- Serving and loving the poor, marginalized, vulnerable.
A COTC Missional Partner is a non-profit organization that is on the ground, involved in the community, engaged in the renewal of people and communities, and having life-giving impact. We support partners who are engaged locally, nationally and internationally. Our partners are involved with one or more of the following:
- Educating, inspiring, or equipping Christians to integrate faith, while working to renew culture.
- Contending for justice.
- Equipping people to encounter and grow in relationship with Jesus.
Serving - Orphans
Adziwa Ministry sees transformation of community lives and improved welfare of orphans and their families in the peri-urban of Kauama community in Lilongwe, the capital city of Malawi through the gospel of Jesus Christ. The school provides nursery, primary, and secondary education as well as vocational skills for college. Adziwa is part of a community development effort bringing empowerment and sustainability to this local community by providing education, a food and nutrition program, discipleship and psychosocial support to orphans.
Serving - Christian Institutions
Arrabon is a national organization that cultivates the soul of leaders and communities by providing biblical and cultural training that empowers them to build reconciling communities for a broken and divided world. They desire to see Christian institutions so transformed by the power of God, bringing practical help to a hurting world for generations to come. In pursuit of this vision, Arrabon provides studies for small groups, training for leadership teams, online learning communities for individuals and worship resources to support a culture of reconciliation.
Serving - Those living in poverty in Middle TN
Begin Anew empowers individuals to overcome the obstacles caused by poverty by providing education, mentoring, and resources in the Middle Tennessee area through five locations in Nashville, Madison, and Franklin, TN. The program provides three curriculum tracks for students: High School Equivalency test preparation, Computer and Job Skills, and Life Skill English. Enrollment in our services is open to persons of all faiths and culture. Each student attends educational classes, has access to community resources, and is matched with an Encourager (Mentor) who provides support, encouragement, and accountability. A student attends four hours of class a week at no cost to the students for a one to two year period or until they reach their goals.
Serving - Adults with special needs and their families
Brightstone provides a comprehensive work, social support, and future residential community for adults with special needs, expanding their potential and helping them develop mentally, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. They expand the potential of adults with special needs by providing opportunities and solutions that enrich their lives in a God-centered environment of loving care.
Serving - People living below the living wage in Nashville
Corner to Corner exists to extend the hope of Christ through gospel word and loving deed. They believe Nashville should be a place where all neighbors flourish, desiring to see friends and neighbors in the community “connect, invest, and grow” with each other and with God through Jesus Christ. Their three areas of focus are Education, Economic Development, and Spiritual Growth. Educational programming is focused on literacy and seeks to end the school to prison pipeline by sparking a love of reading in students. Economic Development engages a 10 week entrepreneurship program taking participants through the process to plan, start, and grow their own small business. Spiritual growth happens through relationship, opportunities for Bible studies, gospel dialogue, discipleship and chances to plug people into local bodies of worship.
Serving - People living in distress
The West Nashville Dream Center exists to improve the safety and quality of life in underserved neighborhoods of West Nashville. They are committed to protect and empower those in the community living in distress through multiple programs including food recovery and redistribution, the Dream Center Moms Program for single moms, and Summer is for Kids which provides meals and program during a summer day camp.
Serving - Community Development for Poverty Eradication
Food for the Hungry seeks to follow God’s call through responding to human suffering and graduating communities from extreme poverty. The locations that they serve are located in three major regions: Africa, Asia, and Latin America. They target populations that are suffering under the weight of extreme poverty and who have dreams for their community to be in a place of thriving. Food for the Hungry’s main services include: food security, health care, education, gender and child protection, leadership development, worldview shaping, and risk reduction and resilience. Each community development plan involves walking alongside that community through a ten year commitment. At COTC, we have uniquely partnered with the community of La Cuneta in the Dominican Republic.
Serving - Community Development for Poverty Eradication
Freedom’s Promise exists to bring freedom to the oppressed by demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ, preventing human trafficking, and restoring communities. They work to accomplish their mission to prevent human trafficking through a community development model: THRIVE (Trafficking Awareness, Healthcare, Restoration through Christ, Income Generation, Vocational Training, and Education). Freedom’s Promise comes alongside local partner organizations to serve in strategic high-risk communities within Cambodia and Myanmar, and they believe in a world where individuals never own the heartbreaking story of human trafficking.
Serving - Under-resourced population in Williamson County
GraceWorks is a Christ-centered nonprofit community resource center. For over 25 years we have provided food, shelter and support for our Neighbors in need. We invite all to join in our mission of Neighbor serving Neighbor, by the power of God’s grace.
GraceWorks is open Monday through Saturday from 9-4 and is always looking for volunteers to help in the Food Pantry as well as organizing and tagging In-Kind Donations for the Thrift Store.
If you like sharing your time and talents helping others, we’d love to have you on the GraceWorks team. We have opportunities for volunteers who want to come in weekly or for one-time experiences. If you have any questions, click the link below for more information.
Serving - Providing affordable housing in the Hard Bargain neighborhood
Hard Bargain Association is a grassroots, non-profit organization seeking to preserve Hard Bargain, a historic African-American neighborhood, which was founded over 130 years ago. Their mission is to preserve the historic neighborhood by renovating existing homes, building high quality affordable housing and enriching the lives of our neighbors. They provide a homeownership program, Rehabilitation Program, as well as a Community Center programs for the residents.
Serving - Unreached People Groups
Lifeway Missions International exists to disciple the nations on the path of practical love and eternal truth through the Disciple Making Movement [DMM]. They seek to connect with the persecuted and marginalized communities across East Africa in over 11 nations and strive to meet the needs of individuals in each community through socio-economic initiatives. By focusing on equipping leaders they hope to return dignity to unreached people groups and
Serving - Intentionally seeks to serve uninsured individuals and provide equitable access healthcare
Mercy Community Healthcare exists to reflect the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by providing excellent healthcare for ALL and support to their families. Mercy serves over 9,700 adults and children in more than 30 counties with primary care, counseling and psychiatry services and care coordination services. Currently Mercy also provides school-based counseling services offered at 26 locations in three school districts.
Serving - Ministry leaders around the world / engage in capacity building for ministries
Missions Development International believes in impacting the Kingdom by mentoring, equipping, and consulting with Christian leaders and their ministries who have the potential to transform their cultures. At the core of MDI’s programming is a mentoring and consulting ministry that passionately serves Christian leaders free of charge across the US and internationally. They desire to see ministry leaders thriving in their leadership, in their relationships, in their ministries, and in their love for God. They specialize in spiritual care, leadership development, burn out, strategic planning, fundraising strategy, and more.
Serving - Boys aged 12-18 needing a group home
My Friend’s House is a comprehensive residential treatment program and group home serving boys 12-18 from Williamson County and Middle TN. They have a mission to serve abused, neglected and wayward youth and their families. They motivate residents to achieve their highest potential by nurturing their physical, social, emotional, spiritual and educational needs while providing a safe and secure residential environment. They desire to give each resident every opportunity to recover from adverse situations and to become successful young adults.
Serving - Community of Neply, Orphans, Individuals with Special Needs
myLIFEspeaks mission is to develop a Christ-Centered Culture one LIFE at a time through family empowerment, educational excellence, and public health impact. Based in Neply, Haiti, myLIFEspeaks is committed to creating a ripple effect throughout the country of Haiti by using sustainable, long-term commUNITY development and family-based support methods.
Serving - Education/intentional mission to low-income families
New Hope Academy is a Christ-centered school educating children of diverse racial and socio-economic backgrounds by establishing a Biblical worldview and preparing each child to flourish academically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. They provide a Christ-centered, classical education for PreK through 6 th grade students allowing each student to discover and steward their God-given potential for the glory of God. They seek to be a catalyst for change in the cycle of poverty by removing financial and social barriers for the underserved in our community by reserving 40-50% of enrollment for students who live below or near the poverty line. New Hope Academy is governed by equality, diversity, and acceptance, allowing meaningful relationships to eclipse racial and socio-economic division, giving all students the opportunity to excel.
Serving - Those suffering food insecurity.
OneGenAway works to bring fresh, healthy food directly to people in need. They strive to eliminate food deserts in the low income neighborhoods in America by rescuing food seven days a week from local grocery stores and restaurants such as, Whole Foods, Costco, GFS, Publix, Outback Steakhouse, Aldi, and many others. Each month, OneGenAway, with the help of many volunteers, brings food right to neighborhoods in need by arriving with truckloads of good food… mobile food pantries… delivered right to the streets of neighbors in need on Saturday mornings all around Middle Tennessee.
Serving - Homeless, incarcerated women and low-income families
People Loving Nashville seeks to bring hope to the needy in Nashville by meeting physical needs and building relationships based on the love of Jesus Christ. They provide a Monday night meal and clothing distribution to the homeless in downtown Nashville and a Thursday night meal to a low-income apartment complex on Murfreesboro Road. The Wild Ones Bible Study, an 8 week academy for mind, body and spirit, serves women who are incarcerated. People Loving Nashville serves with a listening ear, working to cultivate friendships and build community with
everyone they meet.
Serving - The unborn child, individuals in a crisis pregnancy
The Pregnancy Centers of Middle TN are a Christian-based ministry that advocates the sanctity of human life. Their mission is to affirm the value of life by providing a network of care to those experiencing pregnancy related crisis. They believe in giving factual, practical and complete information on prenatal development, adoption, abortion, and parenting to their clients. Their desire is to help individuals make the most informed decision regarding their pregnancy and provide support and practical assistance for women during and after pregnancy. Some of their services include free pregnancy testing, life affirming ultrasounds, medical and social service referrals, post abortion peer counseling, parenting classes, prenatal and childbirth education, and material assistance for mother and baby.
Serving - At-risk youth in the Preston Taylor community
Preston Taylor Ministries empowers youth to discover and live their God-inspired dreams, develop a love for learning, and build joy-filled friendships that glorify Christ Jesus. They view all youth as image bearers of Christ and seek to equip them to become agents of joy and hope to the current and next generation. PTM operates multiple programs specifically geared at young people on multiple campuses in the Preston Taylor area to best meet the needs of the community.
Serving - Mental and emotional health, creating access to those who have financial need
The Refuge Center offers affordable professional counseling services to empower, educate, and support individuals, couples, children, and families in need. They were founded on the belief that everyone, regardless of income level, deserves a chance to improve their life and find hope and healing through counseling. The Refuge Center has served 15 counties in Middle TN with 91% of its clients receiving sliding scale fees.
Serving - Uninsured and underserved; Majority of clients are foreign born
Siloam Health’s mission is to share the love of Christ by serving those in need through healthcare. They provide services through their Primary Care Clinic serving Nashville’s uninsured and underserved. Patients come from more than 80 countries and speak over 70 languages. Siloam’s Community Health efforts expand their mission beyond the four walls of the clinic, empowering immigrants from all over the world who now call Nashville home. Siloam is widely recognized as being uniquely equipped to meet the health needs of immigrants and refugees – caring for populations who would often otherwise not be served.
Serving - Christian Leaders
Q is a proven vehicle for building and sustaining a vision for restoring the credibility of the Christian faith in Western culture for new generations. Their long term goal is to see the Christian faith become increasingly attractive, credible, and influential in the church, our communities, and the next generation. By equipping strategically positioned Christian influencers to renew the way they believe, think and act in regard to culture, we can increase the positive and ameliorating effect Christianity has on society.
Serving - Formerly Incarcerated Women
The Oak Cottage is a faith based transitional housing program in Franklin, TN that exists to provide a safe residential home to formerly incarcerated women to re-enter society as a productive citizen. They seek to create a balanced spiritual, physical, vocational and emotional foundation for daily living through Christ-centered, compassionate care. The residents work full time jobs, volunteer in
the community, and attend classes provided in the home 5 days a week. The 6 month program encourages respect, responsibility, service, financial stewardship, integrity, accountability and creativity. After completing the program, women may remain residents for an additional 6 months if desired.
Serving - Individuals in need of legal aid
The TN Faith & Justice Alliance is a project of the Access to Justice Commission. It is an alliance of faith-based groups in Tennessee who commit to providing legal resources to their congregations and communities. The notion is to connect with people in need in a place they already go to seek help with a problem, the church. TFJA operates on a referral model that is designed to pair volunteer lawyers with congregants in need.
Serving - Children in foster care
Tennessee Kids Belong empowers and equips leaders in the government, business, faith based, and creative sectors to end the crisis for kids in foster care. TKB envisions a Tennessee where every foster family feels supported by their community, social workers are thriving and not experiencing burn out, there are more than enough foster families available, and most importantly, where every child has a home and a sense of belonging
Serving - Underserved young people
The YMCA of Middle Tennessee strengthens its community by promoting youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The YMCA Community Action Programs (Y-CAP) provides evidence-based academic, social, and spiritual support for more than 1,000 underserved and at risk young people from 64 public schools in Metropolitan Nashville. The Y’s portfolio of outreach programs serve at-risk you who face the challenges of poverty, current and prior trauma, poorly performing schools, and limited access to enrichment activities, and provide the opportunity for participants to benefit from Y programs continuously and consistently from Kindergarten through high school graduation.