Houses of worship do some soul searching as their neighborhoods change

Source: USA Today

By Holly Meyer, The Tennessean

NASHVILLE — A nearly 90-year-old church now stands across the street from a new luxury apartment complex, illustrating how redevelopment has altered its neighborhood.

It also shows that places of worship, like First Baptist Church East Nashville, are not immune to the changes in their communities.

The church’s predominately black congregation once mirrored the neighborhood’s demographics. But today hip and eclectic East Nashville with its rising property values and trendy restaurants draws white millennials, said the Rev. Morris Tipton Jr., the church’s pastor.

Given the neighborhood’s shift, is Tipton worried about the church’s future?

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