Church Planting Update

Uptown’s Church Planting Update

Uptown church is committed to sharing the full life that is found in Christ with people all over the world. One of the major ways in which we do this is by helping to start new churches to share the life of Christ.

Update on Recent Church Plants

South Charlotte Presbyterian Church,

which launched on October 15, 2017, is being blessed by God! Pastors Dean Faulkner and Josh Creason report that almost 100% of the 70-80 people involved are serving in some ministry capacity. They have had several very effective outreach events and continue to see visitors each Sunday at their Ballantyne Elementary School location. One of their big prayer needs: a part-time worship director.

DoSlova, Prague.

DoSlova, which means, “into the Word,” launched this fall as a granddaughter church for Uptown from Faith Community Church in Prague. With about 40 in Sunday worship each week Pastor Jake Hunt has been very encouraged by the number of Czech nationals who are being reached by this new work. While Faith is an international church and very effective at reaching English speakers, DoSlova is intentionally using more Czech in its worship and communication. Pray for the short-term mission team from Uptown that will be visiting in March to help them further develop their worship ministry.

City Discipleship Presbyterian Church-KL.

Having launched in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 2016 CDPC-KL has been blessed with the addition of a new pastoral staff person, Franklin, who brings his background as a Malaysian-Indian convert from Catholicism to the church. CDPC-KL, meeting in the heart of downtown, is intentionally reaching out to those from various backgrounds and showing them the way to Christ. The pastors from the various CDPC plants in KL are now meeting weekly for a time of growth and encouragement and report that this has really energized them for ministry!

Plans for Future Church Plants

Internationally. Uptown is trying to plant a new church internationally every 3-4 years. Currently, the elders are in conversation about two possible target areas as we work with local leadership in both Greece and South Africa.

In Greece we are considering furthering our partnership with the Petrou family who have ministered faithfully for decades in Athens. To date we have sent three teams there and received visitors from Athens. Currently, Erik Petrou is planning to launch a church plant fall 2018 from First Church to reach an inner city neighborhood in Athens with many immigrants from Albanian. We are considering adopting Erik as one of our church planters, as he continues to work on his Masters of Divinity at RTS here in Charlotte.

In South Africa we are talking with Jeremiah VonKuhn, a long-term Uptown Church missionary, about the possibility of his planting a church there, with us as a major partner. Jeremiah finished his Masters degree last year and is looking for the next step in his service to the Lord. Please be in prayer as we consider these and other opportunities to partner for church planting around the world.

Locally. Uptown is trying to plant a new church in the Charlotte area every three years. Having just sent one out, we are looking for the next church planter we might bring on staff to launch in 2020. Currently, we are talking to Mark Skylling about this possibility, with good interest on both sides!

Cross Park Church is planning to launch Cross Covenant Chinese Church this year. We have been partnering with them to help fund, Rev. Alan Chen who is the planter for this. Please be in prayer for his effective outreach into the Chinese community and for the foundation of this important new work.

Around the USA. Uptown has helped to fund and advise church plants all across the US and is currently thinking through the possibility of having one specific geographic area on which to focus, in order to multiply our effectiveness in one particularly needy region of the country. We are talking with leaders in Northern New England Presbytery (New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine) where the PCA has only about nine total congregations, about how we might partner with them to help the forward movement of the kingdom.

To date, God has greatly blessed our efforts to plant new churches. Please continue to pray for our daughter and granddaughter churches.

Author: Dr. Thomas D. Hawkes

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