(Wide.Deep.Long.High.Pockets are a concept based on St. Paul's prayer for the Ephesians in Chapter 3v16-19) 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
( ) WIDE Pockets are those spaces within our Coastal structure that have been established for easy access so that larger groups of people can join. We consider our weekly Gathering of Worship one of these types of spaces. Everyone is welcome to join us in worship of Jesus no matter color, creed, or favorite football team preference. Other examples of "Wide" Pockets might include: The Night of Poker - open to all men in our community who simply enjoy poker...or an Event such as our annual Chili Cook-off - open to anyone who would like to compete, or those who like to eat chili, or simply desire to connect with other human beings who enjoy chili.
| DEEP Pockets are those spaces within Coastal that require a deeper level of commitment to the Way of Jesus and in return, hopefully offer a more vast encounter with the person of Jesus and with the Body of Christ. These groups have the freedom to structure their smaller gatherings in a variety of rhythms/"rules"/covenants based around the practices of Jesus. Some groups may choose to operate more like a Bible study while others may operate more like a house church that center around sharing meals together, cultivating contemplative practices, meditating on Scripture, and serving the local community...or others still, as an accountability group who share in prayer, confession, and practical support.
---- LONG Pockets are those spaces within Coastal that exist to extend the sacrificial love of God in practical ways to our church family, our Greater Portland community, or our global neighbors. These groups are purposed around a very specific mission. Our LBA (Local Board of Administration aka Elders) is just such a group. This team is purposed around seeking guidance from Jesus for upholding the mission and vision of Coastal Community Church. Other "Long" Pockets might include: The Missional Team who are purposed around serving our Ministry partners and planning our Pilgrimage (aka Mission) trips...or the Hub Communications Team that sends out clear communication to our church community...or the Band.
^ HIGH Pockets are those intentional spaces that are require the highest amount of rigor, apprenticeship with Jesus and with seasoned pilgrims. In Scripture we see that Joshua apprenticed Moses or the 12 disciples apprenticed Jesus or Timothy apprenticed Paul. High Pockets are when we commit ourselves to be trained by a "sherpa" of the faith and we climb up the mountain of God together. Examples would be spiritual direction, internships, or 1-on-1 training mentorships.
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