Paul Smallman
Paul Smallman

The worship of New City Fellowship East Lake aims to be cross-cultural, joyful, and God-honoring; restoring our worldview as believers, reconciling different cultures to each other, and reminding us of our identity as a church in the East Lake neighborhood.

In practice, our worship seeks to be three things:

1) Cross-cultural

The East Lake neighborhood is one of Chattanooga’s most ethnically diverse neighborhoods. We as a church have ministries that focus on crossing over the cultural divide between the white, latino and african american populations. Our worship and music reflect this commitment. (Isaiah 2:2-3, Revelation 21)

2) Joyful

We use worship music from a variety of traditions, including but not limited to:

  • Contemporary Gospel
  • Latino Contemporary and Gospel (Spanish)
  • Christian Contemporary
  • Traditional African-American Gospel and Spirituals
  • Traditional Hymns

Our worship often moves people to clap, dance, sing loudly and visibly express the thankfulness and joy we experience when corporately affirming and confessing our faith in God. (2 Samuel 6:14-15, Isaiah 55:12)

3) God-honoring

Our worship is an opportunity to not only sing to God, but to teach ourselves about him! Jesus Christ is the incarnation of the Word; the Word made flesh. In worship, we take the words of Scripture and literally give them flesh, singing our theology aloud together. (John 1:14, John 15:26-27)

We are located in the East Lake neighborhood, and are seeking to "produce a community of servant leaders who give of themselves for God, each other, and the neighborhood community." Like David, in our worship we cry out to God for peace, healing, and justice, just as we joyfully sing praises for his love, mercy and saving grace. We trust that the Holy Spirit will use our instruments and voices to constantly point us to Jesus and his finished work on the cross.

What to expect on a normal Sunday:

1) Responsive readings taken from Scripture that reflect the themes and teachings of our Sermon Series

2) Thoughtfully chosen music that enhances our experience and understanding of each week’s message

3) The Sacrament of Communion, which is celebrated on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month.

4) Prayers for Healing every 4th Sunday, in which we ask God to extend special grace to those in need of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual healing.

5) Tithes and Offerings collected each week to support our staff, our ministries, and the upkeep of our building.

6) Welcome of new and returning visitors, which we hope to extend personally and warmly to everyone who visits our church.