We want to invite you to join us on a journey. Almost two years ago, God called us (Mike & Emily) to move our family to North Myrtle Beach so that Mike could begin serving Lakeside Baptist Church as their pastor. 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 knew that for God to breathe new life into this dying church would require a fresh and powerful work of the Lord, but we believed that "...what is impossible with man is possible with God." So we came trusting that God had big plans for this little church, and were eager to see how the Lord could use us for His glory and the good of His people.
By God's grace, we have seen encouraging signs of God's faithfulness over the past two years. There is still much work to be done, but we are excited about what lies ahead.
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 is focused and effective in our mission to make disciples in our community and beyond. We believe that the best way to accomplish this is through the growth and maturity of devoted followers of Christ who are effectively equipped for the "work of ministry". 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 a DEPTH which will lead to BREADTH and a FAITHFULNESS which will lead to ministry FRUITFULNESS.
We believe this only happens as people take seriously the command to take up their cross and follow Jesus. This type of self-sacificial love for Jesus will inevitably show itself in a concern and compassion for our neighbors. 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.
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 part 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.