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1 Why Charlotte? Why Carmel Chinese Ministry? Why Now?

2 Why Charlotte? Largest Employers Carolinas Healthcare System Wells Fargo/Wachovia Bank of America Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Presbyterian Regional Healthcare Corp Delhaize America Inc/Food Lion LLC Duke Energy Corporation Ruddick Corporation Daimler Trucks North America Lowes Companies, Inc. US Airways Group Charlotte USA is home to the world headquarters of eight Fortune 500 companies, and since 1990, new and expanding businesses have invested more than $18 billion here, creating more than 170,000 new jobs. The Charlotte region consists of about 2.7 million people living in 16 counties in two different states, 12 counties in North Carolina and four in South Carolina. It is strategically located in the center of the East Coast, and the importance of this Eastern time zone location cannot be overestimated.

3 Center of Finance Second-largest banking capital in U.S. Bank of America, the nation s largest bank, is headquartered in uptown Charlotte White collar jobs outnumber blue collar jobs 2 to 1 27 percent of all IT workers in the Carolinas are located in Charlotte USA Restructuring of nation s top banks allows opportunity for new employers to tap into skilled, available talent base Attractive quality of life that rivals larger, urban markets Local universities specialize in e-commerce and Internet security Center of International Business Largest concentration of foreign-owned firms (950+) and international community in Carolinas If the Carolinas were a country, it would be the 19th largest economy in the world More than 40 languages found spoken in the region 45+ business and cultural organizations developed to support local international community K-12 language immersion programs in French, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese Ten honorary foreign consuls located in the region NC ranked ninth in the nation with 206,700 employees at foreign U.S. affiliates

4 Why Carmel Chinese Ministry? Today, the average attendance of Sunday worship is approximately 150 people, and the average attendance of Sunday school class is about 80. In 1999, the pastors Dr. Wayne Poplin and Rev. Jim Russell saw the need of ministry to different ethnic groups in the community. Rev. David Lee, a Chinese missionary in Japan at the time, was invited to come to Charlotte for the formation and development of Ministry to Chinese and Japanese. Carmel Baptist Church Chinese Ministry was officially founded in In the past 10 years, Rev. and Mrs. Lee have devoted themselves whole-heartedly to shepherd and nurture this ministry. With God s blessing and the great support from Carmel Baptist Church, the Chinese congregation has been growing continuously from the first Bible Study class of 4 members to the 150 adults that attend the Chinese worship service every Sunday.

5 Background Carmel Chinese Ministry began in Began in 2000 as Carmel Ministry to the Chinese Community not a Chinese Ministry housed in Carmel facilities Chinese were fully integrated into Carmel membership and organizations Worship services in Chinese language were added in 2000 Ministry added Chinese Language School in 2002 Chinese Ministry growth plateaued due to facility limitation Average Worship attendance grew from 15 in 2000 to 150 currently Carmel authorized Chinese leadership to build financial base to purchase land and establish an independent church in 2016.

6 Background Carmel Elders approved formation of a Chinese Ad Hoc Committee on January Tasked to prepare a Strategic Plan to plant a fully functioning Chinese Church by 2016 Conducted formal survey of 100 Chinese member in June through September, 2012 to assess Strengths and Weaknesses of Ministry for Strategic Planning purposes. Concluded that in order to successfully plant a fully functional Chinese Church, Carmel must Help Chinese leadership reorganize their governance model Provide leadership training and organizational expertise Replace the short-term, limited authority Ad Hoc Committee structure with that of a permanent Standing Committee

7 Background Elders approved replacing the Ad Hoc Committee with Chinese Ministry Standing Committee - To carry out the desire of Carmel Baptist Church Reach out to the Chinese community with the gospel message Manage the achievement of the vision of having the Chinese Ministry planted as a fully functional church by the end of 2016.

8 Why Carmel Chinese Ministry?

9 Why Carmel Chinese Ministry? However, this growth has slowed down some in the past 2-3 years. More and more Chinese people joined Charlotte Chinese community in the recent years, but the attendance to Church has not increased as expected, remaining relatively stable. At the 10-year anniversary of this Chinese ministry, Rev. Lee and other fellow Chinese coworkers began to have a new vision for the Chinese Ministry. We are eager to spread the Gospel to more and more Chinese in Charlotte and build a stronger Chinese church. After longtime prayer and discussion, we see clearly that this ministry was from God and has been blessed by God.

10 Why Carmel Chinese Ministry? It has not only led more than 200 Chinese people to God, but also trained a group of disciples. Now, the Chinese congregation has become the spiritual home for many Chinese. The development of this ministry in the past years has realized the initial vision: people from different ethnic groups coming together here to worship one and the only God. More importantly, it formed a solid foundation for a bigger Chinese church. With no doubt, God will accomplish more through this church.

11 Chinese Ministry Committee

12 Chinese Ministry Routines Sunday Morning Worship Service Average Adult Attendance Sunday Classes 4 Classes: Basic Principals; Old Testament Introduction; New Testament Introduction Children s Church program held during same time (25 children / 15 youth) Friday Bible Study Groups 7 Groups - Adults Attendance 1 Youth group -30 attendance; Pre-K to 5 th grade (6 groups) attendance Prayer Meeting Tuesday / Wednesday 3 different locations Attendance Chinese School Sunday Carmel Baptist Church (20 different classes) 150 Enrollment Fellowship Groups Sisters Group Thursday Evergreen Group Wednesday (65 or above) Youth Group Friday (Middle/High School) Professional Women Group Monthly Sunshine Dancing Group Sunday Youth Orchestra Monthly Asian American Fellowship Monthly & Bi-weekly (1 st & 3 rd Saturday evening) English Home Bible Study group 2 nd & 4 th Saturday evening Special Activities Spring Festival Celebration Community wide Newcomer Welcome / Mid-Autumn Festival - Church wide Spring Spirit Revival Church wide Summer Retreat (North / South Carolina churches Labor Day Weekend Beach-out Mother s Day Talent Show

13 Why Carmel Chinese Ministry? The Chinese population is quickly growing in the Charlotte area and the Carmel Chinese Ministry is focused to answer the needs of these important people.

14 The Charlotte region is important to the young Chinese professional because it offers the opportunity to grow because of the income offered by multi-national companies and the high tech nature of many of the jobs based in Charlotte.

15 Why Now? Church Vision A. Vision: to make disciples of all nations (Matthews 28:19) B. Mission To spread the gospel to the Chinese community in Charlotte, make them truly disciples of Jesus Christ. Our church should become a place to fear God, to become Christ-centered and spirit-leading, to care for one another, and to glorify our God. C. Core Value To engage in worship, share people s lives with testimonies, reach to the community with caring actions, and to serve with spiritual gifts, time, money, and service.

16 Why Now? D. Strategy To expand God s kingdom, just like in the prayer of Jabez, we would like to build a church in Charlotte for all Chinese to praise and worship God, and to become a center for preaching the Gospel, teaching and training disciples, and serving the community. Through everything we do, we d like to share the Gospel with all Chinese neighbors, colleagues, and friends. 1. A center for praise and worship Our church will be a place for all Chinese people from different backgrounds, ages, and languages to worship and praise God. Every worship service will lead us to meet our ever-living God, enjoy His presence, and experience His life-changing power. In the God-centered worship, everyone will experience Jesus almighty

17 Why Now? love; the thirsty will receive spiritual water, the imprisoned will be released, and the weak will become strong. We will become one family, accepting one another with love, building up one another in light, and being united in prayers. This worship center is also a temple of prayer. 2. A center for preaching the Gospel We are determined to become the salt and light of the world. We will live a life full of Christ s love, demonstrate His love in our deeds, and spread the Gospel to our fellow Chinese with holy enthusiasm and grateful hearts. For the great mission that Jesus sent us, we will work together with the Holy Spirit to reach out and preach the Gospel to every Chinese neighbor, colleague, and friend. We would love for them to join our family.

18 Why Now? 3. A center for teaching and training disciples We hope that all believers will receive disciplinary training, participate in service, and accomplish the great mission by obeying God commend. By receiving training and participating in service, we would like to use everybody s spiritual talents, work together, and build a stronger body of Christ. We want to be a steward of Christ and live a holy life for Him. 4. A center for serving the community We would like to demonstrate Christ s love to other people around us through our daily life, church ministry and community service. By considering Chinese culture and tradition, we will have different activities including Chinese language school, counseling center, medical services, and variety of seminars on health, education, financial planning and immigration matters etc. By doing these, we will be able to reach deep in the community and have influence and affinity to Chinese community. Our church will become the light to the community and attract more and more Chinese to Christ.

19 CARMEL BAPTIST CHURCH Position Description Chinese Ministry Associate Pastor Ministry Area: Ethnic Ministries Reports To: Chinese Pastor Supervises: Chinese Ministry volunteers FMLA: Fulltime, Exempt SUMMARY OF THE BASIC FUNCTION Assists the Chinese Pastor in varied aspects of the Chinese Ministry as it prepares itself for independence from Carmel Baptist Church by the end of Specifically, this team member will focus on ministering to American-born Chinese (ABCs) as well as individuals who have lived most of their lives in the U.S. This focus implies that English speaking congregants at large within the Chinese Ministry and youth (grades 6-12) will represent a critical component of this Associate s ministry. GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS Knowledge: A bachelor s degree is required. A master s degree from a Southern Baptist or likeminded Seminary is desired. Spiritual formation background in discipling and developing ministry programming for English speaking congregants and students (grades 6-12) is desired. Mandarin Chinese language capability and an ability to comfortably negotiate between Eastern and Western culture is desired. Proficiency in speaking and writing in English is required. Desire to relate to and care for students is critical.

20 CARMEL BAPTIST CHURCH Position Description Chinese Ministry Associate Pastor Experience: Background (3-5 years of experience) in local church or youth ministry is required. Should have hands on experience working with various student ministry programs and curriculum. Skills: Strong interpersonal skills with persons of different ages, language capabilities and ethnic affinities are important. Should be able to define and prioritize ministry goals, plus develop plans to achieve them. In an environment of limited pastoral resources, the ability to coalesce congregants in pursuit of ministry objectives is vital. Physical Demands/Work Environment: Vision, hearing, and speech are essential to effectively preach and teach. Strong communication skills are essential. A valid driver s license is required to drive one s personal vehicle when necessary. May be required to lift 25 pounds or less. Mental Requirements: Attention to detail and mental concentration are necessary for performing tasks, meeting deadlines and tolerating frequent disruptions. The ability to deal with stressful situations is necessary. Must have the ability to supervise volunteers.

21 . CARMEL BAPTIST CHURCH Position Description Chinese Ministry Associate Pastor SCOPE OF AUTHORITY Is directly responsible for all elements of the English speaking congregants and ABC Youth Ministry (grades 6-12) and ministry, and has wide ranging authority to discharge this responsibility. Coordinates with other student ministry activities with Carmel Baptist Church. Beyond the English Ministry and Youth, works under the supervision of the Chinese Pastor toward the overarching goal of readying the Chinese Ministry for full independence by the end of ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Serve as pastor to the English speaking congregants within the Chinese Ministry. Serves as pastor to middle and high school students of the Chinese Ministry, ministering to them, their parents and their families through programs, prayer, counseling and other appropriate means. Is responsible for managing, training, supervising and evaluating ministry volunteers. Works to make sure that the ministry operates within the parameters of the established Child Protection Policies of the church.

22 . Chinese Ministry Associate Pastor ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Works within the mission, vision and adopted policies of the church. Develops and oversees discipleship strategies for Chinese middle and high school students and families. Do the same for other English speaking congregants. Plans and implements various retreats, outings and activities for Chinese students to promote fellowship, discipleship and/or evangelism. Do the same for other English speaking congregants. Coordinates local outreach efforts for the Youth Ministry of the Chinese congregation. Establishes and coordinates participation of ABC youth in Carmel global missions activity. Plans, implements and oversees an annual budget for Chinese Youth activities and activities of other English speaking congregants. Assists the Chinese Pastor with an English based service each Sunday, including preaching on a frequent basis. Assists the Pastor with hospital visitation, weddings, funerals, counseling and guest contacts. Regularly attends CBC Ministerial Staff meetings and attends other committee and leadership meetings as Chinese Ministry Committee meetings as necessary. Performs other duties as assigned.

23 Why Charlotte? Why Carmel Chinese Ministry? Why Now? If you have 3-5 years of experience and an interest in becoming a part of this new vision of Carmel Chinese Ministry and its focus on the English speaking Chinese membership, please contact us at:

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