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Dear Church Family,

In 2020, we will observe a year-long emphasis on serving our community, strengthening our gospel partnerships, sharing the hope of Christ, and giving thanks to God for 200 years of service and ministry as Nashville’s First Baptist Church. When you consider the lives touched for Christ, the 5,000+ baptisms in our history, churches we have started, mission trips we have made, prayers offered, and more, it is a time to thank God for all that’s in our past and look forward to the future He has planned for us.

As we give thanks to the Lord for our church’s 200th Anniversary, we pray for a renewed commitment to the gospel that will sustain and motivate our church in ministry, service, and witness in our community and the world. I hope you will be one of two hundred people involved in each of the mission opportunities below during the year 2020.

  • 200 people prayer-walking our community
  • 200 people having gospel conversations following Who’s Your One
  • 200 uniforms and Creole Bibles provided for The Joseph School
  • 200 baby bottles filled with money to support new mothers and babies through the Hope Clinic for Women ministry
  • 200 backpacks provided for Second Harvest Food Bank’s Ministry to Children in Need
  • 200 winter coats for the Nashville Rescue Mission
  • 200 people participating in short-term mission projects
  • 200 hours of Community Service with Second Harvest and Hope Clinic for Women

To help us focus our hearts and minds on how God continues to move our church, we will be blessed to welcome many guests to our pulpit in 2020:

Dr. Timothy George
Founding Dean, Beeson Divinity School
January 26 | The Influence of the Reformation on Baptist Life

Dr. Kelly Miller Smith, Jr.
Pastor, First Baptist Church Capitol Hill, Nashville, Tennessee February 16 | The Civil Rights Movement and Baptist Life

Dr. Thomas J. Nettles
Retired Professor of Historical Theology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
March 8 | Baptist Confessions of Faith

Tennessee Men’s Chorale and Ladies Chorus with The Nashville Praise Symphony
April 19 | An Evening of Sacred Music

Dr. Sandra Wisdom-Martin
Executive Director, Women’s Missionary Union
May 3 | The Mission of the Church is Missions

Dr. Jim Henry
Retired Pastor, Former President, Southern Baptist Convention
July 19 | Celebration Weekend

Ken Medema
Extraordinary Musician
September 19 | The Singer-Storyteller Night

Dr. Paul Chitwood
President, International Mission Board
September 20 | World Missions Emphasis

Dr. Ronnie Floyd
Executive President, The Southern Baptist Convention
October 4 | The Unfinished Task

Of course there’s more! Church family, please help us make our mission partnerships and commitments as strong as possible; prayerfully consider how you can be part of our year-long expression of thanks and service. Our city needs a strong church now more than ever.

Let’s be that church!

Frank R. Lewis