On March 15, 2020, we will stream one service at 9:45 a.m. in place of in-person worship.
We're glad you're here! We would love to have you join us in one of our various services. We offer worship services on Saturday and Sunday, ranging from traditional to contemporary.
What are your office hours?
Our weekday office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday – Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday. You can contact the main reception desk at 615.373.3663 during regular office hours. In the event of an after-hours emergency, contact the pastor-on-call at 615.969.3086. Please leave a message, and a pastor will call you back.
Who can I contact in case of an emergency?
In the event of an emergency, contact the pastor-on-call at 615.969.3086. Please leave a message, and a pastor will call you back.
What do you offer for my children?
We believe that children and youth are an important part of our worship community! Children of all ages are welcome in all of our worship services.
• BUMC Kids serves infants through 5th grade.
• BUMCSM serves students in 6th-12th grade.
We have a nursery for 0-3 years and Church Time for 4-5 years at all worship services.
Can I worship online?
We are happy to be able to offer online worship to those who are out of town, who are sick, or who are unable to engage with our larger community inside our building. We stream all 3 of our Sunday services. Unfortunately at this time, we are unable to stream our Saturday night service.
We are glad you are here!
We are located at 309 Franklin Road in Brentwood, Tennessee, across from Chick-fil-A in the Brentwood Place Shopping Center. Take exit 74 on I-65 toward Old Hickory Blvd (West) and drive south for 1.5 miles.
Where do I park if the lots are full?
We have a shuttle available in the City Park lot (Franklin Road and Williamsburg Road, north of Chick-fil-A and just south of Blaze Pizza). The shuttle bus runs continuously on Sunday mornings from 7:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. between the shuttle parking lot and the Narthex covered entrance.
There is additional parking available on Sundays at the Brentwood Medical Center, Regions Bank, and U.S. Bank. We thank you for respecting these parking arrangements by not blocking the ATM drives.
Get a snapshot of who we are and what we value here at BUMC, plus learn the next step in becoming more connected to the congregational life of the church. Starting Point is perfect for recent visitors or for those who are considering church membership! We meet on the second Sunday of each month at 9:45 and 11 a.m. in the Parlor. No registration necessary, so stop by to say hello!
A core value is something that is non-negotiable, an unchanging commitment that clarifies and determines key decisions. We have named five for our community at Brentwood United Methodist Church:
Christ-Centered - We passionately strive to stay focused on Christ alone. And following the example of Christ, we seek to live holy lives, sharing the love and grace of Christ with all persons.
Teachable - Recognizing that there is always more to learn, we humbly seek God’s guidance as we study scripture and pray for discernment at and across all life-stages and ages; striving to be both prophetic and pastoral.
Ministry of all believers - We are a hands-on congregation, where everyone has a role in ministry in the church, to the community and the world.
Risk-takers - Through spirit-led and team-based discernment, we are willing to take risks for the sake of the mission.
Wesleyan - As a community aligned with the teachings and practices of John Wesley, we believe in the Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit; the centrality of grace; continued in personal and social holiness; and the primacy of Scripture, along with tradition, reason, and experience for practical and theological discernment.
To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
We are mindful that the world God loves is waiting for those of us in the church to live out our discipleship with grace, humility and courage. As a covenant community, we are convinced that our role is to provide ministries that connect, prepare, and send people for the mission of disciple making.
We live out our mission by creating environments where people are invited into a relationship with God, Christian community and one another; are becoming committed followers of Christ; and are discovering and responding to God’s call on their life to impact the world for Christ.
Shaping the heart of the community by creating a culture of love formed through relationships with Christ and others.
How We Worship
Saturday Evening Worship
Casual Worship in the Chapel
Like breaking bread with family and friends, this service offers an intimate, casual approach to traditional worship, along with occasional use of newer forms of praise to our Creator. This service is especially helpful for those who work on Sundays, or who cannot attend Sunday worship for other reasons, or who prefer a small church setting.
Sunday Morning Worship
Traditional Worship with Youth Choirs
Anchored by our dynamic youth choirs, this service bridges the generations with a touch of media, drama, and dance, bringing new life to familiar forms. Piano and pipe organ are featured as the primary instruments, and the congregation worships musically with hymns and occasional praise choruses. Sign language service is available.
Contemporary Worship with Praise Band
Come as you are for a new encounter with God! Awakening worship brings together ageless traditions with contemporary music and artistic forms in an eclectic blend of old and new. Our energetic worship band and multimedia walk hand in hand in creating unique ways to connect with God.
Traditional Worship with Adult Choir
Cherished liturgy and hymns embraced with familiar ceremony create an experience of timeless worship accentuated by the power and beauty of piano, pipe organ, and the Adult Chancel Choir, with meaningful use of liturgical arts, psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.
How We Lead
Led by the Senior Pastor, the Lead Team provides overall leadership for BUMC. This team is responsible for vision-casting; accountability, evaluation, and alignment of ministries; coordination of ongoing ministries; and serving as a catalyst for change within the greater body of Christ. The BUMC Lead Team is made up of Dr. Davis Chappell, Leslie Hotzfeld, Dr. Laura Brantley, Rev. Allison Gossett, Susan Graham, and Lucille Nabors.
Led by staff and laity, ministry teams meet monthly for worship, visioning, and planning. They are responsible for developing and implementing the ministry action plan for the specific ministry area.
Made up of staff and laity, the Church Council is responsible for discerning and guiding major future initiatives and decisions; empowering the pastor and operational team to lead; and discerning the work of the Board of Trustees, Finance Committee, Staff-Parish Relations Committee, Committee on Nominations and the BUMC Foundation.
Elected Lay Leadership
Consisting of teams and roles that serve in an advisory capacity, our elected lay leaders help to ensure the fiscal and operational health of BUMC and its other campuses. Our elected lay leadership teams include the Church Council, Associate Church Treasurer, lay members to Annual Conference, Board of Trustees, BUMC Foundation, Finance Committee, Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development, and Staff-Parish Relations Committee.