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.
- LOCAL CHURCH PLANTS -
Church Plants - A key biblical strategy in expanding the reach of the Gospel is the establishment of new churches. Cornerstone has supported many church plants, and is currently working on church planting efforts in Spring Hill, TN.
- SUPPORTED LOCAL MINISTRIES -
REFORMED UNIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP
(RUF) - RUF is the campus ministry organization of the Presbyterian Church in America. RUF has experienced rapid growth the past few years, and currently has 140 chapters at different college campuses spread over 37 states, Mexico, Columbia and the Czech Republic. It strives to serve in this unique stage of a student’s life in the world they live in, exploring together how the Lordship of Christ informs every area of life. Cornerstone supports five RUF campus ministries in Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky.
- Belmont University, Nashville, TN, Kevin Twit, 615-473-5826, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, Sam Taaffe, 769-233-4308, email@example.com.
- Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, Richie Sessions, 901-409-2665, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN, Gavin Breeden, 704-689-5808, gavin,email@example.com.
- Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY, Ross Lockwood, 901-494-4383,
HARVEST PRISON MINISTRY
There is a church behind the walls. Harvest Prison Ministry began as an outreach of Hickory Grove Church to the inmates at Charles Bass Correctional Complex. While there were many church services available, and some mentoring, there is a real need for Bible study, discipleship, and solid biblical literature.
Essential to our ministry is a commitment and accountability to the visible Church. It is of first importance in our practice and teaching. The Church is never merely a means to grow, but rather as God’s ordained institution by which to proclaim the gospel. Through the Church Christians become more like Christ. It is in the context of the Church that all the means of grace by which we grow are available.
Christ has given the task of evangelism and discipleship to the Church. At Harvest Prison Ministry we are developing that Church behind prison walls.
GraceWorks Ministries, Inc. was founded in 1995, when area concerned citizens and faith leaders came together and decided Williamson County needed a central place to send people who needed help with food, clothing and financial assistance. By pooling church resources with private and public sectors, GraceWorks was able to provide more help for many needs to better serve our community, rather than duplicating efforts. Today, GraceWorks has expanded upon these relationships to establish a referral network with other agencies to provide help for immediate needs and long-term resources. GraceWorks focuses on four areas—family support, instructional programs, seasonal needs and hunger prevention. Through its many programs, GraceWorks fulfilled 46,665 needs valued at $5.2 million in 2016.
We are a United Way of Williamson County agency and a member of Community Foundation of Middle TN, Second Harvest, Hands on Nashville and Center for Non-Profit Management.