What to Expect

First Baptist Nashville is a caring congregation that welcomes anyone and everyone. We want you to discover the joy that we share when we come together to worship God in spirit and in truth. If you are planning to visit on a Sunday morning, here are some tips to help you find your way around and know what to expect.


Where is First Baptist?

First Baptist Nashville is located at the corner of 7th Avenue South and Broadway - it’s the church next to Bridgestone Arena. (Map & Directions)


Where do I park?

Guests are always welcome at First Baptist Nashville. Those visiting First Baptist Nashville Monday – Friday to conduct church business may park in Lot D. This lot is a gated area conveniently located off the main parking lot, enter at 7th & McGavock or Demonbreun between 6th and 7th Avenues and find Lot D adjacent to the red brick building/6th Avenue fence. Click the buzzer and the Front Desk will raise the gate. Guests may park and come to the door under the signage that says “ENTRANCE”. Parking for First Baptist Nashville worship opportunities is free in our church parking lots (see campus map at firstbaptistnashville.org/maps).

Our Front Desk will provide building access, kindly welcome guests and request that guests register in case of emergency need. We are thankful for each guest and church member who visit First Baptist Nashville and will do our best to make your visit enjoyable, kind, safe, and secure.


What do I wear?

Sunday morning is our more formal gathering of the congregation during the week, so we tend to dress accordingly. During our mid-week and Sunday evening events, we tend to be more informal and casual.


What is a typical Sunday morning like?

—Bible Study

On Sunday morning, you will be greeted by a smiling face when you enter our building. These greeters can direct you to the Welcome Center where volunteers will help you find a Bible Study class (begins at 9 a.m.) that is appropriate to your age and life stage, from infants to adults. (Not sure where to go? Take a look at our facilities map to help.)

—Service of Word and Table

If you arrive early, consider participating in the Service of Word and Table, located in Room 140, which begins at 8:15 a.m. and concludes around 8:45. This is a time of worship that finds its center around the Scriptures and Communion. There are special prayer times, Scripture readings from the Old and New Testaments and a message all in a reflective and contemplative atmosphere.

—The Sanctuary Service

The Sanctuary Service service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Our members will be happy to help guide you there. (Please take the opportunity before the service starts to silence all audible pagers, cell phones, and watch alarms.)

As you enter the Sanctuary, you will receive an order of worship. The service usually begins with an instrumental prelude, during which you can prepare your heart for worship. Near the beginning of the service, you will be welcomed by one of our ministers, but not singled out in any way. Please give us the opportunity to know you better by filling out a visitor’s card and placing the completed card in the offering plate. The pen and the outer portion of the card are yours to keep.

During the service, you can find the hymns that we sing in the hymnal in the pew rack. The hymn numbers are printed in the order of worship. Our minister of music will raise his hands when it is time to stand up and lower them when it is time to sit down. We strive to keep the mechanics of our service at a minimum so that you can focus your heart on the reason we’re there—to worship.

—The Fellowship on Broadway

Following 9 a.m. Bible study, The Fellowship on Broadway service with a band begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Chapel. This service, is more modern and informal in nature. The music is led by a gifted worship team using contemporary hymn arrangements and new songs of praise, followed by a biblically-based message proclaiming the Word of God.

—After Worship

At the conclusion of worship, stop by the Welcome Center on your way out to meet our pastor, Dr. Frank R. Lewis, other staff and church members, and discover opportunities within the church. 

We would love to meet and get to know you better as well as answer any questions you may have about your visit.

Once you’ve visited, we hope that you’ll make First Baptist Nashville your church home.