Our Transition Updates

February 11, 2018

Plan for Intentional Interim Time

At this time, the Harpeth Heights Deacon Body and Brentwood Baptist leaderships recommend we form an intentional interim team to fill all the roles of an interim pastor. This would mean that the pulpit would primarily be filled by, Jason Dukes, Brentwood’s Church Multiplication Minister. In times he would be absent, Mike Harland, the Director of LifeWay Worship, would preach. In addition, Jason Dukes is open to be on campus another day a week. He would work collaboratively with Bob Vassar who would continue to stay on campus on Wednesdays, and his time as the Transition Connection Minister would be extended. The congregation will vote for this plan on February 18th during the church service.

January 11, 2018

Selection Process for HHBC Members on Joint Transition Team

Having received your nominations, we would like to recommend that the following persons serve on the Joint Transition Team.

  • Curtis Bivens
  • John Carney
  • Tiffany Dustan
  • Sid Weissend
  • Rachel Wiles

We will have a vote on these nominations during the service on January 28th. Discussion on the recommendation will take place at the Quarterly Business Meeting on January 21st.

December 10, 2017

Nomination for the Joint Transition Team – HHBC Members

This team will include lay members from our congregation, Brentwood’s congregation, as well as staff. The purpose of this team is to begin informally merging the ministries of the church.

Nominated members should be:

  1. Seeking God’s Agenda for the Church
  2. Presently Active in Ministry of the Church
  3. Forward Thinkers
  4. Discerning
  5. Willing to Commit to at least a year of serving on this team

December 10 – January 21

Congregation is encouraged to prayerfully seek God’s agenda and who He would lead to be on the Joint Transition Team

December 17 – 31

Each member of the congregation will be able to nominate two people to be on the Joint Transition Team.  Nominations should be people whom they believe will be forward thinking, seeking God’s agenda for the church, discerning, and active members of the church.

Nominations will be accepted online and at the church.  They can be dropped off at the church office December 17 – 22, December 24, and December 31. They can be submitted online from December 17 -December 31.

January 2 – 7

Bob Vassar, Interim of Harpeth Heights, and the deacon council will oversee the selection process of the Joint Transition Team.

January 7

The nomination list will be shared with the congregation.

January 7 – 21

The congregation is asked to pray over the nomination list in preparation for a yes/no vote.

January 21

At the quarterly business meeting, the joint transition team will be voted on.

November 29, 2017

Next Step Meeting

The transition team would like to invite you to attend the Next Step Town Hall meeting on December 10 at 3:30 pm in the worship center.  This meeting will be a time to learn more about the next steps in the merger process as Brentwood leadership and the transition team share information.

November 19, 2017

From the Transition Team

Dear Church Family,

This week we received communication that the senior pastor and trustees of Brentwood Baptist enthusiastically want to move forward with our church in pursuing a merge. At this time, it seems clear to them that Lord is calling their congregation to take this step. We plan for the transition team to meet with Brian Dodridge, Brentwood Baptist Executive Pastor, and to plot out the next steps. We are hopeful it will be possible to hold a town hall meeting in December to share some of those next steps with you. We will continue to keep you informed as we get more information.

Please continue to pray for our church as we seek God’s will.

The Transition Team

November 11, 2017

From the Transition Team

Dear Church Family,

On Sunday, November 5th, our church took our first step vote to enter into the next stage of discussion with Brentwood Baptist Church for the intended purpose of merging and becoming a campus of Brentwood Baptist Church. There was an 84.7% vote in support of continuing to pursue the merge. The transition team would like to thank everyone for voting and their comments. Please join us in continuing to pray and seek God’s will during this journey.

September 28, 2017

From the Transition Team

Dear Church Family,

On September 17, Brentwood Baptist Church sent representatives to have a Town Hall Meeting with us. During that time, Mike Glenn, their senior pastor, shared with our church his vision for the future of churches. He explained about the Middle Tennessee Initiative and how they want to help local congregations use their gifts to build God’s kingdom.

A panel of eight Brentwood Baptist staff members including Jason Dukes (Church Multiplication Minister), David Hannah (Lockleand Springs Campus Pastor), Matt Pearson (West Franklin Campus Pastor), Denis Worley (Lead Worship Minister), Steve Layton (Discipleship Minister), Scott Harris (Missions Minister), Jim Jenkins (Stewardship Minister), and Brian Doddridge (Executive Pastor) answered questions from the congregation.

In the last two weeks, the team has received many questions and feedback from the congregation. We always strive to be transparent and keep you informed with each step in the process. For this reason, we would like to give you an opportunity to ask any additional questions that you may have at this time.

In the next two weeks, we will be collecting questions. Please take the time to submit questions either online or by writing them down and turning them into the church office or a transition team member. This Sunday we will have a place on the tear off part of the bulletin where you may write questions as well. It is important to us that you have opportunities to have your questions answered and we will do our best to answer them all in a timely manner.

Please continue to pray for God to direct us all. May we be His people, building our lives around Jesus and His purpose!

In His Love,

The Transition Team

August 6, 2017

From the Transition Team

Your transition team is united. As your Transition Team, we have come to a unanimous decision. This team started a journey last year and not one of us knew where it would lead, but we all trusted that with God at the helm it couldn’t go in a bad direction. It’s been a long journey to this point and it’s not over.

We have a long way to go. This journey has been bathed in prayer, and we know that with God’s direction this church could be successful going more than one direction. We started this transition looking at the traditional method, but early on were introduced to another non-traditional method. Shortly after discussing this new idea, we brought it to you in a Town Hall. You affirmed to explore it further. After many months of prayer, deliberation, running ahead of God, being reined in and many months of prayer. We are recommending a merge with Brentwood Baptist Church. Next Sunday, August 13, we will pair up and visit Sunday school classes so you can hear pieces of our journey. This will be a time for us to share briefly because we value your time together as a class. There will be plenty of time in the coming months to get questions answered about the process. Our first Town Hall meeting next week August 13th at 3:00 pm.

While this is our recommendation to our church family, there are many steps in this lengthy process before both congregations will be asked to consider if merger is God’s will for both of us. The first of these steps comes this Sunday, August 13th at 3:00 pm in our sanctuary. Further down the road, there will be opportunities to hear from the heart of the leaders at Brentwood Baptist as well as times that are just for us to pray and talk and seek God’s face for our future. Please take this journey with us- seeking only what God desires for us for our future as His kingdom people.

Thank you for trusting us to serve to this point and beyond.

March 20, 2017

Information from Transition Team

Please read a letter from the Transition Team.

February 19, 2017

Presentation Handout from February 19 Report

Please see a copy of the presentation handout.

January 18, 2017

Church-wide Survey

Please see a copy of the church-wide survey.

September 20, 2016

Transition Team Plans

The Transitional Team invites the entire church body to participate in three key events and a church wide survey which will help us to build a strong future for Harpeth Heights:

Who We Have Been: A Night To Remember Sunday, October 16, at 5:00 pm

This will be a night to remember the rich history of our church and milestones. We will create a timeline of our past, fellowship, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres.

Who Are We Now: The Life Cycle of A Church Wednesday, October 26, at 6:30 pm

Gary Rickman from the TBC will lead us in learning about the life cycle of a church and identifying where we are as a church.  There will be no regular programming this evening so that we can come together as a church body and identify where we are as a church.

Who Will We Become: An Evening of Re-dreaming The Dream, November 20, at 6:00 pm

This will be an evening of brainstorming dreams for the church and determining how the spirit is leading the body for the future.

In addition, within the next month you will be receiving a church survey.  We ask that you please take the time to answer the survey with transparency and honesty.

All four of these important steps will help us build a strong, healthy future for our church.  Please be in prayer for all God is doing and will continue to do in the upcoming months!