what we believe
Jesus Christ is the son of God and has been with God since the beginning of time. The simplicity of the relationship between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is to be exemplified. The story is one of people who joined together and committed themselves to spreading the good news of God’s love throughout the world, beginning first with our own community.
Our Essential Beliefs
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26-27 Psalm 90:2 Matthew 28:19 1 Peter 1:2 2 Corinthians 13:14
1 Timothy 6:14, 15
ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of kings, and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22-23 Isaiah 9:6 John 1:1-5, 14:10-30 Hebrews 4:14,15 1 Corinthians 15:3,4 Romans 1:3,4 Acts 1:9-11 Titus 2:13
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.
John 14:16-17 Ephesians 1:13-14 1 Corinthians 3:16 1 Corinthians 12
ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
2 Timothy 3:16 2 Peter 1:20,21 2 Timothy 1:13 Psalms 119:105, 160 12:6
ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. This attitude separates us from God.
Genesis 1:27 Psalm 8:3-6 Isaiah 53:6 Romans 3:23 Isaiah 59:1,2
Salvation is God's free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23 Ephesians 2:8,9 John 14:6, 1:12 Titus 3:5 Galatians 3:26
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16 Romans 6:23 Revelation 20:15
ABOUT THE CHURCH
The church is a local body of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ who choose to associate by faith and fellowship observing the ordinances of Baptism and Communion, being committed to the teachings of Jesus Christ, exercising spiritual gifts in ministry with Jesus Christ, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth.
Matthew 28:18-20 Acts 2:41-47 Ephesians 5:21 Colossians 1:18
Leadership Structure at Beach Church
God has continued to define and refine our picture of leadership. As leaders we are called to shepherd the church with love and care, while keeping our eyes on Christ, committing to abandon anything that keeps us from fulfilling our unique calling and vision for reaching the Grand Strand.
The Elders: Spiritual Oversight, Accountability, and Direction
The elders are Biblically empowered to help give unique focus and care to the Discipline, Doctrine, and Direction of the church. They serve Christ by remaining servant leaders as they follow Him. They hold the mantle of leadership by giving Spiritual Oversight, Accountability and Direction to the church as they discern where the Holy Spirit is leading. They posture the church to remain in step with His leading.
The Executive Team: Vision, Mission & Strategy
The Executive Team combines the Elders with the Pastors to shepherd, guide, and establish the overall ministry effort. They hold the mantle of leadership responsible for shaping the vision, mission and strategy for Beach Church. Together they pray, discern and shape how best to accomplish the unique vision God has for us. They lead and administrate the fiscal and operational needs to fuel ministry. By remaining in unity, they can discern what the Lord is inviting us to join Him in accomplishing. By being one in Christ, they know that the vision of what He’s called us to do is being accomplished.
The Management Team and Staff: Overall ministry effort
Currently, this team is lead by our two pastors, Damon Adcock and Todd Elliott, along with Jeanne Westerby, who is acting as Administrator. The day-to-day ministry effort is accomplished by working together in keeping in step with the Executive Team. God has uniquely gifted our two pastors and they use that gifting in different ways. Todd oversees the Sunday morning teaching. He is also responsible for creating the path for the spiritual growth of the body from RUNew to Fresh Start to SALT and Lifegroups. Damon oversees the Worship & Creative Arts area and oversees the staff. He is responsible for overall ministry leadership development. Jeanne oversees the areas of Finance, Facility, Hospitality, Oasis Bookstore and special outside events.
SO WHO’S THE LEAD PASTOR?
A question many ask. If you asked any of us, “who is the “Lead Pastor?” we would simply say, “Jesus”. He is leading, guiding, and lovingly inviting each of us (the church) to join Him in bringing His gospel message to our community and the world.
If you ask, “Who’s the lead Pastor?” We would simply ask, “For what area of ministry?” We have many who lead and care for the ministry here at Beach Church.
In this season of ministry, the role of a “lead pastor” has been broadened to include the executive team (elders & pastors). When it comes to the teaching and spiritual development of the body, it’s Todd. When it comes to the organization of the church, its staff and ministries, it’s Damon.
In 1992, a prayer group meets weekly in various homes for six months. Ronny Byrd commits to becoming founding pastor. In December of that same year, the first service is held at Horry Georgetown Technical College. Thirty-two adults and several children attend Myrtle Beach Community Church.
The following year, 1993, the Sunday service moves to Myrtle Beach Primary School.
In 1995 the Discipleship Ministry begins.
In 1996, Sunday services move to Myrtle Beach High School. Since that time the community of believers continued to grow as prospects of retaining it’s own facility and campus begins.
In 1999, after much prayer and support the Forum Theatre at Fantasy Harbor is purchased. After completion of services held at the High School that year, all services for the first time are held at their new campus and facilities. As the church continues to grow, ministries also continued to grow. Son Fun Celebration, a children’s ministry takes place at the Circle Theatre Tent while awaiting completion of the Annex in December.
As God continued to lead and grow the ministries, God led the church to begin a new ministry designed to reach those who had addictions and wanted to offer the life-transforming power of Christ to redeem and transform them. Celebrate Recovery holds its first service.
The year 2002 was a “marker” for this new work, as the church celebrated its tenth year anniversary, where the attendance is now averaging 1300. In addition to the growth of attendees, the church adds to its staff and now has a full and part-time staff of twenty.
In 2006 the church continues to see the hand of God move as new leaders are called and invited to join the staff in caring for and leading the church that began so many years before.
Annex Building Becomes Adventure Beach
Leadership decided to theme out the building for children’s ministry in 2006. Informal surveys of the congregants narrowed the theme options and ministry name until “Adventure Beach” was settled on.
In 2007 California muralist, Tyra Jade, began work on interior paintings. An army of volunteers painted the main background colors and Tyra added the faux effects. Wacky Wallscapes, a company headed by a Christian, former Walt Disney artist, was the purchase site for the wallpaper additions.
Local artist and Beach Church attendee, Kenneth Knight, helped with final airbrush touches. Kenneth was also commissioned to paint the façade in a beach motif for an amazing themed effect as the building is approached.
Each room was themed out to tell the story of travel through this big world. The downstairs rooms are themed for all of the water communities. The stairwells are themed to look like the stairs of large ocean liner that has seen some years.
The upstairs rooms are themed to bring one off the beach to explore other environments – deserts, cityscapes, etc
The building is still shared. Celebrate Recovery still meets here every Friday evening. Their small groups meet in different rooms in the building during the week. Our middle school student ministry, Merge, meets in the large downstairs area during 2nd service on Sunday mornings. Our high school student ministry also uses the main area on Monday evenings.
Back Offices – Staff Life
When the staff moved into the offices, they were split up. Administrative and children’s ministry employees were located in the front of the building over what is now the Welcome Center. Worship employees were located in the old star dressing rooms behind the stage. Community department employees were located in rear entrance offices.
In 2006, leadership decided to bring all of the employees together. A walk thru was knocked out through what was a large dressing room to the rear offices. With a little creative rearrangement, all employees were moved to back stage offices. Now the worship team can visit with human resources in just a few steps…and no stairs!
The next couple of years, 2006-2009, see extensive renovations to building structure, ministry programs, worship style and vision casting. In addition, the name of the church morphs from Myrtle Beach Community Church, to simply, “Beach Church”. Attendance averages over 1600.
The year’s following, 2009-2013, there is a renewed determination, to again refine the vision of the overall ministry and align staff and resources for this new season. Along with a new Elder Leadership Team, and Pastors Todd Elliot and Damon Adcock, together working to become a “connected people, captivated by Christ, whose changed lives, are changing lives.”
Beach Church continues to be a church for the community of Myrtle Beach with hosting many area events making every effort to use the incredible facility, for many.
In January 2013, the church celebrated it’s 20th Anniversary, and is excited and looking forward to the next chapter of ministry.