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Hudson’s Story We remember this young guy first walking into the skatepark so many years ago. Uncertain but excited all at the same time.  With a sense of caution to his new surroundings, Hudson became friends fast with Cinder and soon found out that community exists in Christ where you can tangibly experience God’s Love. Read the Full Story
Moving on a Promise Society says keep moving.  People tell me to look to the future. Things will change and get better.  All words that are presumably meant to keep me going.  These words don’t aid in the processing of current emotions; instead they tend to be words that remove these debilitating emotions or black them out from my […] Read the Full Story
From Chile with Love About 2 years ago, while the park was still in operation, a young man walked into the shop and introduced himself as “Habacuc.”  After a couple back and forths of making sure I got the pronunciation correct, a conversation about skateboarding went down.  It eventually morphed itself into a conversation about God.  Low and behold, […] Read the Full Story
Trevor’s Story Trevor shares his story about how his life changed through meeting Jesus at Cinder.  This is just one of many stories that we will be sharing in the up and coming months here at Cinder.   See what God has done and continues to do through the ministry of The Cinder Project.   Read the Full Story
Cinder History

Cinder History

The Cinder Project is an offshoot of a ministry called SouthTown Riders (STR for short).  STR’s primary form of ministry was through the action sport of wakeboarding. In 2005, STR started a small skate team that focused on discipleship and providing God-centered skate demos throughout the Charlotte metro area.  In 2007, STR opened a skatepark in the town of Fort Mill, SC.  As time passed, the two brothers that helped start STR decided to split the ministry into their focuses. STR continued its long-time tradition of wakeboard ministry, and The Cinder Project was born to minister to the skateboarding community.

With a primary focus on skateboarding, The Cinder Project stripped down the ministry to two basic functions- the skatepark as a business and intense, small-scale discipleship. All demos, public events, even contests at the park ceased.  After three years of searching and seeking for direction for the ministry… even preparing for the doors to the skatepark to close several times, Cinder followed the Lord as He opened up opportunities to start a service at the park. Up until this point, discipleship through Cinder was by invitation-only, and ministry was done informally through the business of the skatepark.

Cinder began to offer a Monday night service, hosted at the skatepark for students in middle school and up called Momentum. Through Momentum, Cinder has seen countless commitments to Christ and has helped to guide students into starting a deeper walk with Jesus.

Through a series of events, the The Cinder Project was unexpectedly forced to close the doors of the skatepark.  This has only been a minor setback, as God has been using it to reform the ministry of The Cinder Project.  Currently, Cinder has no building, no place to meet, and everything is in storage; however, the passion to effect the city of Charlotte is growing. Even though the ministry is without a location, it does not mean that the work has ceased. The discipleship small group is still meeting and will be expanding to a second group in the near future. Cinder will also be hosting a series of small outreach events on the weekends at local skate spots.

Cinder feels the urge from the Lord to dream bigger than the past and know that those dreams still cannot compare to His plan. Cinder is excited for the new expansions in ministry that are coming around the corner.  Cinder is excited to see where the Lord will reopen the skatepark’s physical location.

The Cinder Project is a home for urban missionaries.  Those that work for Cinder view themselves as missionaries called to the city of Charlotte- missionaries that are here to change this city’s culture through Christ.

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