On November 4, 2018, we came together as one church and committed to five key initiatives that we believed would help shape the future of Rolling Hills Community Church and impact lives for generations to come. The For the Kingdom Campaign is addressing growth barriers at each of our campuses, resourcing our Family Ministry to impact preschoolers, kids, and students like never before, providing space for more people to engage in-person and online, and providing hope and a future for orphans and underserved children in Moldova. We started strong, pledging more than $5 million in a single Sunday. Praise God! But, the journey is not over. While we’re making great progress towards our goals, it will take all of us praying, serving, and giving together if we want to Finish Strong.
Over the past two years, we’ve made significant progress towards reaching our For the Kingdom goals in the following ways:
Our purpose as a church is not only to share the Gospel today but to ensure we are raising up a new generation of Christ-followers to share the Gospel in the future. At our Franklin Campus, we recently completed construction on more than 25,000 sq ft. of new middle school and high school space. The new Student Center, complete with an amazing fellowship and small group space, two outdoor Sport Courts, and a state-of-the-art Auditorium for worship, is being used weekly to reach hundreds of students. With the completion of the Student Center, we were able to begin work on the expansion of our Kindergarten through 3rd grade and new 4th and 5th grade spaces. Once complete, these new ministry environments allow us the needed room to grow as God continues bringing new families to Rolling Hills.
At our Nashville and Nolensville Campuses, we’ve made renovations to add new preschool, kids, and student environments. These permanent spaces provide Sunday and midweek opportunities where our staff and volunteers can help kids and students encounter the God of the universe.
As part of the recent Student Center and Kids Space construction projects at our Franklin Campus, we addressed adult education space needs by adding two new multi-purpose meeting rooms and renovating a third. The addition of these new spaces has already allowed new ministry to happen as our College and Young Adults now meet weekly for Thrive, their mid-week worship experience. Also, we opened a new West Entrance, providing a direct route to our West Parking Lot and submitted plans to the City of Franklin for a future parking lot and outdoor playspace. We invested in audio, video, and lighting improvement in the Auditorium, which turned out to be a critical need as we moved to fully online worship services during the COVID-19 outbreak. In the final year of For the Kingdom, our goal is to move forward with our parking lot, Auditorium, and office expansion plans.
With the expiration date on our lease agreement with Williamson County Schools quickly approaching and few viable options that could accommodate our growing Nolensville Campus, God showed up in what can only be described as a miracle. On August 18, 2019 - after nearly a year of prayer, meetings, and seeking God’s Will - Revive Church voted to merge with Rolling Hills, resulting in not only a new permanent home on 10 acres in the heart of Nolensville, but also the addition of new amazing partners to lock arms within our shared vision to reach the people of Nolensville for Christ. This merger is further proof that you can’t out-give God! With our location in Nolensville now secured, we turn our prayers and attention to building a new 400-seat Auditorium with new preschool and kids ministry classrooms to welcome our community.
When For the Kingdom began, our regional campus to the north met on the campus of Belmont University and was called the Belmont Heights Campus. Over the past 24 months, God has once again orchestrated something beautiful as He brought two churches together to accomplish His work in Nashville. On August 4, 2019, Park Avenue Baptist Church unanimously voted to merge to become what is now the Nashville Campus of Rolling Hills Community Church. Following the merger, work began on completely renovating the campus, and on June 14, 2020 we held our first worship service in our new Nashville Campus home. With our home base for ministry now reopened, we look forward to reaching our diverse community with the love and hope of Jesus.
The church will never be the buildings we occupy. They are simply tools that enable us to serve those God has called us to reach. Likewise, our goal of building two new Transitional Living Homes in Moldova through Justice and Mercy International (JMI) is not about the structures themselves, but the possibility they present for us to impact lives for Jesus. In keeping with the principles of Biblical tithing, we committed the first 10% of our For the Kingdom campaign funds to address this strategic ministry need of JMI. Over the past 24 months, we’ve made numerous trips to the city of Cahul to lay the groundwork for these two new homes. This includes the critical first step of meeting with orphanages, government officials, and families to build a network of relationships for locating vulnerable children that we hope to transition into our program. As a result, we have now identified 70 vulnerable children who need sponsorships. The future homes we acquire as part of For the Kingdom will be the home for many of these children, but there are needs beyond housing we can meet now through sponsorships. These 70 children join the more than 600 others already being served through JMI sponsorships.
As we look forward and ask God what’s next, we are confident God is not finished. And He is calling us to continue to “reach out, grow up, and give all” for His Name and His glory in Columbia, TN. We are excited to announce that our Columbia Campus is coming Fall 2021. For more information and to learn how to get involved, check out our Columbia page!