Church Multiplication

"Over the next few years, Brentwood Baptist could become known as one of the most creative, influential, and effective church multiplication centers in the country."

— Bob Carlton,
Church Multiplication Minister

An overarching, driving strategic vision for our church is something we've dubbed "church multiplication." It's a fancy term that simply means we want to obey and follow God's leading to fulfill our missional calling by starting new works that lead to transformed lives that transform communities.

Church multiplication consists of several models for kingdom growth, including regional campuses, church plants, and people group congregations. In addition to these, a leadership residency program is also part of our vision as the leadership "pipeline" to recruit, assess, train, send, and support these leaders.

Church Planting

This is best exemplified as a "3x5 Plan."

Simple Explanation: Recruit, assess, train, send, and support three church planters per year for five years.

In 5 years, the start of 15 "daughter" new works that are "born pregnant" and exponentially multiply could potentially result in 243 "grand, great, and great-great grandkid" new works over time.

We won't just plant churches. We'll plant churches that will plant other churches.

TRAIN: A Church Multiplication Residency Program

TRAIN - One Year Residency

Even more specifically, we're developing a strategy to equip and train potential leaders for these works through a 1-year residency program. For the church planting model, this residency will be followed by a staged support system that lasts up to five years.

Learn more about TRAIN at dontmissthetrain.org.

Regional Campuses

One of the most frequent comments we get from new folks is, "This church feels like family."

— Jay Strother,
Campus & Teaching Pastor

The best example of the regional campus model is The Church at Station Hill. Looking ahead to the next five years, we see the need to fully resource Station Hill with land and facilities as they continue to grow—as well as conduct the proper demographic study then place other regional campuses in under-served areas of our region.

With the launch of Station Hill, we took the church to unconnected people instead of asking them to come and find us. Seventy-three percent of our attendance is people completely new to our church family who we wouldn't have reached any other way.

People Group Congregations

"There are at least 80 different people groups in the greater Nashville area."

— Mike Glenn

Brentwood Baptist has already shown its effectiveness in establishing churches within the church. These are congregations that exist as part of the greater body but have also identified themselves based on cultural, ethnic, or another type of affinity. These include the Deaf Church, Kairos, Chinese Congregation, and Hispanic Ministry. A greater emphasis on diversity over the next five years is represented in our objective to reach a growing diversity of people with the gospel.

How You Can Help

Church Multiplication is funded through the operational budget of Brentwood Baptist Church. Your contributions at any level, combined with your prayers help make our Church Multiplication objective a reality.