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One definition of ‘Door’ is “…a means of access or participation.”

Our desire at Crossings is to have multiple doors for people to connect and participate with our community.

HELPING PEOPLE FIND THIER WAY BACK TO GOD is what Crossings is all about and we believe we are all on that journey. Being in community is a place for us to work out that journey but also a place to invite people to come alongside us. We want to encourage everyone to be in community because the close relationships formed contribute to our journey back to God. It is mainly through our relationships with others that we experience the outworking of our belief in God.

Two doors that you can use to connect and participate in community are ‘Session Groups‘ and ‘Small Groups.’


Session Groups are a space for people to connect and be in community for designated periods of time. We will have three times throughout the year for people to join a Session Group; Fall, Spring & Summer. These groups will vary throughout the year as interest and leaders arise. Some examples of Session Groups would be: Financial Peace University, Journey Groups, Yoga, Zumba, or Book Clubs. We are always looking for people to lead and facilitate a Session Group. If you are interested please contact smallgroups@crossingsknoxville.com. If you would like to join a Session Group, please contact the leader listed directly.

Here is a list of the current Session Groups:


Leader: Mark Nelson

Crossings has an on-going book club on Tuesday mornings that meets at 7:30 AM at Rami’s Cafe, 3553 N Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917 in North Knoxville.  We eat breakfast together and have a conversation about a current book.  We usually don’t discuss more than a chapter or two per week.


Leader: Andrew Fultz

We will be meeting on Thursdays at 7:00 P.M. in South Knoxville. We play a variety of board games, including Settlers of Catan, Risk, etc. If you'd like to bring your own board game for the group to play, feel free to do so. Contact Andrew Fultz if you'd like to roll the dice on this session group.


Leader: Whitney Overbay

Whitney will be leading a group that will be discussing “Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds” by Jen Wilkin. This group will be meeting on Wednesday's at 7:30 PM. If you would like to join this group please contact Whitney.


Leaders: Michael O'Malley

Who says you have to go DC or NYC to enjoy public transportation? This session group is all about riding in style on the esteemed (and now Wi-Fi capable) buses of the Knoxville Area Transit. Each session, we'll meet at the KAT station downtown and ride the buses to a different Knoxville location (a restaurant, a park, or some other hip hangout) in the interest of learning more about the city and experiencing the joy and adventure that public transit in Knoxville offers. Transit rookies, veterans, and in-betweeners welcome. Contact Michael O’Malley for information.


Leader: David Matthews

Beginners to Experts - All people interested in photography are welcome, even if you are just curious to know how to use your camera more effectively. Instruction on photography and sharing of techniques will be part of the session group. This group will explore photography as a creative and artistic medium. Exploration in the field will initially focused capturing the spirit of place “Genius Loci” and editing of images in digital post processing. New topics will be encouraged as the group develops interest and direction thought their creative exploration.  We will take the time to learn from each other as we move forward and develop new creative topics as a group. Work can be complete with any camera from phones to advanced DSLR camera. Post processing (digital editing) can be completed on the phone or with a computer. Photography events will be in the early evening and include both field work in downtown Knoxville and inside to learn post processing of images. Contact David Matthews to join this group.


Leader: Joy Gaertner

Joy is leading two ministry opportunities here in Knoxville. The first is a community singles ministry for 40+ which is a non-denominational gathering of men and women desiring to build friendships, grow spiritually and serve others. It meets every week on Tuesday at Cherokee Mills at 6:30 PM. Joy is also a certified grief recovery specialist and will be leading a workshop called, “Making Peace With Your Past”. For more information about either of these opportunities please check out www.walkingwithjoy.com


Leader: Grant Standefer

Grant will be leading a book club that will meet on Wednesday nights through the summer. This group will be reading, “Do All Lives Matter?”. To get connected to this group contact Grant.


When Jesus was on his mission to reach the world with the story of God’s love and grace, he used a fairly practical game plan…he poured his time and energy into a small group of people (his disciples).The early group of Jesus followers took up this same game plan of meeting and sharing together and changed the world…”They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Every day they continued to meet together… they broke bread in their homes and ate together… and the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42, 44, 46-47

Small Groups are an opportunity for people to connect with each other on a regular basis as we journey back to God. Transformation happens as each group travels together through the story of God and as we allow it to change our story. As the story of God changes us it also challenges us to participate in the mission of God.

We want to encourage everyone in our community to join a Small Group because the close relationships formed contribute to our journey back to God. It is mainly through our relationships with others that we experience the outworking of our belief in God.

These Small Groups aspire to be a place for honest discussion and are a designed to be a safe place where people can be supported and challenged and are a space for spiritual formation to happen.