Telos at Southminster began with the hopes, prayers and investment of Southminster Presbyterian Church.
Southminster realized that their neighborhood was changing, and wanted to continue to minister in the community around them. At the same time, the PCUSA had an initiative called “1001 New Worshiping Communities,” which encouraged churches to find new and creative expressions of church. This is the direction Southminster felt led to go, and they began to look for a pastor for this new community.
They hired Beth S. McCaw, a second-career pastor, who arrived at Southminster on the same day as the daycare, for many reasons, was nearly shut down. The parents, the staff of the daycare and Beth worked together to keep the daycare open. In the process, some strong relationships were developed.
When Beth began to gather a team to dream together about what church could be in the neighborhood, there were 15 brave souls who started meeting together in July of 2017 to pray, talk and imagine what a completely new expression of Christian Community might look like.
In March of 2018, Telos at Southminster had developed to the point of having regular Worship Gatherings on the first and third Sundays of each month.
Since August 2019, we meet weekly for worship on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. and then break bread together with a fellowship brunch following. We usually wrap up before 11:00 a.m.
We’re still figuring it out, making the plane as we fly it, so to speak. We welcome experiments, failures we can learn from, and we value one another as we try to become a unique expression of Christ’s church in South Nashville.