Big Spring United Methodist Church, Charlotte, NC

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Big Spring UMC was once a vibrant church on the edge of Charlotte, located adjacent to Charlotte Douglas International Airport. As the city slowly grew, the areas surrounding Big Spring morphed into industrial and commercial. This resulted in the church struggling with declining membership and a large building with deferred maintenance issues. After the church closed, in order to determine the appropriate path of stewardship for the Conference, Wesley needed to understand everything about the area surrounding the property. A look at future plans for the airport revealed a two-phased expansion of its runways, one of which was pointed directly above the church. This information and the high real estate value which would net proceeds to fund other ministries of the UMC necessitated a sale of the property. Therefore, a deal was struck with a buyer and the conference was able to sell the asset.  The church has a small cemetery on the property and part of the transaction included separating the cemetery parcel and deeding it to the Conference for perpetual care of the cemetery grounds.