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Chula Vista, CA, United States, 2006/12/14 - Research organization Church Growth Today, a preeminent researcher in the area of “Megachurches”, has cited EastLake Community Church, located in San Diego, California, as one of America's Most Influential Churches.
Chula Vista has one of America’s Most Influential Churches – right in the heart of EastLake in San Diego. In fact, EastLake Community Church now hosts over 3500 people every single weekend at their 7 weekend services.
If you step on the grounds of EastLake Community Church, there is no question that they are different than a traditional church. First, you have the choice of 7 worship service times between Saturday night and Sunday morning so there is bound to be a time that works for your family. Next, you’ll be greeted by a parking lot team, greeters on every corner of the building, you’ll hear rock-and-roll style music piped through external building speakers, and you’ll catch the smell of freshly brewed coffee coming from their indoor and outdoor cafes.
Once you get inside, guests are met by a multi-cultural congregation with electric guitar-led music, deep base drums, and singers belting out tunes from Green Day, Cold Play, Rascal Flats, U2, and Switchfoot to name a few. Not your traditional organ music. Once the pastor gets on stage, guests hear messages designed for real life, to help real people with real issues – no wonder why EastLake Church was highlighted as “influential”.
Dr. John Vaughan, from the research organization Church Growth Today, is a preeminent researcher in the area of “Megachurches” – those churches with more than 2000 worshippers in weekend attendance. In his analysis of megachurches around the country, Dr. Vaughn cited EastLake as being unique in their style, having a high level of influence in the community, and being excellent at using the resources they have to serve so many worshipers.
In another very “non-traditional” style, EastLake has 2 buildings and the Pastor literally runs between worship services as one ends and the next begins on Sunday mornings. One of the buildings, a 45,000 square office building, used to be a Kaiser Permanente Office before EastLake Church bought the property. As a result, the church now hosts thousands in a black and silver glass office building that says everything but “traditional church”.
Getting its start in October 1991, EastLake Church began in a home with just three families and in 1993, EastLake Church had its very first public service when they opened their doors as a set-up/tear-down church at the EastLake High School Performing Arts Center. During the next 4 years, the church grew from just a few families to around 100 adults and children – since then, things have been meteoric.
One of the elements of EastLake Church’s styles is that the church is widely recognized in the community for its Children’s programs. EastLake has more that 80,000 square feet of total facility space, and has more than 85% of the space dedicated to children’s program activities which draw more than 1000 kids per weekend. With an indoor skate park, rock climbing walls, indoor astro-jumps, and video games in the lobbies, EastLake’s Children’s Center is a place for kids to hang out.
With culturally relevant music, a large emphasis on children’s programming, and pastors who preach messages that help people through life, EastLake Church is doing a great job in serving Chula Vista – and in influencing churches across America.
For additional information on EastLake Community Church being named one of America’s Most Influential Churches, contact Trevor Davis.
ABout EastLake Community Church
EastLake Community Church (eastlakechurch.com) is a Christian church located in Chula Vista, California. With more than 3,500 weekly attendees, high energy kids programs, powerful rock-and-roll style worship music, and relevant Bible based teaching.