Seacoast Stories: Story

10 Books to Read This Summer

#Summer Reading
If you had to sum up your life in books, what would be on your bookshelf? Probably some books from when you were little—Berenstain Bears, [...]

10 Things We’ve Learned From 42 Years Of Marriage

#Greg & Debbie Surratt #Marriage
Founding Pastors Greg and Debbie Surratt have gained valuable wisdom during their 42 years of marriage. Here are just a few of their many helpful [...]

A Fresh Start

#find god #Giving #Small Group
Sometimes you just need someone to give you a little push. If the leader of Will and Meredith Huggin’s married small group hadn’t encouraged the [...]

A Place For Us

#At The Movies #Grow Your Faith #The Greatest Showman
Movies reveal a lot about our culture’s fears, hopes, and values. During our summer At The Movies series, we’re talking about what moves us and [...]

A Veteran’s Story Of Service and Sacrifice

#Columbia Campus #Make a Difference #Military #Veterans Day
For most of the 5,000+ sailors on-board, it was a normal day on the USS Nimitz—but not for me. For months, my wife Stephanie and [...]

A Woman’s Great Adventure

#At The Movies #Grow Your Faith #Small Group #Wonder Woman
Joining my first small group this summer has been my best experience yet at Seacoast. We are reading a book together called Captivating by John [...]

Abbie’s Story of Healing

#Grow Your Faith #Healing #Miracle Service #myseacoaststory
We are not meant to keep to ourselves what God is doing in our lives. So today, I want to share my healing story. On [...]

An Open Letter To My White Friends

#Make a Difference #Race #Unity #Where's The Love
As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “…we are all tied together in a single garment of destiny.” We are all part of God’s family. But [...]

An Unexpected Friendship Becomes An Answer To Prayer

#Luke 14 #Make a Difference #Won By Won
After 22 years of working as a caregiver for individuals with special needs, Lorrie Corr felt the pull to leave that career, so she could [...]

Angry Like Jesus

#Anger #Grow Your Faith #Where's The Love
One of the most important things we learn to do as we grow up is distinguish between good and bad anger. Some anger is unreasonable, [...]

Bearing Christmas: What More Can You Carry?

#Bearing Christmas #Discover Your Purpose #Hope
“But the Lord stood by my side and gave me strength” 2 Timothy 4:17 During the Christmas season, we all carry things with us wherever we [...]

Beauty from [Broken Heart] Ashes 

#find god
February 15th is Singles Awareness Day, the day after Valentine’s Day which is the most “romantic” (or commercialized) day of the year. For many singles, [...]

Becoming a Holy City

#Make a Difference #Unity #West Ashley Campus #Where's The Love
Charleston, South Carolina has experienced significant trials in the last several years. Horrors such as the 2015 shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church threatened to [...]

Camp Changed My Life

#Camp #find god #myseacoaststory #summer camp
"Attending Summer Camp was the best decision I’ve ever made. And my relationship with God transformed."

Church Online Connects A Retirement Community

#Church Online #Daniel Pointe #Make a Difference
When Leslie Sommerdyke began a new career as the Senior Living Consultant at Daniel Pointe Retirement Community near Charleston, she asked God to “use me [...]

Cody’s Story of Healing

#Grow Your Faith #Healing #Men's Hike #Miracle Service #myseacoaststory
January 23 is a date that will forever be marked on my calendar. It isn’t my birthday, my anniversary, or any of my children’s birthdays. [...]

Defying a Legacy

#addiction #care #Dream Center #Encouragers #find god #Griefshare #recovery #Sisterhood
We will all leave a legacy—and our choices will determine what kind. Yvonne hadn’t been to church since age 11—and she hadn’t even liked it [...]

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For Help

#Care Care Ministry #Griefshare #Grow Your Faith #Single Moms
“But in the darkest of situations, in the darkest corners, God shines through in a way you would never experience otherwise.”

Eyes to See

#africa #battles to breakthrough #care ministry #Discover Your Purpose #missions #togo
by Christie Michaud TOGO, West Africa – The heat was intense. In a foreign land, I sat under the few trees I could find for [...]

Far More Than Childcare

#Dream Team #Kidscoast #Parenting Hacks
It’s back to school season and the days are full of homework, busy schedules, or family situations that can cause worry and anxiety for children [...]

Father’s Day: The Other Side of Things

#Father's Day #Grow Your Faith #myseacoaststory #single dads
A single dad inspired the creation of Father’s Day. In 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd sat in church, wondering: if mothers had a day to honor [...]

Financial Peace University

#Financial Peace University
What a Snapshot Tells Us Snapshots capture more than we’d like sometimes. They catch unflattering moments, our mouths open, or our eyes mid-blink. Yet some [...]

Finding My Way

#find god #small groups #Welcome Home
My husband and I were not mega church, multisite people. I had to be divinely convinced Seacoast was where we belonged. For three months, we [...]

Finding Purpose

#Chosen Women's Conference #Dangerous #Discover Your Purpose
Adapted from an interview with Jess Reger Her first round of chemo was called Red Devil. The nurses wore HAZMAT suits to administer it to [...]

Forgiving the Unforgivable

#battles to breakthrough #find god
Forgiveness is one of the hardest things God asks us to do. Why is it so important to forgive someone who has hurt us?

Freedom from Anxiety

#Anxiety #Grow Your Faith #small groups
This week, we celebrate freedom. As a writer and a Christian, I am especially grateful for the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion. [...]

Game Night Creates “Ohana”

#Grow Your Faith #small groups
Shaun and Jessica Key’s small group started from a casual, summer game night at their house. Forming a group for married couples wasn’t our intention,” [...]

Getting To My Father’s House

#Kidscoast #Make a Difference #North Charleston Campus
Every Sunday, I stand in a room full of kids from so many cultural backgrounds—all coming together as one body—worshipping, playing, and praying together. I [...]

God’s Power Revealed Through Stories at Chosen Conference

#Chosen #Discover Your Purpose #Sisterhood
Too often, inspiring stories of women living dangerously for God are shared only with a few friends and family. At the 2018 Chosen Women’s Conference [...]

Have You Heard of the Holy Spirit?

#find god #Ghost Stories
When I chose to read Acts though—that was the beginning of an amazing journey into knowing God more fully through the Holy Spirit. 

Hope Can Spring From Your Darkest Moments

#Depression #Inside Track #Make a Difference #serving in church #SEU #Sisterhood #small groups #Summerville campus
For several months, Josefina endured watching her tiny son breathe through a respirator in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Initially his heart calmed when [...]

How A Game Of Hoops Changed A Young Boy’s Life

#find god #myseacoaststory
From an interview with Dylan White. When I was 6 years old, I would go with my brother to play basketball on an outside court [...]

How to Spend Your Spring Break

#Global Missions #Make a Difference #medical clinics #South Africa #sustainable projects #togo #water #wells
For anyone considering missions, you don’t need a particular skillset to go. There is always something for you to do.

I’m Singing

#Discover Your Purpose #Japan #Make a Difference #School of Worship
Guest post by Marabeth Duncan A storm brewed on the horizon as I sat at the top of the stairs that led down to the [...]

It Is Finished

#easter #find god #Good Friday #James Island
Good Friday tends to bring up lots of questions: How human was Jesus? How divine was he? Could he have avoided the pain? Is there [...]

I’ll Send You an Army

#Counseling #Depression #Grow Your Faith #Healing #Physical Trauma
“You are asking for one person to share your life, but I am not going to send just one to help carry your burden, I [...]

Leaving a Financial Legacy

#estate planning #financial planning #Make a Difference
Making a plan for your finances means peace of mind for you and your family and it’s a chance to determine part of your legacy, [...]

Make A Difference

Seacoast Church exists to make a difference and we do so in many different ways. Through your generous donations, we are able to provide funding for [...]

Moving on Faith: Trusting God’s Next Step

#ARC #Dream Team #find god #Inside Track #Serving
It is scary to move into the unknown on faith; that’s why it is so hard.

My Not-So-Glamorous Spiritual Gifts

#Greenville Campus #Make a Difference #small groups
When I went through my Seacoast campus’s Inside Track program, I took a spiritual gifts test and discovered one of my gifts was administration. I [...]

No Matter Where in the World

#Make a Difference
We believe every community in the world needs a life-giving church to thrive. In cooperation with our global partners in ten countries, we are dedicated [...]

Not Just A Number

#Grow Your Faith #myseacoaststory
Written from an interview with Kara Slick Majewski When my son Johnny was in elementary school, his friends invited him to Seacoast. He asked me [...]

Redefining Greatness

#Discover Your Purpose #G.O.A.T
Here’s the root of our problem: We have the wrong definition of “greatness.” Jesus was a master at subverting the culture around him and forcing [...]

Relief Efforts Continue

#Giving #Make a Difference
Irma is long gone but her effects will be felt for weeks and months to come. We are committed to helping those who have been [...]

Relief In The Midst Of A Storm

#Hurricane Florence #Make a Difference #Seacoast Conway
This past September, Hurricane Florence took its time crossing the Carolinas, dropping record levels of rain. In the hurricane’s wake, rivers continued to rise for [...]

Replacing What You’ve Lost

#Make a Difference #Make A Difference In The Community
She thought she’d lost everything, but God replaced it with so much more.

Restoring Identity

#find god #Pastor Josh Surratt #Restoration
This past weekend, we started a new series, called Restoration. We serve a God who restores, a God who can take broken people and make [...]

Restoring More Than A Home

#Conway #easter #Make a Difference
As Hurricane Florence dropped record levels of rain on the Carolinas in September 2018, Dean and Katie French found themselves rescued from their home by [...]

Resurfacing

#find god #Global Missions #Grow Your Faith #Haiti
Guest post by Maggie Robinson I have gone on three mission trips to Morency, Haiti since last summer. Every time I’ve traveled there, I returned [...]

Returning Home

#Grow Your Faith
At Seacoast, part of our mission is to help people find God. Our attendees continue to imagine a future where we can offer as many [...]

Reversing A Relapse

#Celebrate Recovery #custom #find god #SEU #summer camp
As soon as her dad dropped her off at church and his car turned the corner, Kayla, then in middle school, would leave to go [...]

Saving a Life

#custom #Discover Your Purpose #Make a Difference #manning
It was called Dead Man’s Curve—a sharp bend in the road on the outskirts of Sumter, South Carolina. Nichole had driven it countless times. She [...]

Seacoast Stories: A Recipe for Family

#Christmas #Make a Difference #Serving #Single Moms
As we get to know each other,” says MaryChris, “we see every woman’s individual personality—who she is beyond the title, ‘mom’.

Seacoast Worship Releases “Greater”

#Ephesians 3:20 #Greater #Seacoast Worship
Since the early days of Seacoast, Ephesians 3:20 has been the closing benediction for every service. “Now to him who is able to do immesaurably [...]

Seth’s Story Of Healing

#Conway #Grow Your Faith #Healing #Miracle Service
The afternoon of our first healing service in January, campus pastors were introduced to Joshua Silverberg and Wes Pickering, who would lead the service that night. After [...]

Surviving The Holidays After Loss

#Griefshare #Grow Your Faith #Make a Difference
Repost from 2017 - Last year I was facing the holidays as a widow, and “survival” help was what I desperately needed.

The Audition That Changed A Life

#Ballet #Chosen #find god #The Thorn
We can all be dangerous—in a good way. We are all called to fight for what we believe in. What that looks like for each [...]

The Best Job You’ve Ever Had

#Career #Discover Your Purpose #ReStart Conference
What is the best job you’ve ever had? If it’s the one you have now, congratulations—that sounds amazing! For the rest of us, the best [...]

The Courageous First Step To Restoration

#find god #Restoration
Before I came to Seacoast Church, I was buried in shame, hurt, and insecurity. I had many labels for myself. But I kept returning weekly, [...]

The Enemy And the Hero Of Your Unwritten Story

#Discover Your Purpose #Unwritten
I have an enemy. Someone (something) that haunts me, that waits for me every time I open my laptop. This might seem like a strange [...]

The Miraculous Blessings of Prayerful Healing

#Ghost Stories #Grow Your Faith #Healing #myseacoaststory #prayer
Adapted from an interview with Micah Nichols Believing in God is to believe in the supernatural. So why do we often doubt God’s intervention in [...]

The Missing Piece to Changing Hearts

#Make a Difference #Where's The Love
Where’s the Love? When love is missing, we know it. We see the results—the pain, anger, and fear that lead to loneliness, depression, and division. [...]

The Power Of Camp

#Custom Students #summer camp
Power of Camp Four days. What if that’s all it takes for something to happen that you’ve been praying for, maybe for a long time? [...]

The Promise At The End of A Christmas Song

I hear Christmas songs playing in the coffee shop, retail store, brewery, and tire shop. Everywhere I go. I’m not complaining—I love hearing them. But [...]

The Risk of Community

#Community #Discover Your Purpose #Small Group
We weren’t created to go through life alone and being a part of God’s family means that we never have to.

The Unexpected Joys of Fatherhood

#Father's Day #find god #Grace #Love
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! Being a dad comes with a lot of surprises and we wanted to share some thoughts [...]

The Unrecognized Sides of Prejudice

#biracial #Grow Your Faith #Unity #Where's The Love
Sometimes we don’t realize the assumptions we make, the stereotypes we blindly accept, the divisions we create. In our Where’s the Love? series, we are [...]

Time to Renovate

#Grow Your Faith #Prayer and Fasting
I’m having a hard time concentrating. My husband is cutting out the fiberglass tub surround in the downstairs bathroom as I write (well, try to [...]

Togo Village Experiences Clean Water For First Time

#Make a Difference #Seacoast Missions
As we headed into the village of Gadassoukope in Togo, West Africa, we passed a woman walking on the roadside with a baby on her [...]

Unraveling The Truth

#Grow Your Faith
In 2008, I only came to Charleston to help my parents move and get settled in. I was ready to go home, having been sick [...]

Weathering the Storm in Puerto Rico

#disaster relief #Global Missions #Make a Difference #Puerto Rico
The camera crews have left, but recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Maria will take years. Ali Morales tells us what it’s like having family [...]

What Are You Doing For Others?

#Make a Difference #MLK #Serve
Make it a Day ON, Not a Day Off! Did you know Martin Luther King, Jr Day is the only federal holiday designated as one [...]

What Can We Make Of The Present When We Compare It With The Past?

#Grow Your Faith #Seacoast Vintage
When I walk through the halls of Seacoast, I walk through memories. They live in the rooms, sit in the chairs, waiting for me to [...]

What I Didn’t Expect as a Mom

#Grow Your Faith #Mother's Day
Happy Mother’s Day! We would like to honor all the moms out there by sharing a few of their voices, their hearts…and their experiences—the small [...]

What Teens Read

#books #Christian novels #Summer Reading #teen reading
Many mainstream books for teens today center on extraordinarily gifted characters. The thing is, these characters usually defeat the villain by finding strength inside themselves, [...]

What To Get A Single Mom For Mother’s Day

#Make a Difference #Mother's Day #North Charleston Campus
Mother’s Day. For many, it evokes the sweet notion of precious children and a doting husband, breakfast in bed, homemade cards, and the perfect brunch [...]

What’s Going On At Seacoast?

That’s certainly a common question that I’m asked regularly these days. The easy answer is that God seems to be at work. But honestly, God [...]

When We Want to Ask Why

#Grow Your Faith
Yes, I was praying for God to save him, but the thought that kept going through my mind was ‘Please don’t let this cause me [...]

Why I Came Back to Church

#find god #Kidscoast #Serve
If you didn’t count the mandatory masses at my Catholic school, I hadn’t gone to church in over a year. My friend Taylor had tried [...]

You Make Me Brave

#breast cancer #cancer #care #Discover Your Purpose #Make a Difference
I told them not to call me. I didn’t want to hear the news on my birthday—alone in a hotel room in Boston. Instead I [...]