Mt. Carmel is located outside of Nashville, TN up on the “Highland Rim” in Robertson County. We are 32 miles from the capital building and only about 20 miles from the state of Kentucky. We are what you might call an “open country” church. We have ready access to the amenities and attractions of the big city (thanks to I-65), yet we enjoy the charm and slow pace of rural living. It’s “right nice,” as we like to say.
It really doesn’t matter about the size or location of a particular church. We all are pretty much alike. We’re just people and people are people. Every one of us needs to feel that there is at least somebody else, some group of folks, who truly know us—what’s going on in our lives and who will support us when necessary, be there if needed. We would like someone to know if we are going through a rough patch at home, struggling at work or maybe even have a joy or two to share. Some way or another it seems to help when others know and care if our dog is sick or if one of the kids is doing well at school. That kind of connection seems to be a good thing.
At Mt. Carmel we call it “community.” We believe that transformation (true life change) happens most often when we gather in small groups. It’s when we are connected to one another and caring for one another that we seek to apply the challenges the scriptures present to us.
One of our goals in the coming days at Mt. Carmel is to build a greater sense of community. If we, the church, are ever going to grow to be more “Christ like,” we need a group of people who will love us enough to hold us accountable. Time spent together in loving community helps us learn how to live out what we believe.