“Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to
which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for
it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”
All Souls Church is a Christ-centered worshipping community seeking the peace of Knoxville. We exist to worship and glorify God, welcome both disciples of Jesus and spiritual seekers, and form God’s people to share the good news of Jesus in our city.
We envision a city where people accept the Lordship of Jesus and are committed to following the way of Jesus; growing in joy and the fruit of the Spirit; and transforming Knoxville through reconciliation, justice, and peace.
The Hebrew word for welfare is shalom, which holds within it the ideas of peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare, and tranquility. Isaiah described the place with shalom as having joy, health, economic opportunity, flourishing children, spiritual vitality, reconciliation, unity, and safety (Isaiah 65:17-25). Jesus talked of shalom many times, calling it the kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven. We long to see shalom come to Knoxville, the place where we live, work, and play.
Imagine a place where you can go to find solace when the noise of the world is overwhelming. Picture a community that celebrates with you through milestones big and small and mourns with you through suffering and loss. Think about what it would be like to be part of a downtown church family committed to growing in the way of Jesus and seeking the peace of the city.
THIS is US.
THIS is WHO WE ARE.
WE are ALL SOULS CHURCH.
All Souls Church is an eclectic and diverse group. We are contemplatives, charismatics, and social-justice seekers. Some of us are walking confidently ahead in our faith and some of us are wrestling with doubt. Among us are those who are…wandering, following, questioning, mourning, seeking, growing, existing, rejoicing, lamenting, journeying.
ALL are WELCOME.
WHAT BRINGS US TOGETHER is OUR
COMMITMENT to JESUS CHRIST.
From our beginning in 2004, we gathered for worship in rented spaces. Through an incredible act of generosity and obedience, an anonymous donor gifted All Souls Church the funds to purchase the beautiful property at the corner of Fifth and Central in 2020. Through a global pandemic, worshiping online and then outdoors (even in the snow!), the All Souls family raised the funds to renovate and move to our new home in the fall of 2021.
The Fifth and Central neighborhood is eclectic and diverse, just like All Souls Church. We are thrilled to be part of this developing downtown community and offer the ministry of presence to our neighbors. We seek to be good neighbors who love God and love people well.
As a church, we affirm the Nicene and Apostles Creeds, both ancient summaries of the gospel story with which all Christians in all times have agreed. We understand that these creeds are an early codification of many Scriptures that define what is foundational for Christian faith. The creed does not take the place of Scripture interpretation. Rather, it offers us a baseline for staying together. All Souls wants to be a church where Christians who disagree about important questions of biblical interpretation can live together in loving unity. We strive towards this vision by affirming the creeds as the requirement for Christian faith, while respecting, challenging, and learning from our brothers and sisters who interpret the Bible differently on non-creedal issues. We call this doctrine CONSENSUAL ORTHODOXY, a consensus on the minimum requirements for salvation. For issues outside the creed, issues not involving salvation, consensual orthodoxy holds in tension the ideas that while Scripture is the authority for our lives individually and as a community, humility in Christ requires us to accept with grace those whose interpretations of Scripture may differ. We seek mutual practice of reason, tradition, and experience to the study and application of Scripture.