We have created three environments that will help people take steps toward a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
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.
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.
200 Racetrack Road NW
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547