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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April 21st

by susan

Pastoral Notes – April 23, 2017

Whenever I teach the Exploring Cornerstone class, I unpack in detail the vision and mission of the church. To do that, I summarize and dissect this one sentence: “Cornerstone exists to glorify God in the gospel together as disciples who make disciples.” Embedded in that single sentence are these four priorities: worship, discipleship, fellowship, and [...]

April 13th

by susan

Pastoral Notes – April 16, 2017

I broke out a number of theological, historical, and poetic writings on the resurrection this week, which is my normal Holy Week custom. From smiles to tears, my heart was over and over shot through with astonishment at God’s love for me, for us… for the world. I culled a few gems from my readings [...]

April 6th

by susan

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 [...]

March 30th

by susan

Pastoral Notes – April 2, 2017

There is no doubt that our building has seen a lot of history, and it a joy to be part of two hundred years of continual worship on the corner of Church and Third.  On April 4, 1800, three lots were purchased in downtown Franklin to serve as a location for a Baptist church and [...]

March 23rd

by susan

Pastoral Notes – March 26, 2017

Ever wrestled with the role of church authority in the life of the individual Christian? If so, you’re not alone. A pastor friend in the area e-mailed me a few weeks ago to get my thoughts on church government. Specifically, he was asking about the hotly debated “keys of the kingdom” passages like Matthew 18:18 [...]

March 16th

by susan

Pastoral Notes – March 19, 2017

It was a beautiful thing to gather with the elders and deacons on Tuesday night and have five new faces around the table. With the addition of Gene King, Marty Smith, Todd Russell, Brian Phillips, and Steve Green to the officer core, we now have the largest leadership team we’ve ever had! I praise God [...]

March 9th

by susan

Pastoral Notes – March 12, 2017

Throughout church history, one of the key spiritual practices of a Christian household was regular family worship. Pausing daily to read the Scripture, pray, and sing together as a family became a regular practice in the early decades following the close of the New Testament era. For instance, the early church father, Tertullian (c. 160-225), [...]

March 2nd

by susan

Pastoral Notes – March 5, 2017

Last year She Reads Truth and He Reads Truth asked if I would pen a biblical-theological defense of Lent from a Protestant perspective.[1] They very graciously have given me permission to republish what I wrote here for your reading this morning. The grand narrative of God’s Word through history is more than a tall tale. [...]

February 23rd

by susan

Pastoral Notes – February 26, 2017

Next Sunday will be a special Lord’s Day in the life of our congregation. As most of you know, two weeks ago we elected six men to our officer core—three deacons and three elders. Next Sunday we will have the privilege of ordaining and installing these men to their respective office. If you’ve never attended [...]