Brentwood Methodist Church

309 Franklin Road
Brentwood
Tennessee
37027
Denomination: 
United Methodist
large church with great music but not newcomer friendly
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We really wanted to like this church but we never felt welcomed.  We move to Brentwood 10 months ago and were were looking for a church that had many opportunities to socialize and get to know people. This church is very  large and  we were excited by everything it offered.    On the plus side, the music is fabulous and the church is beautiful.  We especially enjoyed the more casual services on Sat evening and Sun at 9:50 am.  On the negative side, it was the most unfriendly congregation we experienced during our search for a church.  Other than the usher who handed us the chuch bulletin each week, not one member of the congregation ever said a word to us during the 4 months we attended.   The crowd is so big,that  when the service is over, people exit quickly to make space for the next service's attendees.  This unfortunately offers no opportunity for  interaction.  After attending a couple of services, we stopped by the welcome desk  and the woman did  ask "can I help you?"  We explained we were new and she said "welcome" and then went back to chatting with her friends. We  were quite surprised  by this, but perservered  and ask if they had a welcome packet?  She looked like she was a bit annoyed by our interuption but a gentleman standing nearby went to the back and  got us a packet. Again, other than to say "here you go" we didn't  get a "welcome" from him either.  We really wanted to like this church but  after 4 months of feeling invisible,  we  concluded  it was not the right church for us.  Overall, I'd say this is a good choice if you already have a social network, but not so good if you are looking to develop one. 

Comments

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Church is very friendly, building is beautiful and music is wonderful.   Senior pastors sermons are passionate and caring, speaks of Jesus love and his grace.  Female associate ministers sermons seem too liberal for this UMC congregation.  Overall if you like a traditional worship service as I do, you will be very happy and blessed.

I am responding to your email with a heavy heart.  I'm a volunteer member who works with the Andrew Ministers who help welcome newcomers, so I am speaking only as a member leader, not an official of the church.  Your experience was not the kind we try to provide.  We have a mission to welcome you, share our love of the church and God's grace, and give information to help you find small groups with whom to relate.  When you join our church, we assign you an Andrew minister to call you to ask if you need help finding your special group, because we know how easy it is for large crowd to cover individual needs.  Unfortunately, not all volunteers have the same gift of "friendly and helpful" that we would like to present.  I would hope that your experience was a one time oversight; and I would like to have a chance to change your impression of us personally.   We hope that we will continue to grow to reach as many people as possible, so the crowds will stay; but I would certainly like to show you a better "custome service" and pass the peace of Christ in a better way.  I you would like to contact me, let this site know as they have my email address.  Thank you for alerting us to this problem.

Lamcgill

Thank you for your comments.   I am pleased to say we have found a church where we feel welcome and connected and although I appreciate your offer,  I  won't be in contact.  I do wish you and your church the very best.  

will you tell us what made your new church different...? what could Brentwood learn from your new church? maybe by sharing the name, the Brentwood folks could pay a visit and learn a thing or two...?

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This  was my first Sunday service at this church. 

I went to the 11:00 AM service.

The sevice was well timed and the sermon was very good. I would recommend giving this church a try.

I first visted on Christmas Eve.

For my first Sunday service, I am going to give it five out of five.

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This  was my first Sunday service at this church. 

I went to the 11:00 AM service.

The sevice was well timed and the sermon was very good. I would recommend giving this church a try.

I first visted on Christmas Eve.

For my first Sunday service, I am going to give it five out of five.