Providence Baptist Church (PBC) in Charlotte, North Carolina
, in the United States, has an expansive mission program. It engages groups and organizations, both local and national, and has a broad global outlook.
Formed in 1954, PBC helped to found other churches, including Candlewyck Baptist Church, Carmel Baptist Church and Sharon Baptist Church. It hosts several immigrant congregations until they find their own facilities, Korean, Ukrainian, Congolese and Burmese.
PBC volunteers tutor children from nearby Rama Road Elementary, providing afterschool activities and homework help. Assistance is given to the homeless through the provision of breakfast at the Nalley Missions Center and housing solutions in collaboration with Urban Ministries.
Providence, a Baptist World Alliance Global Impact Church, extends assistance through
Charlotte Rescue Mission, Community Culinary School
and Pat's Place Advocacy Center, among others. The church plants its own garden of food and vegetables, which are donated to Friendship Trays and to the Burmese community in the city.
The church provides refugee support services and crisis assistance, as well as to a children's shelter and a local food bank.
Congregants take regular mission trips to Key West, Florida, Smyrna and Nashville in Tennessee, New York City, and elsewhere.
Trips to the Holy Land of Israel and Palestine were made in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016, while regular visits have ben made to other countries such as Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Finland and Russia; Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Germany; Greece, Malta and Italy.
"As a congregation of faith, we believe that our task is to bring people and God together in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord through worship, fellowship, and missions," PBC declares. "God-centered worship is a primary focus of our congregation. We must first reach up to God before we can reach out to others."