C O M M U N I T Y     C H U R C H

serving portions of  Cumberland, Putnam, and White counties on the Cumberland Plateau of eastern middle Tennessee




Our Ministries

our mission to our community

-main campus ministry:

The building we use on our main campus is a residential structure built in 1985.  This picture was taken around 1999 as we were 1st getting started.  The main entry is at the upper level on the left end of the building.  Our main worship space now takes up most of the upper level. The lower level is kitchen/fellowship/meeting area and a small classroom that is often used for overflow storage. There is a single garage on the back side that is used for storage for yard and garden tools and as a staging area for supplying the clothes closet trailer which is in the back yard.


One of our most active ministries on our main campus is the clothing closet. In a donated 40' transport trailer that has been customized over the years by various mission teams from 1st Baptist Church, Murfreesboro and 1st Baptist Church, Chattanooga we keep a great assortment of clothing for adults and children.  The trailer is open to the neighborhood public 24 hours a day.  Although it occasionally gets 'trashed' and there is a certain amount of abuse that occurs regularly in a few people taking more than they need, we have been committed to an open door policy for our community.  The clothing and household items that are available come from many churches and individuals across the state of Tennessee.  More and more we are also finding that the families that come for help are leaving trade-ins . . .  clothing that their children have outgrown. We have had the assistance of many mission teams in sorting and organizing and conducting give away days. Two women from Fairfield Glade Baptist Church in Cumberland Co. spend many hours every week keeping things in good order, being a great help to the members of our congregation who regularly invest their time in this ministry. The trailer got an exterior 'face-lift' from the 2009 Summer Mission team from 1st Baptist Church, Chattanooga.

Outdoors, special event ministries are an important part of sharing the Kingdom at NCC. The prototype outdoor stage and a natural slope amphitheater (photo on left) was in use for 8 years. We had regular music and drama events outside for our community. This stage was dismantled in the fall of 2008 by a construction crew from 1st Baptist Church, Alcoa and replaced by a new one at the campfire church site (photo on right) by a construction crew of 1st Baptist Church, Chattanooga.  The photo shows the 2009 VBS set being set up.


We look forward to using the expanded stage and seating facilities for an even greater emphasis on outdoor music and drama presentations of the gospel and other evangelistic efforts as a ‘Church Without Walls.’

We have begun to develop other outdoor facilities on our main campus to provide recreational opportunities for our community. A walking track is now being developed. The regulation sand volleyball court was our major 2004 project. Through the extravagant generosity of some in our community, this $ 10,000+ project is almost complete at about $ 5,200. We look forward to expanding our recreational facilities. There have been regular and frequent requests for a portion of our parking lot to be paved for community basketball. In many neighborhoods, the children play basketball on the road, to the distress of those driving on the same roads. We also have hopes to develop regulation horseshoe pits and are open to developing whatever facilities that will serve our extended community and give us opportunity to present Christ and His demands to our neighbors.

The monthly mobile dental clinic for children was part of our main campus ministries for several years.  We're open to similar type possibilities in the future.

Our dreams  include literacy classes, an after school and summer program for children, expanded social services (with a social worker regularly on site), regular health care clinics, a soup kitchen/homebound meal ministry, co-op food store, and parenting classes.

During warm weather we conduct what we call ‘Camp-fire Church’. Another way in which we present a ‘Church Without Walls’ setting for preaching, evangelism, worship and fellowship. We often find that when we meet in this setting we have visitors from the community that would not likely be seen inside a church house.

(last updated 2/16/10)