Connecting Faith, Community & Government to improve life for every Tennessean.

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Who We Are

The Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

The FBCI was created by the Tennessee legislature in 2019 as a self-funded, independent, nonprofit organization established to bring together faith communities, nonprofits, civic organizations, and state and local governments to recognize and implement best practices in our shared goal to make life better for every Tennessean.

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The Tennessee State Capitol
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Chattanooga Riverfront
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Country Music Hall of Fame
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What We Do

We are all called to feed the hungry, visit the sick and imprisoned, care for our neighbors, and provide healing to those who suffer.

Governor Lee launched this office with an awareness that government is not the answer to every problem. His mission is to bring faithful, compassionate people together with state and local governments to find collaborative solutions to our toughest issues and leverage opportunities that contribute to the flourishing of Tennessee communities.

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Connect

We foster collaborative relationships between faith communities, nonprofits, civic organizations, academia, and government.

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Accelerate

We accelerate proven models and effective solutions that drive community success.

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Promote

We recognize the experts who are already in the field, promote excellent community-based solutions, celebrate volunteerism, and elevate innovative practices.

Why We Do it

Tennesseans face significant challenges.

16%
1 of every 6 Tennesseans live in poverty
33%
Only 1/3 of Tennessee schoolchildren are at grade level by 3rd grade
2x
The incarceration rate has doubled since 1991

Let's Work Together

Our challenges are related, and can be overcome.

Faith based and community organizations have developed innovative programs that are transforming communities as they address the basic needs of our citizens.  But there is still much to be done. As we connect, we build relationships that open doors to support one another in our shared vision to improve life for every citizen.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee
“​​Government is not the answer to some of our greatest problems. . . We the people are the ones to address our greatest problems.”

Governor Bill Lee

Inaugural Address • Jan 19,2019

Will you join us?

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Join our relationship mapping system designed to bring every place of worship, every nonprofit, every civic organization and branch of government together to connect and collaborate in this mission to answer the challenges our state faces.

“Before they call I will answer; while they are
yet speaking I will hear.”
Isaiah 65:24

The Tennessee Prayer Initiative

Prayer changes everything. We invite people of all faiths to join us in praying for the state of Tennessee and our leaders. Sign up to receive a short prayer guide each day, giving you the opportunity to pray for:
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“Antes de que llamen, responderé;
mientras estén hablando, oiré.”
Isaías 65:24

La Iniciativa de Oración de Tennessee

La oración lo cambia todo. Invitamosa personas de todas las religiones a unirse a nosotros en oración por el Estadode Tennessee y nuestros líderes. Regístrese para recibir una breve guía deoración cada día, dándole la oportunidad de orar por:
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    EL GOBERNADOR
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    COMISIONADOS
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    LEGISLADORES
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    JUECES

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