Coastlands began with a group of people praying, talking, and listening to what Jesus is doing on the Central Coast. We held our first Sunday morning service on Sunday, January 8, 2012. The founding pastor, Cody Busick, grew Coastlands from an intimate group of passionate people meeting in a home to a larger yet still intimate and welcoming group of passionate people meeting in an elementary school auditorium.
In March of 2014, Cody and his family felt called to pastor a church in southern California. In July of 2014, Chris and Sarah Failla, who had recently moved back to California after serving as missionaries in China, were ordained as the new pastors. Throughout Coastlands' journey, we have remained committed to being a genuine, participatory, Kingdom-focused community of people.
Our Statement of Faith can be found here
Our first priorities are to ENCOUNTER God the Father, Jesus, and Holy Spirit, and to be encountered by Them. We desire these encounters individually and collectively, on Sundays and throughout the week.
We EXPERIENCE community in a warm, friendly, vulnerable environment. We believe experiencing community reveals some of the deepest truths about who we are and who God is.
We ENCOURAGE one another in our identities, in our daily walks with God, and in our Kingdom adventures, whether they are 9-5 jobs or specific ministry projects.
We'd love to get to know you over a cup of coffee! When you arrive on a Sunday morning, you will be offered complimentary coffee, tea, and pastries, which we enjoy together before the service and during a break time. This is just one way that we try to cultivate a friendly, hospitable community at Coastlands Vineyard.
Our mornings begin around 10 o'clock, with some refreshments, coffee and tea, and an opportunity to greet one another and make new friends. Around 10:10 we join in song to worship God. After worshipping through music, we dismiss the second through eighth grade children to head to their Sunday school classroom. Then we sit down together, and someone from within the community shares a message. After the message, we respond to what we have heard through sharing and prayer. After the service, people often linger to chat, catch up, pray together, and (of course) drink more coffee.
If you have children in 1st grade or younger and you'd like them to attend a kids' class, our greeters will direct you toward our children’s table for check-in when you arrive. Children 2nd to 8th grade can join their parents in the auditorium for worship, and then go to their classroom between worship and the message. We have great children's and youth ministries, and we encourage your children to take part. However, if you prefer, you're also welcome to have your child of any age join you in the auditorium for the duration of the service.
Please take a look at our Next Steps section to see how to get connected during and after your visit.
Our leadership team is made up of people who are passionate about loving and serving Jesus.
We come from varied backgrounds and experiences, but we hold a common heart for Christ, for His Kingdom, and for others.
Chris, Sarah, and their three boys (Joshua, Zachary, and Nathan) moved to Morro Bay in June, 2012 from Central China. Chris is originally from Central California, and Sarah is originally from Denver, Colorado. They worked with Youth With A Mission in Denver for 10 years before serving for five years in China. As a family, they have traveled the world serving the church and doing missions. Chris has a Master of Arts in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary and is an internationally trained StrengthsFinder consultant. Sarah has been involved in ministry with women for 19 years and is a Life/Health coach.
Carrie grew up in Los Osos and graduated from Morro Bay High School. After Carrie met her husband, Chris, at Cal Poly, they moved to California’s Central Valley, where she taught elementary school and middle school math for 10 years. Carrie and her family relocated back to the Central Coast in June, 2014 to live near family. After the move, Carrie felt led to stay at home with her two boys, Mason and Ryan. She has a heart for children and teaching, and is excited to be a part of God’s plan for Children's Ministry at Coastlands Vineyard.
These Next Steps are here to help make meeting people and navigating this new community fun and easy. At Coastlands, we want everyone to grow in their relationships with others and Jesus. This means that everyone gets to be family and that everybody gets to be a part of what’s happening. We want every person to enjoy who God made them, and others, to be.
Some ways you can get started are…
Please fill out the form on our Connect page. We will communicate what’s happening at Coastlands with you and help you find a good fit if you'd like to get involved.
The best way to get to know others at Coastlands is to gather during the week. A current list of groups is included in the Sunday bulletin.