“We will recount to generations to come the praiseworthy deeds and the power of the LORD, and the wonderful works he has done.” – Psalm 78:4
The Church is a generational enterprise. In every age and place, the people of God must ask, How next will the Gospel flourish here? Engaging this task well requires prayer, mutual discernment, hope, courage, and faithfulness. This is the Cathedral’s present task.
This pattern has defined the parish since the beginning. As the Dean has written, “Christ Church was formed by and for a people who understood the spiritual and pragmatic needs of pioneers and settlers.” Since its formation in 1829, through its move to the 9th and Broadway location in 1894, to its designation as the Cathedral of the Diocese of Tennessee in 1997, attention to those needs and how they change through time has kept Christ Church faithful to her calling and engaged in her city. Now, those needs are changing again. Nashville is in the midst of unprecedented growth and redefinition. In a very literal way, the landscape for proclaiming the Good News of God in Christ is shifting. For the first time in more than a generation, Christ Church has residential neighbors, a community within walking distance of the parish. Hundreds of households move to Nashville each week, seeking communities that welcome and connect them. An invigorated Christ Church Cathedral, known for its dynamic worship, fellowship, and community action, can become a beacon for those living in its environs—and farther afield. In short, if we hope to live faithfully and fully into God’s call to proclaim, seek, and serve, reimagining the Cathedral’s priorities, programs, and infrastructure can help us become that beacon.
Christ Church Cathedral thrives when looking ahead. To be faithful in the present requires making plans about how we will be faithful in the future. Now we must make plans and take action, that generations to come might know… the deeds of God. Through feedback sessions with the parish in 2016, we reflected on what was important to us and dreamed about what possibilities there were for us.
Three themes emerged:
- To build and enhance our reputation as a place of welcome and hospitality, a place of solace and joy committed to worship and witness
- To know each other better through fellowship and the power of small groups
- To build and support our Outreach and Pastoral Care programs