On September 2, 2020, I sat down with Dave Clayton, the founder and leader of Awaken Nashville, to hear the Awaken Nashville story—how the movement of prayer and fasting in Nashville began. As a HIM Publications publisher, I’ve been wanting to capture this story for a while now because I had the opportunity to work with Dave on the books Revival Starts Here and Jesus Next Door. These HIM Publications books have equipped tens of thousands of people to pray and fast for revival in Nashville and beyond. I wanted to share the Awaken Nashville story because I think it will help others catch a vision for what God might do in their city. In this podcast episode, Dave and I reflect on the past few years of Awaken Nashville, which has impacted nearly 100,000 people. Today, we get to hear Dave tell the story from the beginning of how everything happened. Over the last two years, God has done some amazing things as over 400 churches in Nashville joined together in 2019 to pray and fast for our city for thirty days. Then in 2020, over 700 churches did it again. In this interview, you’ll learn Dave’s single greatest challenge as a leader, how God has changed churches in Nashville, and what God did in one man’s life that changed the trajectory of his family.
Dave Clayton’s BackgroundDave Clayton and his wife, Sydney live in Nashville, Tennessee, with their three boys—Micah, Jack, and Judah—where they give leadership to three different organizations: Ethos Church, Awaken Nashville—which is a citywide movement of churches that are committed to praying and fasting together—and Onward Church Planting, which is their global family of leaders committed to disciple-making and church-planting.
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