The Most Unique Church In Nashville


This isn’t documented with an official survey or anything, but I think McFerrin Park has Nashville’s most unique church.

It is diverse economically, racially, and socially.

It has no pulpit and no sermons.


It has a different worship leader every Sunday and usually a drummer.


It has a cross in the front yard that has colored cloths hanging on it that are changed every week or so.


It takes the time to pray for people anytime a need comes up.


The people really care about each other and spend time together during the week.


It has been written up in The Tennessean and in a couple of national magazines.


Several people play tambourines during worship.


It was intentionally begun to be non-traditional.


It is based on open sharing and participation, somewhat like a support group (what some people call organic church, house church, and/or simple church).


It has a mix of chairs, pews, and even a couch in the sanctuary.

Some of those present wear Salvation Army uniforms.


It doesn’t pass an offering plate but instead has a small offering box attached to the wall.


It has 40 to 50 adults every Sunday who are visibly excited about being there.


It is part of The Salvation Army (but doesn’t have a brass band).


Surely you are curious . . .


Come and see this for yourself.


Sunday gathering at 10:45


The Salvation Army Berry Street Worship Center, 225 Berry Street, Nashville, 37207


Also an open discussion Bible study on Thursday nights at 6:30.



About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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5 Responses to The Most Unique Church In Nashville

  1. oikoskrk says:

    Nice looking blog!
    I think you would appreciate mine too.
    Been housechurching and planting 30 years now.
    My blog is about Jesus, church and life in general
    with a Star Trek theme

    Christopher “Captain” Kirk

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