Welcome to Cornerstone Presbyterian

Thank you for visiting our website, and we hope that you will join us Sunday mornings for one of our worship services.

Please look through the website to find out what we believe, what God is calling us to as a church, and practical information about visiting. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions. We’d love to hear from you, and we hope to see you on Sunday.

Office: (615) 618-4707

Location: 136 Third Avenue, South
                    Franklin, TN 36064

What is the schedule for Sunday morning?

We have two corporate worship services on Sunday morning at 8:00 and 10:45 am. The sermon and the music are identical at both services.  We welcome children of all ages in the worship services. If you so desire, nursery (click here) is available for children under the age of 3.

Sunday school classes for all ages meet from 9:45-10:35 am.

Children’s Classes (click here)

Bucer Group (Youth) (click here)

Adult Sunday School Classes (click here)


What should I expect on a Sunday morning?

Don’t be surprised if someone greets you or says hello. The worship service bulletin can be found at either the front or side entrances and contains all of the Scripture readings and the music we sing. Although the worship service is historically rooted, it is presented in a manner accessible to where God has placed us in this time and in this culture. You can expect clear, penetrating, exposition of God’s Word in the sermon, and we celebrate communion every week. By the way, we do not pass an offering plate during the service, but if you’d like to give financially to the ministry of the church, there are boxes available at each entrance.

Adult Sunday School Classes

As part of the ongoing discipling and equipping of the saints for worship and service, we have a regular schedule of classes for adults during the Sunday School hour.

On Vocation in the Chapel

Koinonia with Larry Thompson (Kuyper 303)

God is a creator and He has gifted His people with the desire to create. Enjoying those things that are beautiful, well-crafted, and artfully formed helps us to understand more of God’s nature and character. In addition, working with the materials that God has made, we can rejoice in the ordering of those resources through the arts—color, movement, sound, time, language.

We place a high priority on the excellent but accessible music that we sing on Sunday mornings keeping beauty and aesthetics as part of our consideration. But we also enjoy exploring other realms of the arts through monthly literature discussions, regular film nights, trips to concerts, encouraging the visual arts, and hosting musical groups or ensembles.

Christianity has a long history of fostering the arts, and we want to more fully understand, embrace, and participate and continue this rich legacy.


Despite its medium size, Franklin has a small town feel.  The downtown community of historic sites, businesses, and restaurants enables the building of relationships and the promise of always running into someone you know. This is the context in which God has placed our church—not only as a quaint and homey environment but as a place to serve.

As a Bible-believing church in the heart of the town, we want to make the Word of God visible in every aspect of life. Living out this ministry intersects the downtown community through arts events, ESL classes, and hosting various ministries as well as the natural outgrowth of the church members living out their callings in downtown—whether in meetings at Merridees, fellowshipping at a coffee house or working in office space off of the square.

We desire to be Christ’s light in downtown Franklin as well as good neighbors. Being on mission begins in the immediate context in which God has placed us and then spreads out from there.

When Christ Community Church moved from downtown Franklin to its new facility on Hillsboro Road in the fall of 2001, the church retained the Historic Downtown Chapel with the desire that it could continue to be used for ministry purposes as well as for church planting. This hope was realized in December 2006, when Pastor George Grant along with elders and deacons from Christ Community planted Parish Presbyterian Church using the Chapel as its home.

Over the next four years, Parish grew to the point of needing three morning worship services to accommodate the congregation. One of Parish Presbyterian’s founding principles was the desire to continue to plant daughter churches. In the fall of 2010, Parish purchased property and a permanent home on Clovercroft Road in east Franklin. With that as a catalyst, Pastor Nate Shurden and elders and deacons from Parish remained in downtown Franklin to plant a daughter church, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church.

Cornerstone Presbyterian began meeting on January 16, 2011 as a church plant and received full status as a church in our denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America, in November 2011. We are grateful that God has blessed our fellowship with members of all ages—from children to large numbers of young families to grandparents.

The Historic Downtown Chapel was originally built by First Baptist Church in 1849. Although the building was damaged in the Civil War, it was rebuilt, then rebuilt again in 1890 after a fire. The First Baptist congregation moved about two miles away in 1988 and sold a collection of buildings, including the chapel, to Christ Community Church. In March of 2012, Cornerstone bought the Chapel from Christ Community as a permanent home.

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Pastoral Notes – April 9, 2017

I’ve often said that ministry is too difficult not to do it with friends. But that’s not just true of ministry; it’s true of life, generally speaking. Not a one of us was intended to live without friendship. We need the camaraderie, encouragement, and joy that true friendship provides.

I’m grateful for the many friends God has given me over the course of my life. I am especially thankful for the 6-8 friends in my life that were truly “best friends.” As I write the words “best friends,” my own mind draws up the names and faces of Matt Pierce, Dustin Sartin, and Eric Roberts. These were three of my closest childhood friends. The memories I share with them would be difficult to capture in words. Thinking of them now, I can’t help but smile with a deep sense of gratitude for the investment they made in my life and for the shared history that to this day binds us together.

As we get older, friendships are harder to come by. For starters, we do not have the quantity of time to devote to friendships like we did when we were young. It also requires greater effort and intentionality to build the quality friendships our heart desires.

A few years ago I looked up and realized that I was lonely. I had done a poor job of tending the soil of friendship. I’d let the weeds of busyness and many to-dos’ choke out the deep relationship my heart needed. I confessed this to Christy and several brothers who immediately began praying for me. Since that time, I have rekindled old friendships and formed many new ones, and I am once again experiencing the joy of true friendship.

One of the new friends God gave me during that time was Josh Patrick. As time allowed, we began meeting together, sharing our hearts, and praying for another. Our meetings were few and far between at times, but whenever we connected, we picked up right where we left off. Over the years, friendship with Josh has been natural, real, and nourishing. It’s been just what I needed.

Today I want to invite you into our friendship as Josh comes to preach God’s Word to us. As you sit under his ministry today, I have no doubt that you’ll understand why I love this brother so much. To help you get to know Josh a little better, I asked Josh to give us the skinny about his vocational, family, and personal life. Please check out the bio below.

“Josh Patrick is the Teaching and Discipleship Minister at Harpeth Community Church. Josh is driven by a desire to help people catch the vision that knowing Jesus is the greatest reality in the universe. In addition to preaching at Harpeth’s Sunday worship gatherings, he creates content for discipleship groups, coaches group leaders, and cultivates discipling relationships with men in the church as well as in the community. Josh writes for the Discipleship.org blog and is the co-author of the newly released book, The Disciple Maker’s Handbook (Zondervan). The aim of the book is to equip everyday Christians to passionately participate in the greatest cause on earth – making disciples of Jesus! Josh and his wife, Joni, have three daughters – Lilly, Joy, and Sarah – and a rambunctious Boston Terrier named Bruno.”

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