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We've gone from cold and stoic
to warm, inviting and involved.
"Major" King, long-time church member
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  CHURCH  
  New Hampton Presbyterian Church  
  LOCATION (click link for demographic summary)  
  Charlotte, NC 28262  
  CONGREGATION SIZE  
  250-350  
  REGIONAL BODY (click link for website)  
  Presbytery of Charlotte
Presbyterian Church (USA)
 
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  Ministry Area Profile  
  FULL STORY (click link to read more)  
  A Call to Arms  
  MINISTRY SUMMARY
 
Successful redevelopment!
 
African-American church committed to diversity
 
People-focused, visionary pastoral leadership
 
Excellent, rousing music
and worship ministry
 
Ministry Area Profile informs vision and ministry priorities
 
Congregation owns vision
 
"Worship plus two" philosophy of ministry commitment
 
High congregation involvement in ministries
 
     
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l A Call to Arms
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"It's a quarter to three and there's no one in the place except
you and me."

After all, this is church . . .who expects anyone to hang around? No doubt, even "you and me" would be long gone by a quarter to three. Not so with the 300+ members of New Hampton Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Unlike most churchgoers on a Sunday morning, these exuberant worshippers don't automatically exit en masse when the clock strikes twelve—they find plenty of good reasons to hold off on the noon repast. First of all, there's the music: "Joyful, Joyful" describes 70-year old Rose Gillespie who was born into the church. "Best music in Charlotte," says a 20-year old local college student from New York. Then there are those hugs—warm, engulfing envelopments given in ample abundance by members who have almost made reaching out and touching someone a doctrine. Call it their own brand of Reformed Theology; here, reforming non-committal "We go where the wind blows" baby boomers is a way of life. While some pastors severely chide those with C.V.S (Chronic Visitors Syndrome) as being "potted plants on wheels" who need to put down roots, New Hampton's Rev. L. Bryant Parker takes a different tact. After all, if even plants need a little TLC before they can take root and grow, why should human beings be any different?. . . THERE'S MORE!

Read the full story! — Producing growth in a dying church is no easy task. See how New Hampton Presbyterian Church surged in just three years from a dwindling membership of a little less than 100 members, to over 300, and what part Percept's Ministry Area Profile played in the process. . . -Jenni Keast
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