Community Partners

Harvest Hands is a catalyst for Christ-centered, holistic community development working alongside our neighbors to further education, healthy living, spiritual formation, and economic development in South Nashville.

Harvest Hands began as a vision of the late Dr. Howard Olds—former pastor of Brentwood United Methodist Church—to partner with an under-resourced neighborhood in Nashville for positive change. The idea centered on sharing resources, experiences, and expertise of the church in relationship with neighbors in South Nashville. In 2007, Brentwood UMC hired Rev. Brian Hicks to lead the effort in making this vision a reality.

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.

Center for Youth Ministry Training equips youth ministers and churches to develop theologically informed and practically effective youth ministries. CYMT is partnered with Memphis Theological Seminary (Tenn.) and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Texas) for students to earn a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry.

In 2005, a task force was created with members from Brentwood United Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church (Nashville) with the intention of exploring the possibilities of starting a youth ministry training program. Both churches invested $25,000 to launch the program and empower the organization to raise the long-term support. In 2006, with the approval of both the First Presbyterian Session and the Brentwood UMC Church Council, the Center for Youth Ministry Training was born.

South Africa Outreach is Brentwood United Methodist Church's umbrella ministry that refers to our partnerships with Brentwood Methodist Church South Africa and 3 schools in the Howick and Tumbleweed communities.

Brentwood Methodist Church South Africa (Tumbleweed) has flourished into an active congregation since its building was constructed in 2007. There is a preschool that operates out of the church to serve the community.

Angels' Care Centre (Howick) was established by concerned residents in the Umngeni Municipal area to address the needs of desperately poor children from the local informal settlements (Shiyabazali) who have experienced emotional and physical trauma.

Thembelihle (Howick) is a private school that serves pre-primary and primary school students from Shiyabazali and other informal settlements through the seventh grade.

In 2019, BUMC sponsors 332 students and 30 teachers across our 3 partner schools.

Brentwood UMC Day School is a part-time preschool for children 1-5 years of age.

The Day School offers activities and experiences that promote living, growing, serving and learning with others. We believe every child is a very special person, and it is our goal that each one leaves our program with a feeling of self-worth, a caring spirit and a love for learning.

If you want to learn more about enrolling your child in the Day School, schedule a tour through the Day School Office.

BUMC Early Learning Center is a full-time full-year preschool for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years.

The Early Learning Center ministers to the needs of young children and their families by providing a safe, loving, Christian environment to foster intellectual, social, physical, emotional, and spiritual growth and development. We understand that, through purposeful play and nurturing guidance from teachers, our children are inspired to think in more ways with creativity, compassion, and resourcefulness.

If you want to learn more about enrolling your child in the Early Learning Center, schedule a tour through the ELC Office.