YOUTH FLOCK TO CASUAL COASTLAND CHURCH.


By: Jennifer McKenzie


Coastlands  Church


P ACIFIC BEACH’S COASTLANDS CHURCH DOESNT FROWN UPON CHURCH- GOERS WHO DON’T PUT ON THEIR VERY SUNDAY BEST WHEN ATTENDING SERVICES. IN FACT, SHORTS, SANDALS AND SURFBOARDS ARE WELCOME.


I think one of the best things we,ve been able to do is reach the people who live here in our cornmunitv” said Evan Lauer, pastor of Coastlands Church, which meets in the auditorium of Pacific Beach Middle School, 4676 lngraham St. Coastlands is very indigenous to PB.”


Which is why Lauer insisted on meeting here two and a half years ago when he started the church. “We started a church in our home over three years ago, Lauer said. “It was actually a Bible study with four people. Now we are a full-fledged church.”


The group started meeting at a local middle school simply because it is more practical. The location makes the church more convenient and schools are more affordable than affordable than churches.


Pastor Lauer made it his goal to reach the young 20— and 30—somethings that have been absent from church in recent years.


The whole reason we started the church was because the 20—and 30—year—olds were disillusioned by the traditional church and its trappings, Lauer said. “We wanted people to come out and say, Wow, I can see God’s presence here.”’


To add youth to each service, Coastlands features a rock band with guitars and drums, rather than the traditional choir and organ. For the slower and more traditional songs and hymns, the band has a cello.



Lauer’s sermons often use video clips to compliment his messages. I’m about as far away from the typical pastor as you can get. I’ve lived in San Diego for my entire life and my ministry flows right out of my heart” he said.


Lauer put his Southern Baptist background to use to form this practical community Christian church. “We are loosely affiliated with the Southern Baptist denomination, but mainly on paper,” he said. ‘But we are self-governed and autonomous. Our goal is not just to be young and hip. We want people to hear about God and read from the Bible. We don’t want to ignore the traditional church.”


Coastlands offers a college ministry, a women’s ministry, a surf team, camping trips and Sunday school for children in addition to the traditional Sunday service at 9:30 am. Lauer said, ‘We’d like people to see that being a Christian is part of normal life.” A Good Friday service will be held April 2 at 7:30 p.ni. Easter Services are at 9:30 am. followed by an egg hunt, all at Pacific : Beach Middle School.


To reach Pasto r Lauer call 606- 5556 or 274-9079.



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SOURCE:

BEACH & BAY PRESS Newspaper

Thursday, April 1, 1999



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