Abundant Life Church has various outlets of ministry. We endeavor to be outward focused people, and because of that, all of our ministries are intended to equip the people of God with the tools necessary to do the work of the ministry. Each of these ministries rests in our mission statement – “Preparing God’s People for the Mission Field of Life.”
The Ladies Fellowship
Led by Doris Bratcher and Anita Crosby
The mission of the Ladies’ Fellowship of ALC is to bring together women of all ages and stages of spiritual maturity to offer spiritual enrichment through the study of God’s Word and through prayer, and to provide the opportunity for connectivity and community in a loving, casual environment. This once-a-month gathering (on the 3rd Friday) is open to any women who wish to attend. (Bring your Bible and a snack to share!) These women meet at the home of Lisa Smith (906 Pruitt Ct, Mt. Juliet) at 7:00 pm.
Ecclesiastes 4:12b, “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken” (NIV).
Band of Brothers
Led by Charlie Bretz (615-554-9085)
Open to men of all ages, the Band of Brothers meets once a month to eat together, worship together and hear a message from another brother in the church or another guest from our community. And we try to mix in a little fun throughout the night. Most often we meet at the church (1000 Woodridge Pl., Mt. Juliet) but it’s not unlike us to find a pool, maybe TopGolf, or a Sounds game to get our monthly meeting. We meet the 1st Friday of the month at 7:00 pm, which is altered in months with holidays that weekend.
Psalm 133:1 “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!”
ALC Youth Group
Led by Roddy MacIvor (615-604-2851)
Every Wednesday night at 7:00 pm, young people ages 12 to 18 gather at ALC (1000 Woodridge Pl., Mt. Juliet) for a time of music, prayer, word, and fellowship. Our main goal is to become more like Jesus (Romans 8:29). Love like He loves. This includes discipleship and following Christ according to the Great Commission.
Matthew 28: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
ALC Young Adults Group
Led by David and Providence Phillips (615-627-8329)
The Young Adults Group at the Phillips’ home (4845 Matterhorn Dr., Old Hickory) is a time for young adults to come together, enjoy fellowship over a meal, and dig into God’s Word. The gathering has an open discussion format. We open with prayer, and then read a passage together. After that, the discussion is free to be led by the Spirit in any direction. The meeting is held every Thursday at the Phillips’ home. The meal starts at 6:00 pm, and the study starts at 7:00 pm, and usually lasts until around 9:00 pm.
Hebrews 11:3 “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.”
Led by Roddy MacIvor (615-604-2851)
This is a men’s discipleship group based on Luke 22: 31-32 CJB (Complete Jewish Version): “Shim‘on, Shim‘on, listen! The Adversary demanded to have you people for himself, to sift you like wheat! But I prayed for you, Shim‘on, that your trust might not fail. And you, once you have turned back in repentance, strengthen your brothers!”
Jesus calls us to put our trust in Him, to turn back in repentance, and, once we have, to strengthen our brothers. This is a group of men (ages 18 and up; oldest one is 65) with all of their failures and struggles, as well as their successes, living out life together. Encouraging one another to put their Trust in Jesus in all circumstances in life. It is an opportunity for men to reach across generations and disciple one another (learning from one another) no matter the age or walk of life.
These men meet at ALC (1000 Woodridge Pl., Mt. Juliet) on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm.
During the sermon time, our 4-12-year-olds have an opportunity to gather for Bible instruction. Our curriculum moves chronologically through Old and New Testaments in a way that is both interactive and true to the text (2Timothy 3:15).
We also have a nursery for 0-3-year-olds for the entire service.
Francis Schaeffer Study Center
The Francis Schaeffer Study Center is a ministry of Abundant Life Church, founded by Rob and Cyndy Shearer, along with Kevin and Karen Brummett, Deb Pennebaker, and Janene MacIvor. Rob and Cyndy Shearer are the Co-Directors. Inspired by the writings and life of Dr. Francis Schaeffer, and named in his honor, the center provides a high school program for students in grades 8-12 that focuses on equipping high school students with basic Biblical knowledge and an understanding of the Christian world-view through an integrated study of Western Civilization. In each high school year, students take a set of core courses covering the history, literature, and art of a historical era. Classes meet on Wednesdays from mid-August to early May each year.
For more information, please visit the Francis Schaeffer Study Center website: http://www.schaefferstudycenter.org
Charlotte Mason Elementary Tutorial
The Francis Schaeffer Study Center also offers a program for students in grades 1-7, the Charlotte Mason Elementary Tutorial (CMET). CMET classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Charlotte Mason method is based on the firm belief that the child is a person, and we must educate that whole person, not just the mind. The CMET curriculum emphasizes living books, narration, art, music, and nature study.
For more information, please visit contact: FrancisSchaefferStudyCenter@gmail.com