Site to serve as home for campus’ Room in the Inn program, other ministry events
Following several months of renovations, the new Belmont Ministry Center at 2005 12th Avenue South was dedicated today as part of Belmont University’s campus. The more than 100-year-old building, the former home of the Bass Street Baptist Church which sold the property to the University in 2014, will now be home to numerous worship services and ministry opportunities of the campus.
Specifically, the Belmont Ministry Center will become the home for the University’s Room in the Inn Program, which currently involves more than 150 students serving homeless guests every Wednesday and Friday night that classes are in session during the winter months. In addition, the building will be available for more than a dozen Christian Faith Development Organizations to meet for worship services and special events and as a place for students to engage in a wide range of ministries to the community.
Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher said, “Belmont has grown and changed dramatically in recent years, but one thing that remains constant is the University’s commitment to its Christian identity. Offering housing for our Room in the Inn guests each winter is just one of many ways that our students engage in active, hands-on ministry. The Ministry Center increases our capacity to meet needs in our community and also provides more space for students to develop and deepen their faith through worship and leadership opportunities.”
The renovation of the facility included updated plumbing and electrical work and a new roof as well as new HVAC systems, doors and windows. Fresh paint and new carpet and tile accompanied interior changes that also brought new kitchen appliances, a laundry room and shower to the center. The sanctuary, meeting rooms and fellowship hall of the Belmont Ministry Center will allow students to participate in large and small group worship, Bible study and fellowship, while the kitchen will provide the ability to better serve Room in the Inn guests as well as open up possibilities for student fellowship and special events.
Dr. Todd Lake, vice president for spiritual development, added, “This facility will expand our ability to do ministry locally and globally as we seek ways to more deeply embed missions within many of our academic offerings. In partnership with various Belmont programs, the Belmont Ministry Center offers a unique chance to create specialized service-learning opportunities in a faith-based context for students to help others by using their skills in a wide range of academic disciplines.”