Local  Missions

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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Care For Cancer Centers

Our west campus neighbors a cancer treatment center and is down the road from Park West hospital. A team from Northstar is faithfully committed to caring for the staff and patients who frequent these centers. In very tangible ways, we invite anyone to love our neighbors on an on-going basis.

Meet the Need: Chemo Care Packages

Fill a tote bag with the following items, and return to Northstar any Sunday at Connection Point:

  • Small fleece blanket
  • Hard candies 
  • Lip balm
  • Hand lotion (no strong scents, please!)
  • Colored pencils/pens
  • Coloring books or puzzles
  • Warm socks
  • Warm hat 
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Notebook or journal
  • Personal note of encouragement
  • Optional: Bible or devotional, gift cards, fuel cards, etc. 

For more information or to get more involved, connect with Kathy at ksjackson@bellsouth.net

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: CedarBrook Outreach

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:
Prayer
Cleaning
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

English as Second Language (ESL) Class
Northstar has been invited to teach ESL to a full class of adults with children who attend West Hills Elementary. These families represent many different languages and nations. As we seek to love our neighbors and reach the nations, we need to a team to come alongside these families this semester. We need teachers, classroom encouragers, and childcare volunteers. Come test drive the experience one Monday night or jump right in!

Monday’s September 12-November 21, 6-7:30pm at West Hills Elementary School

Volunteer needs: Classroom encouragers (1 adult per 5 students), and childcare volunteers.

For more information please contact Bobbie McClain

Knoxville International Network (KIN)

KIN encourages and empowers long-time locals to see and accept their international neighbors as we envision a metro Knoxville where everyone is welcomed–even embraced–regardless of country-of-origin. KIN connects volunteers with internationals, bringing in other nonprofits, government organizations, churches, and businesses when appropriate so our international neighbors can thrive.

Embrace Initiative:

The Embrace Initiative pairs a church small group or class with a nearby international family to help the family thrive in metro Knoxville.

The small group helps the family adapt to American culture and systems while providing community and developing relationships that lead to the Gospel. As a practical goal, the family will be self-sufficient within one year. Emotionally and spiritually, the family builds a support network of reliable friends (i.e. the small group) and grows closer to Christ through their influence and conversations. This initiative operates on a “with, not for” principle of coming alongside our international friends and empowering them to take care of themselves and their communities. It is also rooted in the missional principle of Gospel-sharing as part of everyday life. As this pattern duplicates across metro Knoxville, the Church can reach hundreds of international families!

Contact info: KIN

LaMp Program:

The Language and Mentoring Partners (LaMP) program connects enthusiastic English language learners with volunteer English tutors.

For more information and to apply click here.

NS Neighbors

Our local missions vision at Northstar is that we would be a people that holistically love our neighbors. This is rooted in Mark 12 when Jesus is explaining the two greatest commandments – to love the Lord our God and to love our neighbor as ourself. NS Neighbors is an iniative where we seek to be a loving presence in our community. Our goal in these first couple years is to build relationships and trust — that our community would believe we are here to care for them by our consistency and provision in their lives. Through meeting needs and building relational trust, prayerfully, we will be able to meet spiritual needs and begin to see transformation in our neighborhood. If intersted in serving please contact Greg Hazeberg

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: Ally Program

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 

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. 

Volunteer

Street Hope has launched their volunteer program at Garland Oaks. Garland Oaks is a safe house for those who have been rescued from trafficking. Individuals interested can explore volunteer opportunities and apply to serve here: Garland Oaks Volunteer Information.

Website: Street Hope TN

Tennessee Kids Belong

Tennessee Kids Belong exists to bring awareness to children and families in foster care. Not every one is called to be a foster or adoptive parent, but everyone is called to care! WRAP is a tool that helps mobilize local faith communities to support adoptive and foster children and the families who care for them. When foster, adoptive, kinship, birth and at-risk families have Wrap Around care, they are given the support they need to thrive. From dropping off a meal or mowing a lawn, to helping with carpooling or providing respite care, there are countless ways to make an impact.

 Website: TN Kids Belong