Welcome to Church at Charlotte.
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Church at Charlotte exists to be an authentic community of Christ followers who are bringing gospel hope and renewal to our city and world.
Frequently Asked Questions
Every church does things a little differently and it can be hard to navigate when you don’t know how things work. Here are a few common questions, but don’t hesitate to email us if you have more.
At the Matthews campus, we have one worship venue and the music is led by a small group with guitars, keyboard, and drums. The sermon is sometimes live streamed via video from the SouthPark campus and sometimes there is live preaching at Matthews.
Our venues at SouthPark vary slightly from one another in terms of musical accompaniment. Sanctuary Live has a full band with piano, and sometimes orchestra and choir. Coffee is available in the East Entrance lobby and there are high-top tables and counters at the back as well as the theatre seats. Café Live and the Video Café have coffee and meet in our Café venue with rows of chairs. They generally have a full band lead the music. On Saturday evenings there is live preaching and on Sundays the sermon is live streamed via video from the Sanctuary. Colony Road serves coffee and has small tables toward the back of the room, as well as rows of chairs. The music is generally acoustic and the sermon is live streamed via video from the Sanctuary.
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We believe there are many benefits to church membership:
1. The process of becoming a member leads to a deeper connection with the church and its leadership.
2. Membership expands the number of ministry opportunities.
3. Membership cultivates a deeper alignment with Church at Charlotte’s mission and atmosphere.
4. Through membership, a person is given a voice concerning the direction of the church.
Becoming a Member
Want to join Church at Charlotte’s membership? Here are your responsibilities in the membership process.
1. Take time to explore and experience our church.
2. Attend Starting Point at either the Matthews or SouthPark campus. Starting Point occurs on the third Sunday of each month at 11:00 a.m.
3. Review our Constitution and Bylaws.
4. Fill out our membership application.
5. Meet with one of our pastors.
Once you’ve met with one of our pastors, your membership application will be passed to our Board of Elders for approval at their next monthly meeting. Upon approval, you will receive an official letter of acceptance.
Questions About Membership?
If you have any questions about anything you’ve read or about membership at Church at Charlotte in general, please call 704.364.5913.
Throughout the years, Church at Charlotte has grown in numbers, moving out of the Chapel in 1984 and holding services in the gym for 14 years. In 1998, we opened the Worship Center on the SouthPark campus. In 2015, we launched our second campus in Matthews. Even with the launch of the Matthews Campus, we remain one church, with one message, in multiple venues on multiple campuses.
While many things have changed throughout the last 40+ years, the one constant has been God’s faithfulness to His people and His church. To God be the glory!
When we say that we’re an authentic community of Christ followers, we mean, in part, that this is a place you can be real with your struggles and that we stir up one another to love and good works (Heb. 10:24; 2 Cor. 1:8). When we say we are bringing gospel hope and renewal, we are talking about the readiness to bring good news that comes from the gospel of peace (Eph. 6:15; Is. 52:7). When we say we are bringing this hope and renewal to our city and world, we are talking about the kind of witness we see in the New Testament church, where cities were changed through the quiet and yet revolutionary lives of Christ’s followers (Acts 17; 1 Thess. 4:11).
Our Shaping Values
We are committed to struggling well with life. This is an integral part of being an authentic community of Christ followers. Life is tough. Jesus told us it would be and, like everything else He said, He was right. We just want to struggle well—to enjoy the highs, and never allow the lows to keep us from pointing toward Jesus.
You will never hear us use the word tithe at Church at Charlotte as a prescription for giving. The foundation for our giving is summed up in one word—generosity. It is not found in how little but how much. It is not seen in the minimum I can get by with but in the abundance that is possible. Generosity is a gift from the first and ultimate generous giver, God. Learn more about our perspective on giving and generosity.
Develop a Multiplying Mindset
From the very beginning of God’s story, his kingdom has come through multiplication. At Church at Charlotte, we want to employ God’s methodology and multiply all things that reflect his goodness. Therefore, we are about multiplying disciples, churches, leaders, justice, beauty, and everything else that reflects the heart of God for his creation. This is how his kingdom comes and that’s why it’s something we value so deeply.
Engage in Biblically Shaped Worship
Scripture tells the story of salvation and the majesty of God displayed in Jesus. When we gather together in worship, we continually retell that story of hope and renewal and engage with the Living God who is at work in our lives. Worship does not end when our weekend services are over. Rather, our corporate gatherings lead and fuel us to be sent out as worshippers in our world.
Lead with Winsome Engagement
As Christians, we want to be salt and light to our city and world. Bringing gospel hope and renewal means not being divisive or seeking conflict for its own sake. We hold to the truths of Scripture, and we do not waver from them. However, we approach our neighbors with an attitude that draws them closer to Christ, rather than pushing them away.
Invest in Intentional Relationships
We recognize that God has sovereignly placed us in our neighborhoods and workplaces to intentionally invest in those around us. Additionally, our church community is to be a place where peer, mentor, and intergenerational relationships can be sought out and where we can mutually disciple one another. When we intentionally invest in these relationships, our sense of belonging and purpose will flourish.
Meet Some of the Team
To learn more about our centralized staff and campus ministry staff, visit the staff page.
Jim joined the staff of Church at Charlotte in 1976. He has been Senior Pastor since February 1982, and is the primary teacher and visionary for the ministry. Email Jim.
Senior Executive Pastor
R.J. joined the staff of Church of Charlotte in August 2009 and was named a senior pastor in 2014. Email RJ.
Tammy joined the staff as Outreach Director in December 2014. She was the Director of Children’s Ministry before their family followed God’s call to Ethiopia for two years. Email Tammy.
Finance and Operations Director
Kristy joined our staff in July 2012 after serving in churches for eight years both locally and in Tennessee. Email Kristy.
Campus Pastor – SouthPark
Brian and his wife Cheryl began attending Church at Charlotte in 2003. He served as an elder at Church at Charlotte and worked for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association before joining the Church at Charlotte staff in 2017. Email Brian.
Campus Pastor – Matthews
Ryan joined the staff in June 2011 as High School Pastor and transitioned to the role of Campus Pastor at Matthews in 2015. Email Ryan.
Campus Pastor – Ballantyne
Ken joined Church at Charlotte in October 2011. He transitioned to the role of Ballantyne Campus Pastor in 2017. Email Ken.
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
What We Believe
Church at Charlotte is affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America. The Evangelical Free Church of America is an association of autonomous churches united around these theological convictions. To learn more about the EFCA, visit www.efca.org.
Get in Touch
We always love to hear from our community. Feel free to visit us this Sunday or contact us using the information below.
Service TimesSunday – 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.
Address855 Sam Newell Rd. Suite 100
Matthews, NC 28105
Service TimesSaturday – 5:15 p.m. | Sunday – 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.
Address2500 Carmel Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28226