Serving Opportunities

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Harvest Hands wants your help to make its summer programs happen! They are collecting donations for different crafts supplies to provide to students in the summer program. Items will be shipped directly to Harvest Hands.

Nashville Freedom Schools

Micky ScottBey Jones gives a presentation on the Tuskegee Airmen to Nashville Freedom School scholars at Buena Vista Elementary School in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose

Do you have a special talent or skill you want to share with the Nashville Freedom Schools' scholars? Record a video lesson for their virtual summer program! Guest readers, craft-makers, musicians, yoga teachers, dancers – if you can demonstrate it online, these scholars want to learn it! Send videos to

  • Children's Ministry

    Are you interested in serving the children in our church? Opportunities range from leading Sunday School to greeting families at our Connection Point desk. All volunteers go through a background check and Safe Sanctuary training before being paired with students.

    Contact Ellen Garrett at to learn more.

  • Congregational Care

    Share Christian love with our friends and neighbors in need of care. Serving opportunities include:

  • Disaster Response

    In the early hours of the morning on March 3, 2020, many parts of Davidson County, Putnam County, Benton County, and Wilson County were hit by an F-3 tornado that has left unbelievable destruction across Middle Tennessee. BUMC's response in times of disaster includes praying, giving, and serving. 

  • Middle East North Africa Initiative

    In partnership with Christian relief organizations on the ground, the Middle East North Africa Initiative's focus has been on empowering the local churches in the MENA region to respond in an ongoing emergency context. It is our goal to facilitate these churches who contribute to the spiritual and physical wellbeing of the displaced through pastoral training, resourcing ministries, interfaith dialogue, and missional outreach.

  • Missional Discipleship

    We have a number of ways you can serve in the church, around Greater Nashville, and around the world through Missional Discipleship. Below you can learn more about our mission partners.

    Contact Lisa Edge at to learn how you can get involved.

    Local Outreach

    Seasonal Outreach

    • Spring
      • OFAM Easter Baskets
      • Rise Against Hunger
    • Summer
      • Project Transformation
      • Build a Backpack
      • Harvest Hands Summer Camp
    • Fall
      • Housing Initiative
      • Room In The Inn
    • Winter
      • Room In The Inn
      • AIDS Angel Tree
      • Christmas food baskets
      • Alternative Gift Giving
      • The Manger of GraceWorks
      • Harvest Hands Christmas Store
      • Restock the Pantry

    International Outreach

  • South Africa Outreach

    In 2007, Brentwood UMC funded the construction of a church building in the Tumbleweed community of South Africa. This initial relationship grew into a ministry that now connects sponsors to children and teachers in three different South African schools. At each of our partner schools, children receive a God-centered educational foundation, as well as emotional and spiritual intervention and care.

  • Student Ministry

    Are you interested in serving the young people in our church? Opportunities range from serving meals to serving our small groups. All volunteers go through a background check and Safe Sanctuary training before being paired with students.

    Contact Rev. Adam Jones at to learn more.

  • Welcome Ministry

    Christ calls us to love God and to love our neighbor, and this means living and worshiping in community together. If you have a gift for hospitality or love meeting and welcoming new people, we encourage you to join our Welcome Team.

    Contact Rev. Shelby Slowey at to learn more.

  • Worship + Arts

    There are many ways you can use your spiritual gifts to serve God through Worship + Arts. We have opportunities to volunteer on Sundays, during the week, on a weekly basis, or as your schedule allows.

    Contact Haley Durham at to learn more.

    • Acolyte coordinators
    • Communion servers
    • Communion set-up and clean-up
    • Ushers
    • Pew replenishers
    • Scripture readers
    • Altar Guild