Christian Education

Christian education is a vital part of Church Street’s ministry in the community. Since its beginning and because of its proximity to the University of Tennessee, Church Street has been home to and attracted scholars of all types: religious and biblical leaders, historians, artists and architectural experts, community and social justice leaders, and more. Whether it is engaging with one of our Sunday School classes or attending a special lecture series or educational event, there is always something new to learn at Church Street.

Upcoming Studies at Church Street (and our community!)

All are invited to join one or more of the studies at Church Street – please register at the links provided / join at the links provided, and enjoy these discipleship times together. Click here to contact Rev. Tim Best if you need assistance in getting connected to a class or study.

Disciple Fast Track – New Testament Study

Led by Rev. Jim Bailes

Offered each Tuesday at 6:30 pm on Zoom, beginning Tuesday, January 12

Click here to register for the study

Click here to order the study manual through Cokesbury

Disciple Fast Track – Old Testament Study

Led by Rev. Jim Bailes

Offered each Wednesday at 10 am on Zoom, beginning Wednesday, January  13

Click here to register for the study

Click here to order the study manual through Cokesbury

UMW Book Review – Boundless by Bryan Bishop

Led by Susan Dominick

Offered Wednesday, January 20 at 1:30 pm,
via Zoom

Click here to join for the study (Passcode: 820265)

Learn more about the recommended UMW Books for 2021-22 by clicking here

Additional Opportunities:

Open Door Class January Study“And When You Pray … Exploring the Prayers of the Bible” with Rev. Andy Ferguson

Praying and participating in prayer mark us as persons of faith. On the one hand, praying is so simple that most of us learned to pray as children. On the other, praying is so rich that we are still praying after all these years. Even now, there is a lot to learn about this distinct faith practice. Rev. Andy Ferguson has chosen four prayers to explore this January. They are:
+ Jan. 10 – Nehemiah 1 – Nehemiah’s Prayer for Success
+ Jan. 17 – 1 Kings 3 – Solomon’s Prayer on Assuming Kingship in Israel
+ Jan. 24 – Isaiah 63-64 – Prayer in the Day of National Calamity
+ Jan. 31 – Psalm 51 – Prayer of Confession

To be included on the class email list to get the updates and the link each week, email or click on the ZOOM Link:


Public Books Circle with UTK Professors Tina Shepardson and Erin Darby – Feb. 3, 7 pm, on Zoom

Discussion of The Bible With and Without Jesus, by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler
Why do Jews and Christians read many of the same Biblical texts – including passages from the Pentateuch, the Prophets, and the Psalms – differently? Esteemed Bible scholars Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Z. Brettler take readers on a guided tour of the most popular Hebrew Bible passages quoted in the New Testament to show what the texts meant in their original contexts and then how Jews and Christians, over time, understood those same texts. Comparing various interpretations – historical, literary, and theological – of each ancient text, Levine and Brettler offer deeper understandings of the original narratives and their many afterlives and the Bible’s ongoing significance.
Erin Darby and Tina Shepardson have both presented at the Church Street Education Committee’s Summer Lecture Series!