Missions & Ministry

The Missions & Ministry Committee provides a range of opportunities throughout the year for adults, youth, and children to carry out our shared mission to wholeheartedly serve those on the margins of society.

Room in the Inn
Immanuel is one of 170 local congregations that provide shelter for homeless individuals during the winter months through Room in the Inn. On ten Thursday nights each winter, we host ten homeless men in Fellowship Hall. We provide our guests with a safe place to sleep, serve them dinner and breakfast, and provide them with sack lunches. For more information about Room in the Inn, contact Paul Swiney at swineypaul@gmail.com or Charlie Lutz at charles.lutz09@comcast.net

Luke 14:12
On the fourth Tuesday of each month, volunteers from Immanuel serve a nutritious, hot lunch to our hungry neighbors downtown by partnering with Luke 14:12. Twelve volunteers are needed each time we serve - the time frame for lunch is 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. If you would like to volunteer, contact Melanie Dover at mmd78@bellsouth.net.

Operation Inasmuch
For over a decade, Immanuel has devoted a spring morning to local ministry - this empahsis is called Operation Inasmuch. Taking seriously Jesus' admonition to serve "the least of these," through the years we have served with a variety of local ministries, including: The Next DoorHabitat for HumanitySiloam Health, and Nashville Community Care and Rehabilitation Center at Bordeaux. In 2017, we expanded Operation Inasmuch from a Saturday morning event to a week-long emphasis, as Immanuel partnered with three local ministries: The Nashville Food Project, Luke 14:12, and Second Harvest Food Bank.

Bordeaux Ministry
Over 50 years ago, the women in the Grigsby Sunday School class began visiting the patients at a city-run facility then known as Bordeaux Long-Term Care each month. On the fourth Wednesday morning of each month, those visits continue at the now privately operated Nashville Community Care and Rehabilitation Center at Bordeaux. 

Boulevard Bolt
In 1994 volunteers from Immanuel, St. George's Episcopal Church, and The Temple Congregation Ohabai Sholom launched the Boulevard Bolt, a 5-mile Thanksgiving Day race on Belle Meade Boulevard that raises money to support organizations that serve Nashville's homeless community. Over the years, the Bolt has grown from 2,500 participants to over 8,500 runners and walkers. More than $2.75 million has been donated to organizations that serve Nashville's homeless community through Bolt grants.

Appalachian Outreach
In September 2010, a team of volunteers participated in Immanuel's first adult mission trip to serve with Appalachian Outreach, a poverty relief ministry based in Jefferson City, Tennessee. 
Since then, Immanuel has sent a team to serve with Appalachian Outreach each February. Team members sort donations at the ministry center, help with construction projects, host a Valentine's party for the guests at the Samaritan House, and serve dinner to the guests and staff at the Samaritan House. These mission teams are now intergenerational, with a strong youth presence and the involvement of young families.

Missions Budget
Through budgeted gifts, our congregation provides financial support for a variety of ministries and mission organizations, as well as for several Baptist organizations:

Children on Mission
Immanuel offers mission education group for children (kindergartners through 6th graders) on Wednesday nights from August through May from 6:00-7:00 PM. The group meets in Room 2314. The children learn about Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel, make snack bags for Room in the Inn, visit Immanuel's homebound members, and learn about the ministries and missions that Immanuel supports throughout the year. Children on Mission are taught by Pastor Tambi and Diane Sharpe.