What to Expect

Jesus loves you and we're eager to meet you! We're a multi-generational congregation with lots of energetic kids. We're a multi-cultural congregation with wide a range of color. We strive to be the kind of church Jesus would attend.

What Is a "Nazarene"?

The Church of the Nazarene is a  Protestant Christian church in the   Wesleyan-Holiness tradition.  We were founded in 1908 as part of the American “holiness movement”.  There are almost 23,000 Nazarene churches globally with nearly 2 million members.  Nazarenes emphasize three values:

We are unapologetically Christian.  We believe that Jesus is the sinless Son of God who died on a cross and rose in victory over sin and death.  Jesus makes it possible for people like us to embrace God. 

We are "holiness" in our spiritual orientation.  We believe that God makes it possible to become like Him in our character.

We are missional.  We believe that God is looking for partners who will join Him in bringing hope, help, and spiritual life to the people around us.

This local congregation lives out these values by loving the church "family", through ministry to the homeless, by hosting several recovery groups, and by supporting an international high school.  

Your First Sunday

Welcome! One of God's greatest gifts is the invitation to enter His presence through worship. We love to sing of our love for God, to testify to how He works in our lives, and to listen closely to what He would speak or reveal through His Word.

Morning worship begins on Sundays at 10:45. Feel free to come early for a cup of coffee or join one of our many Sunday school groups at 9:45. As you enter the building, the "welcome center" will be on your right. This is where you can learn more about classes and childcare. The bathrooms are down the right hallway. The sanctuary is up the ramp on your left. Ours is a multi-generational church, so you'll see people wearing everything from coat/tie to their favorite team T-shirt. Jesus never made people dress up to meet with him and we don't either. Our worship style blends the rich hymns of the past with the best of contemporary worship. Don't be surprised if people stand during the worship time to speak of how God has helped and encouraged them during the week. We celebrate "open communion" on the first Sunday of each month.

Our children generally sit with us during the first part of the service because we want them to experience the joy of worship. Children under 10 years leave mid-way through the service for a children's lesson and snack. The nursery (COVID-19 permitting) is just down the hallway from the sanctuary.

Our pastor and guest speakers strongly believe that God has revealed Himself through scripture. They share God's principles for life and encourage us to grow to be more like Jesus day-by-day. Check out the "Sermons" tab for recent messages. The service typically wraps up around noon, but people usually linger to visit and share in friendship.

We look forward to meeting you!

Contact Information

Chattanooga First Church of the Nazarene

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Regular Schedule


  • Sunday School
    – 9:45 AM to 10:30 AM
  • Morning Worship (English)
    – 10:45 AM
  • Morning Worship (Hispanic)
    – 10:45 AM
  • Afternoon / Traditional Service
    – 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM


  • Life Groups
    – 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM


  • Prayer Meeting
    – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM