Following God’s command to love our neighbor as ourselves, Nashville Rescue Mission seeks to help the hurting of Middle Tennessee by offering food, clothing, and shelter to the homeless and recovery programs to those enslaved in life degrading problems. Our goal is to help people know the saving grace of Jesus, and through Him, gain wisdom for living, find fulfillment in life, and become a positive part of the community.
In 1954, the Mission opened its doors to provide food, clothing and shelter to homeless men in the Nashville community. In 1968, the Mission expanded to meet the needs of the increasing numbers of homeless women and children in the community.
Nashville Rescue Mission is a Christ-centered community dedicated to providing hope for today, tomorrow and eternity to the hungry, homeless and hurting in Middle Tennessee.
Our work impacts the homeless community in Nashville on a daily basis. We serve over 2,000 meals each day and have over 1,000 beds available each night. We expect to serve over 660,000 meals and provide more than 300,000 nights of shelter throughout 2015. In 2014, we saw 23,269 volunteer engagements. The lasting, transformational impact that we see at Nashville Rescue Mission includes witnessing the chronically homeless transition into permanent housing, the single mother provide a safe haven for her children, broken families reunited, addictions overcome, and Biblical healing pursued.
There is always an opportunity to help someone in need. Donations, whether it is financial or through material goods (canned goods, other food items, clothing, toiletries, etc.), will go a long way in helping the men and women who are served by Nashville Rescue Mission. Additional opportunities to help would be in the areas of volunteering to serve a meal, teach a class, mentor a student, or speak at a chapel service. Nashville Rescue Mission is also always on the lookout for top talent to join our team. Almost any skill or passion can be utilized in a serving capacity at the Mission.
I’ve been blessed to be a part of Nashville Rescue Mission since 2003. I initially contacted the Mission about bringing the ladies from my Bible study to serve the homeless. When I learned more about the ministry the Mission has to women and children, I knew this is where God was calling me to serve. I told them I was a Bible teacher, I wanted to serve, and asked could they use me. As God would have it, He opened the door for me to teach a Bible study to the women in recovery. My passion has only increased over the years, as I became an active member of the Board of Directors and am now serving as the Board Chair. I continue to volunteer and support the work of Nashville Rescue Mission. So I’ve seen up-close and personal, how the ministry of the Mission continues to change lives. It is an honor and privilege to be a part of such an incredible ministry in the business of doing Kingdom work.
Nashville Rescue Mission exists to help others know the saving grace of Jesus, gain wisdom for living, find fulfillment in life, and become a positive part of the community. At Nashville Rescue Mission we focus on three distinct areas of ministry:
· Hope for Today
· Hope for Tomorrow
· Hope for Eternity
We offer those in need Hope for Today by meeting their emergency needs, such as food, clothing, and shelter. Hope for Tomorrow takes it to the next step. Once immediate needs are met, through case management we assess an individual’s situation and develop a plan just for them to take them out of the situation they are now in and help them make plans for tomorrow. “Hope for Eternity” is the umbrella under which we operate. We are always going to show radical hospitality and point those in need of hope to the one who is the source of hope--Jesus Christ.
It is a joy and privilege to serve with a Board of Directors genuinely concerned about the homeless and hurting in our community. The Mission is Christ’s hands extended to the hurting, homeless, and poor of Middle Tennessee. Only eternity will reveal the true impact on the men, women, and children who come through our doors each day. Lives have been transformed, families have been restored, jobs have been secured, housing has been found, relationships have been mended, and souls have been added to the Kingdom.
Hope Lives Here—is not just a tagline at Nashville Rescue Mission. We truly are in the business of giving the homeless, hurting, and hopeless—Hope for Today, Hope for Tomorrow, and Hope for Eternity.
In the past, Nashville Rescue Mission had a formal nominating committee. As our ministry and mission grows, the work of our leadership has grown as well. Our Board of Directors recently created a Board Governance committee. Part of this committee's responsibilities include recruitment, board member giving, volunteer opportunities, board member evaluations, and more. This allows us to actively recruit board members who can bring strength in areas where we may be weak, as well as open the doors of opportunity into other parts of the community. In the past, there were no term limits for board members--this too has changed. By instituting term limits, there is greater opportunity to bring new members into the organization who bring with them a wealth of information and knowledge. The legacy of those who have served many years is still preserved through honorary membership.
Cranfield has served Nashville Rescue Mission since 2012. Before his arrival in Nashville, he was President/CEO of City Rescue Mission in Oklahoma City. Under his leadership, City Rescue Mission went from providing the basics of food, clothing, and shelter—to adding a dental clinic, medical services, job placement help, drug addiction, and mental health counseling services.
Cranfield led City Rescue Mission until 2006 before returning to the pulpit as Senior Pastor of Capitol Hill Assembly. He is a graduate of East Central Oklahoma State University and has a degree in Pastoral Ministry from Global University’s Berean School of the Bible. He and his wife Shelly have been married for over 30 years and are proud parents of four sons.
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