Operation Andrew Group, Nashville

Operation Andrew began in 2000, when hundreds of pastors enjoyed working together to prepare for the Billy Graham Crusade that came to Nashville that year. The pastors formalized their partnership to change Nashville in three key ways: improve public education, provide pastor-to-pastor support, and mentor younger Christian businessmen and women in the way of the Lord.

“That all of them may be one.” This calling from John 17:21 is the heart of Operation Andrew Group. “We bring churches together so our community will flourish and the world may believe that God sent Jesus.” There are three parts to Operation Andrew Group.

United4Hope. Changing Public Education for our Children. The mission of United4Hope is to see our students thrive and our communities transformed. Approximately 100 churches support 61 Metro Nashville Public Schools. This program is called United4Hope. You can read more about it here. Laura Varela is the director.

United4Pastors. Its mission: creating safe, authentic relationships that give every faith leader the place to be in an encouraging community of care. Pastors appreciate interacting with others who understand the unique calling and daily challenges of pastoring and enjoy building meaningful relationships with pastors from around the city. United4Pastors works to facilitate quarterly gatherings for pastors, city-wide workshops and retreats, as well as providing tools and conversations around shared knowledge, best practices, and connections to potential resources and community partners. Adam Buzard is Director. You can read more about United4Pastors here.

The Oak Project. .Experienced business leaders mentoring tomorrow’s business leaders.“They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3. The Oak Project began with the desire to equip the next generation of Nashville’s leaders by connecting them with the top leaders in the city. We now have paired over 500 individuals in intentional mentoring relationships with the desire to grow personally, professionally, and spiritually. Chris Kinney is Director. You can read more about the Oak Project here.

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