BIRTHED WITH MILLENIA FOR NASHVILLE
“The power of God is found in the gospel. The unity we have in the gospel is more powerful than the sum of all of our differences ”
— MICHAEL NOLAN | PRESIDENT
During Billy Graham’s final Nashville Crusade in 2000, leading pastors across Middle Tennessee were unified to serve their region in new ways. A new century began by reaching over the walls of racial and denominational division, seeking closer relationships in Christ (John 17:21) by living out the gospel.
“The Gathering”, hosted by The Operation Andrew Group on the first Sunday in 2002, drew over 8,000 people by removing traditional cultural barriers among churches to share our city’s resources. Nashville believers came to the mass “eclectic worship service” at the Bridgestone (formerly Gaylord) Arena to hear Ravi Zacharias, and Rev. Tony Evans in 2003. OAG soon launched Lunches to Learn and Annual Honor Banquets, further bridging racial gaps. Prayer was emphasized at Prayer Summits and the downtown observance of the National Day of Prayer, co-hosted with the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, which builds cross-sector awareness each year.
OAG’s second decade has both recognized and developed Christian servant leadership in our churches and to expand our city’s resources. Four strategic ministry groups were launched to serve churches year-round are: LINC, Oak Project, United4Hope and UnitedNPrayer. Each ministry pin-points key intersections where churches can transform the life of our city, strengthening relational across Nashville, Middle Tennessee and beyond.
Leaders involved in the 2000 Billy Graham Crusade “Another Music City
Miracle” formalized their service to unify our city by founding The Operation Andrew Group (OAG) in 2001.
In 2003 OAG’s Board of Trustees from a spectrum of denominations, culturally
and socio-economically diverse, served to unify our expanding Mid-State area.
Today, prayer groups network at The National Day of Prayer downtown gathering (above), and can re-engage at quarterly UnitedNPrayer breakfasts.