A couple months ago, I connected with a former ministry leader here in San Antonio, Todd Phillips. Todd used to lead Metro Ministries for Young Adults in San Antonio and now leads Frontline in Washington D.C. I was getting advice from Todd about College/Young Adult Ministry and he told me that I need to get up to Charlotte and check out Charlotte ONE. A few weeks later I was at a dinner table in Charlotte sitting next to Todd Phillips and the Director of Charlotte ONE, David Hickman, after experiencing a powerful night of worship in downtown Charlotte. As I heard David speak about Charlotte ONE, I was captured by the vision and heart behind the ministry. The mission is simply this:
To be a unified movement of local churches coming together as ONE in order to reach young adults for Christ and connect them to a local faith community.
These words are powerful and even more powerful when he shared the scripture that this ministry was founded on:
John 17:23 when Jesus prayed, “May they become perfectly ONE, so that the world will know that you sent me and love them even as much as you love me.”
Charlotte ONE is about UNITING local churches, REACHING young adults, and CONNECTING them to a local faith community. They are doing this more effectively than I have ever seen! Charlotte ONE is still very young at just 4 or 5 years old and will be exciting to watch grow and develop. I would be excited to hear about other ministries like this unifying the body of Christ like this exploding around our country! I would love to hear about similar ministries that you know about or have come in contact with.