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calling... passion... connection... vision... nations... sacrifice...
excellence... heartcry... restored
holy... inner city
reclaiming the arts
unity among believers
of the races
integrity... Messianic... promise
love... tears... commitment
equipping for world impact... home.
are some of the words and phrases you will hear at Belmont
Church. They convey the language of our vision, the rhythm
of our prayers, the hope of our hearts. They signify signposts
along our path. They represent expressions of the past, present
and a future aspiring toward the fullness of heaven realized
in humble vessels upon a humble earth. These are but a few
utterances that depict the essence of Belmont Church. They
flow from the Spirit within us, finding life and meaning in
the glorious name of Jesus. Surpassing all other desires and
objectives, Belmont Church hungers to know, serve, and glorify
Him who is the Christ, the Son of the Almighty God.
historic roots spring from the Churches of Christ, a conservative sect
of the Disciples of Christ, a denomination that had grown
rapidly by the end of the nineteenth century as a result
of the ministry of preacher and writer, David Lipscomb. Opposing
organized missions, ecclesiastical centralization, and instrumental
music, the Churches of Christ vowed to live according to
the Bible as absolute authority. Not long after the turn
of the century, on a gravel road that hardly could be called
Music Row, the brotherhood of the Churches of Christ erected
a stately chapel. The denomination established its presence
among an up-and-coming industry of song that soon would bring
the small southern city of Nashville international renown.
Avenue Church of Christ, as we were called at the time, weathered
the external change of a burgeoning city and nation without
too much internal change. It wasn't until decades later, when
a spiritual renewal swept through the country in the early
1970's, that the people, the ideology, and the vision for
the future of Belmont began to transform.
Lipscomb University professor, Don Finto, was Belmont's pastor
at the time. From his exposure at Lipscomb, a steady stream
of students followed him to Belmont, bringing with them fresh
energy and a hunger for a real and knowable Jesus. The church
experienced a growth-explosion. The young, the poor, the seekers
had found a home. Then it happened. While looking at a magazine
picture of Jesus people being baptized, something stirred in Don Finto. He said to
the Lord, "I want what I see on those faces." And
it wasn't long before the Lord baptized Don with the Holy
Spirit and filled him with a holy fire.
was a new day for Don, for Belmont, and for the city of Nashville.
Our doors opened to invite the work of the Holy Spirit. As
a body, we began to emerge from our Church of Christ heritage,
and with this awakening, we welcomed instrumental music and
began to walk with God's people of every denomination and
background. A day of refreshing had taken hold.
years later, Belmont continues to follow the Spirit's leading,
passionately worshiping the Son of God. But our presence on
Music Row has changed in more ways than our outward appearance.
From a small chapel to a ministry complex, our campus has
spread beyond the four corners to become an epicenter of worship,
teaching, world and community outreach, creative arts, and
equipping for wholeness, integrity, leadership, and ministry.
We've transitioned to a cell-based model of ministry where
homes are reclaimed as kingdom centers, neighborhoods are
taken for God, and every member is a minister and ambassador
the mid-nineties, Don Finto passed the baton of leadership
to Associate Pastor, Stephen Mansfield. Founding The Caleb
Company, a ministry extensively involved with Israel,
Don works toward the fulfillment of Romans 11, while simultaneously
pastoring an international consortium of pastors and church
leaders. His office remains on campus and he continues to
speak at Belmont. Together, Don and Stephen have modeled an
inter-generational teaming that continues to permeate the
ministries of Belmont.
Drawing on his insights as a historian, Stephen Mansfield built upon the foundation at Belmont, developing our Christian worldview and bringing a message of destiny with the call to fulfill both our personal and corporate God-given purposes. In 2002, after ten years of service at Belmont, Stephen transitioned from his role as Senior Pastor to pursue his other passions and interests through The Mansfield Group.
In November of 2002 our leadership was pleased to announce that one of our members, Steve Fry (international conference speaker, recording artist, and author), would revisit his longstanding desire to return to the pastorate by assuming the role of Belmont's Senior Pastor. Steve served as Belmont’s Senior Pastor through February of 2006, during which time he often challenged us to passionately seek after God’s presence. Steve and Nancy, his wife, and their children continue to make Middle Tennessee their home. He presently serves as both President of Messenger Fellowship and Pastor of The Gate, “a group of people who are passionately seeking after the presence of God as He is moving in the church today.”
Since March of 2006 we have been utilizing a team approach to pastoral leadership, with the final governing authority being vested in the Elders of Belmont Church. Today, more than ever, we are humbled and deeply aware that God has been with us over the years. The two thousand people who gather for worship at Belmont belong to Him. The seven buildings in which we meet belong to Him. He has graciously called us to share the good news of His love in Jesus the Messiah “outside the walls,” into our neighborhoods and communities, with missionaries around the globe, and ministries and artists who continue to impact this generation. Together, we acknowledge, "All that we have accomplished you have done for us." (Isaiah 26:12)
In the pages of this web site, you will glimpse who we are and what we do. Understand, though, that we have not yet arrived. Despite our weaknesses, we remain confident that the best is yet to unfold. Come join us. Receive and serve beside us. We are one small part of the body of Christ, celebrating our need to seek Him with our brothers and sisters throughout this city and world.