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Formerly major Nashville church selling building

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A former Nashville megachurch is trying to sell its building, saying the structure is too large for its needs.

The Fellowship at Two Rivers is the successor to Two Rivers Baptist Church, across Briley Parkway from the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center.

The main sanctuary was built to hold 3,000 worshippers, but the fellowship's current 850 congregants meet in a smaller chapel in the building.

The Rev. Matt Surber told The Tennessean "it's too much church."  The congregation also wants to meet at additional locations, saying the change was more than in name only. He called Two Rivers a new church.

Two Rivers Baptist was once a major congregation in the Southern Baptist Convention with 6,000 members. Membership dwindled after a rift involving a former pastor.

Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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