Grand Strand Church in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina seeks disciples to move
"The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." – Matthew 9:37-38
You’ve been sitting in church every Sunday (in pretty much the same seat), surrounded by hundreds of fellow disciples. You sing out passionately, you serve sacrificially, you share your faith diligently, you encourage the weak faithfully, you give your offering generously. And yet you feel the tug on your heart, the nudge of the Spirit to step further out on faith into a new adventure. Brothers and sisters, if this is you, please read on.
We all know the Great Commission: make disciples of all nations. But wait. Did you notice the one word from Christ that I left out? It’s the part of the Great Commission that I fear we are inadvertently leaving out of our hearts and minds: GO! Go make disciples of all nations. If we are to reach the whole earth with the gospel—i.e. every town, every neighborhood, every family—then far more Christians are going to have to get up and GO. As the Bible says, “How can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:14-15).
Perhaps it is time to go on a new adventure with God. And perhaps the place he is beckoning you to is beautiful Myrtle Beach on the coast of South Carolina! We are tasked with sharing the gospel with 430,000 souls in America’s second fastest growing metro area. Sixteen faithful disciples responded to the call to go when the church was planted. Since our inaugural service in 2014, we’ve seen students, singles and marrieds come to Christ but we’ve also seen a number of our original team members heed the call to move on and go elsewhere, strengthening other congregations. We need a second wave of brave brothers and sisters to storm the beach—to step up and step out on faith!
Are you ready to consider a move? As you wrestle with this decision, much prayer and much advice from your local leadership will be needed. The mission field is not for everyone. It is not an escape or a vacation. It is for those with a fire for evangelism and a degree of spiritual maturity. We want to work hand in hand with your current ministry leader to help you determine if this is a good fit for you.
On a mission team, every single member of the body is stretched and put to use for the Lord’s work. We have a real need for seasoned empty-nesters with the spirit of Caleb to share their wisdom and help reach our booming retiree population. We need fired up singles—especially men— to help us evangelize an exciting area that attracts 15 million tourists each year. We need young married couples to put the mission mindset above the American Dream. And we so desperately need zealous college students to help us reach the 15,000 students on our campuses—including Coastal Carolina University, reigning College World Series Champions! People are flocking to Myrtle Beach in search of happiness, peace and prosperity on the Grand Strand’s 60 miles of white sandy beaches, but as Christians we know that only the good news of God’s grace can truly satisfy thirsty souls!
Grand Strand Church may be a small congregation but we are one big happy family of disciples plus an ever-growing passel of little children. We are a diverse mix of singles and marrieds, black and white. Take a look at our Facebook page. For such a small crew, we are blessed with an abundance of musical talent and we love worship—our church band, Second Sunday, even recorded an album of new worship music! And did I mention the beaches? The scenery and weather ain’t half bad.
Our property taxes are low and there is a strong job market here for those in healthcare, financial planning, insurance, and real estate due to the influx of retirees. Registered nurses are particularly sought after. With the rapid increase in population, there is ample work available in construction and a need for public safety personnel. Educators, lawyers, engineers and accountants should also find openings. And of course there is constant strong demand in the tourism and golf industry—this is the golf capital of the world! And by the way, one of our dreams is to open a church coffeehouse—if you have a similar dream and skill set or you are willing to invest, let’s talk!