Compass Church, Gary and Marilyn Lee
We arrived in South Carolina not knowing what God had in store. God gave us a desire to serve Him by ministering to the people who were moving in around us. Many people were starting a new chapter in their life. At this time Gary became an elder with The Church at Cane Bay. The church had vision for the new community around us: to see that every man, woman, and child in a ten mile radius would have multiple opportunities to see, hear, and respond to the gospel of Jesus. This led to the realization that there was a large percentage of the Cane Bay population that The Church at Cane Bay wasn’t reaching: those over 50. Around the same time, God put the desire to start a new church in the hearts of Gary and I. He made it clear that pastors do not retire. It was time for a new direction — for a new chapter.
We began a Missional community with an emphasis on those over 50. Then, along with the staff and elders of The Church at Cane Bay, we began the process of starting a new church. The first thing we did was to ask people to join our prayer team. Then we started putting the idea of a unique church out into the community. The responses varied. We were asked, “Why do we need another church? How are you going to make a church for adults attract people? Is this a ministry for seniors?” which were all good questions. It was clear that people were having a hard time understanding the vision of a church for a people group that had been taken for granted or forgotten.
We knew that this needed to be planned well, with a clear vision. We shared the vision with everyone who would listen. We developed a clear picture of what we believe, where we are going as a church, and where each individual fits into that picture. It is the goal of Compass Church to be new, yet feel familiar. On June 5th we held our first informational meeting and are moving forward with 13 people committed to Compass Church.