In Coastal, we see ourselves as ordinary people who often get disoriented along the way of life. We are pilgrims on a journey and we desperately need a GUIDE. We are people (aka pilgrims) en route and in the process of following Jesus on an everyday pilgrimage in the Portland area and wherever else we may go.
We gain clarity in our understanding of “church” from the descriptions we see in the New Testament. Here, we don’t see the church described as a building or even as an event that we attend on a Sunday morning. Rather, the Bible depicts the church as a community following Jesus on a common mission (aka pilgrimage) to love God, one another and a broken world in Jesus’ name.
There are a variety of ways that life can take shape around this mission, and our church exists to encourage one another along our individual, but related paths. Rather than having a slew of programs and classes, Coastal Church is committed to simplicity in our community life.
We hold a Gathering each Sunday morning for a large group of pilgrims to leisurely share, listen, celebrate, learn, reflect and remember together the redemptive Story of God's love and God's missional people.
We create spaces of refuge and encourage people to meet in Pockets—smaller gatherings of groups that usually occur on a weeknight where we practice living out the message of Jesus in tangible ways. We share meals and life stories, pray for each other, dialogue about the Word, serve alongside our partners in Mission, play games, and much more.
Lastly, we charter both everyday and specific Pilgrimages, encouraging one another as missionaries to go into the world – neighborhoods, jobs and schools, to the oppressed and marginalized nearby and to the ends of the earth – in order to announce and reveal, as Jesus did, that God’s kingdom (God’s will being done on earth as it is in heaven) is at hand. We have numerous local and global Partners that Coastal pilgrims are connected with, and of which you can also connect.
Coastal Community Church P.O. Box 1701 - Portland, Maine 04104 | 207.885.5820 | firstname.lastname@example.org :: following Jesus together ::