Who We Are

Our mission is to help people become more fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

The Church

An interdenominational congregation, World Outreach Church focuses on the beliefs that unite all Christians and is in the mainstream of the historic Christian faith. The Apostles’ Creed frames our statement of belief.

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  • We believe that every believer is a minister, and we strive to help every person discover, develop, and use their talents in ministry.
  • It is our commitment to major on the major doctrines, while minoring on the minors: “In essentials unity, in non-essentials diversity, in all things charity.”
  • We strive for excellence in every area of ministry.

Our Statement of Purpose

  • Attracting and leading the unsaved to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Encouraging Christians to consecrate themselves to God’s purpose in their lives
  • Providing a climate in which worship and personal spiritual growth occur
  • Equipping believers for effective ministry to reach the Murfreesboro area and throughout the earth

Our Beliefs

We believe that the Bible is the foundation for both our faith and practice. In addition to affirming the historic creeds of the Church, such as the Apostles’ Creed, we believe:

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  • The Bible is God’s unique revelation to people. It is the inspired Word of God, providing an authoritative and trustworthy rule of faith and practice.
  • There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • Jesus Christ is God’s Son, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, willingly took upon Himself all of our sins, died and rose again bodily, and is at the right hand of the Father. He will return to consummate history and to fulfill the eternal plan of God.
  • All people are created in God’s image, having an innate value and dignity, but alienated from God by sin and justly subject to God’s wrath.
  • Salvation cannot be earned through personal goodness or human effort. It is a gift that must be received by humble repentance and faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross.
  • The indwelling presence and transforming power of the Holy Spirit, Who gives to all believers a new life and a new calling to obedient service.
  • All believers are members of the Body of Christ, the one true Church universal.

Our Vision

Our Vision is for World Outreach Church to be a transforming place for people—across our community, throughout Middle Tennessee, and around the earth.

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We believe that a relationship with God is the greatest opportunity ever extended to a person. Our experience as Christ-followers should be liberating and hope-filled.

  • A belief that every believer is a minister—We strive to help every person discover, develop and use their talents in ministry
  • A commitment to leadership development—A high priority on the recruitment, equipping and involvement of lay ministry
  • Maintaining a caring, nurturing atmosphere
  • Dependence upon the direction and anointing of the Holy Spirit

Water Baptism

According to the Bible, all believers should be baptized in water, just like Jesus Himself. To be eligible for baptism in water, all you need to do is believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and make a commitment to follow Him.

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Baptism doesn’t make someone a Christian — It shows they already are one and is a public declaration they have made Jesus Lord of their lives.

Our policy is to baptize children who are 8 years old or are in the third grade. We want young children to understand what baptism means – they have made the choice to make Jesus Lord of their lives and to be old enough to have a clear memory of being baptized when they are adults. Water baptism and it’s significance are included in the WOC 2nd grade Children’s Ministries curriculum.

We include water baptism as part of the outdoor Spring Worship Festival and Fall Worship Festival. On these weekends, the Saturday evening service is held outside with a large stage and screens and a guest worship leader. Each season festival covers several consecutive weekends. An above ground pool is there for baptism every at the Saturday worship service. Easter weekend begins the spring festival and the dates for the fall festivals are announced in late summer. Registrations are taken online – individuals, couples and families may be baptized together. Contact the church office for additional information.


God’s Word says that both the gift and the giver share an equal role. A cheerful heart with the anticipation of the sense of blessing, work together to create the offering that God most rewards.

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We have come to recognize the great joy of presenting both our lives and our resources as Kingdom gifts and the return is miracle story after miracle story. It’s not about the amount. It’s the passion of knowing that God alone opens each and every opportunity of plenty. It’s all His anyway. And because of the Heavenly promise that encompasses the tithe and offering, as a church, we step out boldly in faith that each gift is directly from the hand of the Lord. It is our confidence that what we do is all about the One who has ordained our ministry.

We pray that the faithfulness of the Lord will be your inspiration in your dreams and plans as He multiplies all that you do for Him.


Our campus includes four sanctuaries, and each exists as a tool to create a safe, welcoming environment to worship, to join together with other believers, to learn, and to grow.

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Three Crosses SanctuaryWOC’s theater-style sanctuary seats 2,800 people.

New Harvest SanctuaryNew Harvest Sanctuary’s more contemporary setting utilizes rows of chairs, along with groupings of tables and chairs. This room has the capacity for 450 people.

All Nations SanctuaryAll Nations Sanctuary is a theater-style design, with a seating capacity of 950.

Genesis SanctuaryGenesis Sanctuary is WOC’ s original worship sanctuary. The current seating configuration of tables and chairs has room for 450 people.

Our Story

People visiting our church today may think we’ve always been a large church, but our story began in the simplest setting: a 1970s Bible study, hosted in the home of Dr. George and Betty Jackson.

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On Easter Sunday in 1980, the Jacksons decided to rent a meeting space at a hotel in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where they celebrated Easter with 29 people — the first meeting of World Outreach Church!

In 1981, the Jacksons purchased 28 acres for the fledgling church, including the land where Genesis Sanctuary stands today.

In 1989, the Jacksons’ son, Allen, became senior pastor, and he’s been serving in that role ever since.

Throughout the 1990s, the church made minor renovations to the facility so they could accommodate the congregation’s growth. In 1998, a 22,000-square-foot addition was completed, which included a large meeting and gathering area, and new classrooms.

In 2000, 155 acres of land were purchased to build Leadership Park, a youth initiative emphasizing leadership, teamwork, problem solving, and character development. This property includes a ropes course, softball fields, and initiative game trails. In addition to serving WOC youth ministries, Leadership Park is also utilized by area community organizations.

In 2001, WOC constructed an additional worship center, which included 60,000-square-feet of both indoor and porch space, allowing people to come together for worship services and special programs in new venues. Today, you would recognize this area as All Nations Sanctuary, New Harvest Sanctuary, and the courtyard.

In 2007, the church broke ground on yet another addition: a 2,700-person sanctuary and 125,000 feet of new space for the growing ministry. Despite the recession of 2008, God’s faithfulness allowed us to complete the expansion, giving us the ability to begin broadcasting our services on television. Today, our media ministry, Allen Jackson Ministries, shares our messages online, on 850+ radio stations, and on a variety of television networks, offering God’s hope and truth to people across the nation.

Our current congregation includes about 15,000 people who call World Outreach Church their home church. Though many comment on our large size, we believe we are just getting started. With Middle Tennessee experiencing rapid growth, we look forward to welcoming more people into our church family, helping them to become more fully devoted disciples of Jesus Christ as we follow God in new ways.

World Outreach Church has experienced many changes in facilities and programs over the years, but through all those changes, our values have remained the same: a desire to experience God more fully in our lives; the belief that a relationship with Jesus Christ is transforming; a commitment to children and young people; and a desire to be a valuable participant in our community.

When we think back to those early years, we remember standing in a tent in the empty fields, imagining a ministry that would be vital to our community, and maybe even the world. The Spirit of God has led us far beyond our imaginations, and we believe we are still at the beginning of the journey. “We are depending on the Lord our God” for each step of the way, and “We will not stop!”

Pastor Allen

Allen Jackson is passionate about helping people become more fully-devoted followers of Jesus Christ, who respond to God’s invitations for their lives.

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He has served World Outreach Church since 1981, becoming senior pastor in 1989. Under his leadership, WOC has grown to a congregation of over 15,000 through outreach activities, community events, and worship services designed to share the Gospel.

Through Allen Jackson Ministries, his messages reach people across the globe—through television, radio, Sirius XM, and online streaming. His teachings are also available in published books and other resources.

With degrees from Oral Roberts University and Vanderbilt University, and additional studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jackson is uniquely equipped to help people develop a love and understanding of God’s Word.

Pastor Jackson’s wife, Kathy, is an active participant in ministry at World Outreach Church.