Nashville Baptist Association
Assisting & Networking Local Churches

History, Vision, and Values

Our History

Over one hundred years ago, the pastors of thirteen churches in and around the city of Nashville found themselves increasingly challenged by the demands of evangelism and ministry in Middle Tennessee as well as a desire to reach the nations for Christ. Individually, the churches were ministering faithfully, but it became increasingly obvious that they could accomplish more together. In May of 1900, these churches began having conversations about the possibility of forming a local association. After much prayer and discussion, a constitution was adopted, and on October 26, 1900, the Nashville Baptist Association was born.

Our Future

Today, churches in and around the city of Nashville are still challenged by the demands of evangelism and ministry in Middle Tennessee as well as a desire to reach the nations for Christ. It's been over 100 years since the Nashville Baptist Association was started, and its still true that we can accomplish more together.

Over the past few years, the ethnic population of Nashville has grown to include over 70 different people groups, and many of them have very little gospel witness. We no longer have to go overseas to reach the world – the world has come to us, and it is our desire to build relationships and share the message of the gospel with the peoples of Nashville. 

Though Nashville is highly religious, it still is approximately 75-80% unchurched. Additionally, our city grows by approximately 100 people per day. There is a great need to plant new churches, revitalize dying and declining churches, and equip every christian to seem themselves as a missionary in the normal flow of everyday life. 

We are excited about what God has shown us over the years, and we pray that you will partner with us as we seek to assist and network local churches.

Our Core Values

  • Cooperation - We believe we can accomplish more together than we can separately.
  • Team Ministry - We function through empowered teams to discover needs and provide resources to help churches.
  • Servant Leadership / Mentoring - As leaders are developed and strengthened, God’s Kingdom work is advanced.
  • Cultural Relevance - To be effective, we must understand our context and explore new and more effective methods and resources to assist our churches.
  • Excellence - We believe in the biblical mandate is to do all things with excellence.
  • Communication - We want to clearly share helpful information with one another. 
  • Encouragement / Strengthening - The Biblical model in Acts is to build one another up in Christ.