"See, I am doing a new thing!", God declares (Isaiah 42:10), and the New Life Church story is a picture of the kinds of "new things" God does. More than a decade ago a small group of Christians planted Sunset Beach Community Church, eventually making rented facilities at Pelican Square in Ocean Isle Beach the church's home. In 2017, God began doing a number of "new things" in the life of the church. In March 2017, the church called Terry Maner to become its new pastor, initiating a transformation process under his leadership. In September 2017, rental situation changes prompted the church to relocate, moving the gathering place of the church to the Sea Trails' POA building in Sunset Beach while the church continued to seek a more suitable location. Over the past year, newcomers have become a part of the church family and the church has steadily regained health and vitality throughout a season full of change. The church's prayers for a more suitable home were answered recently when the church was granted the opportunity to lease the newly constructed The Brunswick Center at Calabash, providing the congregation with a gathering place for corporate worship services and an office unit for a base of operations. A new pastor... new directions in worship and ministry... new people becoming a part of the church... a new location in the Brunswick Beaches area. There is just no getting around it — God is "doing a new thing" in us.
In recognition of the "new thing" that God is doing in us and the new life God is creating in our church and ministry, Sunset Beach Community Church became New Life Church beginning with our first worship service at The Brunswick Center in Calabash, held on August 5th, 2018. What's in the name? New Life is what God offers us through the grace of Jesus Christ by the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. New Life is what God offers anyone — old or young, rich or poor, no matter who you are, what you've done or not done, or where you're from — through Christ. New Life is what the good news of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is all about, and new life is what God is bringing to our church, our community, and our world. We are New Life Church and we're excited about the "new things" God will continue to do in us and through us and around us in the days ahead.
The story of New Life Church is just beginning, and we'd love to have you become part of that story. Join us at The Brunswick Center at Calabash as we continue the journey of New Life Church.