Exodus Church started with a clear vision to make disciples and plant churches. When the time came for us to launch our first church plant, God made it clear that launching a second congregation in the north Charlotte area was the path we should pursue.
Now, six years later, through much prayer, fasting, and discussion, the elders of Exodus Church believe God is leading our congregations to become two autonomous local churches. Here are the two primary reasons why:
- The Northlake congregation (ENL) has matured to a place of “self-sufficiency” (while remaining completely dependent on God). ENL in general, and pastor David in particular, will always be incredibly grateful for all the investment that Exodus Belmont has faithfully poured into us. It is in large part because of EB’s faithful investment in ENL that we are in the place we are today.
- This move gives each church the freedom to execute its God-given, particular vision. While both churches will always share a general vision of glorifying God by making more disciples and planting more churches, we believe this move will enable each church to more precisely carry out the particular vision God has entrusted to us. In the same way that God gave EB a particular vision to reach its community, ENL believes God has given her a particular vision to reach its community.
Because of Jesus, we believe the future is incredibly bright for both churches. And we are hopeful and prayerful that we each get to see more and more healthy, gospel proclaiming churches get raised up and sent out to the glory of God.
A few more answers
Q. What will each church be called?
A. EB will remain Exodus Church. ENL will become Sent Church (sentcharlotte.org)
Q. How will this affect my everyday life a church member?
A. Very little, if any at all. We would ask you to continue to pray fervently for and participate passionately in each congregation no matter if you call Exodus Church or Sent Church home.
Q. When will this happen?
A. This will begin in 2020. January 5th will be the first Sunday worship gathering for Sent Church.
Q. Has anything negative happened?
A. No. We are very much still unified around the mission God has given us. All or our elders love each other dearly and are hopeful for all God has ahead. All of our elders are very much in agreement that this is the right move and are celebrating all that God has done and are incredibly hopeful for all God will do in the future. We hope you will celebrate and continue praying with us for all God has for both churches moving forward.