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Our Values and Goals

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For the people of our church, our mission is absolutely dependent on our continuing to be the kind of community where…

…we can be real with each other – free to share our struggles, our hurts, our imperfections – and know acceptance and love just as we are (as unpleasant as this is sometimes);

…no matter what our age or experience as Christians, we are being encouraged and challenged on an adventure of faith where it is okay to have doubts, ask questions, and be open to new possibilities;

…we can be open to these new possibilities because we are a people who trust that there is no place or situation where God’s Spirit of hope, life, and creativity can’t be found.

Right now and for the foreseeable future, our priority goals are:

Being a welcoming and inviting community - We want to share our community with our neighbors, relatives and friends.  While we are one of many vital churches, we have something special going on here and we want people to know about it.  And we want everyone who visits with us to have a good sampling of the love that is at the heart of what makes us who we are.

Providing opportunities for people to experience the support of Christian community - We believe that it is very hard, if not impossible, to be on the Christian journey alone.  You need the support of brothers and sisters in faith.  So, for us, this means plenty of opportunities to be together with each other in Sunday School classes for all ages, small groups for youth and adults, choirs, various ministries, and many gatherings to share meals and be together in a way that is meaningful and encouraging.

Being a community where a primary concern is on helping people of all ages to be followers of Jesus - Christianity is not primarily a belief system.  It’s a way of life.  Jesus didn’t call his followers to a set of beliefs.  He called them to follow him.  And on the way, they found God’s abundant and creative life emerging even in the midst of tragedy and death.

Leading children, youth, and adults to live in the way of Jesus takes time.  It’s not so much a destination as it is a journey.  This journey is our primary reason for being.  Therefore, we are committed to supporting each other in living the central practices of our faith: worship, prayer, study of scripture and other resources for faith, and service.

Being a community centered in the dynamic and life-transforming presence of God that we celebrate in worship, seek in daily prayer, and are open to in all the experiences of life - Worship is the heartbeat of our community of faith.  Prayer is the breath of our daily lives,  sustaining and empowering us.  As it opens us to the reality of God’s Spirit, it is the source of our life together and what strengthens us for living in the way of Jesus.  As such, it’s our intention to continue to support and help one another in regular worship and prayer that opens us to the reality of God in all of life.

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Where to Find Us

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Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Germantown

2385 Riverdale Road, at McVay

Germantown, TN 38138


Our Church School on Sundays begins at 9:30 a.m.
followed by a period of coffee and fellowship at 10:30 a.m.
We gather for Sunday morning Worship at 10:55 a.m.
Contact us by phone at 901.755.3884 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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What We Believe

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Theological Position of Cumberland Presbyterians

  • Modified Calvinism: Our theology has been referred to as medium, somewhere between Calvinism and Arminianism.
  • Moderate and Middle-of-the-road: We do not run to extremes, nor are we fanatic in theology, attitudes, or practices. Some of our congregations are more conservative while others are more liberal and we are fine with that.
  • Diversity: Members reflect many denominational and theological backgrounds and concepts. We are tolerant and accepting of different notions. We are not dogmatic. However, we have an official creed in our Confession of Faith to which we require loyalty on the part of ministers and church officers. It is a guide for instruction and for publications.
  • Evangelical: We are evangelical. We believe salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ and that we have been commissioned to preach this good news to all the world.
  • A Mixture of Traditionalism and Openness: We attempt to conserve established traditions while at the same time we try to adapt our methods and message to the present day.

Some Basic Beliefs

  • The Trinity: We believe in God as Creator and Caretaker; in Jesus Christ as divine Savior and Lord; and in the Holy Spirit as God present and at work everywhere in creation.
  • Sin and Salvation: Human beings disobey God, like Adam and Eve, and are in need of spiritual rebirth. God initiates salvation, sending the Holy Spirit to all persons, calling them to repentance and faith. They have a choice of acceptance or rejection. "Whoever believes" is redeemed. We are not, nor have we ever been, Predestinarian. Persons are set into right relations with God by faith, and not by works. Salvation is a gift of God's grace, not something earned or merited.
  • Christian Growth: Beginning Christians are like babes in Christ, they have only just been born. All Christians need to grow continually throughout their years in capacity to receive God's grace, and in the ability to live the Christian life.
  • The Bible: The holy sciptures are the 66 books contained in the Old and New Testaments. They tell the story of our faith in all its richness.  As we read and study the scriptures through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we find ourselves addressed by God and God's purposes for us and the world. As such, the scriptures are the authoritative guide for Christian living. We do not limit ourselves to any one translation of the Bible but seek always for a deeper understanding of God's word addressing us through the words of scripture.
  • The Church: The Cumberland Presbyterian Church considers itself to be a part of the Holy Universal Church, consisting of all who have made covenant with God through Jesus Christ, We are not sectarian. We are one of the many communions who belong to God.
  • The Sacraments: The Sacraments are celebrations of the covenant in which Christ mysteriously is present and active. We accept two Sacraments, Baptism and the Lord's Supper or Holy Communion. Through God's presence, work, and will, they are made effective. The elements of water, fruit of the vine, and bread are signs and symbols and remain what they are. The Sacraments are not essential to salvation but are necessary means of grace. The Sacraments are central to Christian worship.
  • Death and Resurrection: We do not believe in the natural immortality of the soul. Eternal life is a gift from God through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. We are raised with him through our conversion. Eternal life is a living relation with God (John 17:3) which continues more completely after death when full redemption shall be ours in the resurrection of the body.
  • End of Days: The Cumberland Presbyterian Church accepts what the Bible says about heaven and hell, though the Confession of Faith speaks but briefly about them. There is a divergence of opinions concerning these concepts. There is no full statement in the Confession of Faith about the Last Days and the Second Coming of Christ. No speculation is done about the time and manner of these events. However, Cumberland Presbyterians declare in the final words of the Confession of Faith, "in the consummation of history, at the coming of Jesus Christ, the kingdoms of the world shall become the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever."

(Adapted from the tract Who Are Cumberland Presbyterians? by T. V. Warnick and Morris Pepper.)

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Congregational History

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The idea for starting a Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Germantown had its beginnings with three families who were driving from the Germantown area to the Whitehaven Cumberland Presbyterian Church to worship each Sunday. Several meetings were held in the homes of these families to discuss the possibility of starting a church. A decision was made to pursue the idea. Contacts were made with friends, neighbors and family members.

Under the leadership of Dr. Thomas D. Campbell, the first worship service was held in the Germantown Community Center on March 16, 1975, with 44 persons present. The group was organized as a Fellowship on July 13, 1975, under the direction of the Board of Missions of Memphis Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. An executive committee was elected to direct the group.

Dr. Paul B. Brown, Professor of New Testament at Memphis Theological Seminary, became pastor of the Fellowship on September 1, 1975, and remained in this position until September 1984. A beautiful wooded lot was purchased in April 1976 on the corner of McVay and Riverdale Roads. A contemporary, multi-purpose building was erected on the lot. The members of the Fellowship were filled with excitement and gratitude as they entered their newly completed building for the first worship service on Sunday, January 8, 1978. On the afternoon of that day, William Warren, a young man who was to graduate from Memphis Theological Seminary in June, was ordained to the gospel ministry in the new sanctuary. The Reverend Mr. Warren was later to become pastor of the church.

In a service of worship on Sunday, April 2, 1978, the Germantown Fellowship was officially organized and dedicated as a Cumberland Presbyterian Church by Memphis Presbytery. Nine elders were elected and installed. The fellowship had finally become a church.

From the beginning, the group had a well-planned educational program with Sunday School classes for each age group, Vacation Bible School, ministries with youth, a women’s organization and a commitment to service.

An addition was built to the church in 1981, giving the building a pastor’s study, library, added nursery and church school classrooms. On March 9, 1997, a Christian Education wing was dedicated. It was named the Rosa Mae and Eugene L. Warren Christian Education Building.

Upon the decision of the Reverend Dr. Paul Brown to return to teaching at Memphis Theological Seminary, the Reverend Mr. William Warren was called to pastor the Germantown Church in September 1984. He continues to serve in this position.

From its beginnings to the present the Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Germantown has celebrated the love of God for every person, and sought to reflect that love by being a community where regardless of age or circumstance in life people may know the welcome of Christ’s community and the call to Christian faith and discipleship.

Worship, Hospitality, Christian Education, and Outreach have been at the center of the church’s life from the very beginning. As such, it has been a church that has encouraged its members to embrace both the journey inward in relationship to God and the journey outward through service to and with persons in times of need, giving to denominational and ecumenical mission efforts and living out the call of Christ in the challenges of daily life.

While the church is now 34 years old, there is a feeling among many of its present members that the best is yet to come as it continues to be open to the leadership of the Spirit for a new day.

 

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About Our Congregation

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Our Mission

Centered in the embrace of God’s love in Jesus and open to the Spirit,
we seek to be a community where people are finding
Hope amidst life’s struggles,
Challenges to grow and serve in faith, and
Love that is unconditional

People

Approximately 160 persons are active participants in the life of our church. There is a diversity of age groups here – children, youth, young adults, middle aged and older adults. While we have special ministries with children, youth and adults, we value opportunities for different ages to share their lives with one another. We believe that one of the advantages of a relatively small church is that people get to know and value one another across the various age groups. Adults know children and youth. Children and youth know adults. Children enjoy the care and friendship of youth. There is a feeling of being a part of a larger family that we value here.

Atmosphere

When you walk through the doors of our church you will notice a relaxed and friendly group of people in a retreat-like and worshipful setting. Most will be dressed casually. But we try not to put people in a box here. A few of us actually enjoy wearing traditional “Sunday clothes” to church from time to time. It is a reminder that no matter how you come to church – what you are wearing or what you are going through at the time – you will find acceptance here.

If you are a visitor, we promise that we won’t shine the spotlight on you or swamp you with attention. But we also promise that you will be warmly greeted (and not just by “official” greeters) and your attendance will be greatly appreciated. Folks who are looking for a community where they can grow in faith in an atmosphere of acceptance and love often find our church the right place for them to be.

Our Faith

Our faith is centered in love – the love of God for the world as made known in Jesus and experienced through the presence of God’s Spirit.

We believe that God is living and active and continues to transform lives and situations through the power of love. As such, we are a church where people seek to be open through prayer and worship to the new thing that God is in the process of doing in their lives and in the world.

We believe that every person is important to God. We all are invited to find our place in what God is seeking to do in the world. Our church is a place where people are in the process of seeking God’s call and responding to it.

The Bible is our faith story and the central resource for our faith and practice as Christians. We believe that the Bible is a living document through which we continue to encounter God’s presence as people of faith.

We believe that faith is born and grows in a community of grace and love where people are allowed to be honest about their questions and up front about their struggles to live out their faith in the realities of daily life.

Our Worship

The focus of our worship is a living and active God who is seeking each one of us out in love. In our worship we seek to be present to this God who is present to us as we sing our praises, confront our need for grace, listen for God’s Word addressed to us anew through scripture, offer ourselves in commitment and service, and experience this God’s love anew through the sacraments (the Lord’s Supper and Baptism) and acts of peace and blessing.

We worship as a community gathered around the table of our Lord Jesus. Glass windows framing the woods and world outside, natural wood paneling, and colorful banners give our place of worship the feel of a retreat-like setting that emphasizes both the importance of our community with each other and with God.

Our worship combines both the traditional and the contemporary. We sing hymns that have nurtured the faith of Christians through the centuries. We also sing hymns and songs composed in more recent years. The language of worship and the sermons are intended to communicate the good news of our faith with words that are understandable and relevant. Even so, our worship is not entertainment-oriented or market-driven. It is an expression of who we are as a community of faith and what we are called to be in our worship of God.

Our Tradition

We are a part of the Cumberland Presbyterian denomination that grew out of a movement of spiritual awakening and revival in the early years of the 1800s. A central belief of those who were the founders of our church was that Christ died for all persons, and that all people are included within God’s love for the world. Our calling is to accept the saving love that is already ours in Jesus Christ.

We are also a part of the Presbyterian family of churches rooted in the Reformed tradition that traces its roots to that part of the Protestant Reformation inspired by John Calvin. It is a tradition that recognizes that all of life is to be lived in response to God’s saving love. With regard to decision-making and leadership roles, clergy and laity serve as equals in Presbyterian and Reformed Churches.

If you would like to read our Confession of Faith of Cumberland Presbyterians, click here.