From the Pastor’s Heart: New Series Making an Impact—Multiple Ways to “Grow” in Christ and A Trip of a Life Time

People need help, they need you. As Richard Foster rightly says, “Marriages are being shattered. Children are being destroyed. Individuals are living lives of quiet desperation, without purpose or future. And we can make a difference…. if we learn to pray on their behalf.”
Foster makes a powerful case for an area that each of us can and should grow in-Intercessory Prayer. He continues, “Intercessory prayer is selfless prayer, even self-giving prayer…In the ongoing work of the Kingdom of God, nothing is more important than Intercessory Prayer.” P. 191 Prayer, Foster.
We bear fruit where we focus. Any of us would get bogged down with ten or more suggestions on how to grow or improve in any given area. So this article is to both inform you of several ways you can take your spiritual journey to next level, as well as, let you know upcoming classes, special worship, and a new series for a new decade and a new year. Here are a few areas to help us “Grow Up” in Christ:
  • Prayer– Please don’t miss this weekend as we focus on Trusting God. One key element is how we trust God with our prayers. Most people limit their prayers to personal petitions. That’s fine as a new Christians, yet we will get stuck in our spiritual growth when we limit our prayers to our needs instead of others. “When we move from petition to intercession we are shifting our center of gravity from our own needs to the needs and concerns of others” writes Foster. This is a process but my own personal formula is when our personal petitions begin to decrease below 50% of our prayer time and our intercession for others increases above 50% of our prayer time. In other words, I will have more needs of others on my prayer list than me and my immediate family.
  • Upper Room meets every Tuesday night at the Mt. View Campus at 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. This is an informal yet intentional time to intercede for others, our community and pray for healing. This Tuesday night the Fairgrove Campus will lead the prayer time.
  • One Year Bible-I’ve seen more One Year Bible’s being purchased since this series began as we have lifted up the need for each of us to read God’s word daily. When you read God’s Word daily you are hearing the voice of God through the Holy Spirit and seeking revelation and application for each day. We send out daily devotions at Christ Church via email with the OYB reading and a five-minute devotion based on the readings.
  • Travel: “The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read one page.” St. Augustine of Hippo spoke these words nearly 16 centuries ago. They are more true now than ever. Since 2015 we’ve had nearly 100 persons in the Holy Land and several on the Journeys of Paul. Every person comes back different, inspired and more excited to read the Bible as it has come to life for them.
  • The Trip of a Life Time – The Holy Land and Oberammergau trip will be July 13-25, 2020. Julie and I will be hosting truly a trip of a life time as we are going to both places. Six powerful days in the Holy Land, and then we fly to Germany, spend time in Salzburg, Austria, and visit the site where the Sound of Music was filmed. The trip begins in a powerful way by visiting the footsteps of Jesus and the disciples, and culminates with a powerful Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany. The Black Plague killed hundreds of thousands in Europe but the people in this village in Germany prayed for God to spare them and when God answered their prayer they committed in 1634 to produce a Passion Play telling the story of Christ’s birth, death and resurrection to change lives! Julie and I will host an info meeting on the Holy Land/Oberammergau Trip Sunday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Mt. View in the Triple Divided Room and Monday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. at Northside Campus in the Coffee Bar.
  • Christmas is not your birthday – at least for most of us. So think of packing a Samaritan’s shoe box, or be really courageous in the faith and shop for another family in need, spending only half on your family and the other half on a needy family. Pray for them by name and invite them to worship.
  • Invite persons– Christmas Worship- Saturday, November 30 at 6 p.m. We will combine our gifted vocalists, band, and worship leaders from all of our campuses on Saturday night at 6 p.m. for a powerful worship service to prepare your heart for Advent and this amazing gift of God’s incarnate love in Jesus.   The theme for our Advent season is, “No Darkness”. There will not be a more powerful worship experience at Christ Church than this one when all the campuses are coming together at Mt. View to prepare for the birth of the Christ Child.
  • New Year-Combined Services at Hickory Convention Center on Sunday, January 5 at 10 a.m.   We are preparing for more spaces so invite a friend to join you as we come together as One Church with One Mission to “Reach Millions of unchurched persons by developing thousands of fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ” on Sunday, January 5.
As we prepare for this Thanksgiving season please know how much Julie and I love you and your family,
Pastor Charles


Life Group Spotlight:  Young Adult Life Groups

What defines a “young adult”?  A young adult is an individual, between the ages of 18 and 30 years of age.  A young adult experiences a great deal of life change from graduating high school to attending college or beginning a career, to getting married and starting a family.

Almost all of our Christ Church campuses have at least one young adult life group led by young adults.  Some groups offer childcare and all welcome young adult married couples without children and young adult singles.  These groups study the Bible along with the sermon series, serve the community and have fun talking local trips, playing board games or having dinner together.  Who better to have walking alongside you, other than Jesus, than a life group peer – someone who “gets it” – when going through a challenging season or celebrating a life transition.

Visit and select “Type” to find a group that fits your needs or contact


Pastor Chris Murray


Interested in joining the mission of Christ Church? Be sure to attend the upcoming Developing 101 class. The next class will be offered on Sunday,  November 17 at 3 p.m. at the Fairgrove Campus. This class will tell you all about Christ Church and you will also learn what it means to be a “Fully Devoted Follower” of Christ. Refreshments and childcare will be available. Stop by the Connections desk to register and pick up a Developing Class Packet. Following the 101 class, we set up a 15 minute personal interview, and you’ll be invited to the 201 class where you can decide to join Christ Church.





Freezing weather is here.  We are partnering with Morning Star Baptist Church for the fifth year to provide the homeless in our community a warm meal and place to stay for on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. when the temperature is below freezing. Here are the ways you can serve:

  1. Donate a dish of food for the meal.
  2. Volunteer at the Warming Station by serving the meal and cleaning up or just interacting with the guests by talking and playing cards or board games. There are two shifts: 4:30-7:30 p.m. or 7:30-9:30 p.m.

If you would like to be a part of this Outreach Serving Team contact Kelly at or stop by Connections at your campus.






Christ Church Statesville is hosting a Free Community Meal Thanksgiving Day at 6:15 pm. This dinner is going to be open to the whole community, anyone in need or anyone simply looking for fellowship and great food. We have many ways you, your family or life group can serve or help with this event. Comment or message us at If you’d like to donate food or help serve at the event.


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