Trinity Chapel Charlotte is a parish ministry in the Presbyterian and Reformed tradition. This mission is affiliated with the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP), an evangelical, Bible-believing, missions-focused denomination that is as old as the United States.
Trinity Chapel Charlotte is a three-stream ministry approach to church life: Biblical-Liturgical-Missional. By “Biblical” we mean to affirm that the Bible is our inerrant and infallible guide from God in all that we do. The ARP is in full communion with fraternal assemblies like the PCA. We also have much in common with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC), the Reformed Church in the United States (RCUS), the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians (ECO), and the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), among many other evangelical churches in North America (e.g., the Southern Baptist Church, Assemblies of God,). Both pastors were ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
Our vision is to be a parish church in the Weddington, North Carolina community and in South Charlotte to gather, grow, and send forth strong disciples of Jesus Christ so that on the Day that Jesus Christ comes again there will be a multitude safe in the arms of Jesus (1 Thessalonians 2:19,20).
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16 ESV).
By “Liturgical” (from “leitourgia,” a Greek word in the New Testament that means “ministry,” “service of the laity” or “work of the people”) we mean to say that we are intentional about how we structure worship. Our worship is participatory, a dialogue between pastor and people with God’s Word as our guide. We also mean that worship is governed by Scripture and, thus, we seek the very best in Christian history to guide us. We hold that public worship must be simple, reverent, spiritual, pastoral, and according to the Scriptures.
“As they ministered the Lord (literally, “as they were in the liturgy of the Lord”) and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” (Acts 13:2 NASB).
By missional, we mean to describe our decided intentionality to apply the Great Commission (God’s mission in the world) in all that we do. “There is always an empty chair” for others. We do not recruit. We do not enlist. We are each “enfolded” into the life of Christ as we respond to the proclamation of Jesus Christ through the witness of our own lives and testimonies. Parish worship is the centering-point for parish life: a life together in Christ.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them int the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19,20).
We are a “parish church” (a pastoral congregation that is established to bless our community, for Christ and for the common good). We seek to bring the Gospel to bear in every area of life in our community.
“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare” (Jeremiah 29:7).
The articles of our faith are carefully articulated in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Larger and Shorter Catechisms and in the Westminster Directory of Worship.
Finally, all of our ministry is united in, perhaps, the essence of Christian community: Word, Sacrament, and Prayer” as we see in Acts 2:42:
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42 ESV).
You are warmly welcomed to join in worship, find community in a Home Fellowship Group (HFG) where we move from public worship to small group encouragement in the Bible and Prayer. A Men’s Meetings happens each Wednesday at 0600 at Poppy Seed Bagels, to encourage men in the Bible, fellowship, prayer, and witness. Women’s Bible Study will begin soon, as will Children and Youth Ministries. Sunday School will also commence as the core group is prepared for the “launch” and “dedication” service, currently planned, for November 2018.
Learn more here: http://TrinityChapelCLT.org.
Related articles or sites:
The Gospel of Jesus Christ Offered to You: http://arpchurch.org/the-gospel-message/
Location and Service times of Trinity Chapel Charlotte: https://www.trinitychapelclt.org/new/worship-and-office-location/
“What is a Parish Church?” by Dr. Michael A. Milton: https://michaelmilton.org/2016/02/22/what-is-parish-ministry/
Introducing Trinity Chapel Charlotte: https://michaelmilton.org/trinity-chapel-info/
Trinity Chapel Charlotte:: Who We Are: https://michaelmilton.org/trinity-chapel-charlotte-prospectus/
Trinity Chapel Charlotte staff: https://www.trinitychapelclt.org/group/support-staff/
Trinity Chapel Charlotte: Pastoral Staff: https://www.trinitychapelclt.org/group/pastoral-staff/
Trinity Chapel Charlotte: A Recent Sermon: https://www.trinitychapelclt.org/sermons/will-you-join-the-refrain-in-2018/
Faith for Living: The Multi-media Outreach of Trinity Chapel Charlotte: https://michaelmilton.org/
The Associate Reformed Presbyterian: http://arpchurch.org/
Westminster Confession of Faith: http://arpchurch.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Confession-of-Faith.pdf
Westminster Directory of Worship: http://arpchurch.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Directory-of-Public-Worship.pdf
Dr. Michael Milton preaches before the General Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (YouTube): https://youtu.be/CGpqwtW3iF0
Erskine College and Seminary: http://www.erskine.edu/ and http://seminary.erskine.edu/