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Coastline believes that as a family, we will grow together to know Jesus, to be more like Him, and to share Him with others.

 

Our purpose is to worship, connect, develop, minister, and share. Loving God and loving others are the two most important things we can do. This purpose defines our family of faith. As we nurture healthy relationships with others, encouraging and supporting one another through the ups and downs of life, our lives are transformed, and we grow together to be more like Jesus.

 

Click on the tabs below to learn more about Coastlines vision, history, and the kind of church we want to be.

 

Coastline believes that as a family, we will grow together to know Jesus, to be more like Him, and to share Him with others.

 

Our purpose is to worship, connect, develop, minister, and share. Loving God and loving others are the two most important things we can do. This purpose defines our family of faith. As we nurture healthy relationships with others, encouraging and supporting one another through the ups and downs of life, our lives are transformed, and we grow together to be more like Jesus.

 

Click on the tabs below to learn more about Coastlines vision, history, and the kind of church we want to be.

 

Our History

A BRIEF HISTORICAL OVERVIEW

1922: A group of people formed a Baptist congregation which met in the "Sample Room" of the DeLeon Hotel (located on the corner of Main and Chestnut Streets in Ventura).  The first advertised meeting of Sunday School was April 29, 1922.  There were 41 charter members.

 

1923: The congregation called their first pastor, Mr. W.B. Pearson and moved to the Old City Hall Building.

 

1924: The first baptism service was held on March 25 at the Ventura River.  Due to growth they moved again to the Lagomarsino Opera House on Santa Clara St.  A building fund drive was launched.  

 

1926: Moved into a newly constructed chapel at the intersection of Laurel and Santa Clara Streets.

 

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1928:  Plans were begun for a new sanctuary.  Robert B. Stacy Judd of Hollywood was hired to draw the plans, supervise the work and oversee the remodeling of the chapel.  (The architectural design of this building made Mr. Judd famous.)

 

1929: Another building campaign launched.

 

1931: February 1 was ground breaking day for the new sanctuary.

 

1932: The first service was held in the new sanctuary on Easter Sunday with a Dedication Service following in the afternoon.

 

1944: Sanctuary mortgage was paid in full.

 

1949: We began broadcasting the evening service over KVEN.  b_173_184_16777215_00_images_images_aerial.jpg

 

1957: Five acres was bought from Thille Ranch on Mills Road for the construction of a new church campus.

 

1958: March30 was the groundbreaking service for the Mills Road site.

 

1959: Services began at the Mills Road location on Easter Sunday.

 

1960: The Fellowship Hall was dedicated on January 10.  

1968: First Baptist Day School opened its doors.

 

1971:  Ground was broken for our current Worship Center and Office Building.  

 

1972:  On Sunday, September 17, the first services were held in the new Worship Center.  

 

1975: Our rose garden was planted.

 

1995: Broke ground on April 2 for the Family Life Center.

 

2004: The lot adjacent to the Office Building was purchased. 

 

2008: The name was changed from First Baptist Church of Ventura to our d.b.a, Coastline Bible Church.

 

2009: The lot was officially paid off!

 

2011: Phase One lot renovations were completed and include volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, BBQ and play areas. 

 

 

PASTORAL HISTORY

1923 - 1926      W.P. Pearson

1926 - 1927      A.W. Atkinson

1927 - 1928      F.S. Fretz (Interim)

1928 - 1936      J.W. Jenkins

1936 - 1942      H.B.O. Phillpotts

1942 - 1949      Harold Eaton

1949 - 1950      Dr. Cramer (Interim)

1950 - 1955      Emmett Parks

1956 - 1963      Alfred Engle

1963 - 1964      Tandy Sullivan (Interim)

1964 - 1964      Dr. Austin

1964 - 1976      Robert Pratt

1976 - 1977      Harold Shaw (Interim)

1977 - 1985      Alfred W. Van Selow

1985 - 1986      Paul Kopp (Interim)

1986 - 1987      James Webster (Interim)

1987 - 2002      Don Loomer

2002 - 2005      Scott Thibodo

2005 - 2007      Mike Newman (Interim)

2007 - 2007      Doug Meye (Interim)

2007 - 2015      Rob Perkins

2015 - 2016      Dick Walker (Interim)

2016 - 2017      Dr. Clayton Ford (Interim)

2017 -                Neal Benson

 

   

 

 

Discover, Develop, Deploy

Coastline Bible Church desires to be a church where all people can DISCOVER who they are in Christ, DEVELOP their faith and purpose in Him, and be DEPLOYED to serve their families, friends, church, community and world.

 

DISCOVER

Our discover environments are specifically designed to build a bridge from the community around us where people can begin to discover who they are in Christ and what the Christian faith is all about.  This is where guests are greeted and made to feel welcome so that they will want to come back.  Our discovery environments include Sunday morning worship service, Luminate (Middle School and High School) and Coastline Kids.

 

DEVELOP

Once you have been welcomed to our church through one of our entry environments, we invite you to take the next step growing your faith and in becoming part of the community of Coastline through involvement in one of our development environments.  For adults this includes Sunday Classes and Small Groups; for students, Luminate and Engage; for children, Coastline Kids.

 

DEPLOY

We believe our spiritual gifts have maximum impact when exercised in support of our strategy; the greatest fulfillment comes from serving God with the unique talents you have been given.  At Coastline, we place a high priority on helping you find your place of strategic service.  Adults and students alike are encouraged to volunteer in one of our on-site ministries, participate in all-church service projects and go on one of our periodic mission trips.

 

OIKOS

What in the world is an "oikos?"  

oikos_new_for_web.jpgDEFINITION OF OIKOS

 

OIKOS is a Greek word that means: a dwelling (more or less extensive, literal or figurative)by implication a family, home, house, household, temple.

  • This is the general meaning of the term as it was used in the New Testament text.

If we take the word “oikos” and contextualize it in a manner that’s relevant to us today it would look something like this:

 

OIKOS = the people that God has placed within my relational influence.

 

Is an oikos-focused ministry really biblical?

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES

1.  Two occasions from the gospel accounts that help us to see the power of an OIKOS-focused ministry as well as the intentional approach that Christ Himself employed:

 

So the father knew that it was at that hour in which Jesus said to him, "Your son lives;" and he himself believed and his whole household (OIKOS).  John 4:53 (NASB)

 

As He was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed was imploring Him that he might accompany Him.  And He did not let him, but He said to him, "Go home to your people (OIKOS) and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you.  Mark 5:18-19 (NASB)

 

2.  Two accounts from the book of Acts that help us see how the disciples followed in Christ's footsteps by employing an OIKOS-focused ministry.

 

Now there was a man at Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian cohort, a devout man and one who feared God with all his household (OIKOS), and gave many alms to the Jewish people and prayed to God continually.  Acts 10:1-2 (NASB)

 

They said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household (OIKOS)."  Acts 16:31 (NASB)

 

3.  Two accounts of Paul talking about God's OIKOS.  OIKEIOS is a plural form of OIKOS, meaning several OIKOS' bound together into one greater OIKEIOS.

 

So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household (OIKEIOS) of the faith.  Galatians 6:10 (NASB)

 

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household (OIKEIOS)... Ephesians 2:19 (NASB) 

 

How do I put OIKOS into action?

OIKOS TIPS

 

  • Make a list of those God has placed within your oikos--your relational influence.  (i.e. family friends, coworkers, neighbors, etc.)  Each person has approximately 8-15 people (including non-believers and Christians) in their oikos. Remember, relational influence is the key to determining who is in your oikos.
  • Pray for your oikos daily.
  • Be intentional about getting to know your oikos.  Let them see your faith in action as you pray and wait for God to open a door of opportunity for you to share the gospel with them.
  • As God provides opportunities, invite them to come with you to church or church-sponsored events.