Old St. Peters Church, Logan Street was founded in 1833 and burned in the Charleston Fire of 1861. St. John’s Church, Hanover Street was founded in 1839 on the East Side of Charleston. Both of these churches moved to West Ashley locations in the last 40 years. The other Founding Churches are Christ Church, Rutledge Avenue and St. Peter’s by the Sea in North Charleston. Together these Founding Churches make up a rich foundation for The Church of the Good Shepherd.
Under the leadership of the Very Rev. John Burwell, the parish had a renewed sense of vision and purpose for the West Ashley community and beyond. The Rev. Shay Gaillard is the current rector, taking over on January 1, 2007.
In recognition of all that God is doing in our midst, the people and vestry of the Church of St. Peter and St. John voted to change the name of the parish to The Church of the Good Shepherd, signaling a rebirth and renewal of this historic parish.
What is the church vision?
What are the core values of the church?
When we say that we “exist for those who are not yet here,” it is our strong belief that we must be primarily missional in our approach. We must go out into the community being “salt and light” with a heart for those who are not connected. Visitors will come to Good Shepherd not because we open the doors on Sunday, but because they are known and invited from our members who see ministry happening wherever they live and go.
When we say that we want to be known for “World-changing Children,” we understand that church programs in the past have largely segregated children from their parents. Our ministry to the children of Good Shepherd will follow the Biblical pattern found in Deuteronomy 6 and Ephesians 6 and thus will focus on parent-led and church-supported ministries. We believe that God has uniquely gifted and empowered parents to shape the hearts of their children to know Christ and to serve Him.
Caring for all
When we say that we want to be known for “Strong Families,” we recognize that all families do not look the same. In fact a sign of the reality of sin in our world is the tremendous brokenness we find in today’s families. Our ministry to families upholds traditional marriage but ministers to the reality of all situations. Therefore, it is important that we assert our caring for all approach to ministry. We desire that all families engage in home worship no matter what the makeup and to that end, Good Shepherd will encourage all families to godliness and growth in Jesus Christ.
When we say that we want to be known for “Confident Leaders,” we assert that primary leadership for parents is in the home and that Christian leaders must have a witness in the community. To that end we are consciously seeking to be not the busy church. Many churches develop numerous programs that bring church members back and forth to the campus multiple times a week. Good Shepherd, even as we grow, seeks to have leaders that are available to their families and their communities.
When we say that we want to be known for “Biblical Preaching and Spirit-Filled Worship,” we realize that apart from these foundational elements there is no hope of achieving the Vision before us. Because these two points serve as the cornerstone of our identity, we will not waver in the pursuit of excellence for our preaching and worship.
Does the church have any affiliations?
Does the church have a Statement of Beliefs?
1. A belief in the Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; three distinct Persons co-equal in Glory and co-eternal in majesty and of one substantial Godhead, such that there are not three gods but one God
2. A belief in the Holy Scriptures as divine revelation, inerrantly inspired, (theopneustos) by God, carrying the full measure of His authority, containing all things necessary to salvation, and to be submitted to in all matters of faith and practice of life.
3. A belief in the One Savior of mankind, Jesus Christ, who in His person is both fully God and fully man; of one substance with the Father as regards his Godhead, and at the same time of one substance with us as regards his manhood.
4. A belief in the perfect obedience of Christ, his true and actual suffering, his substitionary and atoning death on the cross, and his bodily resurrection and ascension as the only means given for our salvation and reconciliation with God.
5. A belief in faith alone as the only grounds for the merits of Christ being imputed to us for our justification before God (Justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone).
6. A belief in the consummate return of Jesus Christ in glory to judge the living and the dead, and a belief in the bodily resurrection from the dead of all people and their entrance into either eternal damnation or everlasting blessedness.
7. A belief in the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church as those souls that have been redeemed entirely by the work of Christ and called out of bondage into freedom, out of darkness into light, out of error into truth, out of death into eternal life.
8. A belief that the visible church is best organized under the historic and biblical offices of Bishop, Presbyter, and Deacon; and that the church exists to worship the Triune God and to lift up the Savior Jesus Christ before all people through the faithful preaching and teaching of the Gospel, through prayer, and through the faithful administration of the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion or the Eucharist).
9. A belief in the Historic creeds of the Church as accurate representations of the essence of the Christian faith, and in the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Anglican Church as a coherent and concise expression of Anglican doctrine.