does it look like for Woodmont Baptist Church to bring hope and healing to our neighbors and to the world in the wake of devastating tornados and a global pandemic?
While that question may seem overwhelming right now, here are some places to start:
Pray. We are a praying church, a church that knows the power of prayer. We believe James 5:16 says, “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working." Pray for those who are sick. Pray for medical and governmental leaders who face hard decisions. Pray for those who must choose between their children and their job. Pray for those who cannot work from home. Pray for one another, for our church family. Pray for those with mental illness and anxiety that will struggle mightily in the coming days.
Remember that our faith is one of hope based in the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I find it extremely comforting to remember that the worst thing that could happen to you or to me has already happened. The worst thing that could happen to us is to die under God’s judgment, and Jesus already did that. And here is where hope comes in - God took the worst thing that ever happened and transformed it for the greatest good. The resurrection means that hope and healing spring forth from death and the grave.
Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Let’s be clear, meeting online or via TV isn’t really meeting. As great as our virtual meetings went on Sunday, the physical, gathered body of Christ has a power that we will greatly miss. I long to be back together with you all singing to God and to one another, passing the peace of Christ to one another, blessing one another for ministry. That being said, it is special and important (commanded!) to connect with one another, and we want to encourage ministries, Bible study groups, and other classes to figure out ways to get together through technology during this time. We will provide some avenues and resources for groups who choose to meet via Zoom, Facebook live, Google groups, etc. Think creatively about how you can encourage your church family during a time when we all need it. I have asked our deacons and ministry staff to work together to personally connect with each church member for encouragement and prayer in the next few weeks.
Look for where God is working, and figure out how you can join Him there. It will take some creative effort, but there are ways to engage through technology, through volunteering, and through our church. I have received multiple emails and phone calls from church members wanting to start ministries during this time, and I’m thrilled to encourage them to pursue their calling/gifts. Prayerfully consider how you can help bring hope and healing.
We want to continue to “flatten the curve” and play our part in loving our neighbors by reducing the risk of infection. Therefore, after numerous consultations with our medical professionals and church leadership, we are going to cancel gathered worship and other church activities until further notice. We are not canceling “church” - church is much more than the gathered body. The church will continue on mission in Nashville and around the world. We are, however, making the difficult decision to close our doors in an effort to love our neighbors. We will continue to listen to leading experts as to when we should gather together again. The staff wants to continue to be available, so free to email or call the church office if you have any concerns or prayer needs.
Please continue to give faithfully to the ministries of our church. Your tithes and offerings allow us to reach thousands through our TV broadcast and online. You can mail your checks to the church (2100 Woodmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37215) or give online here (woodmontbaptist.com/giving).
Thank you for continuing to be the church in these uncharted waters. Your faith and perseverance has already been a great encouragement to me personally, and I am grateful to be your pastor. If you have a specific need or prayer request, please let us know how we may minister to you during this time. To do so, please email or call the church office (615-297-5303). Know that I pray for you every day, speaking the priestly blessing over our congregation:
“May the Lord bless you and keep you;
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”
Grace and peace,