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Bethel World Outreach Church in Brentwood, TN, is a multi-ethnic, multi-generational church devoted to local outreach, church planting, and world missions. It is our heart to see the gospel spread from our church corner to the ends of the earth. We invite everyone, from every tribe, nation, and tongue, to join us as we worship the Living God!


Our Mission: Reaching a City to Touch the World

Our Vision: We Want to Minister to Everyone and Equip Them to Minister

Our Values:

    • Devotion: Honoring God by trusting his Word, praying, and worshipping together.
    • Diversity: Embracing God’s heart for every nation.
    • Discipleship: Helping others follow Jesus.


The values of Bethel World Outreach Church are Devotion, Diversity, and Discipleship—otherwise known as the 3Ds.

Devotion: Honoring God by trusting his Word, praying, and worshipping together.

Acts 2:42 – And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

Everything we do as a church is out of our desire to honor God. Our devotion ultimately centers on the person and work of Jesus Christ. He is the foundation upon which we base our teaching, worship, and fellowship.

Diversity: Embracing God’s heart for every nation.

Mark 11:17 – …My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations. We believe that the church should be a reflection of the Kingdom of Heaven, where people from every tribe, nation, and tongue can come together to worship the Living God.

We also believe that God has called us to the ministry of reconciliation in our city. Just as God reconciles us to himself through Jesus, he also reconciles us to one another.

Discipleship: Helping others follow Jesus.

Matthew 28:19–20 – …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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

At Bethel, we believe that every member is a minister and is called to help others follow Jesus. Discipleship is not an event or a program, but a process. We describe this process as the 4Es:

  • Engage our culture, community, and non-Christians with the gospel.
  • Establish believers in the faith, spiritual disciplines, and spiritual family.
  • Equip followers with basic skills to make disciples.
  • Empower disciples to be and make disciples.


We embrace and adopt the Nicene Creed of 325 AD, the Apostles Creed, and the Chalcedon Creed of 451 AD.

Our Statement of Faith

We believe:

  • The Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth and morality.
  • That there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in his virgin birth, in his sinless life, in his miracles, in his vicarious and atoning death through his shed blood, in his bodily resurrection, in his ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in his personal return in power and glory.
  • That for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  • In the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • In the baptism of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of spiritual gifts.
  • In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • In the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Gospel

The gospel is the good news that God became man in Jesus Christ. He lived the life we should have lived and died the death we should have died in our place. Three days later, he rose from the dead, proving he is the Son of God, and offering the gift of salvation and the forgiveness of sins to anyone who repents and believes in him.

The Redemptive Story

  • Creation: God created a good world (Gen. 1:31, Ps. 19:1-4).
  • Fall: Humans sinned, and our sin affected relationships with God, others, ourselves, and creation (Gen. 3:1-19, Is. 53:6, Rom. 1:21-23, Rom. 1:28-32, Gal. 5:19-21).
  • Redemption: Jesus, the Son of God, came, died for our sins, and rose from the dead making available new life through him. (Luke 1:31-35, John 1:1-14, John 3:16, Luke 4:18-19, Rom. 5:12-21, Matt. 28:1-10, 1 Cor. 15:20-28, 1 Tim. 2:5, Matt. 28:18).
  • Restoration: As redeemed people, we join God in his work of restoring all things (2 Cor. 5:15-17, Matt. 28:18-20, Gen. 1:28-31, Mic. 6:8, Matt. 5:9) and await Christ’s return (Rev. 22:7).


Pastor James and his wife, Debbie, are from Detroit, Michigan, where he began his career in ministry serving under Pastor Marvin Winans. After relocating to Nashville, TN, he became the director of the Youth Life Foundation of Tennessee in 2003. James joined the staff of Bethel World Outreach Church as Senior Associate Pastor in 2007 and stepped into his current role as Senior Pastor in 2012.

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Every step of James’ professional career has been marked by a passion for outreach. Those steps include gang intervention programs in Detroit and Nashville, serving in various youth development and intervention roles, and partnering with organizations to break the cycle of youth delinquency and underachievement.

His passion for outreach is once again evident in his current role as Senior Pastor as he leads the charge of Reaching a City to Touch the World.

Dr. Rice Broocks is a bestselling author of several books, including God’s Not Dead. He has spoken at universities in over 40 nations and is the co-founder of a ministry called Every Nation that currently operates in 80 countries. His doctoral degree is from Fuller Theological Seminary in the field of missiology, which focuses on the intersection of the Christian faith and the wide variety of global cultures and beliefs. Dr. Broocks works closely with a team of scientists, philosophers, and historians to facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue between faith and science.

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He held the position of Senior Pastor at Bethel World Outreach Church from 2000–2012 and continues on as Bishop, providing spiritual leadership to our Bethel congregations.

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Bethel is affiliated with Every Nation Churches and Ministries, a worldwide organization of churches and campus ministries. Every Nation exists to honor God by planting Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, socially responsible churches and campus ministries in every nation.