Lake Norman & Mooresville

Cross Movement aims at racial reconciliation

Christian Chapman, a speaker for Kingdom Building Ministries, has invited residents of all ages to attend the Cross Movement at The Cove Church in Mooresville.

The free event, slated for 6p.m. Nov.12, aims to get the cross and its message to Charlotte-area residents.

Chapman, a member of Steele Creek Church of Charlotte and father of three adopted bi-racial children, said the church wants to see "black, white, red, yellow - all of God's creation come together to live out Acts 2:42-47, when all people worshipped together and God added to their number daily those who are being saved."

Chapman touts Steele Creek Church as the most diverse church in Charlotte, and the idea for the Cross Movement came to Chapman, he said, when he recognized that "many times people host and put on conferences based on anything but racial reconciliation."

Chapman said he realized he had never spoken at a conference where the purpose was to get people together and teach them to worship together.

"We work together, we live in community together, we compete together, we shop together, we vacation together, but when Sunday comes around, we head to our separate churches to worship God," he said. "It's a very sad situation, and we desire to start teaching people what the heart of God is."

Chapman works primarily with youth; he hopes many youth pastors in the Charlotte areas will get involved. "If we can teach this next generation how to do it right, then I believe we can change the future in how churches will start to make the vision of their church multiracial," he said.

Andy Jones of the Iredell Youth Crusade Inc. plays in the Christian rock band Jeremiah's Passion, which will play at the Cross Movement, along with Christian rapper KJ-52.

Both Jones and Chapman say they have seen significant effects from events such as the youth crusades and school releases.

Jones said the youth crusades are "the ministry God has called me to and I am just thankful to be a part." He says the parents and children coming to Christ; kids staying in school who were ready to drop out; and suicides prevented are just some of the results. He said he hopes to see their school release program go beyond North Carolina.

Chapman said he also has seen communities come together to support such events; however, he has also seen some communities put up a hard fight.

"I believe that if there's not opposition, then you aren't doing God's work, because when we truly make an impact for the kingdom of God, Satan will definitely put up a fight."