Church Experience #37 – September 25, 2011
Chattanooga Church – Chattanooga, TN
A Building That Beckons
Some time earlier this year I was Googling and browsing the websites of various churches in Chattanooga and came across Chattanooga Church. It just so happened that as I clicked through the pages on their website I noticed a blog post from their pastor, Morty Lloyd, that referenced the ChurchSurfer blog. He had read the newspaper article about ChurchSurfer that appeared in the Chattanooga Times Free Press and used it as an opportunity to challenge his congregation to look at their own church introspectively and think about how they may be perceived by visitors. I made a mental note about this church (which doesn’t always work so well) and then kept noticing it as I would pass by on Bonnie Oaks Drive. The Chattanooga Church building is one of those intriguing structures that you just want to go look at because of its unique charm. It is a small grey stone structure that looks like it belongs among the rolling hills of the Irish countryside or in some quaint little village in rural England. Instead, Chattanooga Church is paradoxically perched on the left side of the circle driveway that leads into Bonnie Oaks Business Park. Despite the out-of-place location, the building still invites you to come inside for a closer look, as does the name of the church, which without any denominational tags or descriptive adjectives in the title, leaves you wondering what it is all about. Full of questions and curiosity, my wife Laura and I decided to give Chattanooga Church a try, and here is how it went…
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