Chattanooga megachurch among fastest-growing in nation

Pastor Tavner Smith leads a worship service at the Venue Church on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, in Chattanooga.

We do whatever we have to do to reach people for Jesus. We don't wait until Sunday and hope they show up. We do things to get them to church.

At the Venue Church, there is a stage instead of a pulpit, an auditorium instead of wooden pews, a band instead of a choir.

"The crowd is so large that we sometimes have to usher people out the back door," said Tavner Smith, who pastors the megachurch based on Shallowford Road, which has an average Sunday attendance of 2,000 people who get together in eight services in two locations.

But the church didn't start out that way.

In 2012, Smith moved to Chattanooga from Greenville, S.C., because he felt God was calling him to start a church in the city he spent time in as a child.