About the Closing of Our Gallatin Campus

After a season of intense prayer, research, and dialog with our leadership, we’ve made the difficult decision to close our Gallatin Campus and pursue a different multi-site model.

Below you can find answers to the most common questions we anticipate with this change.

If you have further questions, or would like to speak with a member of our team, please fill out this quick form and we will be in touch shortly. Please join us in praying for our Gallatin Campus community that God would continue His work in the days ahead.

Why are we closing the Gallatin Campus?

Our goal for years has been to build a unified church that meets in many locations. However, it’s recently become obvious that our current multi-site model hasn’t accomplished that.

The more we heard from the members of our Gallatin community through group meetings, personal conversations, and even a campus-wide survey, the more we realized that we’re unable to offer the type of ministry model that so many from this community desire. It’s both unwise for us to continue going in a direction that we believe God is moving us away from, and unfair to the Gallatin community to continue in a church model that so many feel isn’t working effectively.

For those reasons, we’ve made the difficult decision to close the Gallatin Campus as a distinct Long Hollow community.

Where will our Gallatin Campus members go?

Our prayer is that those who attended the Gallatin Campus will bring their gifts, passions, and spirit and continue to be a part of the Long Hollow family in Hendersonville. We love our Gallatin Campus community, and hope that many will choose to remain a vibrant part of our church family.

We also know that, for many, their hearts and roots lie in the Gallatin community. Although they may choose to no longer be a part of the Long Hollow family, we want to do everything we can to help them find a healthy church home to be a part of. For that reason, we’ve partnered with GracePoint Church in this season, which would give those who want to remain in the Gallatin Campus community a place to belong with a fresh start.

When will the campus close?

The Gallatin Campus will meet for one final service as a Long Hollow community at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 19. On September 26th, GracePoint will host a special meet-and-greet at 10:30 a.m. along with Long Hollow staff. GracePoint will then begin regular weekend services at 10:30 a.m. on October 3.

For Wednesday night programming, LH Students will meet one final time on the 15th. Then, on September 29th GracePoint will host a combined student service with their teams, and begin their regular Wednesday programming starting on October 6th.

Why did we partner with GracePoint Church?

As our leadership teams prayed about the Gallatin Campus this Summer, Mark Grubb (GracePoint’s Pastor) reached out to Pastor Robby out-of-the-blue in what can only be described as providential timing. Unaware of the challenges facing the Gallatin Campus, Pastor Grubb asked if we would prayerfully consider allowing them to meet at our Campus in Gallatin. We have agreed to begin leasing the campus to GracePoint later this month.

As a like-minded Southern Baptist Church, our hope is that those who are unable to continue being a part of Long Hollow in Hendersonville will make a home with this new church family.

What happens to the Gallatin Campus staff?

With this transition, we’re retaining all full-time and ministry staff from the Gallatin Campus with new roles in Hendersonville.

What about my teenager?

LH Students has always made it a goal to serve all of the local schools that our members are a part of. This will continue this fall with a continued presence and priority on Gallatin schools.

We’re also developing a plan to keep Gallatin Campus Student Life Groups together. We’ll have more details on this in the coming days.

What about my kids?

For those planning to attend the Hendersonville Campus, the LH Kids team is developing some special onboarding programs and experiences to help you and your family feel at home in Hendersonville. We’ll have more details on this in the coming days.

What about Gallatin’s Weekday Preschool?

Long Hollow’s Weekday Preschool in Gallatin will continue meeting as normal throughout the end of the current semester.

What will happen to the Gallatin Campus building?

GracePoint begins leasing the Gallatin church building from us later this month. In the event that we feel it’s best to permanently sell the building, we will vote on this decision together as a church family.

Did we plan to close Gallatin when we made leadership changes this summer?

Earlier this summer our leadership team asked the current Gallatin Campus Pastor to step down in light of several important leadership issues. Our plan at the time was not to close the campus, but rather to replace this role with a new Campus Pastor and pursue a renewed multi-site strategy in the fall.

However, circumstances around this decision exposed a number of foundational issues present in the health of the campus and the impact of our previous multi-site model. Removing a staff member was not meant to lead to the closure of the campus, but the issues that were uncovered during this season led us to believe that it is unwise to continue our current multi-site model.

Are we still a multi-site church?

Yes, although we’re taking a break for a season to seek direction and wisdom from God as we move forward.

A recent conviction is that the multi-site model we’ve pursued in the past has not created the healthy and unified church that we desire for our people and the communities that they’re a part of. Our plan right now is to share a new vision on church growth and our future in 2022.

I was unable to attend on Sunday. Can I see the message that Pastor Robby shared?

Yes. Below you'll find the message that Pastor Robby recorded for Gallatin Campus members about the campus closure.