With Jesus, For Nashville. This phrase is simple, but it drives everything we do: to be those who work With Jesus, whose life death and resurrection have provided us with every good thing, and to work For Nashville and the flourishing of the diverse people who live here. If that resonates with you, go ahead and dig a little deeper by exploring more of the website or, even better, by joining us at one of our gatherings.
We believe that by giving ourselves to careful and prayerful reading of scripture, we can gain access to God’s Word of Grace, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our aim is to equip every person who is part of our church to study scripture well and develop a posture of receptivity to God’s Gospel.
Ryan's life (by the way, most of us call him "Coat") is about the work of understanding and implementing the Gospel and helping others to do the same. Before planting Church in the summer of 2012, Coat served in children's and student ministry, both speaking at events all over the southeast, and serving on staff at local churches in Kentucky, Texas, and Tennessee. His obsessions include Kentucky Basketball, languages, Benton's bacon, his V60, and getting better at guitar. He and Emily have been married just a short time and love hanging out with baby Farmer.
Our groups are simple. We spend time together, talk about the message for the week, and help each other think through how to implement it in our lives. Once a month we set aside our meeting time to serve alongside different non-profits in the city rather than meeting together in the usual way. Since Jesus called us to be identified by love, we believe that this cadence is essential to our establishing a meaningful presence in Nashville.
On Sunday mornings at 10:10am, our church gathers together as one body to worship through songs, share in the Lord's Supper, and learn the scriptures. We keep it simple, observe the liturgical calendar, read scripture aloud, and make sure there is a clean, fun, safe, and instructive environment provided for kids as well. Most of us dress casually, and there's always plenty of coffee. Come a little early and we'll make sure you are made to feel welcome. 1201 4th Ave South, Nashville, TN. Child care available.
Rather than leaving you to figure out on your own how to follow Jesus, we want to help you. We'll pair you up with someone (men with men, women with women) who is a few steps ahead in the journey: someone who can explain the scriptures to you, answer your questions, and help you find your way toward Jesus. This environment offers an opportunity for greater transparency than any other, and can be a catalyst for enormous personal growth. Our hope is that every person who is part of Church will gravitate toward being part of this environment.