Christ the Servant Lutheran Church
2105 Hwy 501 E, Conway SC 29526
Mission: Our Mission as the Body of Christ is to love God, love our neighbors, and make disciples.
Membership: 255 Youth: 20 Giving Units: 156
Congregation Council President:
Kenneth Kean (972)743-7270 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Important events from the history of the congregation:
1984: A four acre site at 2105 Hwy 501E, Conway SC was purchased for $140,000.
March 24, 1985: First worship service was held with 120 people attending
Feb 16, 1986: Pastor Marion Brazell accepted our call to be our Pastor.
June 4,1989: First worship service in our sanctuary building
Oct 6, 2013: Pastor Marion retired.
2013: Interim Pastor: Jan Pulman served until he received a call.
Nov 2014: Pastor Rick Weidman accepted our call.
May 15 2018: Pastor Weidman resigned
Sept 2018 – Feb 17, 2019: Pastor Joan Scheffler served as Interim Pastor.
Church building construction:
1989- Sanctuary Constructed
2005- A 5000 sq ft Fellowship Hall was constructed
2005, Spring- Sunday school classrooms, sacristy, music room and a conference room were added to the Church building.
2013, February- Sanctuary painted, parking lot repaved and lined and a new roof.
2018, March- Solar panels were installed on the rear roof of the Fellowship building, resulting in a significant saving in electrical costs.
Significant trends in congregational demographics: We have a diverse congregation, many who have relocated here from various parts of the country.
MINISTRY PRACTICES, STRUCTURE AND FUTURE
Current ministry programs and practices:
Worship: Every Sunday at 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM, traditional Lutheran services, following the green hymnal.
Holy Communion: First and third Sundays and special festival dates.
Youth and Adult Sunday school: Every Sunday between services
Bible Study and Prayer: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Mid-week Lenten Services
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
The following ministries encourage the congregation to become involved in the life and mission of our church. “Our Mission as Christ’s Body is to…love God love our neighbor and make disciples”
Plans the worship life of the congregation. Guides the format of the worship services.
The church has a 19-voice choir at both services, led by our music director. A two-octave hand bell choir provides occasional music at both services.
Care and Prayer Ministry:
Leads the congregation in its ministry of sharing Christian love in times of joy, sorrow, illness, hospitalization and death. The congregation is divided into ten teams who pray, send cards, make phone calls and help as needed. The teams take turns providing Lenten meals of soup and sandwiches and other meals as needed.
An extension of the Care and Prayer Ministry providing visits, prayers and communion to the sick and home bound.
Gives leadership to the various Christian education ministries of the church, including Sunday School Studies, Bible Studies and Catechism.
Provides opportunities for fellowship and social events for the congregation.
Long-Range Planning Ministry:
Leads the congregation in developing and planning for the future of the church. Long-Range planning was responsible for the implementation of the Columbarium, allowing members and spouses eternal rest on church grounds.
Leads the congregation in outreach to the un-churched of the community and seeks to reactivate inactive members.
Property/Building Maintenance Ministry:
Maintains the buildings and grounds of the church.
Encourages the giving of time, talents, and treasures to the Lord’s ministry in the church and provides for the proper maintenance and distribution of those resources. The Resource Ministry team creates the annual budget for the church allowing for the proper distribution of the congregation’s resources.
Oversees the congregation’s ministry among the needy of the church and the community. Examples of assistance would be volunteering to cook for and serve the homeless at the Shepherd’s Table, donating emergency assistance groceries to the Churches Assisting People (CAP) for families in need, providing clothing and school supplies for needy children through Fostering Hope and working community blood drives.
Church Staff Ministry:
Provides a semi-annual review of the salaried and contract staff of the church and makes recommendations to the church Council.
Lutheran Church Youth Ministry:
Supports activities and fundraising for youth sponsored projects.
Lutheran Men in Mission:
A fellowship of men meeting the last Saturday of each month; discussing topics of service and projects they might accomplish for our church with labor and money from fundraising.
Provides a scholarship for graduating high school seniors who are church qualified and pursuing higher education.
Church Community Culture:
South Carolina is a part of the Bible Belt. Many denominations are represented in the surrounding area.
According to the US Census Bureau, Myrtle Beach, Conway and North Myrtle Beach are the second fastest growing areas in the United States. Most jobs are found in Hospitality, Construction, Recreation and Medical.
We are located on Hwy 501E across from Horry Georgetown Technical College and Coastal Carolina University. Miller Motte Technical College is less than a mile from our church. There are several 55+ communities and fast growing family communities nearby . Our church sits on a well maintained four-acre property with handicapped accessible buildings. Offices, Sacristy, Sunday school class rooms, a conference room and music room are in the church building. The sanctuary has an audio-visual system for live streaming, projecting announcements and parts of the service on the front wall. We have a covered picnic area and on site storage.
Christ the Servant Current Situation:
In it’s 33 years of existence, the Congregation has varied in size from approximately 120 to 290 members. We now have approximately 255 members with a variety of talents.
We envision a congregation of more than 300 active members, increased attendance in Sunday School, Bible Study and Prayer Groups and other church activities. We look forward to possibly enlarging our church, fellowship hall and parking area. “Come help us grow.”
A Final Thought:
We open our doors to those in search of God’s Word and forgiveness and welcome everyone to join us at the table of Jesus Christ.