New Church Plant Merges Music and Message in Nashville – AG News
Kurtis and Sarah Parks launched Bridges Nashville church plant in September 2018 in the South Broadway District of downtown Nashville, Tennessee. The church meets in a music venue called “The Listening Room,” which is one of Nashville’s premier singer/songwriter spots.
Growing up as a pastor’s kid, Kurtis Parks began leading church worship at age 13 and went on to pursue a career in the music field. Prior to this church plant, he had served as worship leader at National Community Church in Washington, D.C.
“Nashville is Music City, and Sarah and I love it,” Parks says, “and having previously lived here from 2005-2010, we had a desire to return and influence its culture by merging music with message. We believe when we teach Scripture and story through songs, we worship in Spirit and truth! Our services are a liturgy of music, where we live out Colossians 3:16 (NIV): ‘Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.’”
Although Nashville has been referred to as one of the fastest-growing business districts in the U.S., this area is also home to low-income neighborhoods and a large homeless population. Bridges Nashville, located a mile from low-income project housing, is a community-driven church. They partner with organizations and schools in the area to provide ministry and service…