Our family moved to North Myrtle Beach in January of 2016 so that Mike could become the pastor of Lakeside Baptist Church. What originally drew us to Lakeside was the warmth and genuineness of the people as well as what we saw as the untapped potential of this sleepy little church in the heart of the rapidly growing North Myrtle Beach community. We came trusting that God had big plans for this little church, and eager to see how the Lord could use us for His glory and the good of His people.
With that in mind, let me paint a picture of where we are now and where, by God's grace, we hope to be in the days ahead.
First and foremost, we are striving to become a biblically faithful, Christ-exalting, Spirit-empowered, and gospel-centered church that will be diligent in making disciples in our community and beyond as we serve and love each other and our neighbors. We recognize that the best way to accomplish this is through seeing healthy, maturing followers of Christ grow in grace and spiritual depth. That means that while we care deeply about the breadth of our ministry influence, we trust that Lakeside's fruitfulness is a byproduct of our overall health and faithfulness to Christ as a church. In other words, our primary goal is DEPTH, not just BREADTH or FAITHFULNESS, not just FRUITFULNESS.
We believe this only happens as people take seriously the command to take up their cross and follow Jesus. It happens as they lovers of God's Word, prayer, and intentional, authentic relationships with their brothers and sisters in Christ.
This growing love for Jesus will overflow into a love, care, and concern for our neighbors which will necessarily translate into action to help and serve those who are poor, hurting, or victimized. We are not called to simply stay in our "holy huddle" but to enter into the lives of the broken and hurting with the love of Christ and in a way that we offer both help and hope.
Finally, it means that we are striving to become an intentionally multi-generational and multi-ethnic church, because we believe that God is most glorified when people from every age bracket, socio-economic background, and ethnicity gather around Jesus and worship and serve him together.
If any of this encourages or challenges you, we would invite you to join us and be a part of what God is doing in us and through us for the His glory and our good.