Our story was birthed out of a shared burden of many pastors in our city. Tired of the deep division, competition and territorialism we saw in Charlotte’s church culture, we began to pray about what God might do if we reframed the way the church in our city approached missional engagement. Instead of competing with each other for people and resources, we asked the question; What if we worked together to seek the good of our city? This began a process of praying, building relationships and trust, and learning how this vision could be realized in Charlotte. And over the next few years of countless meetings (along with countless cups of coffee), the idea that was FORCLT, became a reality.
As FORCLT, we believe we are better together than apart. This unity is not just a practical tool to for effective ministry; it is rooted at the core of what we believe as Christians. Just as our Lord Jesus prays in John 17:20-23, when the body of Christ is truly “one,” the world will know that the Father sent Jesus into the world and that the Father loves the world as He loves His one and only Son.