Doxa Church in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Braces for Hurricane Florence

Randy Goff’s Doxa Church in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina lies in the path of Hurricane Florence. This is a post as to how Randy prepared his EFCA church ahead of the storm. There is also some ideas and resources that can be learned from Hurricane Harvey in Texas that can help Doxa Church. 

“We hope all danger may be overcome; but to conclude that no danger may ever arise would itself be extremely dangerous.”

Abraham Lincoln

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say[a] to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

Psalm 91: 1-2 ESV 

 

Trajectory of Hurricane Florence. 

There is some information to communicate about Doxa Church in regards to Hurricane Florence which is expected to come ashore in North and South Carolina on September 14, 2018. Let’s briefly examine Doxa Church. 

 

Brief Overview of Randy Goff and Dale Miller’s Doxa Church 

Doxa Church is very much reformed in its doctrine. In addition to the EFCA statement of faith they also subscribe to the confessional statement and theological vision of The Gospel Coalition. The church recently celebrated its fifth anniversary meaning it was launched in 2013. If it is like other church plants I would take an educated guess and assume that the two  years prior were filled with fundraising and working out details in preparation for the launch. Randy Goff is the elder that oversees much of the church. He and his wife Meggan are from the South Carolina area. Randy became a church planter ion 2011 but it appears he also has done real estate on the side through Precision Abstracting LLC which was found in 2010. Meggan is in the process of being certified through Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF). In 2013 the Goffs finalized an adoption. Another key person at Doxa Church is Dale Miller who is also an elder. Dale’s life has dealt with a lot of tragedy according to what the Doxa webpage states. 

Doxa is a Greek work that means “glory” or “glorious.” You can read the write up about the name Doxa here. Doxa’s mission is to, “Doxa Church exists to make disciples who joyfully worship Jesus with their whole lives.” Its vision is to plant in community and community group in every the Grand Strand area. 

 

Hurricane Florence Aims at the Carolinas 

Hurricane Florence it appears will be the storm of our lifetime. Its size and scope is much bigger that Hurricanes Hugo and Hazel which were the most destructive storms to hit the Carolinas. Florence  was projected to hit the Carolinas and go into Virginia but the other day it shifted and turned southward and now is moving more into South Carolina and then Georgia. Disasters have been declared in North and South Carolina as well as Virginia according to FEMA. Myrtle Beach is one of the areas in South Carolina expected to be heavily hit. The flooding that is being projected from this storm is frightening. Its not going to be the winds that kill people, instead it will be the flooding from the surge. The storm will start to hit South Carolina around 8:00 p.m. on Thursday September 13, 2013. One of the EFCA churches in the path of Hurricane Florence is Doxa Church. Let’s look at how this church prepared for this storm. 

 

Randy Goff and Preparing his Congregation for a Massive Hurricane 

Doxa Church on September 12, announced that its worship would be canceled for this upcoming Sunday due to the hurricane. 

As South Carolina authorities encouraged people to evacuate and to prepare for Hurricane Florence Randy Goff encouraged people to follow the authorities and obey. He asked people to leave and also reminded people not to fear the situation. Below is what Doxa Church posted on Facebook on September 11, 2018. The image that Doxa used I have at the top of this post. 

Doxa also released a statement where Randy Goff reaffirmed his love for his congregation. He closed out his statement by using Psalm 91. 

I am going to leave Randy’s phone number in this post for now. As long as Florence is active in South Carolina and the disaster situation exists I will leave it posted. When the situation stabilizes then I will take it down.  This is the 91st Psalm in the ESV version  that Randy posted in the Facebook statement. 

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say[a] to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
5 You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
the Most High, who is my refuge[b]—
10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder;
the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

 

My Hopes for this Congregation in this Midst of this Crisis

Its my hope that everyone from this organization that is affected by Florence has evacuated and moved to higher ground. Its also my hope that they are safe this evening and this upcoming weekend. My hope is that people will not lose too much and that most importantly that all lives will be safe. Here in the Washington, D.C. area people started to prepare for Florence before the storm shifted to the south. I actually loaded up on bottled water and canned food earlier this week. Southern Virginia is at risk in this difficult storm. 

 

Suggestions for Doxa Church Based on how the EFCA Dealt with Hurricane Harvey and Recovery 

When I wrote about Hurricane Harvey in Texas last year there were two posts that Doxa Church might find useful. As Harvey was aiming at Houston the senior pastor actually taught to his congregation through a live Facebook feed to encourage his congregation. This was done by Jaron Jones from Shine Bible Fellowship. You can read the following post in, “As Hurricane Harvey Aims at Houston Jaron Jones of Shine Bible Fellowship Gets It; How Many Evangelical Pastors Fail to Address Situations in their Midst.” Perhaps that will help the congregation as they deal with this storm. After Florance passes there is other information that can be helpful for those from Doxa especially as they deal with damage or flooding. This information comes from  a member of the congregation in Trinity Fellowship in Friendswood, Texas. EFCA pastor Bob DeGray made this information available to the congregation. This will help people start the recovery process and deal with insurance claims and the long path that awaits. You can read that in, “Trinity Fellowship in Friendswood, Texas Publishes Solid Advice on how to Start the Recovery Process from Hurricane Harvey.” That is it for the evening. Doxa Church please take care of yourself and know you are in my thoughts.