Q) Where is Dayton, Tennessee?
A) Dayton is located in the Tennessee Valley, approximately 30 miles north of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Dayton is the county seat for Rhea County. This town of about 6000 is most well known for the “Trial of the Century”, other- wise known as the “Scopes Trial”. The courthouse where the trial took place is still in use today. In the basement of the courthouse is a small museum.
Dayton is also the home of the Annual Strawberry Festival. The festival is held every spring. There is a parade, carnival, arts and crafts, and many other activities throughout the entire week.
Dayton and Rhea County are also well known for their outdoor activities. Whether you enjoy hiking, camping, boating, or fishing, Dayton’s mountains, rivers, and forests provide year-round enjoyment.
Q) Can you tell me a little about the Church?
A) The church building is conveniently located in downtown Dayton. Just ask anyone in town and they can probably direct you to our location at 170 Dayton Mountain Highway.
The Church of Christ in Dayton is a vibrant, growing congregation. Our Sunday morning attendance averages around 160 and sometimes gets over 180. We would love to have you visit us at any of our services.
Sunday Morning Bible Classes: 10:00 AM
Sunday Morning Worship: 11:00 AM
Sunday Evening Worship: 5:00 PM
*(1st Sunday of the month 1:15 PM)
Q) What does the Church of Christ believe?
A) The Church of Christ in Dayton does not claim to be any denomination. We are not governed by a central headquarters or any other centralized organization. The church is autonomous (self-governing) under the authority of only one head which is Christ. We have no creed or declaration of faith besides the Bible. Specifically, we follow the New Covenant which includes the teachings of Jesus and his apostles.
Q) What could I expect at a typical worship service?
A) The worship at the Dayton Church of Christ could probably be described as “primitive.” By primitive, I mean that the worship is simple in its form. There are five acts of worship which we practice.
The first of these is prayer. Prayers are generally led near the beginning of the service, before the taking of the Lord’s Supper, and at the closing of each service.
The second act of worship is giving. Only members of the church are expected to give at our services. All works of the church are supported through the free-will giving of our members.
We also partake of the Lord’s supper at each Sunday morning service. This includes the bread and the fruit of the vine. The Lord’s Supper is also served each Sunday evening for those who were unable to attend on Sunday morning.
Fourthly, we practice acapella singing. The word acapella is a Latin word meaning “music in the chapel.” We sing without musical instruments just as the early church did. Also noteworthy is that all singing is congregational. This means that we do not have soloists or choirs. This type of singing allows each individual to sing with melody in his heart. “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” Ephesians 5:19
Finally, we always have a message from the Bible. At the end of each sermon, it is a tradition that the congregation rise to sing a “song of encouragement.” This is considered a convenient time for individuals to come before the congregation to ask for prayers, repent of public wrong, or become a Christian (put on Christ in immersion baptism).
In our services we strive to worship God “in Spirit and in Truth” (John 4:23). Although we strive to have worship services which are uplifting to all of those in attendance, our primary goal is to lift up the name of God in all that we do.
Q) Who is the pastor at the Dayton Church of Christ?
A) We actually have three Pastors. We also refer to them as elders, bishops, shepherds, overseers, or presbyters. Our current pastors are Steve Brown, James McCord, and Tim Rogers. These three men oversee the work of the church and as shepherds have authority over the flock.
We also have four men who serve as Deacons. These men serve in various roles as the elders assign them. Our Deacons are Tom Sneed, Marshall Taylor, Pat Roberson, and Charlie Vandergriff.
In addition, the church employs Steve Brown to serve in ministering roles within the church. Steve Brown has been supported by the church full-time for more than twenty-five years. Steve does the majority of preaching and also serves the congregation in many other ways.
Q) What kind of works is the Dayton Church of Christ involved in?
A) The church is involved in many works both local and oversees. We have an active youth program for all ages. We also subsidize a Christian Counseling service in conjunction with other churches in the Chattanooga area. Counseling sessions can be given here in Dayton or in Chattanooga. You can contact someone at the church building for more information.
We also help to support Latin American Missions. In conjunction with this, several of our members have participated in medical mission campaigns to Panama and other parts of Central America.
Have any more questions? Please feel free to ask us!