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Survey puts Charlotte churches on point to help community prosper
Faith community has role in social capital
Published Sunday, January 21, 2018 6:17 pm
by Herbert L. White

A report commissioned by the For Charlotte Mission Network found the faith community should be more involved in resolving issues facing the city.

Charlotte’s churches can have an impact on racial trust and economic mobility with their involvement, according to a new study.

A report commissioned by the For Charlotte Mission Network, a conference of area churches, found the faith community should be more involved in resolving issues facing the city. The resulting State of the City report makes recommendations on how congregations can initiate programs to attack poverty, racial injustice and education disparities as well as build trust.

“We live at a pivotal point in history, and our city needs the church to get in the game,” said Rob Kelly, president and CEO of For Charlotte. “It is our prayer that this report would inform and inspire the church to live out its biblical call to seek the peace of our city together.”

The report, which took 18 months to compile, used research on Charlotte’s poverty and affordable housing as well as church growth and Bible engagement. It identifies five areas of focus: upward mobility, marginalization, millennials, the marketplace and collaborative church planting.

“The fragility of a city, state or nation requires the muscularity of the church,” said Bishop Claude Alexander, senior pastor at The Park Church. “And the muscularity of the church is seen and experienced through the demonstrated unity of the church.”

The report was finalized in advance of the inaugural Movement Day conference on Feb. 3 at Le Meridien/Sheraton hotel, an interdenominational meeting of church and business leaders focused on resolving community needs.

Among the survey’s findings:

• Charlotte is the No. 6 Bible-minded city in America;

• Mecklenburg County has 960 churches;

• The county has a shortage of 34,000 affordable housing units;

• There are 41,400 single-parent homes

• Nearly 1 in 3 millennials (people born after 1981) are unaffiliated with a religion. Nearly 88 percent of Charlotte adults age 25-34 were raised in the Christian faith, but only 53 percent identify as such today.

Among the speakers at the Movement Day forum are Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney, YMCA CEO Todd Tibbets, Charlotte City Manager Marcus Jones, Movement Mortgage EEO Casey Crawford, and Alexander, the initiative’s pastoral co-chair.


Why don'the churches address the root of the problem! The number of out of wed-lock children!!
Posted on January 22, 2018

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