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WHAT WE BELIEVE

Mission Statement

The Park Church exists to extend the Love, the Life, and the Lordship of Jesus Christ to everyone, in every way, in every place, and at every time the opportunity is given.


The Park Church Focus

The Park Church seeks to bring people to Christ through evangelism; gather people together in Christ through worship; grow people in Christ through spiritual development, and send people out for Christ through local and global mission work.


The Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures, also known as the Bible, to be the inerrant and infallible word of God. It is the primary source of the revelation of God in history. It was written by people who were inspired by God both in terms of thought and word. It contains the account of God’s redemptive work in history through Jesus Christ. It contains the principles by which God will judge us, serves as the center of our Christian union, and is the standard by which all matters of conduct, creeds, practices, and opinions should be measured. (Psalm 19:7-11, 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

God
We believe that the Bible reveals God to be the self-existent Creator of the heavens and the earth. He is the absolute and eternal Spirit. We believe God to be revealed within scripture as being triune (three in one); Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. His attributes may be categorized as absolute and relative. By absolute, we mean the characteristics that God has within Himself and by relative we mean those characteristics that are revealed by way of His relationship with his creation. We further believe that, through Jesus Christ, God is revealed as Father. (Genesis 1:1-2:25, John 4:24, Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 44:6, 1 Corinthians 8:4, Genesis 1:1-3, 26. Isaiah 6:8, Matthew 3:13-17, 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14, 1 John 5:7, John 14:5-14, Romans 1:7, 1 Corinthians 1:3, 2 Corinthians 1:2-3, Romans 8:16-17

Humanity
We believe that God created humanity, male and female, in the image of God. With the image of God, humanity receives the capacity for self-understanding, self-definition, self-determination, creativity, and community. (Genesis 1:26-31, 2:4-25)

The Fall of Humanity
We believe that humanity fell from its created state through an act of disobedience, bringing it into a condition of sin. The state of innocence was lost and placed humanity under the judgment of God and made subject to the miseries of life, the certainty of death, and the threat of permanent separation from God. (Genesis 3)

Jesus Christ
We believe that the Bible reveals that Christ is the second person in the Godhead. As such, He is pre-existent. He was active in creation. He is eternal. He is the Son of God. He became flesh by the power of the Holy Ghost moving upon a virgin named Mary. In His earthly existence, He was both fully human and fully divine. He is the complete revelation of God. We also believe that, in obedience to the will of God the Father, He was crucified for the sins of humanity. We believe that He died for the sins of humanity and in the stead of humanity. We believe that He descended into hell to preach to the spirits in prison. We believe that God raised Jesus from the dead as a display of divine power, establishing not only the removal of the stain of sin but also the penalty of sin. We further believe in that Jesus ascended into heaven and is now at the right hand of God the Father. The Ascension of Christ reveals the exaltation of Christ as Lord and enables Him to fulfill the role of High Priest.

Finally, we believe that Christ will return for the purpose of fulfilling His word, raising the dead, destroying death, gathering the believers, completing the banishment of the wicked, issuing the final judgment, and glorifying and rewarding believers. (John 1:1-5,14, Colossians 1:16-17, Hebrews 1:2, John 8:58, 17:5, Matthew 16:13-20, Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:26-38, John 1:14, 14:7-11, Colossians 1:15, 2:9, Romans 3:24-26, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Galatians 3:13, 1 Peter 2:24, Hebrews 2:9, 1 John 2:2, 1 Peter 3:13-20, Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20, Acts 1:1-3, 1 Corinthians 15, Acts 1:9-11, Romans 8:34, 1 Corinthians 15:24-28, Ephesians 1:20, q Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 1:3, 4:14-16, 6:19-20, 8:1-2, 2 Peter 3:1-12, Acts 10:42, 17:31, John 14:3, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, 1 Corinthians 15:25, Matthew 24:31, 25:32-46)

The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person in the Trinity and possesses the same attributes or characteristics as God the Father and God the Son. We believe that the Bible reveals that the Holy Spirit is called God and is recorded as performing the work of God. We believe the activity of the Holy Spirit is found in both the Old and New Testaments. In the Old Testament, He is revealed as being involved in creation, in providing guidance and direction, in endowing special abilities within people to perform particular work, and providing power and strength in needed times. In the New Testament, He is revealed as being involved in the conception of Jesus, the validation of Jesus as the Son of God at Jesus’ baptism, the anointing of Jesus for ministry, and the resurrection of Jesus. In the life of the Church, we believe that the Bible reveals the Holy Spirit to be the means by which the Church is empowered to fulfill the mandate and mission to evangelize the world. In the life of the believer, we believe that the Bible reveals the Holy Spirit’s activity in several ways. We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts one causing one the recognize sin, to turn from sin, to see the need for a savior, and to confess Jesus Christ as Lord. At which point, The Holy Spirit regenerates, indwells, fills, baptizes, gifts, sanctifies, and seals the believer. We believe the regenerating, indwelling, baptizing, gifting, and sealing ministries to be once and for all. The filling ministry is continuous. The sanctifying ministry is both once and for all and continuous. It is once and for all in that the Spirit sets the believer apart as belonging to God. It is continuous in that the Holy Spirit works within the believer to transform the believer into the spiritual likeness of Jesus Christ. (Acts 5:3-8, 1 Corinthians 12:9-11, John 3:5-6, Romans 8:11, Genesis 1:2, Job 33:4, 2 Peter 1:21, Numbers 27:18, Isaiah 42:1-4, Luke 1:34:-35, Mark 1:9-10, Luke 4:14-21, Luke 10:21, Matthew 12:25-28, John 16:8, Titus 3:6, Romans 8:9-11, 1 Corinthians 2:12-16, 3:16, John 14:16, Acts 1:8, 2:1-41, 4:8,33, 9:17, 13:52, Ephesians 5:18-21, Galatians 5:22-23, Romans 6:3-5, 2 Corinthians 1:22, Ephesians 1:13-14, Romans 12:3-8, 1 Corinthians 12-14, Ephesians 4:1-13, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Philippians 2:12-13, Galatians 5:16-26)

Salvation
We believe that the Bible reveals salvation to be by grace and through faith in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Through the acceptance and confession of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, one is pardoned of sin, given a new nature, made one with God, set apart by God and for God, and guaranteed life eternal. We further believe that evidence of salvation is repentance, faith, and newness of life. Finally, we believe that the finished work of Christ on the cross and the indwelling and sealing ministries of the Holy Spirit establishes the eternal security of the believer. (John 3:3-36, Acts 2:21, Romans 5:8-9, 1 Corinthians 1:18, Ephesians 2:1-10)

The Church
We believe that the visible church is the visible expression of Christ within the world. It is the body of baptized believers, who are associated by covenant in the faith and the fellowship of the gospel. It exists within the world to serve as the instrument for the reconciliation of humanity to God. Its activity is not limited to the proclamation of the gospel, but also includes the enfleshing of the gospel through practical ministry. This places the church in the midst of the struggle for justice and peace, as well as the fight against any and all systems that are an affront to the image of God. The church exists for the purpose of building up believers in Christ, through corporate worship, discipleship, fellowship, and service. It is empowered to do so by the Holy Spirit and the gifts given to the members to perform the work of the ministry and to edify the Body of Christ. We further believe that the Bible reveals the offices of the Church to be that of Bishops or Pastors/Elders and Deacons/Deaconess. (Matthew 16:18-19, 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Acts 1:1-8, Romans 12:4-8, 1 Corinthians 12:12-27, Ephesians 4:1-6, Acts 6:1-6, 1 Timothy 3:1-10, Titus 1:5-9)

Baptism and The Lord’s Supper
We believe that Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are actions, which symbolize important truths and are to be observed out of obedience to the command of Jesus Christ. While they are not essential to salvation, they are essential to discipleship and obedience. We believe that through baptism, one expresses one’s identity through and identification with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Also through baptism, there is the expression of hope for the future. One is baptized as a result of one’s personal profession of faith in Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20, Romans 6:1-9)

We believe that the Lord’s Supper represents the price that was paid for salvation, being the broken body and shed blood of Jesus Christ. It is observed in obedience to and in the presence of the Risen Lord and not only reflects upon His death, but also anticipates His Second Coming. (Matthew 26:17-30, 1 Corinthians 11:17-34)

The World to Come
We believe that the Bible reveals that Christ will return, that there will be a bodily resurrection for believers upon His return, that there will be the final banishment of Satan and evil, and that both believers and non-believers will be judged, resulting in the final estate of heaven or hell. (Acts 1:11, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, 1 Corinthians 15:12-58, Revelation 19, 20, 22)

WORD FROM BISHOP

Welcome to The Park Church and welcome to our website! I am happy that you have chosen to visit, what is fondly called, "The Park". For over 100 years we have sought to fulfill the Great Commission God calls all Christians to by saving souls for Christ through the preached and taught word of God. For over 100 years we have walked alongside parents to help children, youth and young adults become ambassadors for Christ. For over 100 years we have continued to expand and extend our reach and resources to help address the needs of our brothers and sisters locally, nationally as well as internationally. In learning and experiencing who we are as a church and a community, it is indeed my prayer that your visit will soon turn into your decision to join us, The Park. We don't profess to be a perfect church, but we do serve a perfect God! God bless.

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History of The Park Church

1913: The Baptist Congregation
The Baptist Congregation was organized from a successful Prayer Band in the First Ward section of Charlotte in 1913. The Prayer Band met at 38 Brown’s Row. The congregation remained in tact through World War I, the Roaring Twenties and the Depression. Under the leadership of Rev. Winfield S. Scott the church moved to 613-A North Myers Street in 1932. Other ministers included Rev. G.S. Horen, Nelson Green, Pat Bivens, R.H. Howard, L.C. Curen, C.E. Rogers and W.H. Shaw. Ministers who also led the congregation and community in the Myers Street edifice included B.B. Sturdivant, H.D. Hargrove, J. D.Walker and M.L. Davidson.

1953: Mt. Olive Baptist Church
Through the divinely led wisdom and guidance of Rev. M.L. Davidson, the congregation was inspired to move in 1953 to a new location. Mt. Olive Baptist Church became the name of the church at that time. The dreams of Mt. Olivet were shattered on the first Sunday in February 1959 when the church was destroyed by fire. After the fire, the congregation held its services in the cafeteria of the First Ward School.

1961: The Myers Park Baptist Church
Under the leadership of Rev. L.J. Shipman, the officers and congregation began making plans to relocate and build a new church. Again, it was decided to change the name of the church. C.D. Spangler and his son donated land and $2,000. The Myers Park Baptist Church and the minister, Dr. Carlyle Marney, provided invaluable assistance in acquiring and managing the funding for the building. The church was completed and dedicated as University Park Baptist Church (UPBC) on November 13, 1961. Very unusual for the times, Dr. Marney preached the dedicatory service, which was attended by many of his members.

1964: Reverend Talmadge A. Watkins
The Rev. Talmadge A. Watkins was installed as pastor on the first Sunday in March 1964. Under his leadership, the church continued to make progress, and the membership more than doubled.

1971: Reverend James E. Palmer
When Rev. Watkins left, Rev. James E. Palmer was installed as pastor in 1972. Under his leadership, the membership grew and many worthwhile programs were added to the Christian activities of the Church, such as the Bus Ministry, Tape (Audio) Ministry, Daycare Ministry, Evangelism Ministry and the Camp for Youth. It became necessary to build a new edifice, which was dedicated on January 10, 1982 at 2348 Keller Avenue.

1990: Reverend Claude R. Alexander, Jr.
The Rev. Claude R. Alexander, Jr. was installed as pastor of University Park Baptist Church on September 23, 1990. The beginning of his tenure resulted in a renewed focus on missions, especially in our own community. Pastor Alexander instituted additional programs to win the lost to Christ. These programs, just to name a few, include global missions, counseling drug and AIDS victims, and ministering to the youth. The steps toward “The Vision at the Park” began in December of 1995 when the church commissioned a feasibility study to determine the possibility of modifying our current site to meet the present needs. At that time, the congregation’s size had peaked at 1,000.

1997: Growth in the Church
A master plan was developed and presented to the congregation in January of 1997. The plan included the construction of a sanctuary, family life center/gymnasium, residences for senior citizens, and the development of a residential community. A dramatic change was moving from a congregation numbering 1,300 in January of 1997 to one that was reaching 4,000 by September of 1999. The congregation tripled in size in the span of two and a half years and University Park Baptist Church went from offering two morning worship services to four. Ground was broken in September of 1999 for the new facility on 54 acres in North Charlotte.

2001: The Park Church is Born
In April of 2001, the first service in the new church, University Park Baptist Church II, located at 6029 Beatties Ford Road was held. Members entered into the new church on Easter Sunday, following a weekend of celebration that included the unveiling of a cross sculpture by world-renowned artist Richard Hunt. The new location seats a capacity of 2,500. It features a bookstore, Family Life and Wellness Center, audio and television production rooms, nurseries, and many other services to meet the needs of the members and the community. The design of the facility was based upon who “The Park”, as it was fondly called, was as a church and what God called its members to do for the kingdom in their community, throughout Charlotte and beyond.

2004: The Park Church South
Having developed a strong presence in north Charlotte for 90 years, The Park expanded its reach by opening a location in the south Charlotte community. The church expanded with the planting of “The Park South” church in October 2002. After hosting services in the South Mecklenburg High School Auditorium for little more than a year, a new Sanctuary was dedicated on August 22, 2004. This facility rests on 46 acres within the city limits of Pineville, NC. The sanctuary has a seating capacity of 1,100, a bookstore, nursery, and classrooms. The campus also has a Family Life and Wellness Center.

2006: The Park Expo and Convention Center
In 2006, Now The Park Church purchased the Charlotte Merchandise Mart, making it one of the few churches in the nation to fuse enterprise and ministry models. With the addition of The Park Expo and Conference Center (formerly the Charlotte Merchandise Mart), The Park Church offers a multi-faceted destination that includes conference and banquet space, restaurant and retail development as well as exhibition space for trade shows

Totaling 529,000 square-feet across three buildings, The Park Expo and Conference Center is designed to fund ministry expansion through profits generated by trade shows, local and national conferences, concerts and other business endeavors.

2008: Meeting the Needs of the People
In 2008, The Park Church began a full-time program to serve the spiritual and practical needs of people living in Kenya through drilling wells, holding church services, building recreational facilities, and offering medical care. The Park Church stands on the principle that the Church is called to serve all who are in need. In 2012, The Park Church commissioned the deployment of two missionaries and now has a full time presence in Nairobi, Kenya. With more than 90 programs offered, The Park Church intersects with people at every age and stage of life.

2013: Celebrating 100 Years of Faith
As The Park Church enters a new century, a church that has been “Living 100 Years of Life”, remains faithful to its call to extend ourselves beyond ourselves while moving Faith Forward in Action.


LIVING 100 YEARS OF FAITH