We offer many ways for you to find Christian care for a number of life's struggles. On this page, you'll find resources for emergency, prayer, individual, and group care.
There are also many ways to provide Christian care to our friends and neighbors in need. Learn more about ways you can serve.
+ Pastor On Call
If you’re in need of urgent pastoral care (death of a family member, emergency hospitalizations, or other crises), please call the pastor-on-call at 615.969.3086. Leave a message, and a pastor will return your call within 10-15 minutes.
+ Emergency Financial and Food Assistance
Please call 615.324.7255 for further information.
Request prayer from the BUMC pastors, congregation, or Intercessory Prayer Team by filling out a prayer request card. Prayer request cards are located in the pew racks in the Sanctuary and Chapel and at the Connection Point desk in the Narthex. Completed cards may be dropped in the offering plates during worship or turned in at the Connection Point desk. Prayer requests can also be submitted to Julie Donley, Congregation Care Administrative Support, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615.324.1254.
Births + Adoptions
Births and adoptions are listed in our worship service bulletins. The Sunday following a birth, a rosebud is placed on the baptismal font in honor of a newborn child. In the event of a birth or adoption to a church member’s family, please contact Julie Donley, Congregational Care Administrative Support, at email@example.com.
BUMC Counseling Center
Independent counseling center on the BUMC campus
The BUMC Counseling Center is a unique collaboration between Brentwood United Methodist Church and psychotherapists in private practice. The therapists at the BUMC Counseling Center are not employees of the church. They were recruited to relocate their practices to the Counseling Center in order to support BUMC's commitment to making mental health resources available for children, youth, adults, couples, and families in Williamson County and the surrounding communities.
Available counselors and therapists:
Dr. John Fite, Ph.D.
Focus: Child, Adolescent, Family & Adult Therapy
Stacy Jagger, LMFT
Focus: Child, Family, & Women's Therapy
Dr. James Wellborn, Ph.D.
Focus: Child, Adolescent, & Family Therapy
Care When You Are Sick
Prayer before surgery, hospital visits, rehab visits, hospice care, prayer shawls
NOTICE: Due to HIPAA laws, hospitals do not inform the church when its members are admitted. If a member is scheduled to have surgery, is hospitalized, being moved to a rehab facility, or transitioning to hospice care, please contact Melissa Liddle at firstname.lastname@example.org with name, facility, surgery details, etc. In the case of an emergency on the weekend or after regular church office hours, contact the pastor-on-call at 615.969.3086. Please leave a message, and a pastor will call you back.
Prayer Before Surgery
The moments before a surgery can be stressful. Your pastors are honored to be with you in those anxious moments. A member of the pastoral staff at BUMC will meet you when you arrive for surgery at an area hospital. They will pray with you and visit with you and your family while you wait.
Being sick can be scary and exhausting. It can be lonely and overwhelming. The pastoral staff of BUMC visits area hospitals on a regular and rotating basis during the week to offer prayer and spiritual support.
After a hospital stay, many people transition to a rehabilitation center to gain strength and skills before heading home. BUMC pastors continue to visit in rehab, but visits are less frequent.
Hospice Care and End of Life
In situations of death or impending death, pastors should be notified so that they may offer presence, prayer, and support. Pastors can serve as guides to make plans and anticipate a new reality with the family.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl Ministry meets weekly to knit prayer shawls and prayer squares to be given to those who are sick or hurting and in need of a tangible reminder that God is always with them, loving and caring for them. Pastors often share these with those who are hospitalized or on hospice care as an extension of the church’s love and God’s presence. Contact Julie Donley at email@example.com to request a prayer shawl for yourself or someone you know in need.
Domestic violence is not just about hitting. It can take many forms through the use of power and control. Abuse can look like coercion and threats, intimidation, isolation, minimizing or denying a partner’s feelings, and blaming the victim for abusive behavior. If you or a loved one are afraid of a partner’s temper, please feel free to contact one of our pastors or counselors:
Volunteers write to recipients once a month on a rotating basis and stationery is provided. Their job is to bring a little sunshine into the lives of those that may not see much of it these days. Contact Julie Donley at firstname.lastname@example.org to make a request.
Addiction recovery care for women in Williamson County
Healing Housing is Williamson County’s first and only transitional living home for women in recovery from addiction. Opened in early 2017, Healing Housing’s two homes provide a safe, supportive environment where women who have completed drug treatment can continue to grow in their sobriety.
The faith-based program offers life-changing opportunities for women in need, including access to counseling, life skills training, savings programs, individualized healing plans, required outside employment, money management & budgeting courses, mandatory guided 12-step work, opportunities for weekly Bible study, community involvement, and mentorship.
LGBTQ Pastoral Care
BUMC is a place where all people have a home to follow Christ. We also know that many in the LGBTQ community (and/or their loved ones) have been hurt by churches or have felt isolated within faith communities. If you (or a loved) one identify as LGBTQ and you need a safe space to tell your story, work through questions, contact Rev. Casey Orr at 615.324.7244 or email@example.com to set up an appointment.
Parish Nurse Ministry
The Parish Nurse Ministry provides holistic health-related services to individuals, family members, and neighbors. Key services include counseling, patient advocacy, coordination of health-related education, connecting people with available community resources and nursing care facilities. All information shared is strictly confidential. Contact Dottie Campbell RN/BSN at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
The pastoral staff of BUMC visits area hospitals on a regular and rotating basis during the week to offer prayer and spiritual support. Lay visitors and Stephen Ministers visit on the weekends. Hospitals do not inform the church when its members are admitted. If you or a family member are hospitalized, please contact Melissa Liddle at email@example.com. In the case of an emergency on the weekend or after regular church office hours, contact the pastor-on-call at 615.969.3086. Please leave a message, and a pastor will call you back.
Stephen Ministers are members of our church who have received extensive training and provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to people who are dealing with health crises and other difficulties. They will listen, care, encourage, pray with and for you, and provide weekly support for you as long as your need persists. Call 615.577.4881 to reach the Stephen Ministry Hotline.
Screened volunteers are paired with our home-centered members and those who are in nursing homes to share Christian love, extend fellowship and offer encouragement. Contact Rev. Casey Orr at 615.324.7244 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request visitation. You can also direct requests and referrals to email@example.com.
Adult ADHD/ADD Support Group
First & Third Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m., Room A392
Offers workshops for spouses of adults with ADHD/ADD. Contact Terry Huff at 615.627.4191.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Support Groups
Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m., Buchanan House Room 102
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m., Buchanan House Room 102
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7 p.m., Buchanan House Room 101
Men’s Prime Time: Fridays, 7 p.m., Buchanan House Room 101
Women Only: Mondays, 9 a.m., Buchanan House Room 102
Al-Anon Support Group
Meets Tuesdays, 7 pm, Buchanan House Room 101
Alzheimer’s Support Group
Second Tuesdays of the month, 7 p.m., Room A389
A support group for caregivers, friends, and family of persons with Alzheimer’s and other memory loss. Contact Sue Dowling 615.970.8393 to learn more.
Career Transitions Support Group
Meets Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m., Haney Hall
Career Transitions' objective is to help people who are in-between jobs or looking for a career change. We offer a different presentation every week focused on the latest job search techniques. CTSG is led by business professionals who have expertise in Nashville's job market and contemporary job search techniques. There is no charge for the services of CTSG.
CoDA Support Group
Meets Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. - Buchanan House Room 101
Co-Dependents Anonymous is a program of recovery from co-dependence, where each person may share their experience, strength, and hope in an effort to find freedom where there has been bondage and peace where there has been turmoil in our relationships with others and ourselves. Contact: Tom B. at 615.308.1041 or visit coda.org to learn more.
Upcoming Class: Tuesdays starting January 7 – February 18, 2020
This 7-week series deals with issues of adjusting to change, stages of grieving, forgiveness, children’s issues, and rebuilding healthy relationships. Contact Melissa Liddle at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Upcoming Class: Sundays starting October 20, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
We understand the grief grows out of many circumstances: the death of a loved one, job loss, infertility, etc. Several times a year, we offer a 4-week class on Sunday mornings led by one of our pastors, providing a safe place to process experiences of grief while developing an understanding of our grief. Contact Melissa Liddle at email@example.com to learn more about upcoming groups.
Memory Loss Caregiver Respite: The Sunny Day Club®
Tuesdays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Sunny Day Club is a fellowship group for those who are experiencing the early stages of memory loss. Club members must be able to care for and feed themselves, or caregivers may remain with them to care for their needs during the meeting. Registration is required. Contact: Katie Anderson at 615.370.9467 or firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Orphan, Foster, Adoption Ministry (OFAM)
The Orphan, Foster, Adoption Ministry has a three-part focus of supporting families who are exploring and navigating the adoption process, encouraging BUMC foster families, and facilitating orphan care opportunities for our congregation. Contact Melissa Wyatt to learn more.