FORCLT was founded by a group of pastors out of a shared burden that the operating system of the Church in Greater Charlotte is broken. Historically, the Church has been divided, declining, and too often disengaged from meeting the needs of our city, all while leading to epidemic levels of pastoral burnout. While this can be discouraging, in John 17, our Lord Jesus provided the answer when He prayed “…that they may become perfectly ONE, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.” This is why the FORCLT Network exists. To Unite the Church to Transform Our City.
FORCLT‘s purpose is to Unite the Church to Transform Our City.
FORCLT‘s exists to Connect Pastors for Personal, Church, and City Renewal.
OUR THEOLOGICAL DISTINCTIVES
The FORCLT Network embraces the historic, orthodox creeds (Apostles & Nicene) of the church. We also leverage the Lausanne Covenant for how we help churches partner around church multiplication. Our theological distinctives listed below act as an anchor to give clarity for who we are and drive all the efforts of FORCLT.
THE CENTRALITY OF CHRIST –A radical and unwavering commitment to Jesus, in whom we have been united to God, and is at the center of our identity and mission.
THE UNITY OF HIS CHURCH – A commitment to the reality that the church of Greater Charlotte is already one in Christ, and that when lived out is the most powerful expression of Jesus’ gospel to our city.
THE FLOURISHING OF OUR CITY – A commitment to seeking the shalom of Greater Charlotte, which is the epicenter of both culture and Christ’s mission in our region.
FORCLT‘s Strategy is help Pastors and Church Leaders Learn, Connect, and Take Action, Together.
FORCLT maintains a posture of learning allowing us to better understand both the Church and the City. We create content, resources, and facilitate learning environments to equip pastors and church leaders to most effectively meet the needs of Charlotte.
FORCLT hosts citywide pastoral gatherings and mobilizes 4 types of networks: 1) geographic pastoral networks, 2) collaborative networks, 3) citywide affinity networks, and 4) geographic prayer networks.
FORCLT mobilizes collaborative city-wide initiatives and provides technology tools that unleash the Church on Christ’s mission to meet the most pressing needs of our city.