Meet our Partners
Located in the heart of Nashville, Belmont University is the largest ecumenical Christian University in the state of Tennessee. As an inextricable part of this vibrant city’s identity, Belmont longs to be at the forefront of strengthening the work of local congregations in their efforts to thrive within their discrete contextual settings. Over the course of the summer of 2019, a Belmont University study team, working in partnership with Center for Healthy Churches, conducted a deliberate and focused study of 12 thriving congregations located in Charlotte, Dallas, Nashville, Philadelphia, and Richmond. Simultaneous to the work of the study team, Belmont began the process of enlisting local congregations in the urban core of Nashville to develop partnerships to explore what it means to be a thriving congregation. Belmont sought a grant from the Lilly Endownment Thriving Congregations. Belmont was awarded a $1 million grant to support the implementation of this project initiative, which creates the opportunity for these 15-20 congregations to transition to a thriving church culture for the upcoming five years.
The Center for Healthy Churches is a nationwide network of 27 consultants and leaders who value and believe in the local church and are committed to its future. Deliberately trans-denominational, team members come from a wide range of denominational, geographical, theological and vocational backgrounds. The Center has worked with churches from approximately twenty different denominational groups that span the geographic and theological spectrum.
The Reverend Charlie Curb Center for Faith Leadership longs to become a resource to ensure that faith-based leaders have the tools to lead effectively. The Center was created to provide continual education through innovative thought, insightful dialogue and entrepreneurial approaches in order to equip executive-level leaders in faith-based organizations to think strategically about guiding organizations to be relevant to culture, relational to community and resourceful in funding.