Vision and History

ParishLife_LogoParish Presbyterian Church is a member church in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).  Parish reflects a very deliberate vision for a “parish model” church, which means that we are committed to a ministry marked by “the primacy of Scripture” in life and worship, by a dependence upon “the ordinary means of grace” in our approach to ministry, by an intentional focus on substantive “Gospel holiness,” and by an emphasis on multi-generational discipleship.  In very practical terms it means:

  • that we need to actually know each other, care for each other, and walk out the Word in our daily lives.
  • that we will have to put a high priority on the education of our children and the equipping of our parents as they undertake the great task of covenantal succession.
  • that because we are known best in a smaller context, our intention is not simply to build a big church, but rather to multiply if the Lord blesses us with growth.
  • we want to “go deep and go slow” with in-depth Bible teaching and worship marked by reverence and awe.
  • we are intentionally involved in both our local community and our world.

From worship flows discipleship, fellowship, service and mission.

These truths are reflected in the version of our logo you see on this page.  Worship is the center and fountainhead of all other gospel activity.   Our fervent prayer is that Parish Presbyterian Chruch will grow in grace and skill in this calling.


Our History

church_frontWhen 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 (pictured on right).  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.

Since then we have been feeling the growing pains, excitement, and the joy of new beginnings that a new church plant might experience.  We look forward to the next stage of our growth together in Christ.