June 29, 2020 // CtK Ministry Update
Dear CtK Family:
Blessings on this July 4th week. I pray your celebrations and extra time with family and friends are truly joy-filled and renewing. Marilyn and I are heading out camping in Colorado for some special time with both of our brothers and family. Please keep us in your prayers for safe travels.
As we celebrate our independence and all the freedoms we have in this country, we also realize that there are still many people who do not feel free. There are systems and patterns built into the fabric of our culture that I do not even see or know that hold some back from reaching their God-given potential. To much of the world, we seem like the human rights police. However, when we look deep within ourselves, we still have a long way to go.
It has always been the God-given vision of CtK to be a multi-racial and multi-national church. It has been in our heart and our values to empower all God’s people to arise to the fullness of His creation for them. We are not only to celebrate this; we are to encourage it and act on it. It is sad to see the struggle in our country for the injustices surrounding Black Americans. We cannot politicize this. It is a human rights issue. Let us make a commitment together to be an instrument of God for reconciliation in our communities. Let us learn together, listen together and act together until all God’s people have justice and righteousness.
The following statement was drafted by our Staff and Congregation Council. The first step for us is to take a deep look within and begin to move forward in grace and action. For Racial Reconciliation updates and resources visit http://ctkcharlotte.org/
As church staff and church council, we want to share our hearts, vision, and commitment specifically related to racial justice:
We recognize that racial justice and social justice are discipleship issues and are rooted in the very heart of the Gospel. We know that Christ stood with the oppressed and the marginalized, and we know that it is critical for us as a church body to stand for what is just. We know that Christ died for all, reconciling us to God, and that His church is to be multi-ethnic, a fellowship of people reconciled with one another. We are to be the hands and feet of Christ, and we believe that being a missional church, particularly in this time, means lamenting, repenting, and reconciling.
We lament the centuries of oppression that the Black community has endured in the United States. We condemn systemic racism and the current inequalities and injustices that continue to exist in our churches, systems, nation, and world. Because we follow in the example of Christ, we refuse to be silent in the face of oppression. We reject complicity in upholding unjust systems, and we affirm the inherent dignity & humanity of all people. In the midst of this historical movement, it is prudent for us to state as a church body that Black lives matter. We recognize that we cannot fully love our neighbors as ourselves if we do not mourn when our neighbors mourn and act intentionally to protect our neighbors when they are in pain and in danger.
We recognize that reform will not happen organically, that racial diversity within our church will not happen organically, and that true reconciliation will not happen organically. Rather, reform, diversity, and reconciliation require intentional effort. We believe that the Gospel is the hope of the world, and we trust in Christ’s sufficiency, power, and mercy to both inform and sustain our efforts. Knowledge, empathy and awareness are the first steps in meaningful change, and we pray fervently for God to move mightily in and through our congregation and ministry. We commit to listening and to leading our church body in intentional action. We commit to continue building a church that reflects heaven and to continue building authentic communities that celebrate diversity and honor the very image of God in all people.
In His grace,
CtK Staff and Congregation Council
IMPORTANT News Release Update for Christ the King on Campus Worship- June 25, 2020:
Christ the King Church will be open to on campus worship beginning June 28th under the specifications as outlined on our website www.ctkcharlotte.org. To partner with our governing authorities, we will now require masks to be worn unless singing or leading from the stage. Masks are not required for those under 11 years of age or special need situations. If you do not have a mask, we have masks available. We look forward to joining in worship with you as we phase back into on campus worship. We will continue to broadcast live worship through our online campus https://online.brushfire.com/ctkcharlotte/online.