Men's Day -- April 19
Speakers: Bob Neyland and Chris Stowers
Tailgate parties before the event
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South America: A New Partnership and a New Initiative
Steve and Diane Brown have been committed to the spread of the gospel in the Spanish-speaking world for almost 40 years. In April they will begin an exciting two-year initiative to strengthen connections among the Spanish-speaking churches in South America as well as their sister churches in the United States.
This plan is a joint effort between the Florida and Mid-South churches. The Florida Mission Council (FMC) has been allied with churches in Brazil and the southern part of South America, affectionately known as “The Southern Cone.” The Southeastern Mission Alliance (SEMA), representing churches in the Mid-South, has been allied with the churches in Northern South America--Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru--known as “The Andean Group.” We are thankful for and excited about this new partnership among U.S. churches.
The effort will begin with nine months in Buenos Aires, Argentina--part of the Southern Cone--at the invitation of Sebastian and Sarai Serra, leaders of the church there. Steve and Diane were part of two separate mission teams to Buenos Aires, and hope to connect with past members, build bridges in that city as well as provide added support to the Serras. In 2015 the plan involves the Browns returning to Nashville for three months before going again to South America to work with the churches in the Andean Group. In this phase, they will focus on training leaders, with a special emphasis on working with mature disciples with a goal of seeing elders appointed. To this point there are no elders in any of the churches in South America.
We are grateful for their inspiring example, with Steve dealing with MS and Diane giving up her work as a nurse practitioner. We are confident that the churches in South America will be helped by this new faith chapter in their lives.
Position Available: Children’s Ministry Director
The Greater Nashville Church is seeking a well-qualified and committed individual to serve as part-time director of our children's ministry. If you are interested check out the job description and fill out the application and give it to one of the elders or staff members.
The Greater Nashville Church celebrated it's 25th Anniversary this past year and we continue to strive to help God grow his kingdom. We hope you will join us as God reveals new friends and a clear vision for the future.
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In the fall of 1987 Terry and Sue Folker spent three months working with a small church in Hartsville, Tennessee that was connecting with a growing movement, mostly on college campuses, to return to Jesus’ message to make disciples. In that short time, bonds were formed with Tennesseans Barry and Debbie Holt and others.
Twenty six years later, the Holts are with the Greater Nashville Church, where Barry serves as an elder, and the Folkers are finishing two exciting years with the Berlin Church in Germany. By September 1, Terry and Sue will be returning to Tennessee to renew those bonds formed earlier and begin to build new bonds. This is because the elders and leadership team of the Greater Nashville Church have announced that Terry will be serving as the lead evangelist and Sue the women’s ministry leader for the congregation.
Terry became a disciple in 1981 in Tampa, Florida, and Sue in 1979 in Tallahassee. They were married in 1985 and have one son James, who now lives in Tallahassee. The Folkers primarily served churches in Florida for 24 years before moving to Boston in 2008 to lead the large singles ministry in the Boston Church. This led to Terry serving as the chairman of the ICOC Singles Service Team giving guidance to singles ministries in all our churches.
When the need arose for stronger leadership in the Berlin Church, the Folkers accepted the opportunity, though they spoke no German. In two years with the church they have seen God bring renewal and change. They were only open to leaving Berlin if the right couple could be found to replace them, and God surprisingly provided Scott and Lynn Green who pioneered the amazing work in Hong Kong and China in the late ‘80s and ‘90s and have led the Seattle church during the last seventeen years.
For many years the Greater Nashville Church has been a leader in reaching out to the four northern countries of South America. With plans now being discussed to combine our Southeast Missions Alliance and the Florida Missions Council (FMC) that supports the other countries in South America, it is significant that for four years Terry served as the president of the FMC and has great familiarity with the work in South America. In addition to her work as a women’s ministry leader, Sue is also a licensed counselor.Terry and Sue are known for their spirituality, wisdom, evangelistic hearts, and love for people. They have many ties and close relationships with leaders and others throughout our family of churches. They come to us with the highest commendation and support of the leaders of the Boston Church. The Folkers’ decision to lead the Nashville team is an answer to many prayers and one we are all convinced will lead to great impact in Tennessee, the Mid-South, the Southeast and on into South America. Once before, they made an impact here in the Mid-State in just three months. What God does this time will no doubt be even more exciting. Please keep the Folkers, the Berlin church and, of course, the Nashville church in your prayers in this time of transition.