CHARLOTTE – Church at Charlotte and New Charlotte Church will merge into one new church body united by a shared purpose to bring gospel renewal to the city of Charlotte and to the world.
Following an affirmative vote by Church at Charlotte’s congregation and a unanimous vote from New Charlotte Church’s elders, the blending process began Sept. 1, with Chris Payne serving as senior pastor for the new church.
“The whole idea of taking two really great churches and bringing them together is something that’s so unique,” said Payne who was New Charlotte Church’s senior pastor. “While churches usually divide over preference, we’re uniting around purpose.”
“We are both willing to lay something down because we believe what is coming is better for the city and for our congregations,” said Jim Kallam, teaching pastor of the new church. “We absolutely believe that gospel renewal can go further faster as one united church.”
The planned merge is the culmination of Church at Charlotte’s years-long process to transition Kallam from his role as senior pastor after 42 years serving the congregation. The two churches now enter a season of blending all resources and operations with a name and logo for the new church to follow in the coming months.
“We’re going to lay our old names down for the sake of something new, and that will come in time. We’ll start with having both church logos side by side and enjoy a season of celebrating the two becoming one,” Payne said. “And we’ll also rally together around our purpose of being a community of Christ followers bringing gospel renewal to our city and the world.”
The new church will serve a congregation of more than 3,000 people and have three campuses across the south Charlotte region: one in SouthPark and two in Matthews.
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Church at Charlotte dates back to 1973. New Charlotte Church was founded in March 2010. Visit www.gospelrenewal.info for details about both churches.