St. Simons Community Church began with a group of committed families on Easter Sunday in 1996 and has grown into a thriving church of over 2000 members and regular attenders. Our goal is to create an environment that produces godly character in the lives of men, women, youth, and children. We seek to provide practical and biblical encouragement for everyday life here on St. Simons Island, Brunswick, and the rest of the Golden Isles.
Making Christ followers who live to make a difference…
The bottom line is changed lives!
The strategy of SSCC involves making Christ followers who live to make a difference by equipping them to Reach Up to worship God, Reach In to grow together, and Reach Out to make a difference in SSCC, our community and the world.
First step with SSCC is to come to SSCC worship services.
First step with SSCC is to join a group to grow with other Christ followers.
First step with SSCC is to serve at SSCC, in your community, and world.
Having received the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, we bind ourselves together as a body of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and affirm the following statements of doctrine. A PDF of the constitution is also available for download here.
Membership in a local church was the expected and local response upon becoming a part of the body of Christ. It is the divinely authorized organization for facilitating the Great Commission. It is presupposed by all the New Testament epistles and the very purpose of the Christian life warrants a meaningful (i.e., participatory) membership in worship, spiritual service, accountability and fellowship. (Hebrews 13:17; Revelation 1-2; 1 Timothy 3:15)
Section 2. Types of Membership
Regular membership includes members of the church who have the usual privileges and responsibility of church membership. Those who are considered regular attendees are seen as de facto members. A formal roll of members will be maintained.
Associate membership includes members who have the usual privileges and responsibility of church membership, with the exception of holding appointed office. Such membership is for those who desire to fellowship with us while retaining regular membership in another church. Any person holding an associate membership will be removed from the church roll when he moves from the area.
Section 3. Reception of Members
The main requirements for membership in the local church include agreeing with and adhering to the Foundational Doctrines delineated in Article 2, Section 1-6 of this constitution and willingness to abide by SSCC’s Structural Doctrines as delineated in Article 3, Sections 1-9.
Prospective members may present themselves for membership in the church upon a profession of personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and trusting in Him alone for salvation. All applicants for membership shall make a written statement of their faith in Christ, of their agreement with the Foundational Doctrines, and of their purpose to strive, with God’s help, to live a life consistent with their profession of faith in Him. After hearing the testimony and reviewing the membership application of a prospective member, he/she may be voted into church membership by the Board of Elders (or temporary Executive Committee if the Elder Board of three is not yet established). It is desirable (but not required) for believers to be baptized as a means of identification with Christ. This can be done on request after becoming a member.
Section 4. Termination of Membership
Section 5. Covenant of Membership
The regular services of the church shall include worship services each Lord’s day morning.
Section 2. Annual Report
The fiscal year of the church shall begin on January 1 and end on December 31. Within the first 60 days of the close of the fiscal year, the SSCC staff shall provide an annual report. This report shall present the church budget for the ensuing year, as well as provide a report of church’s activities for the previous year. SSCC will not conduct an annual meeting.
Section 3. Called Meeting
Special business meetings of the congregation may be called by the Pastor or the Board of Elders. Notice of such meeting shall be given from the pulpit at least three regular meetings covering a period of two Sundays prior to the called meeting.
Section 4. Parliamentary Procedure
In business meetings, any parliamentary question not covered by this constitution shall be decided by the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order.
This church acknowledges the Lord Jesus Christ as its head; the Holy Scriptures as the infallible guide in the matter of faith, church order and discipline; and the Holy Spirit as its teacher; and is neither accountable to nor under the jurisdiction or supervision of any other ecclesiastical body.
Section 2. Executive Authority
Executive authority in spiritual and material matters is vested by the congregation in the Board of Elders. (1Timothy 5:17)
The Board of Elders has the power to delegate to individuals or to committees or organizations, the right to transact any of their business or to exercise any of their powers, but the exercise of such delegation shall be subject to the supervision and control of the Board of Elders.
Section 3. Interim Leadership
In the event at least three men qualified as elders, according to the biblical standards, cannot be found in the assembly, an executive committee shall be formed of not less than three and not more than nine men who most closely approximate the biblical qualifications for elders. These leaders will be appointed by the congregation and will relinquish their duties to a duly qualified Board of Elders as soon as three or more such elders are installed by the executive committee and recognized by the congregation.
Section 1. The Pastor
The duties of the Pastor or Co-Pastor shall be to preach the gospel, supervise the administration of the ordinances and exercise pastoral oversight of the church. The Pastor or Co-Pastor shall act as an ex-officio member of the organizations and committees of the church and shall suggest appointments of such committees as may be necessary. The Pastor or Co-Pastor shall supervise the remunerated church staff.
Section 2. The Pastor’s Staff
The church staff will be selected by the Pastor or Co-Pastor and the Board of Elders at a duly-called meeting of the officers of the church. The church staff shall not be officers of the church.
Section 3. The Board of Elders
All matters before the Board of Elders will be determined by a prayerful and unanimous agreement of the elders present. The sole exception to this principle shall be in matters of the salary or discipline of the pastor or co-pastor or the members of his immediate family. In such a case, the elder in question must abstain. A simply majority of the elders of the church shall constitute a quorum.
Section 2. Pulpit Committee