Nashville Baptist Association
Assisting & Networking Local Churches

History, Vision, and Values

Our Mission

The Nashville Baptist Association exists to cultivate and connect churches throughout the Greater Nashville Are to fulfill the Great Commission.

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

  • Biblically and Spiritually Based- We will be biblically based, practicing spiritual disciplines such as prayer, evangelism, and discipleship.

  • Church Focused- We will assist Churches to be healthy and on mission. (Acts 1:8)

  • Missional- We will assist churches to become involved in Kingdom-focused initiatives to reach the world for Christ.

  • Strategic- We will intentionally assist churches to implement a contextually relevant mission plan.

  • Catalytic- We will take initiative in leading and creative ways that enhance and add value to the ministry of the local church.

  • Relational- We will add value to the local church by developing broader strategic relationships that produce Kingdom results.