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 Pastor's Heart

‘What is your church’s purpose in your community and how are you carrying it out?’

Pastor Roy Dixon, Faith Chapel Church of God in Christ, San Diego:

In December 1985, Faith Chapel Church of God in Christ began with six people, but our membership grew rapidly. Six months later we numbered 125. Immediately, we began to think about a community in which to permanently locate. We found an acre of land near Lincoln High School in Southeast San Diego known as Lincoln Park. They called it the “field of blood.” On any given day you could find a body there from an overdose of drugs or murdered.

We felt that God was directing us to make a change in that community, so we built a $2 million church. Significantly, this was the first new structure built in that area in decades. This venture spurred new housing in the community and changed the neighborhood for the better. Visible drug dealing on corners ceased and we brought a better balance of good and evil in the neighborhood.

There was still a problem at Lincoln High School. After Willie James Jones, an “A” student was shot and killed by gang members, I went to see the principal. While discussing this tragedy, he told me that kids entered Lincoln with extremely low reading levels and could not perform academically. Our church partnered with Southeast Community Church and created a charter school where students must read at or above grade level.

Our church exists for the purpose of continuing the mission of our Lord Jesus Christ in seeking to save those who are lost and nurturing and equipping our members for His service.

Our purpose is clear, as stated in Isaiah 58:12, “We must be the repairer of the breach and shall raise up the foundation of many generations.”

Mike Openshaw, senior minister, Lighthouse Christian Church, Oceanside:

God has called our church to be a lighthouse to our community and the world, giving us a central, visible location in Oceanside like a city set on a hill. “You are the light of the world,” Jesus said (Matthew 5:14). As a lighthouse guides those in darkness and danger into safe harbor, so we shine the light of God’s truth and love to guide those in peril, so they may find their way safely home to a loving church and to eternity in Heaven. Our 25-foot lighted cross serves as a beacon of hope and forgiveness 24 hours a day.

Our mission drives us: “To Know Christ and Make Him Known.” We offer opportunities to know Him through Biblical preaching and inspirational worship in three services, traditional or contemporary; discipling Bible studies on Sunday morning and throughout the week for adults and all ages; AWANA for children 3-13; a vibrant teen ministry; an active senior citizens program; ladies’ groups; and a daily Christian preschool and kindergarten.

We make Him known by having an outward, not inward focus: encouraging our people to regularly invite people; mailing invitations to most of the community for special Christmas and Easter programs and other outreach events; interpreting for the Deaf at our 10 a.m. service; making plans to broadcast our services on several local public access television stations; hosting teen rallies and having them serve their community; and giving 10 percent of our general offerings to 16 missions both foreign and local, including the Pregnancy Resource Center of Oceanside.

God has blessed us with hundreds of people giving their lives to Christ and placing membership every year, and we have plans to continue a 4-phase building program to grow our church and school to reach even more.

The church is located at 4700 Mesa Drive, Oceanside. Phone: (760) 726-0590.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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