Below is a brief description of the different ministries of the church.
Different studies are offered primarily at 9:30am on Sunday mornings. Among them are Core Seminars, our adult education hour. These classes are designed to help us comprehend the subtle intricacies and overarching truths of our God and the theology, ministry, and history He has authored. Meeting every Sunday morning at 9:30am for one hour, Core Seminars run on multiple tracks and are open to all. An overview of the curriculum we use from Capitol Hill Baptist Church can be viewed here.
We meet every Sunday morning at 10:45 for our time of corporate worship. Our services maintain a simple but orderly style. The selected songs and hymns are designed to include both modern and old selections with a primary emphasis on meaty biblical teaching in each song to strengthen and encourage the faith of every believer. After singing together children up to 5 years old are dismissed to go to children’s church. The primary style of preaching is expositional. That means the pastor typically teaches through a book of the Bible where he tries to “expose” the original intent of the author and apply it to our lives and circumstances today. These messages are available in our “Sermons” section of the website.
We seek to take prayer seriously at Southside, because we believe we can do nothing apart from God. So, we designate an hour each Sunday evening starting at 5pm for a time of worship, concerted prayer, and a brief sermon by one of our men. As this service is focused on prayer, we typically mention specific praises to God, offer intercessory prayers for the sick and other needs, and pray for ministry needs including local and global mission work.
While the adults meet for the Prayer Meeting on Sunday evening, we offer small groups for ages preschool through high school. There is “Mission Friends” for our preschool and kindergarten, “Awana” for elementary grades, and “Youth on Mission” for middle and high school.
Our senior adults meet every 2nd Tuesday of the month for a fellowship meal and a program. The seniors of Southside are very active in the regular activities of the church. They also have projects like the “grandchild” adoption program where a senior adopts a child in the church who they seek to purposely minister to. Many of them also deliver our “Morning Service CD” to the homebound members of our church.
We are purposely trying to not have a lot of programs and ministries in our church. We want our members to be able to maximize their time with family and their community with the purpose of proclaiming the gospel through a missional lifestyle. With that in mind we are seeking to foster one-on-one discipleship opportunities where individual members of our church meet to disciple one another through Bible studies and other Christian books. Our hope is to one day have every member being discipled by one person and then turning around and discipling someone themselves.
Assisted Living Outreach
A small team of volunteers meets on the last Tuesday of every month to minister to a local senior living center. We meet at Brookdale Assisted Living Center to preach the gospel, sing, and spend time with residents who cannot attend local church services and often do not receive visits from their own families. This is one way that we obey James 1:27: “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
Another ministry that our church is passionate about is speaking out and praying for the unborn that are routinely murdered in our state and country every day. We have recently partnered with Love Life Charlotte to accomplish this mission: “Uniting and mobilizing the church to create a culture of love of life that will bring an end to abortion and the orphan crisis.” This includes prayer/fasting for the unborn and low-confrontation protesting outside of our state’s busiest abortion mill: “A Preferred Women’s Health Center of Charlotte.” We meet on the last Saturday of every month between February and November to prayer-walk outside of this facility.