Our mission is enormous — we are seeking the transformation (welfare) of our entire city through unified prayer, worship, and action. We are grateful for our calling to this city, and for the abundant ways God has answered our prayers.
Everything started with a few people believing in Chattanooga, and knowing our city needed more prayer to become all it is meant to become. With this purpose in mind, a few visionaries gathered for prayer meetings in 2010 and the following year, the Chattanooga House of Prayer was officially established. We began organizing volunteers for prayer and worship downtown. The next several years involved regularly praying for God to help us call our city to unified prayer, worship, and service, and many of the things we are walking in now were sown as mere hopeful prayers during this season.
By 2015 we had several citywide initiatives underway: The Chattanooga House of Prayer started giving our first prayer seminars to equip the local church for prayer not only at our facilities, but also on location at churches around town. With the help of others, we began organizing Pray Chattanooga—a collaborative effort of churches to transform Chattanooga through visible unified prayer and service. In 2016 we celebrated our 5 year anniversary, held a prayer meeting with over 800 in attendance, and began plans for a move of our facilities to the Red Bank area. Pray Chattanooga is in the process of becoming more grassroots driven.
At the end of 2016, we launched our creative initiative, The Union. The Union is a ministry that gathers Chattanooga’s diverse worship arts community together to collaborate and write/produce art together to bless the entire city. The Union has continued to grow steadily through writing and producing more music. The Union offers a point of connection for creatives in Chattanooga to be seen, known, and celebrated.
Throughout 2017, we settled into our new facilities and continued having success with our retreats and trainings. In 2018, we launched Rhythms Chattanooga - the spiritual formation ministry of the Chattanooga House of Prayer. This component of the Chattanooga House of Prayer is dedicated to seeking the well-being of our city through encouraging, promoting, and cultivating healthy spiritual practices (rhythms). This is done primarily in the context of retreats, trainings, and spiritual direction.
2019 is off to a racing start, building on all our previous successes, and this all lines up with a key passage of Scripture we have had from the beginning, Jeremiah 29:7, which says, “Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you…, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”