This is Our Story
The story of North Boulevard is a story of abundant growth and blessings, which we completely attribute to the greatness of our God. It is the story of Christian brothers and sisters who have dedicated themselves, their families, and their resources to the advancement of the kingdom of God with the mission of spreading the Gospel and making disciples.
Since the day North Boulevard was founded, we have always had a passion for making disciples and planting churches.
In 1942, a group of Christians from East Main Church of Christ in downtown Murfreesboro felt called to plant a church. For 5 years they prayed, fund-raised, and planned. With $5,000, they bought and renovated an old barn on the corner of Lytle Street and North Tennessee Boulevard, turning it into a large auditorium.
The building was just a few blocks away from their original congregation, but it was within walking distance of the local state college, where they could reach out to the students who attended there. When the renovations were completed, over 150 worshipers gathered for the first time in that old barn on Sunday, June 15, 1947, and North Boulevard Church of Christ was born.
Within the next year, elders and deacons were appointed and a full-time minister was hired, and eventually a children’s Sunday School program was formed. By the 1950’s North Boulevard was a fast growing congregation with several ministries, which called for expansions and further renovations to be added to the church building over the next decade.
The Sunday gatherings grew so crowded in 1961 that it became necessary to provide 2 morning services, which has remained a tradition to this day.
For the next several decades, North Boulevard continued to grow and to serve the surrounding community. For example, a Ladies quilting group was formed to sew quilts for a regional children’s home. The ministry still meets and quilts are still made to this day. North Boulevard members were also instrumental in the founding of Middle Tennessee Christian School and the Stones River Manor senior living community in the 1960s.
Additional ministry work that is still continued today includes food and clothing drives, special collections for relief funds, a large Meals on Wheels program, and active participation in local Inner City Ministry.
We just kept growing and growing!
Throughout the next several decades, new ministries and programs were started to help families grow in Jesus Christ. Since the 1970s, North Boulevard has developed a thriving youth ministry, the NBYG, that involves and serves hundreds of teenagers every year. In the 80’s, the Sonshine School was created to be a mother’s day out daycare program that teaches children in the community about God and His church. In the following decade, North Boulevard also began sponsoring professional counseling for its members through AGAPE. All of these ministries have continued to grow and are still available today.
In addition to serving the community in Murfreesboro, our church has always placed great value on global missions. Starting with Joseph Shulam in Jerusalem, Israel the year the church was founded, North Boulevard has supported missionaries all over the world.
Growing Families. Making Disciples.
The congregation continued to grow in size, and by the late 90’s more money was raised for the purchase a larger plot of land on North Rutherford Boulevard. After the construction of a new building was finished, we moved to our new location on Easter Sunday of 1997, which was only a few months before the 50th Anniversary of the North Boulevard’s founding.
Less than 2 decades later, North Boulevard once again committed ourselves to God. On Easter Sunday of 2013, we began asking God to specifically use us to help spark a worldwide spiritual awakening, and we set a goal to raise $1.6M to be used for that purpose. However, when all of the pledges were collected for this 2020 Vision, our faithful family of God actually raised $6.1M! We marveled at God’s ability to multiply our efforts more than we could have imagined.
With the money that was raised, North Boulevard began planting campuses in the Murfreesboro area and created a space for Latino and Chinese communities to worship and study the scriptures together. We paid off the mortgage on the “East Campus” building, getting free from debt, and we put a greater focus on relational discipleship through small groups. We also created the School of Christian Thought in order to invite high-caliber Christian professionals to discuss and explore a Christian worldview in all facets of life.
More room to expand the Kingdom.
The 2020 Vision
Through the 2020 Vision, North Boulevard also started a TV program called A New Day, which allowed us to share the word of God in 74 nations across all 6 inhabited continents. The equipment purchased to produce the TV program also allowed us to begin livestreaming our Sunday morning services on the internet, which began in October of 2018. By the end of 2019, it was decided to discontinue the televised program and switch completely to the internet livestream on Sunday, January 5, 2020.
On that same Sunday, we began preparing for a new fundraiser, the New Day Vision, to continue the work we had started in the previous decade. Unfortunately, the sudden spread of the coronavirus and economic shutdown put the vision on hold.
God used this time of stillness to refine and clarify our vision. The Sunday morning livestream grew into Boulevard Online, on online community that allowed us to stay connected while church members quarantined in their homes and also to connect with believers in other states and around the world. While the country was on lockdown, we fortified our small groups, meeting in homes and through video calls, and we began to thrive as a new sense of togetherness was realized.
Starting in the year 2022, the New Day Vision was re-launched with the goal of raising $5M to help us make disciples here, near, and far.