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 – May 7, 2017

I’ve heard great reports about the new “Treasure Principle” class that Pastor Tony Giles is leading in the chapel during Sunday School. In hopes that all of us can benefit from the content, I asked Pastor Tony to write this week’s Pastoral Notes, drawing out a few highlights from the content of this important class. Please take time today to read and take to heart what’s written below. 

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has andbuys that field. – Matthew 13:44

I’ve always been fascinated by that parable of Jesus. It’s vivid and simple. It’s provocative and disturbing.

And I’m not the only one.  Randy Alcorn writes about the traveler in this parable, “From the moment of his discovery, the traveler’s life changes. The treasure captures his imagination, becomes the stuff of his dreams. It’s his reference point, his new center of gravity. The traveler takes every step with this treasure in mind. He experiences a radical paradigm shift.” (The Treasure Principle)

Here are a few other pointed reminders from that same book which we are reading currently in the Chapel Class:

“Our approach to money and possessions isn’t just important – it’s central to our spiritual lives.”

  • “Giving breaks us out of orbit around our possessions. We escape their gravity entering a new orbit around our treasures in heaven.”


  • “God prospers me not to raise my standard of living but to raise my standard of giving … Giving jump-starts our relationship with God. It opens our fists so we can receive what God has for us.”


  • “God owns everything, I’m his money manager. As his money managers, God entrusts us to set our own salaries. We draw funds from his account to pay our living expenses. One of our central spiritual decisions is determining what is a reasonable amount to live on … and it will legitimately vary from person to person.”


  • “My heart always goes where I put God’s money. … We are emotional beings made in the image of a passionate God. God always directs his strong desires in righteous directions. As we grow in character, we will learn to aim our passions toward godly targets.” See Matthew 6:24


  • “Our giving is a reflexive response to the grace of God in our lives.”

Can you begin to see why we included this in our adult education curriculum?  It seems that we are always learning this lesson and discovering fresh ways to apply the truth Jesus conveys to the lives we live. Pray with us – that the Lord who owns it all would guide us as individuals, as families and as a church body as we “manage” what He entrusts to us – all for His glory.

You can find a copy of the book and the companion Bible Study on the bookshelf outside the church office.

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