Coastal Community Church
Saturday, August 23, 2014
A new kind of Family following Jesus together on pilgrimage to accurately love each other, Greater Portland, and the world.

What is church? 

What if it’s more than going to a building, singing a few songs, listening to a sermon, and shaking a few hands?    What if communion is more than a wafer and a shot of grape juice?  What if church is a community of pilgrims gathered in the name of Jesus sharing sacramental meals, sharing burdens, sharing gifts, and offering healing and forgiveness?

What if church is a way of being centered around Jesus, guided by Jesus, all about Jesus…from the way we position our chairs during a worship gathering to the way we purchase goods & services… to the way we rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep?

What if church is something that happens when a community of people who love Jesus commit themselves to accomplishing God’s redemptive purposes in this world?  What if church is more about going “out there” than staying “in here”?  What if church is about both practicing the values of Jesus and believing creeds about Jesus?  What if church is about accurately loving our neighbors – real people in local context - as ourselves? 

  • Coastal is a lifestyle of church 24 hours per day, 7 days per week…
  • Coastal is a way of seeing everyday Maine living in light of Jesus…
  • Coastal is how we are practicing Word, Spirit, Justice, and Community in context…
  • Coastal is a refuge but it’s also a port (or outpost for launching) for sending pilgrims out into specific neighborhoods, shops, offices, parks, urban centers, and global ghettos embodying the Resurrected Jesus thereby building for God’s Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

So our tagline goes something like this:

Coastal is…

  A new kind of family                                                                                                                                         Following Jesus Together on pilgrimage                                                                                                               To accurately love Greater Portland and our global neighbors as ourselves.