After a year of conversations with the Synod, four months of transition team meetings, a couple of pastoral letters and six town meetings, Christ Lutheran on Sunday, August 13, voted overwhelmingly to merge with Family of Faith in Concord, making it a third campus of our church and renaming it Christ Concord. In addition, we extended a call to Pastor Paul Myers by a vote of 356 to 14 to lead that congregation. It is an exciting time to be a part of Christ Lutheran!
The mood at the congregational meeting was exuberant! Overwhelming tears of gratitude were shed as members of Family of Faith were physically embraced at the meeting and welcomed into the family of Christ Lutheran. Words of support and promises of commitment were shared as together we venture into this unchartered territory of doing mission in a new age.
Now the hard work begins. Membership migration, new worship services, additional staff, website design, asset transfers, upfitting new technology, rebranding, handshakes with the community and program development. But this is what we signed up for.
How can you be a part of this? There are several ways:
Prayer: We believe that the Holy Spirit is the guiding and influencing force in this bold venture. We pray for the Spirit to remain present to provide encouragement and discernment and a sense of mission as we go forth.
Visit: Christ Concord is not that far away, especially on Sunday morning. Worship is at 10:30 and the campus is located at 240 Pitt School Rd, NW, in Concord. Go up there and introduce yourself to your fellow members.
Become a Missionary: That’s right. We hope to send about 30 members from Christ Providence to be regular worshippers at Christ Concord for at least a year to help infuse that campus with energy, spirit, and volunteer hours.
Thank you for your trust in this vision. Thank you for your commitment to the mission of Christ Lutheran. And thank you for your faith in our bold God. While mainline denomination continue to decline in membership, finances and vitality, we won’t accept this trend as God’s will for His Church. God wants His Church to grow and His people to be transformed. Old ways of doing church no longer work. New ways are needed. But more importantly, new leaders and innovative churches must arise to lead and met this challenge.
We are Reformation People, celebrating 500 years. That was not a one and done event in 1517 but instead, defined us forever as Always Reforming. And Christ Lutheran continues in that same Spirit.
Thanks Be To God,