FAQ

North Point Ministries is the parent organization of North Point Community Church, Buckhead Church, Browns Bridge Church, Watermarke Church, Gwinnett Church and numerous Strategic Partnership churches across the world. Beachside Community Church is a strategic partner of North Point Ministries. That means that we have the same mission, strategy, values and beliefs as North Point Ministries but are a separate entity.
As a strategic partner with North Point Ministries, our typical service consists of live worship and a video-cast message from North Point Community Church. However, Shaun Ellis, our Lead Pastor, will communicate messages live throughout the year.
Our mission is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. We accomplish our mission by creating environments where people are encouraged and equipped to pursue intimacy with God, community with insiders, and influence with outsiders.

We have created three environments that will help people take steps toward a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

  • The Foyer – (Guest)
    It’s the place in your home that serves as the welcome area for guests and new friends. It’s the first step, and it’s often your only chance to make your guests feel comfortable enough to return. That’s exactly how we’ve designed our entry environments at Beachside Community Church. Our Sunday worship services are “foyer” environments. We want our guests to come back, so we do everything with them in mind. These environments are where most people will experience Beachside for the first time, and they serve as the perfect place to introduce newcomers to the life of our church.
  • The Living Room – (Friends)
    Once your guests arrive and are welcomed into your home, you invite them into the living room. Everyone finds a comfortable place to sit, and the interaction begins. This is where you connect with people like yourself. Smaller and more interactive than the foyer environment, this is a real-life, genuine opportunity to begin friendships just like you would in your home.
  • The Kitchen – (Family)
    What’s the most popular room in your house? Where do you end up when friends and family come over? That’s right. The kitchen. And that’s the kind of environment we’re striving for in our small groups: community groups and Starting Point. These groups consist of six to eight individuals or five to six couples who meet regularly for Bible study and prayer and commit to accountability, friendship, and support. This is a safe place to open your heart and share your feelings. It’s a safe place to ask tough questions. This is where lasting friendships are made. It’s about commitment and strength and security. And we want to help you get there.

It means that we are not affiliated with a denomination, such as Baptist, Methodist, etc. In organizing this church, our foremost desire was to be an attractive environment for those who do not regularly attend church. For the most part, our feeling is that denominational titles mean more to churched people than unchurched people. In fact, we believe there are more disadvantages to a denominational title than there are advantages. We try to clearly state what we believe on the Our Beliefs page of our website.

 

The phrase we use to describe the function of government at Beachside Community Church is that we are guarded by the Elders, guided by the Staff, and gifted through the attendees. However, in more specific terms, the Beachside government is built around three teams of people.

  • Stewardship Team
  • Leadership Team
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Elders

The Stewardship Team oversees all the financial and personnel matters. The Lead Pastor is accountable to the Stewardship Team in all these matters, and along with the Church administrator attends the team’s meetings but without voting privileges. Stewardship Team members serve three-year terms and successive members are chosen by the existing Stewardship Team and approved by the Elders.

The Leadership Team consists of staff members selected by the Lead Pastor. The purpose of this group is to determine programming, give vision to the various ministries of the church, and to oversee the day-to-day operations.

Elders function primarily as discerners and shepherds and serve as the conscience and guardians of the church. Their role is to evaluate everything going on in the church in light of three things; our mission, our resources and our doctrinal statement. Elders meet the qualifications of Elders/Overseers outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-11 and Titus 1:5-9.

The mission of Beachside Community Church is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. We feel that this growth is sustained best in a small group environment within a home. There are several reasons why we have chosen Community Groups as our primary relational structure. First, not having adult Sunday School allows attendees to participate in strategic service on Sunday mornings. We have also found that meeting in a home is a safe, predictable environment where no one slips through the cracks. True accountability can be reached with a consistent group of people in a Community Group. People are able to benefit from the encouragement and accountability of a small group while still being part of our invest and invite evangelism strategy. Lastly, we feel that the strategy of meeting in homes is a good stewardship of our resources that would otherwise go towards adult education facilities.

 

As a church, we strive to be great stewards of all that is given to us as an organization and to be transparent with our financial status. Your generosity to our church and, more importantly, what God is doing in the lives of people through our church, is greatly appreciated. If you would like to contribute monthly, or contribute a one-time gift to the mission of Beachside Community Church, please click here. Beachside Community Church is a 501(c)(3) organization, and as such all gifts are tax-deductible.

 

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