Local  Sending

Northstar has a heart to pursue the lost, meet the needs of the hurting and under-resourced, and create intentional opportunities to invest in our neighbors.

We believe God has placed you right where you are with a Kingdom purpose, just as he has placed Northstar strategically as well. We encourage you to consider your sphere of influence — your workplace, school, neighborhood, etc. — and love those around you through word and deed. We also invite you as an individual, family, or life group to connect with these local organizations to join God in what he is doing in Knoxville.


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Restoration House

Ally program

Join a team of 5-7 allies from local churches ranging in age and life experience helping to cultivate a diverse and mutually supportive community! Ally Teams are a key component of The Restoration House program and focus on relational and spiritual support as well as social capital. Being an Ally is about doing life together with a Restoration House family through all the ups and downs. Through the journey, every person will be transformed! 

Website: https://therestorationhouse.net/get-involved/volunteer/#allyfaq

Contact Info: Carrie Pickell,  carrie@therestorationhouse.net 

Maintenance team 

Have skills in general maintenance? Anything from painting to hanging curtains to the occasional leak under the sink! The Restoration House has a 24 unit apartment complex where families live for 2-3 years as they work towards a better future for themselves. The majority of the property is maintained by volunteers – we would love your help! The time commitment would be flexible.

Contact Info: Carrie Pickell,  carrie@therestorationhouse.net 

Youth Mentorship

The opportunity to walk alongside a youth and be a positive impact in their life is invaluable. As youth search for answers about who they are, they need to have people in their lives speaking truth and calling out the good. With over 50 youth at the Restoration House at any one time, the need for mentors is always active. A mentor would commit to spending 3-4 hours with their mentee during a month.

Contact Info: Carrie Pickell,  carrie@therestorationhouse.net 

Care Cuts

Care Cuts of Knoxville is a volunteer Christian ministry serving Knoxville’s homeless and less fortunate community. We are a 501c3 organization and rely solely on donations and volunteering. We serve the homeless every Sunday. Our services to the homeless include serving a hot meal, giving them a hot shower, giving them a new haircut, a clean set of clothes and shoes, hygiene essentials, we help with local resources, and help in securing permanent housing, or medical. We need volunteers and no special skills are required except for loving people, we also need barbers and beauticians to come cut hair. 

Location: 519 Williams St

Who can serve? Anyone, young children are welcome they must be supervised by a parent.

Contact Info: Charlie Jackson, director@carecuts.org

Website: https://carecutsknox.org/


Focus Prison Ministry

FOCUS Reentry Home Painting Projects

In response to our recent end of year appeal we raised money to repaint and refurnish the men’s reentry home. We are looking for church small groups to gather and paint, pray over, and even name a room. This is a physical activity which can be accomplished on a day or weekend. We can help with COVID protocols and of course all materials are provided.

Website: focustn.org/homeforchristmas

Contact Info: shawn@focustn.org


Knoxville International Network (KIN)

Language and Mentoring Partners (LaMP) Program

Connect with an enthusiastic adult English language learner and make a new friend. 

  • Meet at least weekly, at your convenience
  • Use our ESL curriculum, but the learner sets the pace
  • No ESL experience necessary
  • Build relationships with the learner and family members
  • Advice on cultural issues and American systems, such as schooling
  • Be a blessing to the family
  • Learn about a different culture and way of life
  • Represent Christ by caring for another person (Matt 25:40)

Info Sheet: https://files.constantcontact.com/05bb8371801/33e83963-6db1-4aa8-82f6-1aaa1c759846.png 

Contact Info: Register now at https://airtable.com/shrmo1tEi9VF7iwyz or email info@kin-connect.org for more information.


Your life group comes alongside a local international family to do life with them for one year. Together, you will empower an international family to thrive in metro Knoxville while also expanding your life group’s worldview and understanding of God’s mission!

  • Someone from your group touches base with the family weekly
  • Part of the group (or whole group) gets together with the family monthly
  • Leader updates KIN facilitator monthly
  • Orientation, info about resources, and ongoing support provided by KIN
  • The family becomes an integral part of your life group

Info Sheet: https://files.constantcontact.com/05bb8371801/b71a005f-0bb6-4056-a285-1dae00b59b6e.pdf 

Contact Info: embraceprogram@kin-connect.org 

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities-

Drive an international to an appointment, substitute in an ESL class, complete household repairs, find a specific resource, do administrative work, or otherwise help an international feel welcome in metro Knoxville. Opportunities range from a couple of hours to ongoing. These needs change often, so complete the volunteer application, then check the list frequently!

Website: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xJAvhKqD0iPZRJHqmnPMUZ2HJ_GiiMpPBEvJk1yYJ3k/edit 

Contact Info: vols@kin-connect.org


Cedarbrook Outreach

CedarBrook Outreach is a local faith-based outreach focusing on sharing God’s love to at-risk children, youth, and their families in the Cedar Bluff-Middlebrook Pike community in Knoxville, TN.

Website: https://cedarbrookoutreach.org/volunteer/

Street Hope TN

Street Hope TN works to “eliminate the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children in Tennessee and provide safe environments to foster hope and healing through Jesus Christ.” They aim to do this through awareness, prevention, and restoration. 

Website: https://streethopetn.org/humantrafficking/

Crisis & Care Team


Our broken world continues to bring about pain, suffering, and hurting. No one is exempt from hurt and we all find ourselves in times of crisis. By one definition, a crisis can be “an emotionally significant event or radical change of status in a person’s life.”

The Church has the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus and step into these crises in our community. How beautiful!

We ask that you consider joining our Crisis & Care Team here at Northstar. Be one of our first-responders to meet important needs in our church body, neighborhoods and Knoxville. Sign-up to take part in at least one of these teams. When you do, you will receive a notification either via text or email when a need arises. Simply respond if you can meet that need, and then do it! We will always follow-up with a quick debrief survey.

Teams to consider:
Meals (Cooking & Delivery)
Clothing Distribution
Disaster Relief (debris removal, urgent storm needs, etc.)
Home Repairs & Rebuilding
Emotional Support

Click HERE to join a team!

Email: ctoth@northstarknox.com