Central Baptist Bearden offers unique lunch program

By: Kelli Parker Email
By: Kelli Parker Email

There are so many places along Kingston Pike for you to spend your lunch hour. So how do you choose?

The Local Traveler found one unlikely place where you can stop in for a bite of lunch and a bit of learning.

Central Baptist Bearden has been around for over 100 years. Located at the corner of Kingston Pike and Deane Hill, this church community is always looking for new and innovative ways to reach out to the rest of the community. That's why they came up with the "Lunch and Learn" program.

"We were looking at opportunities. What can we do for our community? People that are working long hours," said Dr. Wade Bibb, Senior Pastor at Central Baptist Bearden. "What if they had a place where they could come at lunch time, hear something that would encourage and direct them?"

For only $4.00 you'll get a lunch prepared by an award-winning chef, as well as a lesson from Dr. Bibb, a former college professor.

"Having been a professor, I still love to teach," noted Bibb. "My plan is to give them some college level instruction, but at the same time, make some connections to everyday life."

This fall the theme for Lunch and Learn is "Thursdays with Luke." They focus on the writings of Luke, who is attributed with writing more of the New Testament than anyone else.

Dr. Bibb says he chose Luke because he has an incredible concern for people who are struggling with life.

"We have folks who are struggling so much with our economy in the past few years. So here's a way to connect with them."

In contrast to the typical Sunday morning bible study, this is a very unique concept. Central Baptist Bearden chose this format because it gives people a more informal, relaxed setting in which to learn.

Dr. Bibb commented, "The whole scene is changing so quickly, and the Internet has changed all of that - access to material around the world instantly at our fingertips. It makes it so easy now, but there's still that personal touch that's lacking. I think we need more than we have within ourselves."

Central Baptist Bearden's Lunch and Learn program happens each Thursday in October at 11:45 a.m. No registration is required. The cost is $4.00 at the door.

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