Connecting & Equipping the Church for Mission in Charlotte

The For Charlotte Mission Network is a gospel-centered network of churches in the Greater Charlotte area working together to seek the peace of the Queen City. We do this with the shared conviction that when the church operates in unity, it can make the greatest possible impact for the good of the city.

  • The goal of Jesus is for the world to know him, and the church must be united for that to occur.

    - David Chadwick, Senior Pastor, Forest Hill Church
  • Together is the heart of God.

    - Naeem Fazal, Senior Pastor, Mosaic Church
  • My hope for Charlotte, is that we can transform from a city of churches, to a city with a church.

    - Chris Payne, Senior Pastor, New Charlotte Church
  • “As the church becomes connected and united, then our city can become connected and united.

    - RJ Davis, Senior Pastor, Nations Ford Community Church
  • We can’t do it alone. Through school-church partnerships, we can transform our city one child at a time.

    - LaTarzja Henry, Assistant Superintendent, CMS
Understanding the Upward Mobility Crisis facing Charlotte

The city of Charlotte ranks dead last (50th out of 50) among America’s largest cities in Upward Mobility. This means that for a child born in poverty in Charlotte, it is harder to get out of poverty than any other large city in the United States. Below is an overview of the five major research components that make up the Upward Mobility Study.

  • Income Inequality
  • Family Structure
  • Education
  • Race
Income Inequality

The chasm between rich and poor in Charlotte is so wide, Charlotte has been referred to as the “Tale of Two Cities: the City of Poverty, and the City of Prosperity.” Concentrated areas of poverty are a key indicator of low community economic mobility.

  • More than 1 in 7 (15.2%) of Charlotte residents live below the poverty line.
  • 1 in 5 children in Mecklenburg County lives in poverty (~50,000 kids).
  • Majority of kids in poverty are children of color:
    • 35.7% of all Hispanic children.
    • 30.7% of all Black children
    • 19.7% of all Asian children
    • 4.7% of all White children

(Data source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013 American Community Survey)


Family Structure

The breakdown of the family leads to many societal injustices; such as domestic violence, human trafficking, and foster & adoption needs.  Below is one way For Charlotte is engaging this need.




Students who read on grade level by third grade are 96% more likely to graduate high school, a key economic mobility indicator. Currently, only 39% of CMS third graders are reading on grade level.

  • Segregation and academic achievement are closely linked together:
    • 1 in 3 CMS schools are segregated by poverty
    • 1 in 2 CMS schools are segregated by race
    • 1 in 5 CMS schools are hyper-segregated by race

(Data source: North Carolina Department of Instruction, 2012-13)



Charlotte is geographically divided by race and ethnicity as you can see on the map to the right. High levels of segregation are directly correlated to low levels of community economic mobility.



Social Capital

Social Capital measures the level of trust between people, people groups, or races.  It is the glue that holds society together.  Both voter participation and crime rates are key indicators of community connectedness and social capital. When communities don’t turn out to vote or feel safe, they have a low level of social capital. Lower social capital is directly associated with lower economic mobility.







Learn the needs of Charlotte through our Interactive Mapping Resources

Maps, like pictures are worth a thousand words.  Maps have the ability to tell a story.   For Charlotte’s city-mapping team is committed to learning the physical, societal, and spiritual needs of our city.  And through these mapping resources, we seek to translate these needs to the church, so that the church can most effectively meet them… together.

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