Today was one of the most exciting days in the life of our church family. After six years of meeting at Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School, we have officially agreed on all terms to join a collaborative project on the West Side of Uptown Charlotte. See below for more details:
CENTER CITY CHURCH JOINS SEVERAL NON-PROFITS AT THE MOVEMENT CENTER ON FREEDOM DRIVE
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—On March 8, 2016, Center City Church signed a lease for a 7,500-square-foot space at the Movement Center, located at 2225 Freedom Drive. Pastor David Docusen says that while the church will meet at the Movement Center on Sunday mornings, its space is considered a “multi-purpose venue for the West Charlotte community.”
“Our desire is to meet the present needs of the community with our venue, and this partnership with the Movement Center affords us that opportunity,” Docusen says.
The multi-purpose venue will also be the home for UrbanPromise’s second neighborhood site in Charlotte. UrbanPromise reaches younger children through afterschool and summer programs and raises high school leaders (called “StreetLeaders”) who are employed and empowered as mentors and counselors for the younger students who attend these programs.
The Movement Center is a 40,000-square-foot warehouse being transformed into a collaborative project, which includes space for the Harvest Center, Agape Love Christian Ministries, TEAM, and multiple non-profits that are yet to be announced. The Movement Foundation has invested more than $3 million into the infrastructure of this building, and the lease rate has been offered to these non-profits well below market value to increase their capacity to invest into the community.
“The collaborative nature of this project is what got us excited about this opportunity to partner with organizations that have a common goal of reaching the West Charlotte community with the love of Jesus,” Docusen says.
The construction project will include a 300 seat multi-purpose venue, multiple classrooms, and office space for staff. The move-in date is scheduled for Fall 2016. The total cost of construction is $650,000, with $300,000 in donations already secured from the Movement Foundation and multiple donors from the community. The remaining $350,000 will be raised through a capital campaign that the church will launch on April 3.
ABOVE: Pastor David Docusen and Brett McDonough (Movement Foundation) sign the lease agreement at Pinky’s Westside over lunch on March 8th.
ABOUT CENTER CITY CHURCH: Center City Church was founded in 2010 in the living room of Pastor David and Dara Docusen. Meetings have been held on Sunday mornings at the auditorium of Elizabeth Traditional School in the Elizabeth neighborhood for the past five years. A selection from the church’s stated philosophy: “Center City Church is a community of imperfect people that are learning how to carry out, embody, and share the perfect message of Jesus in our community. We long to be a welcoming place for people to explore and express their
BELOW: The left entrance to the building (with the red trim) will be home to the Center City Church multi-purpose space, with additional space for classrooms and office space.